May 12, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - 11th-ranked Oregon scored six runs in the first two innings, only to see the 12th-ranked Bruins battle back with one in the third and four in the fourth, including a three-run homer by sophomore B.B. Bates, but UCLA fell one run short in a 6-5 loss to the Ducks on Thursday at Howe Field.
The Bruins fall to 32-16 overall and 8-11 in Pac-10 play, while the Ducks improve to 38-13 and 10-9 in league action.
The Ducks took advantage of some Bruin mistakes on defense in the bottom of the first to score twice. Courtney Ceo led off with a slap single that bounced off the third-base bag and stole second. Kelsey Chambers then laid down a bunt to senior GiOnna DiSalvatore at third, but her throw to first went into right field, allowing Ceo to score and Chambers to move to second. Kaylan Howard followed with a bunt single to third and stole second to put a pair of runners in scoring position.
One out later, Monique Fuiava tried to squeeze home Chambers, but Kerr flipped to freshman Alyssa Tiumalu at the plate for the second out. Kaitlin Vitek then grounded a ball to DiSalvatore, but it was bobbled, allowing Howard to score the Ducks' second run.
In the second, the Ducks got four runs on one swing of the bat. Oregon loaded the bases on singles by Alexa Peterson and Kailee Cuico and another single one out later by Ceo. One out later, Howard hit a grand slam just inside the left-field foul pole to make it 6-0.
The Bruins got a run back in the third. With one out, Bates slapped a single to third and freshman Kellie Fox walked. Harrison followed with a single to left to plate Bates with the Bruins' first run.
UCLA climbed back in it with four in the fourth, but not without a scary moment to lead off the inning. On an 0-1 pitch, junior Dani Yudin was hit on the back of the helmet by a Jessica Moore pitch. She stayed down on the field for about 20 minutes and was taken away by ambulance to a nearby hospital for precautionary reasons. She never lost consciousness on the field and was released later Thursday night.
Following the delay, the Bruins came back with a spirited rally. With junior Katie Schroeder running for Yudin, she moved to second on a groundout by Tiumalu and advanced to third on a single up the middle by Hall. One out later with DiSalvatore at the plate, Moore lost a grip on the ball during her windup, throwing it behind her and allowing Schroeder to score on a wild pitch to make it 6-2. After DiSalvatore walked, Bates went the opposite way on a 2-0 pitch for her ninth homer of the season to make it 6-5.
The Bruins had four baserunners in the final three innings, but were unable to complete the comeback.
The Bruins and the Ducks continue their three-game series on Friday at 6 p.m. Gametracker and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.