May 11, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - Junior B.B. Bates broke up the no-hitter and the shutout with a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning, but the 14th-ranked Bruins dropped a 3-2 decision to #12 Oregon on Friday at Howe Field.
The Bruins fall to 36-17 overall and 12-11 in Pac-12 play, while the Ducks improve to 38-15 and 12-9 in league action.
Bates and Fox on a leadoff single in the seventh were the only Bruins to record hits. In the circle, freshman Ally Carda (13-5) started and struck out one in 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, three hits and one walk. She posted a 1-2-3 inning in the first. Sophomore Jessica Hall tossed 3 2/3 frames of relief, fanning three and giving up one run, three hits and one walk. She recorded a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth.
The Ducks scored first with a pair in the third. Alexa Peterson led off the inning with a check-swing single down the right-field line and Allie Burger slapped a single down the left-field line. Janie Takeda then tapped a ball to short, as Fox went to the third-base bag to force Sara Goodrum, who was running for Peterson. But Kaylan Howard followed with a double to the base of the center-field wall, scoring Burger and Takeda to make it 2-0.
Oregon added one more run in the fourth, but could have had more, as the Bruins got lucky to keep it a three-run game. Samantha Pappas led off with a double-to left-center, stole third and scored when sophomore Alyssa Tiumalu's throw went into left field to make it 3-0. After a hit by pitch of Christie Nieto and a single to left-center by Jessica Moore, Peterson tried to bunt the runners over, but Hall went to third to get the force of Nieto. Burger then slapped a ball to the 5-6 hole, which went off the glove of a diving Fox. But the sophomore had the presence of mind to get up and throw to third to force Moore for the second out.
Takeda grounded a ball to second, but sophomore Talee Snow bobbled it to extend the inning and load the bases for the Ducks. Howard then hit a high pop up on the infield, but the ball landed untouched. However, the ball spun back into foul ground before anyone touched it for an interesting foul ball. Howard would end up lining out to center, as senior Katie Schroeder dove to her knees to make the catch and end the inning.
The Bruins rallied to score two with two outs in the sixth to give them 20 runs in the sixth inning over the last five games. Freshman Stephany LaRosa drew a walk and the inning was extended when senior Andrea Harrison reached on a booted ball at second. Bates then recorded the first Bruin hit of the ball game, going the opposite way and getting one down just inside the left-field chalk line to plate LaRosa and Harrison to make it 3-2. Senior Samantha Camuso was walked intentionally to put a pair of runners on, but senior Dani Yudin was struck out to end the inning.
The Bruins finish their weekend series at Oregon on Saturday at 12 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.