March 24, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Junior Dani Yudin and freshmen Kellie Fox and Alyssa Tiumalu each hit home runs and aided senior Donna Kerr in the circle, who gave up two hits and struck out six, as the seventh-ranked Bruins defeated Ohio 9-1 in five innings on Thursday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 21-5 overall, while the Bobcats fall to 10-12.
Fox, Tiumalu and junior Katie Schroeder each had a pair of hits, as the Bruins posted nine as a team. Kerr moved to 8-1 on the season, allowing just one run and two walks. She had a pair of 1-2-3 innings in the first and fourth frames and struck out a pair in the second.
The game started as a pitcher's duel between Kerr and Ohio's Melissa Bonner. In the Bobcats' first four trips to the plate, they had just two baserunners on a hit by pitch of Jordan Paden in the second and a walk to Jillian Van Wagnen in the third. Meanwhile, the Bruins also had only two baserunners in their first three at-bats on singles by Fox in the second and Tiumalu in the third.
The Bruins finally broke through in a big way in the fourth with a two-out rally. Schroeder led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore B.B. Bates. One out later, UCLA loaded the bases on a hit by pitch of junior Andrea Harrison and a walk to Fox. Yudin then smashed the first pitch she saw out to straightaway center, her second home run of the season and first career grand slam, to put the Bruins up 4-0. Tiumalu followed by hitting the very next pitch out to right for her third homer of the season to make it 5-0.
UCLA was not done yet though with the two-out rally. Sophomore Devon Lindvall and freshman Talee Snow drew back-to-back walks against reliever Caitlin Colvin and Schroeder laced a double to left-center to bring home Lindvall with the Bruins' sixth run.
Ohio cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. With one out, Raven King reached on an infield single and was pinch-run for by Erin Lashley, who stole second and came home two batters later on a single up the middle by Alexis Joseph to make it 6-1.
The Bruins would invoke the mercy rule though for the eighth time this year with a three spot in the fifth. Senior GiOnna DiSalvatore tied Tairia Mims for the most doubles in UCLA history (59) with a two-bagger to lead off the inning and she came home after another double by Harrison to make it 7-1. Fox then ended the festivities, belting a 3-2 pitch out to right to give the Bruins a 9-1 victory. It was the freshman's seventh homer of the season.
UCLA is back in action on Sunday against Loyola Marymount at 2 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.