Feb. 17, 2013
HENDERSON, Nev. - Sophomore Stephany LaRosa hit a pair of home runs in both ends of Sunday's doubleheader, while senior B.B. Bates and freshman Mysha Sataraka each left the yard twice, as the 18th-ranked Bruins defeated Louisiana-Monroe 9-1 and Ohio 11-2, both in six innings, at the Easton Desert Classic at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park.
In Sunday's first game, the Bruins (7-1) hit six homers, one shy of tying a school record, to post the program's 1,600th victory. LaRosa recorded her third-career, two-homer game, while Bates left the yard for the fourth-straight contest. Also homering were junior Alyssa Tiumalu, sophomore Ally Carda and Sataraka, who hit her first collegiate bomb.
The Bruins had 12 hits as a team, as LaRosa went 3-for-4. Bates, Sataraka and senior Devon Lindvall each added two hits, as seven players had at least one hit. In the circle, Carda picked up the win to move to 5-0 on the year. She struck out six and only gave up a leadoff single in the top of the third, which was erased by a double play, as the sophomore faced the minimum 15 hitters and retired the last seven she faced. Carda had 1-2-3 innings in all but the third and fanned a pair in the first. Junior Jessica Hall pitched the sixth inning and struck out two, giving up an unearned run, a hit and two walks.
LaRosa got the Bruins going in the bottom of the first on a first-pitch homer to center, her first of the season, to make it 1-0. One inning later, Tiumalu left the yard to left-center on a 3-2 pitch for her first of the year, which was followed by Carda's third homer of the season to right-center to put UCLA up 3-0.
In the top of the third, Carda allowed a leadoff single to Haley McCall, but after a strikeout, Mackenzie Miller popped a ball back to the screen. Tiumalu made a sliding catch up against the backstop, and then threw out McCall at second as she tried to tag up.
UCLA scored two more in the fifth. Again leading off, LaRosa smacked her second homer of the game on the second pitch she saw to right to make it 4-0. Sophomore Gracie Goulder was then hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single up the middle by Bates to increase the Bruins' advantage to 5-0.
The Warhawks (5-3) got on the board in the top of the sixth when McCall led off with a triple to right and scored on a passed ball.
The Bruins invoked the mercy rule with three in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Brittany Moeai led off with a single up the middle and was pinch-run for by sophomore Tara Mueller, who came home on Sataraka's first homer to center to make it 8-1. The Bruins would loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Lindvall and LaRosa and when Goulder reached on a fielding error. Sophomore Sam Duran then drew a walk to force home Lindvall with the mercy-rule winning run.
In game two, LaRosa hit two more homers and tied a career high with five RBI, Goulder went 3-for-3 and Sataraka was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI. Bates also hit a home run to give her five straight games with a bomb.
Freshman Paige McDuffee earned her third win of the season, striking out four in five innings and allowing two runs and two hits. She retired the last 13 batters she faced and had two strikeouts in both the first and fifth innings. Carda pitched the sixth and struck out one, issuing one walk.
LaRosa began game one the way she began game two. After a leadoff single to left by Goulder, LaRosa slammed a 2-0 pitch out to right-center, her third homer of the day, to put the Bruins up early.
The Bobcats got the two runs back in their half of the first inning, as Lauren Gellerman had a two-out single to center and Caitlin Colvin hit a homer to right-center.
UCLA broke it open with five in the top of the second. Moeai was hit by a pitch to start the frame and Sataraka connected on a 2-1 pitch, sending it out to right-center for her second homer in as many at-bats to make it 4-2. A single to left by freshman Allexis Bennett and a bunt single by Goulder set the stage for LaRosa, who hit her fourth homer of the day to center to put the Bruins up 7-2.
The Bruins added another in the top of the fifth. With one out, Hall reached on a fielding error by shortstop Amanda Dalton and was pinch-run for by sophomore Kaelin Sprawls, who moved to second on a walk to Carda and scored one out later on a single up the middle by Sataraka to make it 8-2.
UCLA hit home run number 20 on the weekend in the sixth, as Bates connected for the eighth time in five games. Goulder and LaRosa walked to open the inning and Bates hit a homer for the fifth-straight contest to tie the school record, putting the Bruins up 11-2. The senior joins Stacey Nuveman (1997) and Samantha Camuso (2010), who each left the yard in five in a row in those respective seasons.
The Bruins host the Toyota Women's Softball Team from Japan in an exhibition contest at Easton Stadium at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Admission is free. UCLA then heads to the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. for five games, starting Friday, Feb. 22 against #4 Tennessee (3:30 p.m.). The Bruins also take on Maryland (12 p.m.) and Oklahoma State (2:30 p.m.) on Saturday, Feb. 23 and #10 LSU (9 a.m.) and Nevada (11:30 a.m.) on Sunday, Feb. 24.