April 15, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - Freshman Kellie Fox hit a grand slam in the first inning and that was all the offense needed for senior Donna Kerr, who one day prior to her 22nd birthday struck out six in 6 1/3 innings to help the ninth-ranked Bruins to a 4-1 victory over #1 Arizona State on Friday at Farrington Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 29-7 overall and moved into a tie for first in the Pac-10 at 5-2, while the Sun Devils fall to 37-5 and 4-3 in league action.
Kerr moved to 11-2 on the season, allowing a run, three hits and three walks. Junior Aleah Macon retired the final two batters of the game, including one on a strikeout, to earn her second save of the year. The Bruins had four hits at the plate, with senior GiOnna DiSalvatore posting a pair of singles.
The Bruins got things started in the top of the first. Junior Katie Schroeder led off with a walk and moved to second on a single to left by DiSalvatore. The pair remained there two outs later when junior Dani Yudin drew a walk to load the bases. That brought up Fox, who smashed a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right-center field for her ninth homer of the season to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead.
The Sun Devils had a chance to get back in it in the bottom of the first, but were turned away. Lesley Rogers drew a one-out walk, and one out later, Krista Donnenwirth singled to right. But Kerr induced Annie Lockwood into a fly out to left to keep Arizona State off the scoreboard.
After that, baserunners were hard to come by. Kerr retired the next 10 batters she faced, while Arizona State pitcher Dallas Escobedo set down the next 13 after the Fox grand slam.
The Bruins broke Escobedo's string in the sixth on a leadoff single by DiSalvatore. A sacrifice by freshman Alyssa Tiumalu moved DiSalvatore to second, and one out later, Yudin singled to right. But Fox grounded out to Escobedo to end the threat.
The Sun Devils rallied in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Kaylyn Castillo homered down the left-field line to put Arizona State on the board. Alix Johnson then drew a walk, which brought Macon into the game for Kerr. Macon would strike out Mandy Urfer before retiring Christina Zambrana on a comebacker to end the game.
The Bruins continue their three-game set with the Sun Devils on Saturday at 7 p.m. Gametracker and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.