April 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES - B.B. Bates hit a two-run homer on Senior Day, while fellow four-year player Devon Lindvall also had an RBI single, but the 16th-ranked Bruins saw #4 Oregon score four in the top of the seventh to post a 7-5 victory on Sunday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins (32-17, 8-13 Pac-12) had five hits, as junior Jessica Hall, sophomore Gracie Goulder and freshman Allexis Bennett each had singles. In the circle, Hall (6-6) picked up the loss, striking out two in 2 2/3 innings of relief and allowing four runs, three hits and three walks. Sophomore Ally Carda started and fanned four in four innings, giving up three runs, two hits and two walks. Freshman Paige McDuffee retired the final batter of the top of the seventh.
It appeared that we were headed for a pitcher's duel for the first time in the series, as the game was scoreless through 3 1/2. Carda opened the game by retiring the first six, including a pair of strikeouts in the second, while Oregon's Jessica Moore set down the first nine Bruins.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Bruins scored three to break the stalemate. Sophomore Stephany LaRosa reached on a fielding error by Oregon second baseman Kaylan Howard and came home on Bates' 20th homer of the season to left-center to put the home team up 2-0. One out later, freshman Mysha Sataraka walked and was pinch-run for by sophomore Kaelin Sprawls. A walk to Hall put a pair on base and both her and Sprawls moved up after a wild pitch. Lindvall then grounded a slow roller to the right side, which was able to score Sprawls with the Bruins' third run.
In the fifth, the Ducks (40-7, 15-3) got all three runs back on one swing of the bat. Koral Costa and Danica Mercado were each hit by a pitch to open the inning and Janie Takeda hit a homer to right-center to equal things at three.
In the bottom of the frame, the Bruins rallied with two runs, but controversy kept them from scoring more. Goulder started things off with a slap single to the left side. Then with Bennett at the plate, Goulder advanced too far off the bag and was caught in between first and second. With Goulder heading back to first, Oregon catcher Janelle Lindvall threw down, but her throw sailed into right field, as Goulder came all the way around to score to put the Bruins up 4-3.
Bennett would end up reaching on a slap single to third base, LaRosa hit an in-between hopper through the legs of Costa at third for an error and Bates walked to load the bases. Carda followed with a ground ball to short and the only play was to third to force LaRosa, as Bennett scored to make it 5-3. One out later, Hall singled up the middle, as Bates rounded third heading for home. However, it appeared that the Duck catcher Lindvall was blocking Bates' path to the plate after catching the throw from center field. But Bates was called out to end the inning. The Bruin coaches argued the play and the game was officially put under protest.
After a scoreless sixth inning, the Ducks rallied with four in the seventh. With one out, Takeda singled to left, Courtney Ceo walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Kaylan Howard then lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Takeda to make it 5-4. Kailee Cuico followed with a walk and Samantha Pappas would hit a two-out, three-run homer to center to put the Ducks up 7-5. The Bruins were retired in order in their half of the seventh to give the series to Oregon.
The Bruins are back in action at Easton Stadium on Wednesday when they host Loyola Marymount at 2 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.