Feb. 11, 2011
LOS ANGELES - In Friday's first contest, senior Donna Kerr tossed a no-hitter and was given 19 runs of support in a victory over Utah State, while freshman Jessica Hall blanked North Dakota State 7-0 in the nightcap, also finishing the evening with a pair of homers at the plate during the first day of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament at Easton Stadium.
In game one, Kerr fanned 11 en route to her second career no-hitter. At the plate, the Bruins pounded out 15 hits. Junior Katie Schroeder tied a career high with four hits, set a personal best with four runs scored and tied a school record with three doubles. Sophomore Devon Lindvall posted her first career homer and runs batted in, five total, while Hall and juniors Andrea Harrison and Dani Yudin also homered. Harrison went 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored and senior GiOnna DiSalvatore went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
The Bruins jumped all over the Aggies in the first inning with a four spot. Playing as the visiting team, Schroeder doubled to left and moved to third on a single up the middle by DiSalvatore. Harrison followed with a single up the middle to plate both runners and put the Bruins up 2-0. Utah State then hit three successive Bruins, junior Marti Reed, Yudin and Hall, to force in Harrison to make it 3-0. After a force out at home of Yudin for the first out of the inning, Lindvall lifted a sacrifice fly to right to bring in Reed to give the Bruins their fourth run.
Kerr accomplished a rare feat in the bottom of the first inning. After striking out the first two batters, Kerr fanned Shasta Tyteca swinging, but she was able to reach on an error after a dropped throw at first. The senior came right back to punch out Kelly Kaneshiro to register a four-strikeout inning.
The Bruins extended their advantage with a four-run third. Hall led off the inning with her first collegiate home run to left. After freshman Kellie Fox reached on an error, Lindvall smashed her first career homer to left to make it 7-0. One out later, Schroeder hit another double and DiSalvatore singled up the middle to plate the Bruins' eighth run.
UCLA sent 11 to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring six times. Reed and Hall walked to open the inning and Fox drove in Reed on a double to right-center to make it 9-0. Lindvall then singled to right to plate senior Grace Murray, who was running for Hall, and Fox to increase the advantage to 11-0. One out later, Schroeder recorded her third double of the game to right-center, scoring Lindvall for run number 12. After the second out of the inning, Harrison launched the Bruins' third homer of the game to left to make it 14-0.
The Bruins closed out the scoring with five runs in the fifth. Fox walked to start off and moved to third when Lindvall reached on an error. One out later, Schroeder singled to right to bring in Fox to make it 15-0. A sacrifice fly by DiSalvatore scored Lindvall to put the Bruins up 16-0 and after Harrison reached on a single, Yudin homered to right for UCLA's fourth of the game to make it 19-0.
Kerr allowed only three baserunners in the game, striking out the side in the first and third and two in the second and fourth. It was her second career no-hitter, as she pitched a perfect game on March 2, 2008 against Saint Peter's. It was the 101st no-hitter in UCLA history.
In game two, the Bruins scored twice in the bottom of the first and three more times in the sixth and that held up behind an outstanding effort in the circle by Hall, who helped her cause with a two-run bomb in the sixth. The freshman struck out seven in a two-hit shutout. Harrison and sophomore B.B. Bates each had a pair of hits.
In the first, Bates slapped a one-out single to third and moved to third on a double to right by DiSalvatore. Harrison followed with a single up the middle to plate Bates to make it 1-0. Yudin then tapped a ball to second, with Harrison getting forced, but DiSalvatore crossing home plate with the Bruins' second run.
The Bruins busted it open with five in the sixth. With one out, Yudin walked and was pinch-run for by Murray, who came home on Hall's second homer of the night to right to make it 4-0. Fox followed with her first career home run to right to extend the lead to 5-0. The Bruins then loaded the bases on a single to left by freshman Talee Snow and back-to-back walks to senior Amy Crawford and Schroeder. Bates would drive Snow and Crawford with a double to right-center to make it 7-0.
Hall struck out a pair in the first and fourth innings. She only allowed a walk in the first and singles in the third and fourth.
In the earlier games on Friday at Easton Stadium, UCF defeated Utah State 9-6 and San Diego State edged North Dakota State 3-2.
The Bruins continue play at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament on Saturday when they face North Dakota State at 4:30 p.m. and UCF at 7 p.m. Gametracker will be available for both games, with live audio available for the North Dakota State contest at UCLABruins.com.
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