19th-Ranked Bruins Stage Thrilling Comeback Win Over #8 Cal

April 12, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - The 19th-ranked Bruins came back from 4-0 down after the top of the first inning and 5-4 behind and down to their last strike, as sophomore Stephany LaRosa tied the game in the seventh and California's fourth error won it for UCLA in the ninth in a 6-5 victory over the eighth-ranked Golden Bears on Thursday at Easton Stadium.

The Bruins had 12 hits, with half of those coming from the 8-9 part of the lineup. Senior Devon Lindvall and freshman Allexis Bennett each recorded three hits, while six others also had a base knock.

Sophomore Ally Carda (18-6) picked up the victory in relief, tossing 3 2/3 innings of hitless relief, striking out seven and giving up just two walks. She struck out a pair in the sixth, seventh and eighth frames. Freshman Paige McDuffee started and struck out two in 5 1/3 innings, allowing only one earned run (five total), seven hits and two walks, posting a 1-2-3 inning in the second.

The Golden Bears (31-7, 6-4) scored four unearned runs in the top of the first. With runners at third and first and two outs, Danielle Henderson tapped a ball to LaRosa at short, but it was bobbled, allowing Britt Vonk to score the game's first run. A walk to Victoria Jones loaded the bases for Breana Kostreba, who singled up the middle to score Lindsey Ziegenhirt and Henderson to make it 3-0. After a single to center by Vanessa Alvarez re-loaded the bases, Khala Taylor reached on an infield single to the left of the circle to score Jones with Cal's fourth run.

The Bruins (27-13, 4-9) clawed back with a run in the third. Lindvall led off with a double to left and Bennett laid down a perfect bunt single to the left side, and when Henderson's throw from third was low to first, Lindvall scored to make it 4-1.

In a wild fourth inning, UCLA tied the game. LaRosa opened the frame by skying a high fly ball to right, but Alvarez dropped it, allowing the Bruin sophomore to take second. Alvarez's throw into second skipped away and into left-field foul ground, with LaRosa coming all the way around to score UCLA's second run. Carda followed with a single up the middle and came home on a homer to right by junior Jessica Hall, her sixth of the season, to even the score at four.

Cal re-took the lead in the next half inning with another two-out rally. Jones walked and Kostreba doubled to right-center to make it 5-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, Lindvall led off with a single off of first baseman Jones, but remained their two outs later, until a walk to senior B.B. Bates put her in scoring position. Then battling back from an 0-2 deficit in the count, LaRosa won a seven-pitch at-bat against Cal's Jolene Henderson, singling up the middle to bring in Lindvall and even the game at five.

After having a runner thrown out at home in the eighth, the Bruins won the three-hour, 19-minute marathon in the ninth. Bennett led off with a single to left and moved to second on a passed ball. Sophomore Gracie Goulder followed with a walk, but was forced at second on a grounder to the right side off the bat of Bates. The Golden Bears then walked LaRosa intentionally to get to Carda, who tapped a grounder to short. But Cheyenne Cordes threw low to the plate, as Bennett slid in with the game-winning run.

The Bruins and the Golden Bears are right back at it on Friday at 7 p.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Thursday, Feb 25
vs. Florida
Cathedral City, CA
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Feb 26
vs. Georgia
Cathedral City, CA
W, 14 - 6 (5)
Friday, Feb 26
vs. BYU
Cathedral City, CA
W, 9 - 4
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. Oklahoma
Cathedral City, CA
L, 7 - 11
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. Northwestern
Cathedral City, CA
L, 2 - 7
Wednesday, Mar 02
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
L, 6 - 8
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Florida State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 3
Friday, Mar 04
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Charleston Southern
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Syracuse
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. UC Davis
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 1 (5)
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Utah Valley
Lakewood, CA
W, 19 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Iowa State
Lakewood, CA
W, 7 - 1
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Princeton
Lakewood, CA
W, 13 - 1 (5)
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Long Beach State
Lakewood, CA
W, 3 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
at California
Berkeley, CA
W, 3 - 2 (9)
Monday, Mar 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
T, 3 - 3
Monday, Mar 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
Canceled
Thursday, Mar 24
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9 (6)
Friday, Mar 25
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 6
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
W, 10 - 8
Tuesday, Mar 29
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
W, 5 - 4
Friday, Apr 01
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 16 - 6 (5)
Saturday, Apr 02
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 5 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 9
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Monday, Apr 11
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Wednesday, Apr 13
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 0
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 5
Sunday, Apr 17
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 6
Sunday, Apr 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 4 - 8
Monday, Apr 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 7
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, May 01
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 4
Friday, May 06
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 15 - 7 (5)
Saturday, May 07
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Sunday, May 08
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Rained Out
Friday, May 20
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, May 21
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Saturday, May 28 - 6:30 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, May 29 - 4:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, May 29 - 7:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
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