March 12, 2011
LAKEWOOD, Calif. - Senior Donna Kerr struck out 19 in 10 2/3 innings over two games, while sophomore B.B. Bates had five hits in Saturday's doubleheader, as the ninth-ranked Bruins defeated Cal State Fullerton 11-2 in five innings and lost to BYU 6-4 at the Long Beach Marriott Invitational.
In game one, the Bruins exploded for 13 hits and scored in every inning, behind junior Andrea Harrison's first-career, four-hit game to go along with four runs batted in. Seven of the nine Bruin starters had at least one hit. Bates went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI and junior Marti Reed was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Kerr improved to 7-1 on the year, striking out nine and giving up two runs, five hits and three walks in five innings. Kerr fanned three in the second and two apiece in the first, third and fifth innings, retiring the side in order in Fullerton's final at-bat.
The Bruins (19-4) started with a pair of runs in the top of the first. Junior Katie Schroeder walked and moved to second on an illegal pitch. Bates then reached on a bloop infield single that landed right at the second-base bag, with Schroeder remaining at second. After senior GiOnna DiSalvatore grounded out to the circle to advance both runners into scoring position, Harrison singled up the middle to plate a pair to make it 2-0.
The Titans (7-11) got one back on the first pitch of the bottom of the first, as Lauren Mario homered to left to make it 2-1. Fullerton had a chance to score some more in the inning after loading the bases, but Kerr fanned Adriana Martinez swinging to end the threat.
UCLA got the run back in the top of the second. Alyssa Tiumalu led off with a walk and moved to third when Reed's tapper to Martinez at short was thrown into right field on a force attempt. Freshman Talee Snow then reached on an infield single to second to score Tiumalu to make it 3-1.
After Fullerton left a pair on base in the bottom of the second, the Bruins added to their lead with a run in the third. Harrison and freshman Kellie Fox had back-to-back singles to open the inning, but one out later, Harrison was forced at third on a groundout to short off the bat of Tiumalu. However, Reed posted a big RBI with two outs, singling up the middle to plate Fox to make it 4-1.
In the fourth, Bates posted a one-out double to right and came home one batter later on a single up the middle by Harrison to increase the lead to 5-1.
In the bottom half of the fourth, the Titans rallied with two outs. Leesa Harris drew a free pass, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored one batter later on a single up the middle by Ashley Carter to cut the deficit to 5-2.
The Bruins busted it open though with six runs in the fifth, sending 12 to the plate to invoke the mercy rule. Junior Dani Yudin was hit to open the inning and was pinch-run for by senior Grace Murray, who moved to second on a single to left by Tiumalu and advanced to third on a single to left by Reed. Snow would make it 6-2 on a bases-loaded walk, while Schroeder followed with a single through the right side to bring in Tiumalu and Reed to increase the advantage to 8-2.
Bates singled through the left side to plate Snow for the Bruins' ninth run, and after a groundout by DiSalvatore moved Schroeder to third and Bates to second, Harrison reached on an infield single to second to drive in Schroeder to make it 10-2. A Fox walk would re-load the bases, and one out later, Tiumalu drew a free pass to force in Bates with UCLA's 11th run.
In the nightcap, the Bruins were unable to dig themselves out of an early 5-0 deficit. Bates had two hits and Fox hit a three-run homer. Kerr was great in relief, striking out 10 and giving up only one run, four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Freshman Jessica Hall (11-4) started and allowed three earned runs, two walks and four hits with one strikeout in 1 1/3 frames.
The Cougars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Kristin Delahoussaye walked, Jessica Dugas singled to left and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. JC Clayton followed with a single up the middle to bring in Delahoussaye with BYU's first run. After Clayton was forced at second on a grounder to short off the bat of Jessica Fitu, Caschjen Atagi bunted one back to the circle, but Hall's throw to first was wild, allowing Dugas to score the Cougars' second run. As Fitu moved to third on the throwing error, Delaney Willard grounded out to short to bring her in to make it 3-0.
BYU added two more in the second. With one out, Krista Hicks was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a single up the middle by Delahoussaye and scored on a single to left by Dugas to make it 4-0. After a walk to Clayton loaded the bases, Fitu struck out, but the ball got away from Yudin behind the plate, allowing Delahoussaye to score the Cougars' fifth run.
The Bruins scratched a run across in the second. Harrison led off with a double to right-center, and one out later, UCLA loaded the bases on walks to Yudin and Tiumalu. One out later, Lindvall blooped one over the head of Katie Manuma at first to plate Harrison to make it 5-1.
The Cougars got the run back in the fifth on a leadoff homer by Manuma to make it 6-1.
UCLA cut its deficit to a pair on one swing of the bat in the bottom of the sixth. Bates led off with a single to right-center, but was erased at second on a fielder's choice groundout back to the circle off the bat of DiSalvatore. After a walk to Harrison, Fox hit her sixth homer of the season to center to make it a 6-4 ballgame.
The Bruins were able to get the tying run to the plate in the seventh following a two-out double by Bates. But Paige Affleck retired DiSalvatore on a groundout to third to end the game.
The Bruins close out the weekend on Sunday against Saint Mary's at 3:45 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.