May 21, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore B.B. Bates hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Bruins an early lead, but fourth-seeded Florida rallied with single runs in the first, second, third and fifth frames to post a 4-2 victory on Saturday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
The Bruins (34-18) fall to the loser's bracket and will take on the winner of the Jacksonville/Bethune-Cookman game at approximately 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET. Links for the Gametracker, audio and video will be available on the softball schedule page at UCLABruins.com. Florida moves to 49-9 and will play in the Regional Championship on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.
Bates, senior GiOnna DiSalvatore, junior Katie Schroeder and freshmen Talee Snow and Alyssa Tiumalu combined for the Bruins' five hits. Senior Donna Kerr started and struck out two, allowing two runs (one earned), two hits and one walk in two innings. Freshman Jessica Hall (16-9) pitched 1 1/3 of relief, giving up an unearned run and two walks with a strikeout. Junior Aleah Macon tossed the last 2 2/3 frames, striking out one and allowing one run, two hits and one walk.
In the first, the Bruins took advantage of a Florida error to score twice. DiSalvatore led off by reaching on a fielding error by Kasey Fagan at third. Two outs later, Bates went the opposite way, taking an 0-1 pitch out to left for her 11th homer of the season to make it 2-0.
In the bottom of the first, the Gators got one back. Michelle Moultrie was hit by a pitch to start things off, moved to second on a sacrifice by Aja Paculba and advanced to third on a grounder to second by Kelsey Bruder. After a walk to Brittany Schutte put runners at the corners, Megan Bush singled to left to plate Moultrie to make it 2-1.
Florida evened the score in the second. Kerr got the first two outs of the inning on strikeouts, but then on a bunt attempt by Fagan, threw the ball wild to first to allow the runner to reach. Fagan then stole second and came home on a single up the middle by Moultrie to tie the game at two.
In the third, the Gators scored without the benefit of a hit. Paculba walked, and one out later, stole second. One out later, Paculba moved to third on an illegal pitch by Hall and scored on a passed ball to give Florida a 3-2 lead.
The Bruins got back-to-back, two-out singles by Snow and DiSalvatore in the fifth, but Florida's Hannah Rogers induced Schroeder into a pop up to short to end the threat.
The Gators added another run in their half of the fifth. With one out, Paculba and Bruder had back-to-back singles to left. After Schutte grounded out to first for the second out, with both runners moving up, Paculba scored on a wild pitch when Macon threw an intentional ball away during a free pass to Bush.
The Bruins had one last scoring opportunity in the sixth. With one out, Bates was hit by a pitch and freshman Kellie Fox walked. But Rogers got junior Samantha Camuso and senior Grace Murray on back-to-back groundouts to end the inning. Murray, who was making her first collegiate appearance behind the plate with her first two career at-bats, was playing in place of Tiumalu, who left the game in the second inning with a right leg injury.