March 29, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Seven different Bruins had home runs in Tuesday's doubleheader sweep of UC Santa Barbara, while all four pitchers saw work in the circle, as seventh-ranked UCLA recorded a 12-2, five-inning win in game one and followed that up with a 10-4 triumph in the nightcap at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 23-5 with the twinbill sweep, while the Gauchos fall to 12-16.
In game one, four Bruins left the yard and eight of the nine starters had at least one hit. Junior Dani Yudin, sophomore B.B. Bates and freshmen Jessica Hall and Alyssa Tiumalu all homered, while Hall and junior Katie Schroeder each posted a pair of hits, with UCLA recording 10 as a team.
Hall moved to 13-4 on the season, striking out seven and giving up one unearned run, one hit and two walks in four innings. She had a pair of 1-2-3, two-strikeout innings in the first and third, also fanning two in the fourth. Junior Aleah Macon tossed the fifth and fanned two, allowing an unearned run, one hit and a walk.
The Bruins got four runs on one swing of the bat in the bottom of the first. Schroeder and Bates each walked to open the game, and one out later, junior Andrea Harrison was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Freshman Kellie Fox then tapped a ball to third, with Jessica Beristianos coming home for the force of Schroeder for the second out. However, Yudin belted her second grand slam in as many games and her third homer of the season to center on a 3-1 pitch to stake the Bruins to a 4-0 lead.
UCLA added another run in the second. Hall led off with a single through the left side and freshman Talee Snow reached first on a bunt attempt when catcher Lainey DePompa's throw to first was wide, allowing Hall to take third. After Schroeder loaded the bases on a bunt single right in front of the plate, Bates lifted a deep fly ball to left to bring in Hall to make it 5-0.
The Bruins hit back-to-back homers in the third. With two outs, Tiumalu jacked a 2-0 pitch out to right-center for her fourth homer of the year, while Hall hit the very next pitch out to right for her fifth bomb of the season to make it 7-0.
UCSB got on the board in the top of the fourth when Kathryn Pilpil, who led off with a single to center, came home later in the inning on a wild pitch.
UCLA brought out the mercy rule with a five-run fourth. Schroeder led off with a slap single back to the pitcher and came home on Bates' sixth homer of the season on an 0-1 pitch to make it 9-1. A single to left by senior GiOnna DiSalvatore and a walk to Harrison brought Fox to the plate and the freshman would drive in senior Grace Murray, who was running for DiSalvatore, on a single up the middle to increase the score to 10-1. The Gauchos would get the next two outs, but the Bruins rallied. After a walk to Hall loaded the bases, Snow singled up the middle to plate Harrison and Fox to make it 12-1.
UCSB would get one more run in the fifth. DePompa drew a one-out walk and came home two batters later on an RBI infield single by McKenzie Kane.
In the nightcap, the Bruins left the yard three more times, as seven of the nine starters had at least one hit. Harrison homered and had a two-hit game, while DiSalvatore and senior Amy Crawford also had round-trippers.
Sophomore Destiny Rodino earned her first win of the season, striking out two over four innings while giving up three runs (two earned), three hits and one walk. After a shaky first frame, she didn't allow a hit in her last three innings, retiring the side in order in the fourth. Senior Donna Kerr tossed three innings of relief for her first save of the year, striking out five and giving up just one home run. She struck out a pair in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Gauchos jumped out to a 3-0 lead after their half of the first. Pilpil led off with a single to center and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kane. After a walk to Allison Taylor, Keilani Jennings singled up the middle to plate Pilpil to make it 1-0. Kendall Gill followed with a single to left to bring in Taylor with the Gauchos' second run. Beristianos then loaded the bases after a UCLA error extended the inning and Jennings came home on an RBI groundout to first off the bat of Lauren Boser to make it 3-0.
The Bruins bounced back with two in the bottom of the first. Schroeder led off with an infield single to third and came home one out later when DiSalvatore tattooed a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right field for her third bomb of the season to make it 3-2.
UCLA evened the score in the third with a two-out rally. DiSalvatore and Harrison drew back-to-back walks and Fox followed with a double to right-center to plate DiSalvatore to make it 3-all.
The Bruins busted it open with five in the fourth on another two-out rally. Tiumalu doubled down the left-field line to lead things off and was pinch-run for by Murray. Two outs later, Schroeder was hit and both her and Murray came home on a double to right-center by Bates to make it 5-3. After a walk to DiSalvatore, Harrison smashed her team-best ninth homer of the season off the fair pole in right on a 3-1 pitch to increase the advantage to 8-3.
UCLA blasted yet another home run in the fifth. Junior Marti Reed drew a leadoff walk and came home when Crawford crushed the first pitch she saw over the center-field fence for her second homer of the season to make it 10-3.
Beristianos joined the home run group in the top of the sixth for the Gauchos, hitting a 2-2 pitch out to left to make it 10-4.
The Bruins open up Pac-10 play on Friday against Oregon State at 7 p.m. at Easton Stadium. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.