March 4, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior Andrea Harrison hit a three-run homer, freshman Alyssa Tiumalu went 3-for-4 with an RBI on her 19th birthday and senior GiOnna DiSalvatore and freshman Kellie Fox each had two-hit contests, as the sixth-ranked Bruins defeated BYU 5-2 in their first game on Friday at the Campbell/Cartier Classic.
The Bruins (14-3) will face Baylor in their second game of the evening at approximately 9:30 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
Freshman Jessica Hall improved to 8-3 on the year, striking out three and giving up one run, three hits and two walks in four innings. Junior Aleah Macon picked up her first save of the year, fanning four and allowing one run, three hits and two walks in three innings.
The Bruins busted out to a 4-0 lead in their initial turn at the plate. With one out, sophomore B.B. Bates singled to the second-base bag and DiSalvatore singled off BYU pitcher Paige Affleck's glove to put a pair on base. Harrison then hit the first pitch she saw out the opposite way to left for her team-best sixth homer of the season to make it 3-0. UCLA followed that with back-to-back doubles by Fox and Tiumalu for its fourth run.
The Cougars had a chance in the bottom of the first inning, but left the bases loaded. Kristin Delahoussaye singled to right-center to start things off, moved to second on a groundout to third by Tiffany Messerschmidt and advanced to third on an infield single to second by JC Clayton. One out later, Caschjen Atagi walked to load the bases, but Hall struck out Madisen Robb to end the threat.
UCLA scored one in the top of the second and would have had more if not for an unfortunate bounce. With one out, junior Katie Schroeder walked, and one out later, DiSalvatore blooped a single to left and Harrison was hit to load the bases. Fox then drew a free pass to plate Schroeder to make it 5-0. Tiumalu then rifled a ball to the 3-4 hole on the right side, but it hit Fox as she was heading for second for the third out of the inning.
BYU got on the board in the bottom of the third. Delahoussaye led off with a walk, but was retired at second when Messerschmidt reached on a fielder's choice to third. Messerschmidt then moved to second on a passed ball, to third on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out double down the left-field line by Jessica Fitu to make it 5-1.
The Cougars had another chance in the fifth when Delahoussaye laced a one-out triple to right-center. But Macon retired Messerschmidt on a grounder to short and struck out Clayton to end the inning.
BYU made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh. Katie Manuma led off with a double down the left-field line and was pinch-run for by Lacey Millett. After Macon struck out the next two batters, Delahoussaye and Messerschmidt walked to load the bases. An infield single to third by Clayton scored Millett to make it 5-2, but Macon retired Fitu on a fielder's choice to third to end the game.