Feb. 26, 2012
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The fifth-ranked Bruins split their action on Sunday at the Cathedral City Classic, falling to #11 Missouri 7-5 in six innings, while beating Syracuse 6-3. Junior B.B. Bates homered twice against Missouri, while senior Andrea Harrison produced two hits in both contests.
Missouri 7, UCLA 5 (6 innings)
Bates hit a pair of home runs and drove in four, but the fifth-ranked Bruins fell 7-5 to #11 Missouri in their first game on Sunday at the Cathedral City Classic. The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning, as the teams agreed to a drop-dead stop time prior to the contest so Missouri could catch its flight home.
Harrison and sophomore Kellie Fox also had two-hit games for UCLA (10-4), which had eight hits as a team. In the circle, sophomore Jessica Hall threw 2 1/3 hitless innings of relief, striking out three. Junior Destiny Rodino started and allowed two runs, three hits and one walk in a third of an inning. Freshman Ally Carda (5-2) tossed three innings, striking out one and giving up five runs (two earned), two hits and four walks.
The Bruins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Senior Katie Schroeder was hit by a pitch and Harrison singled to center. After Harrison was forced at second on a grounder off the bat of freshman Stephany LaRosa, Bates crushed her second homer of the season to straightaway center to put UCLA on top. The Bruins had a chance to get more after loading the bases on a single by Fox and walks to senior Samantha Camuso and Carda, but sophomore Alyssa Tiumalu grounded out to end the inning.
Missouri (6-3) cut its deficit to 3-2 with a pair in the bottom of the first. The Tigers loaded the bases on a Jenna Marston double to center, a Corrin Genovese walk and an Ashley Fleming single to center. UCLA got the first out of the inning when Kelsea Roth tapped one to third, as LaRosa came home to retire Marston. But Nicole Hudson followed with a single to right to plate Genovese and Fleming to make it a one-run game.
The Tigers added two more in the second. With one out, Ashtin Stephens walked and moved to third on a single to left by Marston. After Marston stole second, Genovese grounded one to second, but it was bobbled by Camuso, as Stephens scored and Marston moved to third. Back-to-back walks to Fleming and Roth forced home Marston to give Missouri a 4-3 lead. Hudson then grounded out to second, as Genovese scored the fifth run.
Missouri tacked on two more in the fourth. Marston led off with a walk, Genovese reached on a fielding error by sophomore Talee Snow at second and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. One out later, another wild pitch brought home Marston to make it 6-3. Roth followed with a double to center to bring in Genovese to make it 7-3.
The Bruins cut their deficit in half with two in the top of the fifth. Bates led off with her second homer of the game and third of the season to left to make it 7-4. One out later, Camuso and senior Dani Yudin had back-to-back singles and Carda walked to load the bases, with Snow following with a sacrifice fly to center to bring in Camuso to get the Bruins to within two. A Schroeder walk re-loaded the bases, but Harrison roped a liner that found the glove of Genovese at third to end the inning.
UCLA 6, Syracuse 3
The Bruins rallied from a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to post a 6-3 victory over Syracuse in the weekend finale in Cathedral City. Harrison had a pair of hits, while Camuso and LaRosa each drove in two.
Hall (5-2) earned the win in the circle, striking out seven and allowing one earned run (three total), three hits and two walks in a complete-game effort.
The Bruins scored in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Schroeder walked, stole second, moved to third on a ground out by Harrison and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by LaRosa to make it 1-0.
The Orange tied the score in the bottom of the fourth when Lisaira Daniels led off with a homer to left-center.
Syracuse took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Stephanie Watts led off with a walk and moved to second when Kelly Saco reached on an error at second. Both runners moved up after a bunt by Morgan Nandin, and one out later, Julie Wambold tapped a ball to second, which was bobbled by Snow, allowing Watts and Saco to score to make it 3-1 Syracuse.
The Bruins rallied for three in the top of the sixth. With one out, Schroeder was hit by a pitch and Harrison singled to the 5-6 hole. Schroeder was forced at third when LaRosa grounded into a fielder's choice to third, as LaRosa dove into first just ahead of the double-play attempt. A wild pitch moved both runners up and a walk to Bates loaded the bases. Fox followed by grounding one to short, but it was booted by Nandin, allowing Harrison to score to make it 3-2. Camuso then singled sharply off the glove of Saco at first, with the ball trickling into right field, as LaRosa and Bates came home to give the Bruins a 4-3 edge.
UCLA added two more in the seventh. Carda led off with a single up the middle and was pinch-run for by freshman Sam Duran, who advanced to second on a fielding error by Saco at first. One out later, Harrison singled to right, as Duran scored to make it 5-3. LaRosa followed with a single up the middle, bringing home Snow to extend the advantage to 6-3.
The Bruins head to Lake Buena Vista, Fla. next weekend for five games. UCLA takes on Michigan and Fordham on Friday, March 2, Baylor and Auburn on Saturday, March 3 and Hofstra on Sunday, March 4. All contests will feature Gametracker and free audio at UCLABruins.com. In addition, Saturday's Baylor game can be viewed live on ESPN3.com.