May 2, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore drove in a pair of runs, including the go-ahead score in the fifth, as the second-ranked Bruins moved back into a first-place tie atop the Pac-10 standings with a 4-3 win over Oregon State on Saturday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 37-9 overall and 12-5 in Pac-10 action. With Arizona's loss to Stanford, UCLA is tied with the Cardinal for first in the conference, with the Wildcats a half game back. The Beavers fall to 24-27 and 3-14 in league action.
DiSalvatore finished the game 2-for-3, while junior Kaila Shull also drove in a pair. Junior Megan Langenfeld tossed four innings of scoreless relief, allowing only three hits to earn the win and improve to 12-1 on the season. Redshirt sophomore Whitney Baker started and gave up three runs, four hits and one walk in three innings with one strikeout.
The Bruins scored three times in the first to take an early lead. Sophomore Katie Schroeder led off with a slap single to the right side and advanced to second on a sacrifice by freshman Andrea Harrison. Following a walk to Langenfeld, DiSalvatore singled up the middle to plate Schroeder and make it 1-0. Senior Amanda Kamekona then reached on a fielder's choice grounder to third, as Langenfeld was retired at third for the second out, but Shull followed with a double down the left-field line to score DiSalvatore and Kamekona to put the Bruins up 3-0.
Oregon State rallied to tie it up with one in the second and two in the third. In the second, Audrey Roderfeld led off with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice by Stefanie Ewing and scored on a single to right by DeAnn Young. In the third, Roderfeld homered to left-center with Paige Lowe aboard following a single to tie the game at three.
The Bruins re-took the lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Andrea Harrison was hit by a pitch to start the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice by Langenfeld and scored on a single to right-center by DiSalvatore to make it 4-3.
Paige Hall (14-11) picked up the loss in relief, allowing one run, four hits and one walk in 2 2/3 innings. Karmen Holliday started the game, also coming in to pitch to the last four batters, giving up three runs, three hits and one walk in 3 1/3 innings. Lowe had two of the Beavers' seven hits.
The Bruins finish out the weekend against Oregon State on Sunday at 12 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com. Sunday is Cancer Awareness Day at Easton Stadium, with a large crowd expected. Gates open 90 minutes prior to first pitch and all seating is general admission. Fans wearing pink will receive $2 off a regular-priced ticket when purchased at the Easton Stadium ticket booth. The Bruins will be wearing special edition Cancer Awareness jerseys, which are currently being auctioned off on UCLABruins.com and benefit the Forever9Foundation. The Forever9Foundation was founded in memory of 2009 honorary Bruin Cheyenne Broswell, who passed away from brain cancer in March.