March 3, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior B.B. Bates and sophomores Gracie Goulder and Stephany LaRosa each had four hits in Sunday's doubleheader, while sophomore Ally Carda had three hits, a homer and a victory in the circle, as the 10th-ranked Bruins defeated New Mexico 14-3 in five innings and San Diego State 7-0 on Sunday at SDSU Softball Stadium.
In game one, four Bruins (17-2) had multiple-hit contests and seven players recorded at least one hit, as UCLA had 12 as a team. Bates had three hits and three RBI, sophomore Ally Carda went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a homer and Goulder and LaRosa each added two hits and two RBI. In the circle, junior Jessica Hall moved to 2-1 on the season, striking out six in five innings and giving up six hits and three walks. She had a pair of strikeouts in the first and third frames.
The Bruins got on the board in the top of the first. With two outs, UCLA loaded the bases on a double to left-center by Bates, a walk to Hall and a single to center from freshman Brittany Moeai. Carda then drew a free pass to bring in Bates to make it 1-0.
The Lobos (11-12) tied the score in the bottom of the second. Courtney Geith led off with a bunt single in front of the plate, moved to second one out later on a sacrifice and scored on a single to right by Karissa Haleman.
UCLA got the run back in the top of the third when Carda hit her sixth homer of the season to right to make it 2-1.
The Bruins broke it open in the fourth, sending 16 batters to the plate and scoring 12 times, tying for the second-most runs plated in one inning in UCLA history and one off the school record. Freshman Allexis Bennett had a one-out slap single to second and scored on a double down the left-field line by Goulder, who then came home on a triple to right-center off the bat of LaRosa to make it 4-1. Bates followed with a single up the middle to bring home LaRosa with UCLA's fifth run. UCLA would load the bases when Hall reached on an error and Moeai walked, bringing up Carda, who singled off the third baseman's glove to make it 6-1.
UCLA then had five straight batters reach base without the aid of a hit. A walk to junior Alyssa Tiumalu scored sophomore Tara Mueller, who was running for Hall, to make it 7-1. Back-to-back hit by pitches of senior Devon Lindvall and Bennett brought in Moeai and Carda to increase the margin to 9-1. Goulder and LaRosa followed with consecutive walks to plate Tiumalu and Lindvall to make it 11-1. The scoring wasn't over yet though, as Bates had a ground-rule double to right-center to bring in Bennett and Goulder with runs 12 and 13, while a wild pitch scored LaRosa to make it 14-1.
New Mexico scored single runs in the fourth and the fifth. Geith led off the fourth with a walk, moved to second two outs later on a wild pitch and scored on a single up the middle by Haleman. In the fifth, Chelsea Anaya drew a two-out walk, moved to third on a single to right-center by Naomi Tellez and scored on a single to left by Anaya to make it 14-3.
In the nightcap, Carda earned the win to move to 11-1 on the year, striking out six in a complete-game shutout. She allowed seven hits and two walks. UCLA had 14 hits as a team, with four players posting multiple-hit contests. Hall went 3-for-3, LaRosa added two hits and a two-run homer, Goulder posted two more hits and so did Tiumalu.
Each team had missed opportunities in the first four innings, with both squads leaving six on base. The Bruins (18-2) left two on in both the first and third, leaving a runner at third each time, and also stranding one 60 feet away in the fourth. The Aztecs (10-9) left the bases loaded in the second and a runner at third in the third.
The Bruins finally broke through in the top of the fifth. Goulder led off with an infield single to third and advanced to second on a throwing error by Leia Ruiz. LaRosa then smashed her sixth homer of the season to left-center to put the Bruins up 2-0. Bates followed with a triple down the right-field line and scored on a single up the middle off the bat of Hall to make it 3-0.
UCLA busted it open with four in the seventh. With one out, Hall doubled to center and Moeai followed with a single to center to make it 4-0. With sophomore Kaelin Sprawls running at second for Moeai, Carda drew a walk to move her to second and a double to left-center by Tiumalu gave the Bruins their fifth run. Lindvall followed with a single up the middle to plate Carda and Tiumalu to make it 7-0.
The Bruins travel to Cal State Northridge on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.