March 13, 2011
LAKEWOOD, Calif. - Nine of the Bruins' 12 runs on Sunday were scored with two outs, as junior Andrea Harrison capped off a fantastic weekend with a 3-for-3, five-RBI effort in ninth-ranked UCLA's 12-1, five-inning victory over Saint Mary's at the Long Beach Marriott Invitational. Freshman Jessica Hall struck out eight in the complete-game, three-hitter.
The Bruins improve to 20-5 on the season, while the Gaels fall to 3-5.
Harrison finished the weekend with a .750 average (12-for-16) with two home runs, 10 runs batted in, five runs scored and five doubles. UCLA pounded out 12 hits, as eight of the nine starters had at least one. Senior GiOnna DiSalvatore went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, junior Katie Schroeder went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and sophomore B.B. Bates scored three times and drove in a pair.
Hall improved to 12-4 on the year, allowing a run, three hits and four walks in five innings. She struck out a pair in the first and the side in order in the second.
UCLA netted a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Schroeder led off with a single up the middle and stole second, with back-to-back walks to Bates and DiSalvatore loading the bases. Harrison followed with a single through the right side to plate Schroeder to make it 1-0. Bates then brought in the Bruins' second run when freshman Kellie Fox grounded into a fielder's choice back to the circle.
The Bruins added two more with a two-out rally in the second. Schroeder had a one-out double to left, and one out later, DiSalvatore tripled off the center-field wall to plate UCLA's third run. Harrison then doubled to right-center to bring in DiSalvatore to make it 4-0.
The Gaels struck back with a run in the top of the third. With one out, Kayla Gonzales singled through the left side and moved to third on a double to center by Rebecca Sabatini. Michelle Mounts then lifted a sacrifice fly to center to bring in Gonzales to make it 4-1.
UCLA busted it open in its half of the third, sending 11 to the plate and scoring six times. Freshman Alyssa Tiumalu recorded a one-out single to right and advanced to second when junior Marti Reed reached on a fielding error by Sabatini at short. Freshman Talee Snow followed with a ground-rule double to left-center to plate Tiumalu to make it 5-1.
After a walk to Schroeder loaded the bases, Bates tapped back to the circle, with Britany Linton coming home to force Reed for the second out. DiSalvatore followed with a double to center to drive in Snow and Schroeder to increase the lead to 7-1. Harrison then hit her team-best eighth homer to left to make it a 10-1 game.
The Bruins extended their lead with two runs on one swing in the fourth. Reed drew a leadoff walk and came home two outs later on a homer to center by Bates, her fifth of the season, to make it 12-1.
The Bruins are off next week for Winter quarter finals, returning to the field and opening up a 12-game homestand on Monday, March 21 when they host UC Santa Barbara in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.