SEATTLE - Sophomore Mysha Sataraka tied a career high with three hits, including a two-run homer, while junior Ally Carda struck out five in a four-hit shutout, as the top-ranked Bruins took their second straight Pac-12 series with a 4-0 victory over #5 Washington on Monday at Husky Softball Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 28-2 overall and 5-1 in Pac-12 play, while the Huskies fall to 21-7 and 2-2 in league action.
Carda did not allow a walk in her seventh shutout of the year to improve to 17-1 on the season. The junior had 1-2-3 innings in the second, fourth and seventh. The Bruins had nine hits as a team, as seven different players posted at least one.
After leaving a pair of runners in scoring position in the first, the Bruins broke through with a run in the third. With one out, freshman Delaney Spaulding drew a walk after falling behind 0-2 in the count and scored on a gapper to right-center off the bat of junior Stephany LaRosa to make it 1-0. However, LaRosa would be thrown out trying to reach second. Sataraka followed with a double to left-center and moved to third on a wild pitch on ball four to freshman Jelly Felix, but the Bruins stranded two more in the inning.
In the fourth, the Bruins had another runner in scoring position, but the Huskies threw out a would-be run at the plate. With one out, junior Gracie Goulder was hit by a pitch and stole second. One out later, Carda tapped one to Washington third baseman Jennie McNeill, but the throw to first pulled Hooch Fagaly off the bag. Goulder rounded third and steamed home, but Fagaly fired to retire her at the plate to end the inning.
UCLA added its second run of the game in the fifth. Spaulding led off with a single to left-center, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
In the Huskies’ half of the fifth, it was the home team’s turn to get a runner thrown out at home. After Sataraka made a great defensive play on a Whitney Jones bunt to open the inning, Dani Braun doubled just inside the left-field line. Kelli Suguro followed with a single through the right side, but Braun ran through her coach’s stop sign at third and was thrown out at home, Felix to LaRosa, for the second out. A fly out to left by Victoria Hayward ended the inning.
The Bruins tacked on two more runs in the seventh. With one out, LaRosa drew a walk and Sataraka crushed her team-leading ninth homer of the season to left-center to up the advantage to 4-0.
UCLA plays five times at Easton Stadium this week, starting Wednesday with a doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara at 12 p.m. Free audio and live stats will be available at UCLABruins.com.