LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Mysha Sataraka had home runs in both ends of Friday's doubleheader, as the third-ranked Bruins won a pair of six-inning matchups against UNLV (8-0) and Loyola Chicago (11-3) on the first day of the UCLA/CSUN Invitational at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 19-1 with the twinbill sweep.
In game one, junior Ally Carda improved to 11-1 in the circle, striking out 10 (sixth double-figure strikeout game of her career and fourth this season) in six shutout innings, allowing only three hits. She fanned at least one in every inning, including the side in the sixth and two apiece in the first and fifth frames. Carda posted 1-2-3 innings in the second, fourth and fifth.
The Bruins had eight hits at the plate, as Sataraka recorded three hits with two runs batted in. Carda and sophomore Brittany Moeai also drove in two runs each.
Carda escaped a huge jam in the top of the first. Garie Blando led off with a double to right-center for the Rebels (7-12). Emilie Valadez then grounded a ball to short, but the throw to third by freshman Delaney Spaulding to try and get Blando was wide, allowing Valadez to reach second. However, Carda fanned Stefany Valentino and Tayler Van Acker, ending the inning by getting Jamie DePippo to pop up to short.
UCLA got on the board with a pair in the third. Carda was hit to open the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice by freshman Gabrielle Maurice and scored on a double to right by Spaulding to make it 1-0. After a ground out to the right side by Moeai moved Spaulding to third, Sataraka singled up the middle to plate the Bruins' second run.
The Bruins tacked on four more in the fourth. Junior Gracie Goulder led off with an infield single to the 5-6 hole and junior Tara Mueller reached on a sacrifice attempt to third, when DePippo's throw to second to try and get Goulder was late. A double to center by Carda brought in both Bruin baserunners to make it 4-0.
After a Maurice grounder to the right side moved Carda to third, Spaulding walked and stole second. Moeai followed with a single to left to bring in a pair and put the Bruins up 6-0.
UCLA invoked the mercy rule with back-to-back home runs in the sixth. With one out, Sataraka sent a 1-1 pitch out to left for her fourth homer of the season to make it 7-0. Four pitches later, Hall connected on a 2-1 offering to left, her fourth bomb of the year, to wrap up an 8-0 victory.
In game two, Hall recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts (sixth double-figure strikeout game of her career) to improve to 6-0, giving up three runs (two earned), eight hits and three walks in six innings. She struck out the side in the second and sixth innings and two more in the first, fourth and fifth, posting 1-2-3 frames in the second and fourth.
UCLA had nine hits, with eight different players posting at least one. Spaulding tallied a pair of base knocks.
Loyola Chicago (7-12) scored a run in the first thanks to a Bruin error. A Brie Pasquale walk and a Jessica Balzano bunt single put a pair on. Lauren Moore then flared a blooper past the circle, which was picked up by Goulder. The junior went to third for the force, but the throw went into the UCLA dugout, as Pasquale scored from second for the game's first run.
The Bruins took the lead on one swing of the bat in the second. Sataraka led off with a walk, and one out later, freshman Jelly Felix hit her first collegiate homer to left to put the home team up 2-1.
The Ramblers had five hits in the third, but only scored one run. After singles by Pasquale and Balzano opened the inning, Moore blooped a single into center. Balzano rounded too far off second base, with Goulder alertly tagging her out. At the same time, Pasquale took off for home, but Goulder threw to Moeai behind the plate for the out for the strange double play. Singles for Tarran Shaffer and Lauren Zaworski eventually scored Moore to even the game at two.
UCLA reclaimed the lead with a run in its half of the third, as Maurice belted her first collegiate homer to center with one out to make it 3-2.
One more swing of the bat gave the Bruins four runs in the fourth. Hall, Felix and Mueller each drew walks and Carda sent one out to right for her second homer (both grand slams) of the season to put the home team up 7-2.
Loyola Chicago joined the home run derby to lead off the sixth when Alyssa Mannucci homered to center to make it 7-3.
In the Bruins' half of the sixth, they invoked the mercy rule again to finish off the doubleheader sweep. Carda led off with a walk and was pinch-run for by freshman Robyn Corruth, who moved to second on a walk to Maurice. One out later, Moeai doubled down the right-field line to plate both runners to make it 9-3. Sataraka then ended the festivities with a homer to left, her fifth of the season, to finish up an 11-3 victory.
The Bruins play twice more on Saturday against Loyola Chicago (2:30 p.m.) and Charleston Southern (5 p.m.). Free audio and live stats will be available at UCLABruins.com.