March 5, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Freshman Kellie Fox had a two-run homer and a solo bomb in the Bruins' first game on Saturday, driving in four of the team's seven runs in the doubleheader, while freshman Jessica Hall picked up both victories in the circle, as sixth-ranked UCLA defeated San Diego State 3-1 and Cal Poly 4-0.
In game one, Hall improved to 9-3 on the year, striking out four and giving up just one run, six hits and one walk. Junior Dani Yudin had a pair of singles for the Bruins.
The Bruins (15-4) had an opportunity in their initial ups, but left the bases loaded in the top of the first. With two outs, senior GiOnna DiSalvatore doubled to right-center, junior Andrea Harrison was hit by a pitch and Fox walked to put three Bruins on base. But San Diego State pitcher Samantha Beasley induced Yudin into a groundout to second to end the inning.
UCLA had another chance in the second, but left two more on base. With two outs, sophomore Devon Lindvall was hit by a pitch and the inning was extended when junior Katie Schroeder reached on a fielding error at short by Jen Wisneski. But again Beasley got out of it, striking out sophomore B.B. Bates to keep the game scoreless.
The Aztecs (8-9) broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the second. Lorena Klopp led off with a single through the right side and moved to second on a sacrifice by Ashley Rose. One out later, Wisneski atoned for her error, singling past the third-base bag to bring in Klopp and put SDSU up 1-0.
The Bruins quickly erased their deficit and took the lead in the top of the third. DiSalvatore drew a leadoff walk and came home one out later when Fox hammered the first pitch she saw over 230 feet to straightaway center for her fourth homer of the season to make it 2-1.
In the fifth, Fox left the yard for the second time in as many at-bats and for the fifth time this season, launching a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left field to increase the Bruins' advantage to 3-1.
In the top of the seventh, the Bruins had runners at the corners with one out after Bates reached on a two-base error by Klopp in left field and Harrison singled to right. But Beasley fanned Fox and Yudin to end the threat.
Hall struck out a pair in the bottom of the seventh in retiring the side in order. She also had a 1-2-3 inning in the third.
In the nightcap, Yudin drove in a pair, while DiSalvatore and Fox also had RBI. Hall tossed seven shutout innings, striking out three and allowing only two hits and three walks to move to 10-3 on the season.
UCLA (16-4) got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. DiSalvatore singled up the middle, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a single to right by Fox to make it 1-0.
The Bruins had another chance to score in the second, but were turned away. Junior Marti Reed led off with a bloop single to right and moved to second one out later on a walk to freshman Talee Snow. After both runners moved up a base following a wild pitch, Cal Poly pitcher Anna Cahn struck out DiSalvatore and Schroeder to end the inning.
UCLA tacked on two more in the third. Fox drew a leadoff walk, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball when Harrison drew a free pass. After Harrison moved into scoring position following a steal of second, Yudin singled up the middle to plate both runners to make it 3-0.
The Mustangs (2-16) had a pair of runners in scoring position in the top of the fourth, but couldn't score. Jillian Andersen led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice by Stephanie Correia. After a walk to Cahn put a pair on and a groundout to short by Nicole Lund moved both runners up, Hall struck out Nora Sobczak to thwart the threat.
Hall did not give up a hit for the first five innings, but Kim Westlund led off the sixth with a single through the right side to break up the no-hit bid.
The Bruins tacked on an insurance run in the sixth. Reed reached base on a throwing error by Westlund at short to start the inning and moved to second on the overthrow. After Lindvall walked, both runners moved up a base on a sacrifice by Snow. DiSalvatore then shot one back up the middle that went off of Cahn's glove and ricocheted to second baseman Ashley Romano, who threw to first for the out. But Reed scored on the play to make it 4-0.
Hall retired the side in order in the first, third and fifth innings.
The Bruins are back in action next weekend at the Long Beach State Invitational at Lakewood's Mayfair Park. UCLA will face Sacramento State (1 p.m.) and Long Beach State (6 p.m.) on Friday, March 11, Cal State Fullerton (3:45 p.m.) and BYU (6 p.m.) on Saturday, March 12 and Saint Mary's (3:45 p.m.) on Sunday, March 13. Gametracker will be available for all contests at UCLABruins.com.