March 11, 2011
LAKEWOOD, Calif. - Kelly Inouye-Perez recorded her 200th-career coaching victory in Friday's first game at the Long Beach Marriott Invitational, as senior GiOnna DiSalvatore and junior Andrea Harrison each had a pair of hits in the ninth-ranked Bruins' 5-3 win over Sacramento State.
The Bruins will next play at approximately 6:30 p.m. against Long Beach State in their second game of the day.
Seven of the nine Bruins in the starting lineup had hits, as UCLA posted nine as a team. Freshman Jessica Hall picked up the win in the circle to improve to 11-3 on the year, striking out five and giving up three runs, eight hits and three walks in a complete-game effort.
The Bruins (17-4) got a pair of gift runs in the bottom of the first. With two outs and DiSalvatore at first after reaching on a fielder's choice, Harrison doubled to left-center to put two in scoring position. Freshman Kellie Fox then tapped a ball to second, but Devin Caldwell had it go through her legs into right field, allowing DiSalvatore and Harrison to score to make it 2-0.
UCLA added another in the second. With one out, sophomore Devon Lindvall was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single to center by junior Katie Schroeder. One out later, DiSalvatore singled up the middle to bring home Lindvall for the Bruins' third run.
The Hornets (4-9) had their first good chance in the top of the fourth. With Paige Martin at first and two outs, Megan Schaefer singled to left to put a pair on base and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. But Hall got Molly Smith to ground out to short to end the threat.
Sacramento State battled back to tie it in the top of the fifth. With one out, Kelli Frye slapped a single in front of the circle and moved to second on a bunt single to third by Alyssa Nakken. Shannon Kaufman then singled up the middle to bring home Frye to make it 3-1, as Nakken and Kaufman each moved up a base on the throw home. Emily McCormick followed with a single up the middle to plate both runners to even the score at three. The Hornets had a chance to take the lead after they loaded the bases, but Smith struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Bruins rallied in the bottom of the fifth. Dani Yudin singled to left to start off the inning and was pinch-run for by senior Grace Murray, who advanced to second and then third on a pair of passed balls. One out later, Hall blooped a single to center to plate Murray to make it 4-3. With freshman Talee Snow running for Hall at first, Lindvall walked to put a pair on base. One out later, sophomore B.B. Bates singled to center to bring in Snow to make it 5-3.