March 27, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Freshman B.B. Bates had five hits, three runs batted in and four runs scored in Saturday's doubleheader and the fifth-ranked Bruins posted a pair of mercy-rule victories against UNLV, beating the Rebels 8-0 in five innings in game one and 11-3 in five in the nightcap.
The Bruins improve to 24-4 with the wins, while the Rebels fall to 20-14.
UCLA posted its 12th mercy-rule victory in the opener, pounding out 10 hits. The 1-2 hitters went a combined 5-for-6, as Bates went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two runs batted in, while junior Monica Harrison had a pair of hits, two RBI and a run scored.
Sophomore Aleah Macon went the distance to improve to 7-1 on the season, striking out seven and allowing only four hits and one walk.
The Bruins got on the board with a run in the bottom of the first. Bates led off with a single back to the pitcher and moved to second on a sacrifice by Harrison. Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore walked, sophomore Andrea Harrison was hit by a pitch, and one out later, senior Julie Burney was also hit to bring in Bates to make it 1-0.
UCLA added a pair of two-out runs in the second. Sophomore Dani Yudin walked to start the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice by freshman Devon Lindvall and to third on a groundout by Bates. Monica Harrison followed with a single to right to plate Yudin to make it 2-0. After DiSalvatore walked to extend the inning, Andrea Harrison singled up the middle to score her sister to put the Bruins up 3-0.
The Bruins made it 4-0 in the fourth. Lindvall and Bates began the inning with back-to-back singles and both moved up a base on a sacrifice by Monica Harrison. DiSalvatore then executed a perfect squeeze play, deadening a ball between the plate and the circle to drive in Lindvall to make it a four-run game.
UCLA invoked the mercy rule for the second straight contest with four in the fifth. With one out, Burney singled to left and senior Kaila Shull was hit by a pitch. Another out later, sophomore Marti Reed doubled down the left-field line to bring home Burney to make it 5-0. Bates then drove in Shull and Reed on a base hit to right to make it 7-0, with Bates advancing to second on the throw home. Monica Harrison ended things with a single to right to score Bates to give the Bruins an 8-0 victory.
The Rebels scored three times in the first inning of game two. Paige Emerson doubled to center to open the game and moved to third on a bunt single by Tara Bendt. Marissa Nichols followed with a double to right to plate Emerson to make it 1-0. Jaci Hull drove in Bendt on a sacrifice fly to center for the Rebels' second run and their third run came home one out later when Nichols scored on a passed ball.
It was all Bruins after the first inning though, as they started their rally by getting one run in both the second and third. In the second, the Bruins loaded the bases on a double to right-center by Yudin, a hit by pitch of freshman Charlotte Dolan and a walk to junior Amy Crawford. Bates would make it 3-1 on a scoring fly ball to left which plated Yudin.
In the third, DiSalvatore opened the inning with a single up the middle, advanced to second on an illegal pitch and moved to third on a groundout. Burney then singled her in with a base knock to right to cut the deficit to one.
UCLA took the lead with five in the fourth. With one out and Crawford on first, Bates reached on a bunt single to third and when Tayler Aleman's throw to first sailed down the right-field line, Crawford came around to score to tie the game and Bates moved up to third. Monica Harrison followed with a single to right-center to plate Bates to give the Bruins the lead 4-3. After a DiSalvatore double to right-center put a pair of runners in scoring position, Andrea Harrison knocked in her sister and DiSalvatore with a double to right-center to make it 6-3. Walks to Burney and sophomore Samantha Camuso loaded the bases and Yudin lifted a sacrifice fly to right to score Andrea Harrison and put the Bruins up 7-3.
The Bruins invoked the mercy rule again with four in the fifth. Crawford and Bates led off the inning with consecutive singles, and one out later, DiSalvatore walked to load the bases. Andrea Harrison then earned an RBI the hard way, getting hit by a pitch to bring in Crawford to make it 8-3. Burney followed with a double down the left-field line to plate Bates and DiSalvatore to make it 10-3 and the game concluded with another mercy-rule win on an infield single by Camuso which scored Harrison.
UCLA had 12 hits, with DiSalvatore going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, Bates posting a 2-for-2 game with two runs and Burney going 2-for-2 with three RBI. Andrea Harrison also drove in three runs.
Junior Donna Kerr picked up the win in relief to improve to 11-1 on the season, tossing four hitless innings and giving up just one walk while striking out two. Freshman Destiny Rodino started and allowed three runs (two earned) and three hits in one inning.
The Bruins conclude non-conference play on Sunday when they travel to Loyola Marymount for a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.