April 22, 2011
LOS ANGELES - #11 UCLA has scored over 40 percent of its runs via the homer this season, but the Bruins made it 100 percent on Friday night, as junior Andrea Harrison and sophomore B.B. Bates hit two-run bombs and freshman Alyssa Tiumalu added a solo shot in a 5-2 victory over #9 Washington at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 31-9 overall and 7-4 in Pac-10 play, while the Huskies fall to 30-8 and 5-6 in league action.
Freshman Jessica Hall (15-6) started and tossed four-plus shutout innings, striking out four and allowing two walks and five hits. Senior Donna Kerr relieved Hall in the fifth inning and tossed three frames, striking out three and giving up two runs and five hits to earn her second save of the season. Junior Katie Schroeder posted two hits, as UCLA had seven as a team.
For the second straight game, the Bruins scored in the first inning. Schroeder doubled to left on the first pitch she saw and came home two outs later on a two-run shot to left-center by Harrison on a 2-0 pitch to put the home squad up by two. It was Harrison's team-best 13th homer of the season.
Hall got out of a jam in the second, as the Huskies loaded the bases with one out on a Morgan Stuart single, a Shawna Wright walk and a Maggie Wagner infield hit. But Hall struck out Whitney Jones and then got Kimi Pohlman to ground out to first, with junior Dani Yudin diving towards the bag and tapping it with her glove to record the final out.
UCLA added another run in the third, again with two outs, as Tiumalu jacked the first pitch she saw over the wall in right for her seventh homer of the season to make it 3-0.
After leaving two more in the fourth and another in the fifth, the Huskies left the bases loaded again in the sixth. With one out, Washington recorded three straight singles by Kaitlin Ingelsby, Wright and Wagner. But Kerr struck out Jenna Clifton and Pohlman to end the threat.
The Bruins added some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, freshman Talee Snow reached on an infield single to shortstop and Bates drove the first pitch she saw over the fence in left-center for her eighth homer of the season to make it 5-0.
The Huskies broke their weekend scoreless streak in the seventh when Niki Williams hit a two-run homer with one out to cut the deficit to 5-2. But Kerr retired Stuart and Inglesby on back-to-back groundouts to third to end the game.
The Bruins look for the sweep on Saturday against the Huskies at 12 p.m. at Easton Stadium. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.