April 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore had two of the Bruins' five hits, but fourth-ranked UCLA dropped a 4-2 decision to #9 Arizona State on Saturday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins fall to 27-8 overall and 1-4 in Pac-10 play, while the Sun Devils improve to 34-6 and 3-2 in league action.
Junior Donna Kerr (13-5) struck out six in seven innings, allowing four runs (two earned), five hits and seven walks.
The Sun Devils tallied the game's opening score, as the Bruins allowed their first run in the second inning of a game this season. With two outs, Ashley Muenz walked and Caylyn Carlson hit her eighth home run of the year to left to make it 2-0.
The Bruins cut the deficit in half with a run in the fourth. The inning started with a leadoff walk to junior Monica Harrison and a double to center by DiSalvatore. Arizona State pitcher Sam Parlich got the next two outs, but issued back-to-back walks to seniors Megan Langenfeld and Julie Burney, as Harrison scored to make it a 2-1 game.
Arizona State added two insurance runs on a costly UCLA error in the seventh. With one out, the Sun Devils loaded the bases on singles by Lesley Rogers and Katelyn Boyd and a walk to Krista Donnenwirth. One out later, Kaylyn Castillo grounded a ball to shortstop, but the throw was dropped at first base by sophomore Dani Yudin, allowing Rogers and Boyd to score to put the Sun Devils up 4-1.
The Bruins rallied in the bottom of the seventh, but came up short. Burney doubled to right-center to start the inning and moved to third one out later on a single to left by freshman B.B. Bates. Sophomore Andrea Harrison followed with a double to center to plate Burney, but Bates was thrown out at home for the second out of the inning. Parlich then induced Monica Harrison into a comebacker to clinch the 4-2 victory.
The Bruins close out their homestand with the Sun Devils on Sunday at 12 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.