May 12, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - Junior B.B. Bates hit a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the first for the 14th-ranked Bruins, but #12 Oregon scored eight unanswered to post an 8-2 victory in the regular-season finales for both teams on Saturday at Howe Field.
The Bruins fall to 36-18 overall and 12-12 in Pac-12 play, while the Ducks improve to 39-15 and 13-9 in league action.
UCLA had six hits as a team, as freshman Stephany LaRosa posted a pair of infield singles.
Sophomore Jessica Hall (19-12), struck out six in six innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned), eight hits and two walks.
The Bruins scored a pair of runs in their first at-bat. Senior Katie Schroeder led off with a slap single to second base, moved to second on a sacrifice by LaRosa and advanced to third on a ground out to second off the bat of senior Andrea Harrison. Bates followed with her 14th homer of the season to left-center to make it 2-0 UCLA.
Oregon responded with five in its half of the first. Janie Takeda struck out to start the inning, but reached first on a passed ball on strike three. A walk to Kaylan Howard and an infield bunt single for Kelsey Chambers loaded the bases for Kailee Cuico, who hit a grand slam to center to put the Ducks up 4-2. One out later, Christie Nieto homered to right to make it 5-2.
Thanks to a couple of Duck miscues, the Bruins had a chance in the fourth, but could not edge closer. With one out, sophomore Kellie Fox reached when a grounder to Chambers at short went through her legs. Senior Dani Yudin followed with a single up the middle, as Fox took third and Yudin moved up to second on a fielding error by Takeda in center. But Oregon pitcher Jessica Moore struck out freshman Ally Carda and sophomore Talee Snow to end the threat.
Oregon rallied with two outs in its half of the fourth. Takeda drew a walk, stole second and scored on a single up the middle by Howard to make it 6-2.
The Ducks added two more in the fifth. Chambers singled up the middle and came home one out later on a homer to right off the bat of Samantha Pappas to make it 8-2.
UCLA had one more look at the game in the sixth, as the visitors drew three walks to senior Samantha Camuso, Yudin and Snow, but Schroeder popped up to third to end the inning.
The Bruins find out where their postseason journey begins on Sunday when the NCAA Selection Show airs on ESPNU at 7 p.m.