May 20, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Senior Donna Kerr tossed her third shutout of the season, fanning seven in a four-hit performance, while junior Andrea Harrison went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead triple in the sixth inning, the first triple of her career, as the Bruins won their Regional opener over Jacksonville 2-0 on Friday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 34-17 overall and will face the winner of the matchup between #4-seed Florida and Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, and streaming video will be available at ESPN3.com. The Dolphins fall to 43-15.
Kerr had a pair of 1-2-3 frames in the fourth and fifth, retiring nine in a row at one point from the third through the sixth innings. She fanned a pair in the sixth. Harrison had the only two UCLA hits.
The Dolphins had a good chance in their first at-bat with Amanda Schmidt at second and Sarah Simon at first with one out. But Kerr caught a pop up off the bat of Olivia Kline and struck out Karson Tuck to get out of the inning. Jacksonville had another scoring opportunity in the third. Kayla Ouellet slapped a single to short, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Schmidt and advanced to third on a single to right-center by Simon. But Kerr repeated the top of the first by inducing Kline into a pop up back to the pitcher while striking out Tuck to end the threat.
The Bruins left a pair on base in the second and third innings before breaking through in the sixth. Schroeder led off the inning with a walk and came all the way around to score on Harrison's triple. The junior lifted a fly ball to right over the head of Meagan Balding, who broke in on the play, as Harrison ended up with her first-career three-bagger. One out later, freshman Kellie Fox grounded a ball to third, but Schmidt bobbled it to give the Bruins runners at the corners. Freshman Alyssa Tiumalu then lifted a deep foul ball to left, but rather than let it drop, Jacey Warner caught the ball, which allowed Harrison to stroll home with an insurance run for the Bruins.
UCLA vs. Jacksonville Coach and Player Quotes:
UCLA Head Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez
"The first game of the postseason is always a big one. I have to give a lot of credit to Jacksonville; they came out there ready to play, and we had to earn it today. We know at this point in the season, you have to earn every 'W' that you get.
On Donna Kerr:
"We're very proud of Donna's ability to fight and battle and have a really gutsy performance to keep us in the ball game long enough for the time we did. That's how it works here in postseason, and we did a great job of it."
UCLA Senior Pitcher Donna Kerr
On how her arm feels after the game, and being able to play again this weekend:
"Oh, the arm feels fine, and I will definitely be able to go again this weekend. I'm just getting used to the weather out here. It's nice and warm."
On JU's performance:
"They're a very talented team. They were aggressive hitters, so I knew I had to come up with my pitches, mix it up a little bit, throw them off balance, and try to use my defense."
UCLA Junior First Baseman Andrea Harrison
On the triple in the sixth:
"I take every at-bat one at a time. My first at-bat, I fouled and was unsuccessful. For me, I always know I'm going to get back up there two or three more times. It's about me making adjustments in the box."