April 9, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Senior Julie Burney and sophomores Andrea Harrison and Dani Yudin all homered, but the fourth-ranked Bruins fell for the first time at home this season, losing to #9 Arizona State 8-5 on Friday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins drop to 27-7 overall and 1-3 in Pac-10 play, while the Sun Devils improve to 33-6 and 2-2 in league action.
Harrison had two of the Bruins' eight hits, with six others posting one hit. Junior Donna Kerr (13-4) started and struck out four, allowing eight runs (six earned), six hits and five walks in six innings. Junior Whitney Baker came in the game in the seventh for her first action of the year and retired all three batters she faced with one strikeout.
Both teams squandered bases-loaded opportunities early on. In the top of the first, the Sun Devils received two walks and a hit by pitch, but Kerr retired Sam Parlich on a groundout to short to stop the threat.
In the bottom of the second, the Bruins got a leadoff double from Harrison, a walk to Yudin and a hit by pitch of Burney, but Arizona State pitcher Hillary Bach retired senior Kaila Shull on a strikeout to end the inning.
The Sun Devils broke through with a run in the fourth when Kaylyn Castillo hit her third home run of the season to left to make it 1-0.
But Yudin evened the score in the Bruins' half of the fourth with a long ball of her own, belting a 2-2 pitch over the left-field wall for her third homer of the year.
Arizona State broke it open with a five spot in the sixth. Krista Donnenwirth walked to start the inning and was pinch-run for by Michelle Nulliner, who advanced to second on a walk to Castillo. After Parlich reached on a fielding error to load the bases, Katie Crabb came off the bench and hit a grand slam to left, her fifth home run of the season, to make it 5-1. Ashley Muenz followed with a double to left and was pinch-run for by Kayla Ketchum, who came home one out later on a single to center by Lesley Rogers to increase the lead to 6-1.
The Bruins rallied though with three in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Samantha Camuso tripled down the right-field line to start the inning. Yudin then lifted a shallow fly ball to center for the first out. Camuso faked coming home, but Rogers fired it in and threw awry of the plate, allowing Camuso to score to make it 6-2. Senior Megan Langenfeld followed with a walk and Burney hit her ninth home run of the year to left-center on a 2-1 pitch to cut the deficit to 6-4.
Arizona State got two of the runs back in the top of the seventh when Annie Lockwood homered to left-center, her 10th of the season, with a runner aboard to make it 8-4.
Harrison hit the Bruins' third home run of the game in the bottom of the seventh, a shot to right for her eighth of the season, to make it 8-5, but Bach closed the door and held on for the win.
The Bruins return to the field on Saturday when they face Arizona State at 6 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.