May 17, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Senior Amanda Kamekona went 2-for-4 with four runs batted in, while junior Kaila Shull and sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore each had three hits, as the second-seeded Bruins advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals with a 9-5 victory over Fresno State on Sunday at Easton Stadium.
UCLA improves to 44-9 on the season and will face Missouri in next weekend's Super Regional at Easton Stadium. Dates and times will be announced later Sunday night or Monday morning. Fresno State concludes its season at 38-20.
The Bruins pounded out 12 hits, with DiSalvatore, Kamekona and Shull combining for eight of them. DiSalvatore and Kamekona had seven of UCLA's nine RBI.
For the third game of this Regional, the Bruins scored in the first inning. Playing as the visiting team, freshman Andrea Harrison hit her eighth home run of the season to right-center to make it 1-0.
Fresno State rallied to get three in the bottom of the first. Haley Perkins and Haley Gilleland had back-to-back singles to start the inning and Michelle Moses doubled to right-center to score both Haleys to make it 2-1 Bulldogs. Moses moved to third on the throw home, and one out later, Caitlin Stiglich was hit to put runners at the corners. Lisamarie Coronado followed with a single to right-center to bring home Moses to give Fresno State a 3-1 advantage.
The Bruins got the runs back and then some with a seven-run third, sending 10 batters to the plate. Junior Julie Burney got the inning going by blasting her 11th home run of the season to left to make it 3-2 Fresno. Freshman Dani Yudin singled to left, and one out later, moved to third on a double to left-center by sophomore Katie Schroeder. Andrea Harrison then walked to load the bases, and one out later, DiSalvatore cleared the bags with a triple to right-center to give the Bruins a 5-3 lead. Following a walk to Shull, Kamekona crushed her ninth homer of the season to right to increase UCLA's advantage to 8-3.
The Bulldogs got single runs in the fourth and fifth to close the gap. In the fourth, Brooke Phipps, Jody Badorine and Perkins had successive singles to start the inning to make it 8-4. In the fifth, Nicole Angene hit a home run to straightaway center with two outs to cut the deficit to 8-5.
UCLA added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Shull doubled to left with one out and was pinch-run for by sophomore Lauren Mirabal, who scored on Kamekona's double to right-center to make it 9-5.
Sophomore Donna Kerr, making her first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, struck out seven and allowed five runs, eight hits and one walk in seven innings, improving to 19-6 on the season. Kerr struck out the side in the first and two more in the fourth. Following the Angene home run, she set down seven of the next eight batters, including the last four to finish off the victory.
Morgan Melloh (30-16) started for the Bulldogs and allowed eight runs, eight hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings with two strikeouts. Mackenzie Oakes pitched 5 1/3 innings of relief, giving up one run, four hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Perkins had two of the Bulldogs' eight hits.