April 21, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Senior Donna Kerr tossed a gem on Thursday night, allowing only a bunt single in the top of the seventh inning while striking out six, and received run support by way of a three-run homer by freshman Kellie Fox, as the 11th-ranked Bruins blanked #9 Washington 4-0 at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 30-9 and 6-4 in Pac-10 play, while the Huskies fall to 30-7 and 5-5 in league action.
Kerr (12-3) was masterful, as the only Husky to reach base was Jenn Salling, who walked in the first inning and laid down a bunt single to open up the top of the seventh. After the free pass in the opening frame, Kerr retired 17 in a row, striking out a pair in the fifth and sixth innings. Fox had two of the Bruins' six hits.
The Bruins scored in their first at-bat. Junior Katie Schroeder led off with a slap single to shortstop and moved to second on a wild pitch. Fox followed with a single up the middle, with Schroeder stopping at third, but when the ball got by Kimi Pohlman in center, Schroeder resumed running and came home to score the game's first run.
In the fifth, UCLA tacked on three more runs. With one out and freshman Talee Snow at first after tapping into a fielder's choice groundout, sophomore B.B. Bates singled through the left side to put a pair of runners on. One out later, Fox skied a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right-center field to put the Bruins on top 4-0. It was the freshman's 10th homer of the season.
The Bruins and the Huskies continue their three-game series on Friday at 6 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.