April 11, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Ally Carda went 3-for-3 with an RBI at the plate and struck out three in 5 1/3 innings in the circle, while senior Samantha Camuso and junior B.B. Bates each homered, as the 16th-ranked Bruins defeated #15 Stanford 5-2 on Wednesday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 27-11 overall and 4-5 in Pac-12 play, while the Cardinal fall to 29-12 and 3-9 in league action.
Carda, who produced her first-career, three-hit game, improved to 12-4 on the season. She had 1-2-3 innings in the first and third and fanned a pair in the fourth, allowing two runs and six hits with no walks. Sophomore Jessica Hall recorded her fourth save of the season, striking out one and allowing just one walk in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. She retired five of the six batters she faced, including the side in order in the seventh. At the plate, freshman Stephany LaRosa went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.
UCLA struck first with two runs in its first at-bat. With two outs, senior Andrea Harrison walked and Bates belted her 11th home run of the season to center to make it 2-0.
Carda helped her own cause in the second. Sophomore Kellie Fox drew a walk, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. One out later, Carda singled to left to bring in Fox to make it 3-0.
UCLA upped its lead to 4-0 in the fourth when Camuso led off the frame with a homer to left, her eighth of the season.
Stanford cut its deficit in half with two in the sixth. Hanna Winter led off with a single, moved to second on an illegal pitch by Carda and advanced to third on a single up the middle by Leah White. Ashley Hansen then doubled to left-center to plate Winter to make it 4-1, but a spectacular relay throw from senior Katie Schroeder to Fox to sophomore Alyssa Tiumalu nailed White at the plate to keep it a three-run game. However, two more illegal pitches, this time by Hall, scored Hansen to make it 4-2.
The Bruins posted an insurance run in the sixth. Carda led off with a single to left and was pinch-run for by freshman Tara Mueller. One out later, a Schroeder walk put a pair on base and both her and Mueller moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. LaRosa then looped a ball to third, which a diving Winter could not come up with, as LaRosa got to first ahead of the throw as Mueller scored to make it 5-2.
The Bruins head to Seattle this weekend for a three-game series at seventh-ranked Washington. Game times are 6 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday. Gametracker and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.