Feb. 25, 2011
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Behind a gutty performance by senior Donna Kerr, who struck out seven in five shutout innings, the second-ranked Bruins knocked off #6 Oklahoma 3-0 in their second game on Friday at the Cathedral City Classic. UCLA dropped its first contest of the day to #4 Florida 4-1.
In the nightcap, freshmen Alyssa Tiumalu and Kellie Fox each had two hits and scored a run. Kerr (5-0) struck out a pair in the first, second and fourth, allowing only two hits and two walks in her first game back since suffering a leg injury last weekend. Freshman Jessica Hall earned her first career save, fanning three and giving up two hits.
Kerr got out of a big jam in the top of the first. With Jessica Shults at third, Brittany Williams at second and Haley Nix at first, Kerr fanned Keilani Ricketts looking to keep the Sooners (11-5) off the board.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, when the Bruins scored three times. Junior Andrea Harrison led off with a walk and moved to second on a single to right by Fox. With Sydney Leroux, a member of the UCLA women's soccer team, running for Harrison at second after making her debut versus Florida, both her and Fox moved up a base when Tiumalu reached on a bunt single that deadened perfectly up the first-base line. Hall then tapped a ball to second, which allowed Leroux to score to make it 1-0.
The Bruins loaded the bases again after a walk to sophomore Devon Lindvall and freshman Talee Snow got an RBI the hard way, getting hit to force in Fox to make it 2-0. Junior Katie Schroeder followed with a single through the right side to plate Tiumalu for the Bruins' third run.
Kerr and Hall took care of the rest, allowing only two runners to get to second after the first inning, as the Bruins improved to 11-2 on the season.
In game one, Hall was masterful in the circle, but the Gators (13-0) rallied for four runs in the sixth to remain undefeated.
The Bruins (10-2) got on the board in the bottom of the second when Tiumalu hit a 1-2 pitch out to left for her first collegiate home run to make it 1-0.
Hall retired 10 in a row at one point, giving up just a single and a walk through the first five innings. But in the sixth, Florida started the inning with a single to left by Cheyenne Coyle, who moved to second when Kasey Fagan reached on a sacrifice attempt that Hall couldn't handle. Michelle Moultrie followed with a double to left-center to plate both runners to make it 2-1. Another double by Aja Paculba made it 3-1, and after a wild pitch moved her to third, a single up the middle by Kelsey Bruder gave the Gators their fourth run.
The Bruins were able to get only one runner to second during the game. Tiumalu had two of UCLA's five hits. Hall (6-2) struck out a career-best eight and gave up three earned runs, six hits and one walk in a complete-game effort.
UCLA continues play at the Cathedral City Classic against #8/#10 Tennessee on Saturday at 3 p.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.