May 10, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - Eight of the nine Bruin starters had at least one hit, a pair of pitchers combined on a three-hitter in the circle and 14th-ranked UCLA played flawless defense in a 10-0, six-inning victory at #12 Oregon on Thursday at Howe Field.
The Bruins improve to 36-16 overall and 12-10 in Pac-12 play, while the Ducks fall to 37-15 and 11-9 in league action.
In the circle, sophomore Jessica Hall struck out five in five innings to improve to 19-11 on the season. She allowed just two hits and two walks. All five of Hall's strikeouts came in a row, with two to end the first and three in the second, as the sophomore retired the first seven of the ballgame. Freshman Ally Carda tossed the last inning, striking out one and giving up one hit and one walk.
After four scoreless innings, the Bruins got on the board in the fifth. With one out, sophomore Kellie Fox reached on a bunt single down the first-base line and scored on a double to right-center by Snow to make it 1-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, UCLA had a pair of great defensive plays to keep the Ducks off the pond. Freshman third baseman Stephany LaRosa snared a line drive off the bat of Jessica Moore to start the inning. One out later, and with a runner at first following a single, Kaylan Howard hit a soft liner to the second-base bag, which was caught by a diving Snow to end the inning.
In the sixth, the Bruins sent 12 to the plate and scored nine times to break it open. Junior B.B. Bates opened the inning with a bunt single to third and moved to second on a walk to Camuso. Senior Dani Yudin followed with a double to left-center to plate Bates to make it 2-0, as freshman Tara Mueller, who was running for Camuso took third. A single to center by sophomore Alyssa Tiumalu brought home Mueller with the Bruins' third run. After freshman Kaelin Sprawls, who was running for Tiumalu, moved to second on a ground out, Snow laid down a perfect squeeze bunt, as Yudin scampered home to make it 4-0.
Schroeder then singled to right to score Sprawls to increase the advantage to 5-0. One out later, the Bruins loaded the bases on a single up the middle by senior Andrea Harrison and a free pass to Bates would force home Snow with the Bruins' sixth run. Camuso then capped the inning with a grand slam to left-center, her 13th homer of the year, to make it 10-0.
The Bruins continue their weekend series at Oregon on Friday at 6 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.