May 22, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - After a thrilling, 3-2 comeback win to force the if necessary game on Sunday, the fourth-seeded Gators jumped on the Bruins with nine runs in the first inning and went on to post an 11-3, five-inning victory to end UCLA's season.
The Bruins conclude their season with a 36-19 record, while the Gators advanced to Super Regionals to face 13-seed Oregon next weekend.
In game one, it was a pitcher's duel between senior Donna Kerr and Florida's Stephanie Brombacher through four scoreless innings. In the bottom of the fifth, UCLA, playing as the home team, got on the scoreboard without the benefit of a hit. Senior Grace Murray was hit by a pitch to start off the inning and moved to second on a walk to senior GiOnna DiSalvatore. That would be the end of the day for Brombacher, who was replaced by Hannah Rogers. One out later, junior Andrea Harrison walked to load the bases. Sophomore B.B. Bates then lifted a deep fly ball to left to bring home Murray with the game's first run.
After leaving two in the first and third innings and one in the second and fourth, Florida responded with two runs in the top of the sixth. With one out, Megan Bush walked and was pinch-run for by Lauren Heil, who advanced to second on a hit by pitch of Cheyenne Coyle. Both runners then moved up a base on a double steal. Tiffany DeFelice followed by lifting a scoring fly ball to left to score Heil to tie the game. When Bates' throw in short-hopped DiSalvatore at third and got away, that allowed Coyle, who beat the throw in to third, to score to give the Gators a 2-1 lead.
The Bruins came back though to post their 14th-comeback victory of the season. DiSalvatore led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left and moved to second on a sacrifice by junior Katie Schroeder. Harrison then singled to left-center to bring home DiSalvatore and even the game at two. One out later, freshman Kellie Fox and junior Samantha Camuso had back-to-back singles to left to load the bases for senior Amy Crawford, who hit the first pitch she saw to right-center for a single to plate Harrison and win the game for the Bruins.
Five of the Bruins' nine hits came in the seventh inning. Crawford went 2-for-2 with a walk, while DiSalvatore went 2-for-2 with a pair of free passes. Kerr allowed two runs (one earned) in her six innings, striking out three and giving up a hit and seven walks. Freshman Jessica Hall retired the first two batters of the seventh, while junior Aleah Macon got the only batter she faced and ended up earning the win to improve to 4-0.
In the if necessary game, the Bruins looked to build on the momentum from the walk-off win by loading the bases in the opening inning. DiSalvatore hit the first pitch to right for a double. One out later, Harrison was hit by a pitch, and after another out, Fox was hit to load the bases. But Rogers retired Camuso on a fly out to left to end the inning.
The Gators would then have the momentum go to their side, as they scored nine in the bottom of the first frame. The first four runs scored on a two-run single by Bush and a two-run error by the Bruins. A home run by DeFelice with Coyle aboard extended the advantage to 6-0. Two batters later, Michelle Moultrie drove in a run with a single to right and Aja Paculba knocked home a pair with a single to right to make it 9-0.
The Bruins had another chance in the third, loading the bases with nobody out. DiSalvatore was hit by a pitch, Schroeder singled to right and Harrison singled up the middle. But Rogers got Bates on a comebacker double play, as Harrison was erased at home. Rogers then struck out Fox to end the inning.
Florida added two more in the fourth on a two-run homer by Coyle to make it 11-0.
The Bruins wouldn't go down without a fight though in the top of the fifth. With one out, DiSalvatore singled to left and Schroeder singled to right. After Harrison moved both runners up on a grounder to first, Bates singled to right to plate a pair to make it 11-2. After a single to center by Fox, Camuso singled to left to bring in Bates to cut the deficit to 11-3. But the mercy rule would stay in effect, as Rogers struck out Crawford to end the game.
DiSalvatore and Schroeder had two hits apiece, as the Bruins had eight as a team.