Feb. 23, 2013
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The 13th-ranked Bruins scored seven of their nine runs on Saturday with two outs, as they defeated Maryland 4-3 and Oklahoma State 5-1 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Sophomore Stephany LaRosa had four hits in the twinbill, freshman Mysha Sataraka added three and sophomore Ally Carda posted two hits and a win.
In game one against Maryland, junior Jessica Hall tossed six innings of shutout ball, striking out three and allowing only two hits and two walks to improve to 1-1 on the year. At the plate, the Bruins, who scored all of their runs with two outs, had seven hits, with Sataraka posting a pair, including a two-run homer. Carda, who tossed the seventh inning, also homered.
UCLA (10-1) got on the board in the bottom of the second with a two-out rally with some help from Maryland (3-5). Freshman Brittany Moeai tapped a ball to short, which Juli Strange was unable to come up with to keep the inning alive for Sataraka, who doubled to left-center to put a pair on base. Senior Devon Lindvall then hit a comebacker off the extended glove of Maryland pitcher Kaitlyn Schmeiser to plate Moeai to make it 1-0.
Maryland, which grounded and lined into double plays in the first and fourth innings, respectively, saw its best chance early on in the third. Lexi Carroll walked and Strange reached on a fielder's choice to open the frame. Nikki Maier then grounded a ball to short, but Carroll ran into LaRosa and was called out for interference. A pair of pop ups ended the inning for Hall, whose only 1-2-3 frame came in the fifth.
The Bruins tacked on what proved to be some important insurance runs in the sixth, again with two outs. Carda hit the first pitch she saw out to center field to make it 2-0. Moeai then blooped a double just inside the left-field foul line to bring up Sataraka, who launched her third homer of the year to left-center to extend the advantage to 4-0.
In the top of the seventh, the Terrapins loaded the bases on a single and two walks. With two down, a passed ball brought home Liana Newton to make it 3-1. After a walk to Nikki Maier re-loaded the bases, Sara Acosta hit a little dribbler past Carda in the circle, allowing Lindsey Schmeiser to score to cut the deficit to 4-2. A walk to Amanda McCann made it a one-run contest, but Carda got Shannon Bustillos to fly out to right to end the game.
In game two, LaRosa recorded three hits, while Carda added two with three RBI. Carda also got the complete-game win in the circle, striking out five to move to 7-0 on the season. She allowed an unearned run, four hits and two walks.
In the bottom of the first, sophomore Gracie Goulder led off with a single up the middle and LaRosa hit a spinning top to second and beat it out for a hit. Two outs later, and after a walk to Hall, Carda dribbled one under the glove of Oklahoma State (7-6) pitcher Kat Espinosa towards second. Hall got to second safely, Goulder scored and LaRosa alertly kept on running with two outs to bring home the Bruins' second run.
The Cowgirls cut the deficit in half with a run in the top of the second. Tamara Brown led off with a single to center, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a double to right-center off the bat of Amy Graham to make it 2-1.
The Bruins (11-1) scored solo runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to extend the lead. In the fourth, Moeai had a one-out double to left-center and was pinch-run for by sophomore Kaelin Sprawls, who advanced to third on a sacrifice by Lindvall and scored on a passed ball to make it 3-1.
In the fifth, LaRosa blooped a triple to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly to center from senior B.B. Bates to extend the advantage to 4-1. One inning later, Carda hit her second homer of the doubleheader and fifth of the season down the left-field line to make it 5-1.
In the top of sixth, the Cowgirls squandered a second and first opportunity with only one out, as Carda induced a line out and pop up to end the threat. In the seventh, Bates made the highlight defensive play of the game, crashing into the left-field, breakaway fence on a shot from Taylor Woodall to keep the score 5-1. Carda had 1-2-3 innings in the first, fifth and seventh, retiring the last five of the contest.
The Bruins conclude their weekend in Cathedral City on Sunday with a 9 a.m. game against #10 LSU, followed by an 11:30 matchup with Nevada. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com, along with updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.