Feb. 18, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A walk-off single by freshman Alyssa Tiumalu in the bottom of the ninth gave top-ranked UCLA a 3-2 victory over Southern Illinois Edwardsville in Friday's first game at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, but the Bruins dropped a 4-3 decision in the nightcap to Arkansas.
In the initial contest against SIUE, the Bruins (6-0) rallied twice, as Tiumalu plated freshman Kellie Fox in the bottom of the ninth to win it. Senior Donna Kerr fanned 12 to improve to 4-0, allowing two unearned runs, seven hits and four walks in nine innings.
The Cougars got on the board in the top of the first. After a leadoff walk to Chelsea Yankolovich, Paige Sheeder laced a one-out double down the left-field line and when the ball was misplayed by junior Andrea Harrison in the corner, Yankolovich came home to make it 1-0.
The Bruins had a chance to score in the bottom of the second, as UCLA opened the inning with a walk to Harrison and a single by freshman Jessica Hall before a sacrifice by Fox moved runners to third and second. But one out later, after a walk to Tiumalu, SIUE pitcher Erika Taylor got freshman Talee Snow to ground into a fielder's choice to end the threat.
After a shaky first, Kerr kept the Cougars off the board for the rest of regulation, striking out the side in the third and two in the first, second and fourth.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bruins tied it up with one swing. With one out, senior GiOnna DiSalvatore hit a 2-0 pitch out to right for her first homer of the season to make it 1-1.
Neither team scored in the seventh to send it into extra innings. With the international tiebreaker rule in effect and a runner starting at second, the Cougars had a runner at third with one out, but could not score. In the bottom of the eighth, the Bruins had first and second with nobody out, but Taylor got out of the jam.
In the top of the ninth, SIUE loaded the bases with nobody out. With Kasey Schlafke on second, Samantha Stanicek reached on an error by Fox at short and Megan Murphy was hit by a pitch. Kerr got the next two hitters, but then walked Sheeder to force in Schlafke to put the Cougars up 2-1.
The Bruins rallied with a pair in the bottom of the inning to win it. With Harrison at second and one out, Fox singled up the middle to tie the score at two, as Fox took second on the throw home. It was a key advance, as one out later, Tiumalu singled up the middle to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory.
In game two, DiSalvatore and Fox each had three-hit games, but Arkansas scored all four of its runs with two outs to hold on to a one-run victory.
The Bruins (6-1) scored first with a run in the top of the third. With two outs, sophomore B.B. Bates drew a walk and scored on DiSalvatore's double to left-center to make it 1-0.
The Razorbacks struck back with their own two-out rally in the bottom of the inning. Brittany Griffiths walked and moved to third on a double to left by Becca Carden. Courtney Breault then singled up the middle to score both runners to put Arkansas ahead 2-1.
UCLA got the second run back in the top of the fourth. Fox doubled down the left-field line to open the inning, and one out later, moved to third on a single to left by Tiumalu. Senior Amy Crawford then tapped a ball back to Arkansas pitcher Layne McGuirt, but she bobbled it in the circle, allowing Fox to score to even things at two.
The Bruins re-took the lead with a run in the top of the fifth. With one out, DiSalvatore doubled off the top of the center field wall and moved to third on a bunt by Harrison. Fox then singled up the middle to give the Bruins a 3-2 edge.
The Razorbacks tied it back up in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Carden dropped one in front of a diving Katie Schroeder in center, leading to a triple, and Breault then singled to center to tie the score.
In the sixth, Arkansas again scored with two outs. Chloe Oprzedek walked, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single up the middle by Tori Mort to make it 4-3.
Hall dropped to 2-1 on the year, striking out six and allowing four runs, seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Kerr got the final batter of the sixth on one pitch.
The Bruins return to the field on Saturday when they face Utah at 1:30 p.m. and Portland State at 3:45 p.m. Both games will be played at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in Henderson, Nev. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.