April 2, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA pitching trio of junior Jessica Hall, sophomore Ally Carda and freshman Paige McDuffee struck out 17 batters over 16 innings of softball on Tuesday at Easton Stadium, but the 15th-ranked Bruins dropped a 1-0 decision in game one to #17 Washington and a 5-4 contest in a nine-inning nightcap.
The Huskies improve to 27-10 overall and 5-3 in Pac-12 play with the sweep, while the Bruins fall to 25-10 and 2-6 in league action.
In game one, Carda had two hits at the plate and allowed only one in the circle, but it was a home run and that was all Washington needed in a 1-0 victory. Carda (16-5) struck out eight and allowed only two other base runners on walks in a complete-game effort. The sophomore had four 1-2-3 innings in the second, third, fourth and sixth frames, retiring 13 in a row at one point. She struck out a pair in each of her last three innings.
Washington only had runners in three innings on a Victoria Hayward walk to lead off the game and a one-out free pass to Hooch Fagaly in the seventh. Both would end up being stranded at third. However in the fifth, Lahners belted an 0-1 pitch out to left-center to put the visitors on the board after being held hitless for 4 1/3 innings.
Of the Bruins' four base runners, all on singles, none of them ever reached second base. Carda recorded singles in the second and fourth innings, freshman Brittany Moeai reached on a base hit in the fifth and junior Alyssa Tiumalu posted a one-out single in the seventh.
In game two, the Bruins scored four times in the first inning, but the Huskies rallied with four, two-out runs in the third and posted another two-out run in the ninth to win it.
Hall (4-4) fanned six in 6 1/3 innings of relief, allowing one run, four hits and one walk. The junior had a pair of 1-2-3 frames in the fourth and fifth, striking out the side in the sixth. McDuffee started and struck out three in 2 2/3 innings, giving up four unearned runs, five hits and one walk. The freshman had a 1-2-3 opening inning and fanned two in the second.
The Bruins broke their 14-inning drought in the run column in their first at-bat of the nightcap. UCLA loaded the bases to open the frame on a hit by pitch of senior B.B. Bates, a single to left by sophomore Stephany LaRosa and a bunt single to the left side from Carda. The Bruins then received back-to-back walks to Tiumalu and Hall to force home Bates and LaRosa to put the home team up 2-0. Sophomore Gracie Goulder followed with a single up the middle to plate Carda and Tiumalu for runs three and four.
In the second, the Huskies stranded the bases loaded. With two outs, Lahners singled to left, Shawna Wright singled up the middle and Kelli Suguro singled back to the circle, but McDuffee retired Jennie McNeill on a fielder's choice grounder to second to end the threat.
Washington rallied again with two outs in the third, but this time was able to tie the game up thanks to a pair of untimely errors by the best fielding team in the Pac-12. With Kaitlin Inglesby, who tossed a four-hitter in the circle in game one, on third and Fagaly at second, Kimberlee Souza chopped a ball to first, which was bobbled by Moeai, allowing Inglesby to score the Huskies' first run. After a wild pitch moved Souza to second and put a pair in scoring position, Lahners singled up the middle to plate Fagaly and Souza to make it 4-3. With Lahners alertly taking second on the throw home, Wright tapped one to third, but sophomore Sam Duran threw low to first, allowing Lahners to score the tying run.
The Bruins only got three base runners to second base after the first inning and only four total for the last eight frames. UCLA ended up with six hits, as freshman Allexis Bennett went 3-for-3.
In the ninth, Hayward had a two-out double to right-center and Missy Taukeiaho followed with a two-bagger to the exact same spot to put the Huskies up 5-4. Bennett saved another run from being scored, as Inglesby singled to center, but the freshman gunned down Taukeiaho at the plate.
The Bruins and the Huskies wrap up the three-game series on Wednesday at 12 p.m. at Easton Stadium. Gametracker and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.