Feb. 27, 2011
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Freshman Alyssa Tiumalu hit a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel the second-ranked Bruins to a 5-4 victory over Northwestern on Sunday at the Cathedral City Classic. In game two, Tiumalu went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI, as UCLA defeated Ohio State 12-5.
In game one against Northwestern (7-5), the Bruins trailed on two separate occasions, but rallied twice for the victory. Senior Donna Kerr struck out eight in seven innings, allowing three runs, eight hits and five walks in seven innings. Junior Aleah Macon (1-0) entered in relief of Kerr in the eighth and earned the win, striking out one and giving up an unearned run and two hits in one frame. Freshman Kellie Fox had a two-hit game for the Bruins.
The Wildcats got on the board in the top of the first inning. Emily Allard slapped a single to third, stole second and moved to third on a bunt single by Robin Thompson. Adrienne Monka followed with a walk to load the bases, and one out later, Allard scored on a passed ball to make it 1-0.
In the third, Mari Majam hit a two-out homer to center to put the Wildcats up 2-0.
The Bruins (12-3) cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth when freshman Jessica Hall hammered the first pitch she saw over the fence in left-center to make it 2-1. It was Hall's fourth homer of the season.
In the sixth, UCLA rallied with two outs to take the lead. Fox reached on an infield single back to the circle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tiumalu. Hall followed with a walk and was pinch-run for by Sydney Leroux, who was erased at second on a force play that allowed sophomore Devon Lindvall to reach. Snow then connected on a 2-1 pitch, doubling to right-center to plate Fox and Lindvall to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead.
The Wildcats would tie the game in the seventh. Allard and Thompson each reached on bunt singles and Allard moved to third on a fly out to right by Monka. The Bruins then walked Michelle Batts intentionally to load the bases for Marisa Bast, who popped up to Fox at short for the second out. However, Fox in trying to get Allard at third base threw it away, allowing Allard to scamper home to tie the game.
The Bruins were turned away in the bottom of the inning, as the game went to extra innings. With the international tiebreaker rule in effect and Paige Tonz starting off the inning at second for Northwestern, Jordan Wheeler singled to left-center with one out to plate Tonz and give the Wildcats the lead at 4-3.
UCLA would come back one more time though in the bottom of the eighth. With senior Grace Murray starting at second and moving to third on a sacrifice by Fox, Tiumalu hit her second home run of the season to left on a 3-1 pitch to give the Bruins a 5-4 victory.
In the nightcap, the Bruins (13-3) scored four times in the first, three in the second and fourth and two more in the sixth to post a 12-5 win over Ohio State. Tiumalu was one of six Bruins to have multiple hits in the second contest. Hall, Fox, Snow, junior Katie Schroeder and sophomore B.B. Bates each had two hits. Hall earned the win to improve to 7-3, striking out seven and giving up five runs (two earned), eight hits and six walks in a complete game.
Thanks to six illegal pitches by Ohio State (4-11) in the first inning, the Bruins scored four times. Schroeder and Bates led off with walks and DiSalvatore doubled home Schroeder to make it 1-0. Bates would score the Bruins' second run following an illegal pitch by Kasie Kelly, while another one by Kelly with DiSalvatore at third made it 3-0. Junior Andrea Harrison then walked, but was forced at second on a groundout by Fox, who proceeded to steal second, move to third on a throwing error by catcher Melissa Rennie and score on another illegal pitch to make it 4-0.
Ohio State got two runs back in the second. With Melaina Saalfeld at second and Megan Coletta at first after a walk and a single respectively, Vanessa Spears laid down a bunt single to third, and when Snow's throw to first was low, Saalfeld came home with the Buckeyes' first run. Spears then took off for second and Coletta came home on a double steal to make it 4-2.
The Bruins broke it back open with three in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Bates slapped a single to third, and one out later, stole second. After Harrison walked, Fox singled to right to plate Bates to make it 5-2. With Harrison moving to third on the throw home and Fox going to second, Tiumalu singled up the middle to plate both runners to up the advantage to 7-2.
Ohio State closed the gap to two with a three-run fourth. With one out, Saalfeld and Coletta drew back-to-back walks. One out later, Dee Dee Hillman singled to the pitcher to load the bases. Alicia Herron followed with an infield single to short to score Saalfeld, and when Fox's throw to first got away, Coletta also scored to make it 7-4. Hillman then came home on a passed ball to make it a two-run game.
The Bruins got all three runs back in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Tiumalu and Hall had back-to-back singles. One out later, Snow singled to left to plate Tiumalu to make it 8-5. A single up the middle by Schroeder loaded the bases and Bates brought in Hall and Snow on a double to left-center to increase the advantage to 10-5.
UCLA added two more in the sixth. Three straight singles by Lindvall, Snow and Schroeder loaded the bases. One out later, senior GiOnna DiSalvatore walked to force in a run. Harrison then tapped out to first, but Snow came home to make it 12-5.
The Bruins return to tournament action next weekend at the Campbell/Cartier Classic. UCLA faces BYU (3:45 p.m.) and Baylor (8:15 p.m.) on Friday and San Diego State (6 p.m.) and Cal Poly (8:15 p.m.) on Saturday. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.