March 11, 2011
LAKEWOOD, Calif. - The top four in the UCLA batting order, junior Katie Schroeder, sophomore B.B. Bates, senior GiOnna DiSalvatore and junior Andrea Harrison, combined to go 10-for-17 with three homers, six RBI and five runs scored, as the ninth-ranked Bruins rallied to defeat Long Beach State 7-3 in their second game on Friday at the Long Beach Marriott Invitational.
The Bruins improve to 18-4 with the win, while the 49ers fall to 13-8.
Senior Donna Kerr picked up the win to move to 6-1 on the season, striking out five and giving up only two hits, three unearned runs and three walks in a complete-game effort. Kerr had 1-2-3 innings in the second and third, striking out a pair in the first and fifth frames.
The Bruins got on the board on the first pitch of the game, as Schroeder launched her second home run of the season, a 230-foot shot to center, to make it 1-0. UCLA tried to rally two outs later following a double to right-center by Harrison and back-to-back walks to freshman Kellie Fox and junior Dani Yudin. But Erin Jones-Wesley induced freshman Alyssa Tiumalu into a groundout to third to end the inning.
The 49ers took advantage of a couple of Bruin miscues to score three unearned runs in the bottom of the first. Bree Stephan was hit to open things up and Megan Denio walked. Caitrin DeBaun then laid down a sacrifice to DiSalvatore at third, but the throw to first was wide, allowing Stephan to score, Denio to move to third and DeBaun to advance to second. The Bruins were almost out of it two outs later, but Christina Schallig blooped a single just over the head of DiSalvatore to plate Denio to make it 2-1. DeBaun then scored on a passed ball to bring home the 49ers' third run.
UCLA got one of the runs back in the second with a two-out rally. Schroeder singled up the middle, Bates singled through the left side and DiSalvatore singled to center to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Bruins had a bad break in the top of the third that would have tied up the game. With two outs, Tiumalu walked and junior Marti Reed laced a double to the spacious gap in left-center which would have brought in a run, but the ball bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double. Jones-Wesley then induced senior Amy Crawford into a groundout to short to end the threat.
UCLA didn't wait for two outs to get things going in the fourth, scoring a pair of runs to re-take the lead. Schroeder connected on her second homer of the game and third of the season to left-center on a 2-1 pitch to even the score at three. Bates and DiSalvatore followed with back-to-back singles and both moved up a base on a fly out to left by Harrison. Fox then lifted a deep fly ball to center to plate Bates to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead.
The Bruins added two more in the fifth. Tiumalu doubled to left to start the inning and was pinch-run for by senior Grace Murray, who one out later moved to third on a single to center by freshman Talee Snow. Then Schroeder, who had already left the yard twice, caught Long Beach napping, as she laid down a squeeze bunt to score Murray to make it 5-3. Bates followed with a double to right-center to bring in Snow to up the advantage to 6-3.
UCLA added another run in the sixth on its third homer of the game. Harrison launched a 1-1 pitch out to left for her team-best seventh of the season to make it 7-3.
The Bruins play twice on Saturday, facing Cal State Fullerton at 3:45 p.m. and BYU at 6 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.