Feb. 9, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The 19th-ranked Bruins had a walk-off victory in game one on Saturday and a mercy-rule win in the nightcap, defeating McNeese State 5-4 and Wright State 8-0 in six innings at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament at Easton Stadium.
In game one against McNeese State, the Bruins (2-0) took a 3-1 lead into the top of the seventh, gave up three runs, but rallied with a pair in the bottom of the inning, as a single by sophomore Ally Carda gave UCLA a walk-off win.
In the top of the seventh, the Cowgirls (2-2) rallied with two outs. Ashley Modzelewski drew a one-out walk and was pinch-run for by Megan Knippa. Jessica Bowden followed with a single to left and was pinch-run for by Victoria Rich. After a sacrifice by Marissa Koetting moved both runners over, pinch-hitter Emily Vincent hit a double to right-center to score a pair and tie the game at three. With Mallory Livingston running for Vincent, Lauren Langner blooped a double to left to bring in the go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the frame, junior Alyssa Tiumalu led off with a single to right and was pinch-run for by sophomore Sam Duran. One out later, junior Jessica Hall bounced a ball to short, but Katie Roux bobbled it in trying to get the force at second to give the Bruins a pair on base. With sophomore Tara Mueller running for Hall, freshman Brittany Moeai singled to left to load the bases. Sophomore Gracie Goulder was then hit by a pitch to force home Duran and even the game at four. Carda followed with the walk-off hit, bouncing one off the wall in left field to plate Mueller with the game winner.
The Cowgirls got on the board first on an unearned run. Langner led off the game with a double to the left-field wall, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Alanna DiVittorio.
UCLA bounced back with a pair of two-out, unearned runs in the bottom of the second. Freshman Mysha Sataraka reached on a fielding error by McNeese State first baseman Koetting and scored when Hall hit a triple down the right-field line, just inside the chalk line, for her first career triple. Moeai followed with a single up the middle to plate Hall to put the Bruins up 2-1.
The Cowgirls ran themselves out of a pair of innings to stay at one run on the scoreboard. In the third, Langner singled to left and advanced to second on an error. But on a bounced ball in front of the plate on the next batter, Tiumalu threw her out trying to get to third. In the sixth, Roux had a one-out walk and was pinch-run for by Brittany Calbert, who stole second. But on another ball that bounced to the left of the plate, Tiumalu gunned down another runner at the hot corner.
Senior B.B. Bates hit the Bruins' first home run of the year with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, launching one out to right-center off the batting cage to make it 3-1.
Carda not only had the walk-off RBI, but also earned the win in the circle in relief. She faced two batters, allowing a hit and retiring the other hitter on a fly out. Hall started in the circle and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings, giving up four runs (three earned), six hits and three walks. Moeai had two of the Bruins' six hits.
In the nightcap versus Wright State (0-4), the Bruins (3-0) scored four times in the first, once in the third and fifth and twice in the sixth to post their first mercy-rule victory of the season. Goulder went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while sophomore Stephany LaRosa had a pair of hits and three runs batted in. Also picking up two hits apiece were Sataraka, Tiumalu and senior Devon Lindvall, as UCLA had 13 as a team.
In the circle, freshman Paige McDuffee made her collegiate debut and tossed five innings of two-hit, shutout ball. She retired the last 10 batters she faced, striking out one and allowing only one walk. Carda tossed one inning of scoreless relief, fanning two and giving up one hit.
It was all Bruins from the start, as Carda opened the bottom of the first with a home run to left. Goulder followed with a double to left-center, Bates walked and both runners moved up on a passed ball. Both runners then came home on a double to left-center off the bat of LaRosa to make it 3-0. Tiumalu continued the rally with a single through the right side. LaRosa was held at third, but when right fielder Angie Clark bobbled the ball, LaRosa continued home to score UCLA's fourth run.
In the third, the Bruins rallied with two outs. Lindvall posted a one-out single up the middle and moved to second on a ground out. Sataraka then singled to right to plate Lindvall to make it 5-0.
In the fifth, LaRosa reached second on a dropped pop up by Clark in right, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a single up the middle by Lindvall to put the home squad up 6-0.
UCLA closed out the game with a pair in the sixth. With one out, Goulder and Bates drew back-to-back walks, and a double by LaRosa plated Goulder to make it 7-0. Tiumalu then singled to left to bring in Bates with the mercy-rule run.
The Bruins close out the weekend against #17 Texas A&M on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Gametracker and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, along with live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.