April 6, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore B.B. Bates posted her second-career, four-hit contest and scored three times, including the game-winning run on a walk-off RBI single by freshman Kellie Fox in the bottom of the seventh, as the sixth-ranked Bruins came back to defeat Loyola Marymount 5-4 on Wednesday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 27-5 overall, while the Lions fall to 16-20.
Bates was a double shy of hitting for the cycle, while Fox, senior GiOnna DiSalvatore and junior Andrea Harrison all had two hits. UCLA had 13 hits as a team, with seven of the nine starters posting at least one. Junior Samantha Camuso (hip injury) made her season debut and singled in three at-bats.
Freshman Jessica Hall started and was outstanding, allowing only one hit on a two-out single in the fourth, while striking out five. She retired the first 11 batters of the game before Sam Fischer singled up the middle. Hall fanned one in each of the first three frames and two in the fourth. Junior Aleah Macon picked up the win in relief to move to 2-0 on the season, striking out four and giving up four runs, two hits and three walks in three innings.
The Bruins struck first with a run in the bottom of the first. With one out, Bates tripled to right-center, and one out later, Harrison singled up the middle to put UCLA up 1-0.
UCLA added one more in the third. Bates, DiSalvatore and Harrison each had successive, one-out singles, but on the last one, Bates was thrown out at home for the second out of the inning. Fox followed with a double to right though to bring home DiSalvatore and give the Bruins their second run.
In the bottom of the fifth, Bates crushed a 1-0 pitch out to left-center, her seventh homer of the season to put the Bruins on top 3-0.
Loyola Marymount would come back though in a big way in the top of the sixth on one swing of the bat. With one out, Jennifer Nayudu singled to left, and one out later, Kylie Ahlo and Fischer drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Kelly Sarginson then hit her 10th homer of the season to left on an 0-1 pitch to give the Lions a 4-3 lead.
The Bruins came through though with their 10th-comeback victory of the season and their third walk-off, non-mercy rule win. Junior Katie Schroeder led off the seventh with a single to left and Bates followed with a single up the middle. DiSalvatore then singled up the middle, which allowed Schroeder to score the game-tying run and Bates and DiSalvatore to move up to third and second, respectively, on the throw home. After the Lions walked Harrison intentionally to load the bases, Fox blistered one that just snuck underneath the glove of Fischer at short, allowing Bates to score the winning run.
The Bruins finish up their homestand with a three-game Pac-10 series against 13th-ranked Stanford on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.