May 29, 2010
LOS ANGELES - For the third straight contest, the fifth-seeded Bruins came back from an early deficit, as junior GiOnna DiSalvatore and sophomore Samantha Camuso each had three hits, three RBI and a homer to give UCLA a 10-2, five-inning victory over Louisiana-Lafayette in the first game of the Los Angeles Super Regional at Easton Stadium on Saturday.
The Bruins improve to 44-11 and tie a single-season school record with their 19th mercy-rule win of the year. The Ragin' Cajuns fall to 45-17. The two teams square off in the second game of the Super Regional on Sunday at 4 p.m. The if necessary third game will begin 30 minutes after the completion of Game 2. All the action can be viewed on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com, as well as with Gametracker and live audio on UCLABruins.com.
Sophomore Aleah Macon improved to 11-1 on the season, striking out four and allowing two unearned runs, four hits and one walk in five innings. Macon retired the side in order in the third and struck out a pair in the fourth, limiting the Ragin' Cajuns to just two baserunners in the final three innings.
The Bruins struck first with a run in the opening inning. DiSalvatore singled up the middle to start the inning and moved up a base when Louisiana-Lafayette second baseman Kelly Cormier dropped a throw at second on a sacrifice bunt attempt by junior Monica Harrison. After senior Megan Langenfeld grounded into a fielder's choice to force Monica Harrison at second, Andrea Harrison singled to the 5-6 hole on the left side to score DiSalvatore and make it 1-0.
The Ragin' Cajuns rallied with a pair of unearned runs in the second. With one out, Nerissa Myers reached on a fielding error and Louisiana-Lafayette loaded the bases on a hit by pitch of Britni Soria and a walk to Cormier. The Bruins were able to get a force out at home when Erikka Murphy grounded a ball to senior Julie Burney, who came home for the second out of the inning. But Vallie Gaspard, who had a three-hit day, followed with a single to center to bring home Soria and Cormier to give Louisiana-Lafayette a 2-1 lead.
It was all Bruins after that though, as the home team sent 12 to the plate and scored seven times in the second. Camuso led off the inning with a homer to right-center, her 12th of the season and fourth of the NCAA Tournament, to tie it at two. Shull followed with a single to right-center and B.B. Bates reached on a bunt single, as both runners moved up on a wild pitch. DiSalvatore then doubled down the right-field line to bring in both runners to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead.
After walks to Monica Harrison and Langenfeld loaded the bases, Andrea Harrison tapped a ball up the middle that Cormier misplayed into the outfield, allowing both DiSalvatore and Monica Harrison to score to increase the margin to 6-2. Two batters later, Camuso doubled to left-center to plate Langenfeld and junior Grace Murray, who was running for Andrea Harrison, to give the Bruins an 8-2 advantage.
UCLA added solo runs in the fourth and fifth to invoke the mercy rule. In the fourth, Yudin hit a one-out home run to center, her ninth bomb of the season, to make it 9-2. In the fifth, DiSalvatore ended it with a leadoff homer to center, her 10th of the season, to give the Bruins the eight-run victory.