April 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Junior Jessica Hall singled home sophomore Ally Carda, who got a ninth-inning rally started with a two-double, as the 19th-ranked Bruins posted a second-straight, extra-inning victory with a 3-2 triumph over #8 California on Friday at Easton Stadium.
Along with their clutch hitting in the ninth, Hall and Carda combined on a three-hitter in the circle. Carda earned the win in relief to improve to 19-6, striking out five in five shutout innings and giving up just one hit and one walk. The sophomore had 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and ninth and struck out a pair in both the seventh and ninth. Hall started the contest and fanned four in four-plus innings, allowing two runs, two hits and one walk. The junior retired the first 10 batters of the game, striking out a pair in the fourth.
With seven of the 11 runs in the first contest of the series coming home as unearned, the trend continued in the bottom of the first of game two. With one out, senior B.B. Bates drew a walk, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a single to right-center by LaRosa, who moved all the way to third after an error by Breana Kostreba in right field. Carda followed with a walk, and one out later, freshman Mysha Sataraka was at the plate. Carda took off for second, but Cal catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt faked the throw and picked off LaRosa at third to end the inning.
The Bruins added another run in the third. With two outs, LaRosa doubled off of Cal third baseman Danielle Henderson down the left-field line and Carda tripled down the right-field line to put the home team up 2-0.
In the fourth, the Golden Bears tied the game on one swing of the bat. With one out, Britt Vonk broke up Hall's perfect game with a slap single to third and came home on a homer to center by Ziegenhirt to make it 2-2.
The Bruins had a great chance to end it in regulation, but stranded the bases loaded in the seventh. With one out, Bates walked, LaRosa singled to left and Carda drew a free pass to load the bases. But Hall fouled out and Sataraka grounded out to end the threat and send the game into extras for the second straight evening.
After a scoreless inning and a half of extra time, the Bruins won it again in the ninth, as Carda doubled to left-center and came home on Hall's single to left-center to send UCLA to its first Pac-12 series victory.
The Bruins and the Golden Bears finish their three-game series on Saturday at 1 p.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.