May 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES - On Senior Day, Samantha Camuso drove in all six UCLA runs, but the 17th-ranked Bruins came up one run shy in their weekend finale, as #13 Arizona claimed a 7-6 victory at Easton Stadium on Sunday. Camuso had a three-run homer, a two-run bomb and an RBI single.
The Bruins fall to 35-16 overall and 11-10 in Pac-12 action, while the Wildcats improve to 33-16 and 10-11 in league play.
The six RBI for Camuso was one shy of a career high, but it marked the 15th time in UCLA history that a Bruin has driven in at least half a dozen in a game. It was also the first-career, two-homer game for the fifth-year senior. Seniors Andrea Harrison and Dani Yudin each recorded a pair of hits in their final regular-season games in Westwood, as that trio combined for eight of the Bruins' nine hits.
Freshman Ally Carda started and struck out one in three innings, allowing three runs (two earned) and four hits. Sophomore Jessica Hall (18-11) tossed four innings of relief, striking out two and giving up four runs, five hits and two walks.
The Bruins jumped all over the Wildcats in their first at-bat. With one out, freshman Stephany LaRosa singled to right and Harrison moved her to third on a single down the right-field line. Arizona pitcher Jessica Spigner then uncorked a wild pitch, but it took a perfect bounce off the backstop to catcher Chelsea Goodacre, as LaRosa was tagged out at home. A walk to junior B.B. Bates put a pair on base again for Camuso, who crushed her 11th homer of the season to left-center to make it 3-0.
Arizona got on the board in the second. Shelby Pendley led off with a single to right-center, and one out later, moved to second on a wild pitch. One out later, Goodacre popped up to sophomore Talee Snow at second, but she was unable to come up with the ball, as Pendley scored to make it 3-1.
The Wildcats tied the game in the third. With one out, Hallie Wilson singled and came home one out later on a homer to left-center by Brigette Del Ponte.
The Bruins got those two runs back in their half of the third. With two outs, Bates walked and Camuso launched her second homer of the game and 12th of the season to left-center to put the home team up 5-3.
Arizona rallied with one in the fourth and three in the fifth to take the lead. In the fourth, Kristen Arriola hit a solo homer to left-center to make it 5-4. In the fifth, the Wildcats loaded the bases on walks to Wilson and Karissa Buchanan and an infield single for Del Ponte. Pendley followed with a single up the middle to plate Wilson and Buchanan to give Arizona a 6-5 lead. Del Ponte, who advanced to third on the single, would score on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Lini Koria to make it 7-5.
It proved to be a big insurance run for Arizona, as the Bruins threatened in the seventh. Senior Katie Schroeder led off with a walk. Two outs later, the Bruins were down to their last strike, but Bates lined a single into left-center. Again down to their last strike, Camuso singled to the same spot in left-center, as Schroeder scored to make it 7-6. But Wildcat pitcher Kenzie Fowler struck out Yudin to end the ball game.
The Bruins finish their regular season next weekend at Oregon. Game times are Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.