12th-Ranked Bruins Rally From Four Down, Win in Extras

March 29, 2013

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STANFORD, Calif. - Senior B.B. Bates, juniors Jessica Hall and Alyssa Tiumalu, sophomore Gracie Goulder and freshmen Allexis Bennett and Brittany Moeai all had two-hit games, as the 12th-ranked Bruins tied a season high with 14 hits in an 8-5, eight-inning victory over #15 Stanford on Friday at Smith Family Stadium.

Sophomore Ally Carda (16-3) picked up the win in the circle, striking out five in four innings of hitless relief, giving up an unearned run and three walks. Carda retired the last 11 batters of the game, striking out a pair in both the sixth and the seventh. Freshman Paige McDuffee started and fanned three in four solid innings, allowing one earned run, four hits and two walks, striking out a pair in the third.

The Cardinal (23-9, 1-4 Pac-12) benefitted from two Bruin errors to score three times in the bottom of the first. After Sarah Hassman led off with a walk and Leah White singled to left, Kayla Bonstrom grounded one to third, but Tiumalu bobbled it to load the bases for Stanford. Jenna Rich then tapped a ball to short, but the throw home was dropped by Moeai, as both Hassman and White scored to make it 2-0 Cardinal. One out later, Jessica Plaza chopped one just over the outstretched glove of Tiumalu at third, as Bonstrom scored Stanford's third run.

The Bruins (25-7, 2-3 Pac-12), who had six base runners without the benefit of a hit and six left on base through the first three innings, finally got their first base knock in the fourth when Goulder led off with a single to right-center. After moving to second on a sacrifice from senior Devon Lindvall, Goulder moved to third when Bennett slapped one over the head of the Stanford shortstop to put runners at the corners for LaRosa. The sophomore hit a liner on the screws right at the shortstop, who threw to first to double up Bennett, who was going on the play.

Stanford added another run in the fourth. Kaitlin Schaberg doubled to left with one out and was pinch-run for by Tylyn Wells, who scored one out later on a single up the middle by Hassman to make it 4-0.

With their rally hats on, the Bruins netted five in the top of the fifth to take the lead. Bates singled to center to open the inning, moved to second on a walk to Carda and scored on a single to center by Tiumalu to make it 4-1. With sophomore Kaelin Sprawls running for Tiumalu, Hall roped a triple to the right-center field gap, as Carda and Sprawls scored, and when the relay throw from second baseman Schaberg got away, Hall scampered home to even the score at four. Two outs later, freshman Britney Rodriguez crushed a 1-1 pitch out to left for her fourth homer of the season to give the Bruins a 5-4 edge.

In the Cardinal's half of the fifth, the home team evened the game without the benefit of a hit. Walks to Bonstrom, Cassandra Roulund and Plaza loaded the bases for Tegan Schmidt, who tapped a ball to Hall at first. The junior threw low to the plate, which allowed Bonstrom to score the tying run.

The Bruins had chances to break the tie in the sixth and the seventh, but left a pair on base in each inning, as the game went into extras. In the eighth, Bates was hit by a pitch to start the inning, but was erased at second on a fielder's choice grounder off the bat of Carda. Tiumalu followed with a single to the edge of the outfield grass in the 3-4 hole to put a pair on for Hall, who singled through the left side, and when White bobbled the ball, Carda came home to put UCLA up 6-5. After a single off the Stanford pitcher off the bat of Moeai loaded the bases, Goulder walked to force home Tiumalu to make it 7-5. Hall then scored the Bruins' eighth run on a wild pitch to put the visitors up by three. One out later, Bennett walked to load the bases for LaRosa, who continued her hard-luck night, belting another hard-hit ball to deep left-center, but Hassman crashed up against the fence to keep it a three-run game.

The Bruins and the Cardinal wrap up the three-game series on Saturday at 12 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.

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