Feb. 20, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sophomore B.B. Bates produced her first-career, two-homer game, going 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBI, while senior GiOnna DiSalvatore added a home run and went 3-for-3 with two RBI, as the top-ranked Bruins finished up play at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic with a 13-3, six-inning win over Utah State.
The Bruins improve to 9-1 on the season, while the Aggies fall to 3-7.
Bates' first four-hit game also saw her tie a career best for RBI and set a personal best for runs scored. Freshman Jessica Hall went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a homer at the plate and also earned the win in the circle. She moved to 5-1, striking out four and allowing three runs, three hits and six walks in six innings.
The Aggies threatened in the top of the first, but were turned away on a double play. Tatem Day doubled to left and Tina Ferguson was hit to put two aboard. One out later, Ashley Ventura tapped one back to the circle, with Hall going to third for the first out and freshman Talee Snow throwing across to first to complete the twin killing.
In the bottom of the inning, the Bruins sported a two-out rally to score four runs. Junior Katie Schroeder walked, moved to second on a bunt single by Bates and both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by DiSalvatore. One out later, freshman Kellie Fox walked to load the bases and freshman Alyssa Tiumalu followed with a single up the middle to plate Schroeder and Bates to make it 2-0. Hall then singled up the middle to bring home Fox for the Bruins' third run. After senior Amy Crawford was hit to reload the bases, sophomore Devon Lindvall drew a walk to bring in Tiumalu to make it 4-0.
The Bruins added four more in the second. Bates led off the inning by hitting a 3-1 pitch over the left-field fence, her third of the season, to make it 5-0. Two pitches later, DiSalvatore rocketed one out to right, her second of the year, to increase the advantage to 6-0. UCLA would load the bases on a hit by pitch of junior Andrea Harrison, a walk to Fox and a one-out free pass to Hall. Crawford was then hit by a pitch to bring in Harrison to make it 7-0 and a grounder to short by Lindvall brought home Fox to give UCLA its eighth run.
The Aggies got on the board in the top of the fourth. Kelly Kaneshiro was hit by a pitch to start off, but Ventura would ground into another double play. Ventura tapped a ball to first, with Crawford stepping on the bag for the first out and then throwing down to Fox at second for out number two. Shasta Tyteca followed with a single to short and Utah State then got three straight walks to Megan McDonald, Krista Bava and Lindsey Marquez to make it 8-1.
Utah State added two more in the fifth. Day and Kassandra Uchida walked to start the inning and Day scored on a double to center by Kaneshiro to make it 8-2. Uchida then came home when Ventura grounded out to second to cut the deficit to five at 8-3.
The Bruins got one of the runs back in their half of the fifth. With one out, Bates reached on a bunt single back to the circle and came home on a double to right-center by DiSalvatore to make it 9-3.
UCLA invoked the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a four-run frame. The Bruins made it 10-3 when Hall hit a 1-0 pitch out to left with one out, her third homer of the year. Junior Marti Reed followed with a walk and Lindvall singled through the left side to put a pair aboard. Lindvall would be retired at second when Schroeder grounded into a fielder's choice to short, but Bates ended the game with her second homer of the contest and fourth of the season to center on a 2-1 count to finish off the 10-run victory.
UCLA plays six times next week, first traveling to Northridge for a Wednesday matchup at 2 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.