Long Beach State Upsets Third-Ranked UCLA

March 8, 2009

Box Score

LAKEWOOD, Calif. - The third-ranked Bruins saw their 18-game winning streak come to an end Sunday afternoon at the Long Beach State Invitational, falling 2-1 to the host 49ers at Mayfair Park.

The Bruins drop to 23-3 with the loss, while the 49ers improve to 14-9.

Sophomore Donna Kerr (12-3) took the defeat, allowing four hits, two runs and five walks with eight strikeouts in six innings.

Kerr had to work in the opening inning, but got out of a jam. Danielle Linke led off and reached on an error and moved to second on a sacrifice by Ashley Weber. Following a walk to Jennifer Griffin, Kristen Pocock blooped an infield single to second base which appeared to load the bases. However, Linke strayed too far off the third-base bag and sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore's snap throw from first to third baseman Burney was in time for the second out of the inning. Kerr then induced Brandy Reyes into a groundout to third to end the threat.

Some uncharacteristic wildness from Kerr led to a pair of runs in the bottom of the third for the 49ers. Weber led off with a walk, and one out later, free passes to Pocock and Reyes loaded the bases. With Jonae Perez at the plate, Kerr uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Weber to score to make it 1-0. Perez then lifted a scoring fly ball to left to bring in pinch-runner Megan Denio to put Long Beach State up 2-0.

The Bruins got on the board in the top of the sixth. With one out, Harrison blooped a double to shallow right. One out later, sophomore Katie Schroeder smashed a ball to first, but it bounced away from first baseman Perez. Second baseman Jodi Nakawatase picked the ball up to try and get Schroeder, but threw it away, allowing Harrison to score to make it 2-1.

UCLA had a chance in the seventh. Junior Kaila Shull drew a leadoff walk and was pinch-run for by sophomore Grace Murray. Freshman Andrea Harrison then roped a hard line drive, but it was speared at first by Perez, who ran over to the bag to double up Murray. Burney followed with a single to left, but Long Beach State's Brooke Turner finished the complete-game effort with a strikeout to win it. Turner had eight strikeouts, allowing an unearned run, three hits and two walks.

The Bruins return to Easton Stadium for a single game against Notre Dame on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.


EVENT INFORMATION
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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
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 1 - 8
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 2 - 1 (9)
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 2 - 1
Thursday, Jun 02
vs. Auburn
Oklahoma City, OK
L, 3 - 10
Saturday, Jun 04
vs. Florida State
Oklahoma City, OK
L, 4 - 8
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