April 3, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Junior Andrea Harrison wrapped up an outstanding weekend with two hits and six runs batted in, including a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning, as seventh-ranked UCLA finished off a three-game sweep of Oregon State with a 12-2 victory on Sunday at Easton Stadium. Junior Katie Schroeder, sophomore B.B. Bates and freshman Alyssa Tiumalu also had two-hit games.
The Bruins improve to 26-5 overall and 3-0 in Pac-10 play, while the Beavers fall to 16-11 and 0-3 in league action.
Harrison finished the weekend with an .889 average (8-for-9), five runs scored, a homer and six RBI. Bates, Harrison, Schroeder and Tiumalu combined for eight of the Bruins' nine hits.
Senior Donna Kerr moved to 10-1 on the season, striking out five and giving up two runs, three hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings. She had a 1-2-3 inning in the first and fanned two in the second. Junior Aleah Macon got the last out of the top of the fifth on a pop up.
UCLA got started right away by scoring two runs in the first. Schroeder led off with a slap single to third and moved to second when Desiree Beltran's throw to first went into shallow right field. After a walk to Bates, senior GiOnna DiSalvatore lifted a fly ball to right that was deep enough to move Schroeder to third. Bates then stole second and moved to third when Harrison recorded an RBI single to right to plate Schroeder with the Bruins' first run. Freshman Kellie Fox followed with a walk to load the bases and another free pass to junior Dani Yudin allowed Bates to score to make it 2-0.
The Bruins added three more in the second. Freshman Talee Snow started things off with a walk and moved to second on a single to left by Schroeder. Bates then singled to left to plate Snow to make it 3-0, and when the ball got past Kilee Lippincott, Schroeder came all the way around to score the Bruins' fourth run as Bates advanced to third. One out later, Harrison lifted a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Bates to make it 5-0.
In the third, UCLA scored twice on one swing of the bat. Yudin led off with a walk and was pinch-run for by senior Grace Murray, who came home when Tiumalu crushed the first pitch she saw out to center for her fifth home run of the season to make it 7-0.
Oregon State got on the board with a two-run homer of its own in the fifth. With Mary Claire Brenner on first after reaching on a fielder's choice groundout, Erin Guzy hit a homer to right-center to make it 7-2.
The Bruins brought out the mercy rule for the second time this weekend and 11th time this year with five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Tiumalu doubled to right center to start things off, senior Amy Crawford was hit by a pitch and both runners moved over on a sacrifice by Snow. Schroeder then walked to load the bases, and one out later, DiSalvatore drew a free pass to force in Tiumalu to make it 8-2. Harrison then put a bow on her weekend with a grand slam, belting a 2-2 pitch off the scoreboard in left to give the Bruins a 12-2 victory. It was Harrison's team-best 10th homer of the season.
The Bruins will next play on Wednesday at Easton Stadium against Loyola Marymount at 2 p.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.