May 21, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Every Bruin starter had at least one hit, as junior Andrea Harrison posted her first-career, five-hit game with two homers and four RBI, while senior GiOnna DiSalvatore and junior Katie Schroeder each had three hits in the Bruins' 12-4 rout of Jacksonville on Saturday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
The Bruins (35-18) advance to the Gainesville Regional championship game and will have to beat Florida twice to advance to Super Regionals. Sunday's first game is at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. If UCLA wins that contest, it will play the Gators again 30 minutes after the first game. All the action can be followed online with Gametracker and free audio at UCLABruins.com and streaming video at ESPN3.com. Links will be available on the softball schedule page.
Harrison left the yard twice for her seventh career, two-homer contest, also singling twice and doubling. She becomes just the seventh Bruin to post five hits in a single game to tie a school record. DiSalvatore drove in four runs and both her, Harrison, Schroeder and senior Amy Crawford scored twice. Crawford, senior Grace Murray, junior Samantha Camuso and freshman Kellie Fox each had a pair of hits, with Murray posting her first two collegiate hits and RBI. The 21 hits for the Bruins were a season high and one shy of the school record of 22 set against Santa Clara in 2008.
Senior Donna Kerr (14-9) started in the circle and struck out two in four innings, allowing three unearned runs, one hit and two walks. Freshman Jessica Hall tossed one inning of relief, allowing a run and a hit, while sophomore Destiny Rodino fanned three in two hitless frames of relief, walking one.
After two scoreless innings, the Bruins got on the board on one swing of the bat in the top of the third. With one out, Schroeder doubled to right-center and came home when Harrison hit the first pitch she saw over the right-field fence for her 15th homer of the season to make it 2-0.
Jacksonville (44-16) responded though with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Katie Kelly drew a leadoff walk and Meagan Balding reached on a fielder's choice bunt when Kerr was unsuccessful at getting Kelly at second. After Brittany Eppley moved both runners up on a sacrifice, Kayla Ouellet tapped a ball to short. Fox looked Kelly back to third, but that allowed Ouellet to reach first safely on another fielder's choice to load the bases. Amanda Schmidt followed by tapping one back to Kerr in the circle, but she threw high to Murray at home, as Kelly slid in safely with the Dolphins' first run. One out later, Olivia Kline singled to left to bring home pinch-runner Annike Don and Ouellet to give Jacksonville a 3-2 lead.
The lead would be short-lived for Jacksonville though as the Bruins got two in the fourth. Crawford led off with a single to left-center, moved to second on a sacrifice by Murray and scored when DiSalvatore hammered a 3-1 pitch over the wall in center field for her fifth homer of the season to make it 4-3.
The Bruins broke it open with a two-out rally in the fifth, scoring four times. Crawford had a two-out single to left-center and stole second, while junior Marti Reed drew a pinch-hit walk. DiSalvatore then doubled to right-center to bring in Crawford with the Bruins' fifth run. A Schroeder single to center plated Reed to make it 6-3, while Harrison followed with a single to right-center to score DiSalvatore to make it 7-3. With Schroeder now at third and Harrison moving to second on the throw home, Kline uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Schroeder to score run number eight.
The Dolphins got one back in the fifth when Ouellet tripled to right-center and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Schmidt to make it 8-4.
UCLA added two more runs with two outs in the sixth. Camuso led off with a single to left, moved to second on a grounder to second by freshman Talee Snow, advanced to third on a fly out to right off the bat of Crawford and scored on a single up the middle by Murray to make it 9-4. Murray then moved to second on a wild pitch and came in when DiSalvatore singled up the middle to put the Bruins in double figures.
In the seventh, Harrison picked up her fifth hit of the ballgame, lifting a high fly ball to center, which bounced off the glove of Ouellet and went over the fence for a home run. One out later, Fox singled to right, and one more out later, Snow singled to left and Crawford was hit to load the bases for Murray, who singled to right to plate Fox with the Bruins' 12th run.