Feb. 14, 2009
LAS VEGAS - The fourth-ranked Bruins split a pair of games on Saturday at the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, falling to #5 Michigan 7-4 before beating Kentucky 9-6.
In game one, Michigan scored a run in the top of the first when Bree Evans led off with a double, was moved to third on a sacrifice by Teddi Ewing and scored on a sac fly by Maggie Viefhaus.
In the bottom of the inning, the Bruins, who hit six home runs in a pair of wins on Friday, hit another one out. Senior Amanda Kamekona led off with a single to right, sophomore Katie Schroeder walked and sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore hit her first home run of the season to right-center to make it 3-0.
In the fourth, the Wolverines tied it up. After loading the bases on a Ewing single and hit by pitches of Viefhaus and Dorian Shaw, Roya St. Clair reached on a double when Schroeder lost a ball in the sun in center field to even the game at three.
Michigan (7-2) re-took the lead in the top of the sixth, scoring three times with two outs. Angela Findlay singled to third, Steph Kirkpatrick walked and Molly Bausher doubled down the right-field line to bring in Findlay and give the Wolverines a 4-3 lead. Evans followed with a single to left to score Kirkpatrick and Bausher to make it 6-3. The Wolverines tacked on another run in the seventh when Shaw doubled home Viefhaus, who reached on an error.
The Bruins (5-2) added a run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 7-4 when junior Kaila Shull had a scoring fly ball to plate DiSalvatore, who reached on a leadoff double. DiSalvatore went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, while junior Julie Burney had a pair of hits.
Sophomore Donna Kerr (3-2) took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned), eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Junior Megan Langenfeld retired the two batters she faced in the seventh.
Jordan Taylor earned the win for Michigan, striking out nine and giving up nine hits, four runs and two walks in seven innings. Bausher and Evans each had two hits for the Wolverines.
UCLA scored in each of the first three innings in the nightcap against Kentucky. The Bruins rallied for a run with two outs in the first. DiSalvatore walked, Langenfeld singled to center and Shull had a base hit to right-center to plate DiSalvatore and make it 1-0.
In the second, the Bruins crossed home plate five times to take a 6-0 advantage. Burney walked to lead off and moved to third when freshman Dani Yudin reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt. Burney then came in when sophomore Monica Harrison reached on an error to make it 2-0. With sophomore Lauren Mirabal at third pinch-running for Yudin, Kamekona hit a scoring fly ball to right to bring in the Bruins' third run of the contest. Schroeder followed with a walk and DiSalvatore belted her second home run of the day and season to center to put UCLA on top 6-0.
The Wildcats got on the board in the second when Megan Yocke hit an inside-the-park home run to right field.
The third was a wild inning that saw the Bruins put up two runs to make it 8-1, only to see the Wildcats score four to cut the deficit to 8-5. Freshman Andrea Harrison led off the inning with her third home run of the season to make it 7-1. One out later, Yudin walked and Monica Harrison singled to put two on. After the second out of the inning, Schroeder walked to load the bases and Yudin came in to score on a passed ball to put the Bruins ahead 8-1. Kentucky's four runs in the bottom of the frame were all unearned. Macy Allen scored when Natalie Smith reached on a fielder's choice to make it 8-2 and a two-run single by Brittany Cervantes plated Meagan Aull and Smith to get the Wildcats to within four at 8-4. Samantha Demartine followed with another single to score Molly Johnson and make it 8-5.
In the fifth, each team scored a run. In the top half for the Bruins (6-2), Schroeder hit her sixth home run of the season to left-center to make it 9-5. Kentucky (2-2) answered the run in the bottom of the frame with an RBI double by Katie McCarty that scored Demartine.
Langenfeld earned her first win of the year in relief, going 3 2/3 innings and giving up two hits and one run. Junior Whitney Baker started and allowed five runs (one earned) and six hits in 3 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. Andrea Harrison, Schroeder and Shull all had two hits.
Amber Matousek started for the Wildcats and went two-plus innings, allowing six runs (one earned), four hits and three walks with one strikeouts. Chanda Bell tossed the last five innings, allowing three runs, five hits and five walks with five strikeouts. Aull and Demartine each had two hits for Kentucky.
The Bruins finish up play at the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. when they play South Dakota State. The game will be played at Stephanie Lynn Craig Field 3 in Henderson, Nev. Gametracker will be available on UCLABruins.com.