Feb. 27, 2009
SAN DIEGO - Sophomore Donna Kerr tossed six innings of one-hit ball, striking out 12, and junior Kaila Shull and sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore each drove in three, as the third-ranked Bruins defeated Utah 7-1 on Friday at the San Diego Classic.
The Bruins improve to 15-2 with the win, while the Utes fall to 7-9.
Kerr, a native of San Diego, tossed 5 2/3 no-hit innings before giving up a home run in the top of the sixth. She struck out the side twice, recording her fifth double-figure strikeout contest this season to improve to 8-2 on the year. Junior Megan Langenfeld pitched the seventh, fanning all three batters she faced.
Senior Amanda Kamekona went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, while DiSalvatore went 2-for-3 with a double.
The Bruins scored three times in each of the first two innings. In the bottom of the first, Kamekona led off with a double to center and moved to third on a groundout by sophomore Katie Schroeder. DiSalvatore cashed in the first run of the game with a lined smash off the glove of Utah first baseman Staci Hemingway to make it 1-0. Shull followed with her fifth home run of the season to left to put the Bruins' lead at 3-0.
In the second, the Bruins loaded the bases to start the inning. Sophomore Monica Harrison singled to right, Kamekona doubled to left-center and Schroeder reached on an error on Utah shortstop Sharee Fonoti. DiSalvatore then drove in her second and third runs of the afternoon, plating Harrison and Kamekona on a double to left-center to make it 5-0. One out later, Langenfeld walked to reload the bases and freshman Andrea Harrison earned an RBI with another free pass to put UCLA up 6-0.
UCLA added one more in the third. Monica Harrison reached on an error by third baseman Whitney Holm and moved to second on a single to left by Kamekona. After Schroeder sacrificed both runners over, DiSalvatore walked to load the bases. Shull then drove in her third run of the game, lifting a sacrifice fly ball to center to bring in Harrison and make it 7-0.
Kerr retired the first nine batters of the game, striking out two in the first, one in the second and three in the third. In the fourth, Utah got its first baserunner when Kara Foster drew a leadoff walk. But Kerr bounced back, striking out the side for the second inning in a row. In the fifth, the sophomore again retired the side in order, striking out two more.
On the first batter of the sixth inning, Jasey Jensen blooped a ball into shallow left field, but Monica Harrison ranged over and made a spectacular diving catch to preserve the no-hitter. Kerr struck out Brooke Olson for the second out, but Foster broke up the no-no and the shutout with a home run to left to make it 7-1.
Ashley Smuda started for Utah and went 1 1/3 innings, allowing six hits, six runs (five earned) and four walks with one strikeout. Brittany Parker went the last 4 2/3 innings, giving up one unearned run, two hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
The Bruins play again on Friday night, this time at the USD Softball Complex. UCLA takes on Colorado State at 7 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.