May 13, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - #12 UCLA came back two separate times on Friday at Howe Field and received a three-run homer from sophomore B.B. Bates and a two-run shot from sophomore Devon Lindvall, as freshman Jessica Hall struck out four in five innings of relief in the Bruins' 7-4 victory against #11 Oregon.
The Bruins improved to 33-16 overall and 9-11 in Pac-10 play, while the Ducks fall to 38-14 and 10-10 in league action.
Hall improved to 16-8 on the year, retiring 15 of the 17 batters she faced, including nine in a row from the fourth through the sixth innings. She allowed a run and two hits. Sophomore Destiny Rodino started and fanned two in two-plus innings, giving up three runs (one earned) and four hits. Seven of the nine Bruins in the starting lineup had at least one hit, with juniors GiOnna DiSalvatore and Andrea Harrison posting two apiece.
UCLA got on the board with a run in its first at-bat. DiSalvatore reached on a fielding error by Kaylan Howard at second to lead off the game, and one out later, moved to third on a hit-and-run single to right by Harrison. Bates then executed a perfect squeeze play, as DiSalvatore came in with the Bruins' first run.
The Ducks took their first lead of the game in the second. With one out, Kaitlin Vitek singled to left-center and moved to second on a single to left by Alexa Peterson. Kailee Cuico then grounded one to short, with freshman Kellie Fox throwing to DiSalvatore at third to force Vitek for the second out. Allie Burger then lifted a fly ball to junior Katie Schroeder in center, but it bounced in and out of her glove, allowing Peterson and Cuico to score to make it 2-1.
The Bruins tied it back up in the top of the third thanks to another Duck error. With one out, DiSalvatore singled up the middle, and one out later, she moved to second on a single to left by Harrison. Bates then tapped a ball to shortstop, but it was bobbled by Kelsey Chambers to load the bases. Fox cashed in the error with a single to right to plate DiSalvatore to even it at two.
A pair of solo home runs to lead off the third and fourth innings gave the Ducks the lead back. Chambers hit a homer in the third and a Vitek shot in the fourth made it 4-2 Oregon.
But the Bruins again rallied, tying the game in the fifth on one swing of the bat. With two outs, freshman Alyssa Tiumalu reached on a fielding error by Courtney Ceo at third to extend the inning and Lindvall made them pay, hammering a 1-0 pitch over the center-field fence to tie the score at four. It was Lindvall's third homer of the year.
In the sixth, UCLA re-took the advantage. With one out, DiSalvatore singled to right, moved to second on a wild pitch and Schroeder drew a walk. One out later, Bates connected on her second three-run homer of the weekend to left-center on a 1-0 offering to make it 7-4. It was Bates' 10th homer of the season.
The Bruins conclude the regular season Saturday against the Ducks at 11:30 a.m. Gametracker and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.