April 23, 2011
LOS ANGELES - 11th-ranked UCLA dropped its first contest this year when leading after the sixth inning, as #9 Washington rallied to tie the game in the seventh, going on to win it in the ninth by a score of 4-3 on Saturday at Easton Stadium. Senior GiOnna DiSalvatore and freshman Alyssa Tiumalu each hit home runs for the Bruins.
UCLA falls to 31-10 overall and 7-5 in Pac-10 play, while Washington improves to 31-8 and 6-6 in league action.
Junior Andrea Harrison had a pair of hits for the Bruins, who had seven as a team. Senior Donna Kerr (12-4) pitched seven innings of relief, striking out five and allowing four runs (three earned), six hits and three walks. Freshman Jessica Hall started and tossed two-plus frames of shutout ball, fanning two and giving up three hits and a walk.
The Huskies had the first scoring chance of the game in the second but were turned away. Morgan Stuart reached on a one-out walk, Kaitlin Inglesby singled, and one out later, Maggie Wagner reached on a bunt single to load the bases. But Hall struck out Victoria Hayward to end the threat.
After leaving a pair on base in both the first and second innings, the Bruins broke through in the third on one swing of the bat. With one down, DiSalvatore belted a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right field for her fourth homer of the season to make it 1-0 UCLA.
Washington got on the board in the top of the fourth. Stuart was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double down the left-field line by Inglesby to even the score at one.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bruins re-took the lead, as Tiumalu launched the first pitch of the inning off the scoreboard in left to put UCLA up 2-1. It was Tiumalu's eighth homer of the season.
The Huskies rallied though with two outs in the seventh. Kimi Pohlman reached on an error by DiSalvatore at third and came all the way around to score on a double to right-center by Jenn Salling to knot the score at two.
Washington took its first lead of the weekend in the top of the eighth when Inglesby hit a home run to straightaway center to give the visitors a 3-2 edge.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Bruins had a single and received three walks to tie the game. Junior Dani Yudin lined a leadoff single to center and was pinch-run for by sophomore Devon Lindvall, who moved to second on a walk to Tiumalu, who was pinch-run for by junior Marti Reed. Both Lindvall and Reed then moved up a base on a wild pitch to put runners at third and second with nobody out. Inglesby would retire junior Samantha Camuso on a groundout and struck out senior Amy Crawford, but sophomore B.B. Bates drew a walk to load the bases. Inglesby then issued a free pass to junior Katie Schroeder, which forced in Lindvall to tie the score at three. Inglesby would end the inning by inducing freshman Kellie Fox into a groundout to short.
The Huskies took the lead back on another homer in the ninth, as Salling sent one out to right to give the visitors a 4-3 advantage.
The Bruins got a one-out single by Harrison in the bottom of the ninth, but Inglesby retired Yudin on a double play to end the game.
The Bruins are on the road next weekend, traveling to Berkeley to face California in a three-game series. Friday's game begins at 3 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. start on Saturday and a 12 p.m. first pitch on Sunday. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.