Feb. 12, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Five different Bruins had multiple RBI in Saturday's first game against North Dakota State, including a career-high four from sophomore B.B. Bates in a 15-2 win, while Bates drove in three more in the nightcap, as did freshman Kellie Fox, in a 10-2 victory over UCF on the second day of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament at Easton Stadium.
In game one, the Bruins scored in each of the first four frames thanks to some wildness by the North Dakota State starting pitcher, who walked nine in the first three-plus innings. Bates went 2-for-4, as seven of the Bruins in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Senior Donna Kerr allowed two unearned runs in five innings, striking out six and allowing five hits and three walks.
In the first, UCLA scored a run without the benefit of a hit. Junior Katie Schroeder led off with a walk, stole second and scored when senior GiOnna DiSalvatore reached on an error by the NDSU shortstop. The Bruins added another in the second. With one out, sophomore Devon Lindvall walked and freshman Talee Snow moved her over to second on a sacrifice. After another walk to Schroeder, Bates singled through the right side to plate Lindvall to put the Bruins up 2-0.
The Bruins busted it open with four in the third. Junior Dani Yudin singled up the middle to start the inning and moved to second on a walk to freshman Jessica Hall. With senior Grace Murray running at second for Yudin, Fox laid down a bunt back to the circle, but the throw was wide at first, loading the bases for Lindvall, who singled to center to bring in Murray to make it 3-0. A sacrifice fly by Snow to center brought in Hall to up the advantage to 4-0 and a single to center by Schroeder reloaded the bases. Bates followed with a walk to force in Fox to make it 5-0 and a sacrifice fly by DiSalvatore to score Lindvall gave the Bruins their sixth run.
UCLA sent 14 batters to the plate in the fourth, scoring nine times. The Bruins loaded the bases on walks to junior Andrea Harrison and Yudin and a hit by pitch of Hall. Two more walks to Fox and Lindvall plated Harrison and Yudin to make it 8-0. Snow's second sacrifice fly of the game brought in Hall to make it 9-0 and a walk to Schroeder reloaded the bases. Bates followed with a double to left-center to bring in Fox and Lindvall for runs 10 and 11. DiSalvatore made it back-to-back doubles, plating Schroeder and Bates to make it 13-0, while yet another double by Harrison scored DiSalvatore for the Bruins' 14th run. Run number 15 came across two batters later when Fox singled to center to score Harrison.
Kerr fanned one in each of the first four innings and a pair in the fifth. The first runs scored against the Bruins this season came in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Bree Konz reached on an error, allowing Nicole Rivera and Elisa Victa to score. Kerr struck out Kristina Victa to end the game.
In game two, the Bruins hit three home runs and won by mercy rule for the third time this season. Schroeder and senior Amy Crawford each had two hits, while Hall improved to 2-0, striking out six in five innings and allowing two runs (one earned), three hits and five walks.
For the second game in a row, the Bruins scored in the first without the benefit of a hit. With one out, Bates drew a one-out walk. She then stole second, and when the throw down went into the outfield and eluded the center fielder, Bates came all the way around to score.
UCLA found itself trailing for the first time this year after UCF scored twice in the second. Abby McClain walked, advanced to third on a double to right by Marissa Menendez and both scored one batter later when Haley Douglas reached on an error to give the Knights a 2-1 lead.
The lead was short-lived, as the Bruins tied it back up in the bottom of the inning. Fox walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Crawford and took third when nobody was covering the bag. After a walk to Snow, Schroeder singled to right to bring in Fox to tie it up at two.
UCLA took the lead for good in the fourth when Crawford led off the inning with her first career homer to straightaway center to make it 3-2.
The Bruins invoked the mercy rule for the third time in four games with seven runs in the fifth. DiSalvatore and Harrison singled to start the inning and moved up a base after a sacrifice bunt by freshman Alyssa Tiumalu. One out later, Fox hit her second homer of the weekend to right-center to make it 6-2. After Crawford doubled down the left-field line, Snow walked to put a pair aboard and Schroeder drove in Crawford with a two-bagger to right-center to increase the lead to 7-2. Bates then shut the door, homering to right-center to give the Bruins the 10-2 win.
In the earlier games on Saturday, San Diego State run-ruled Utah State 10-1 in five innings, Utah State knocked off North Dakota State 6-4 and SDSU defeated UCF 5-1.
The Bruins close the weekend on Sunday against San Diego State. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
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