April 10, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Junior Katie Schroeder had two hits and drove in the Bruins' lone run, while junior Aleah Macon struck out six in 5 1/3 innings of relief, but sixth-ranked UCLA fell to #13 Stanford 5-1 on Sunday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins fall to 28-7 overall and 4-2 in Pac-10 action, while the Cardinal improve to 26-8 and 2-4 in league play.
UCLA had five hits as a team. Senior Donna Kerr (10-2) started and allowed one run, two hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings. Macon gave up four runs (two earned) and seven hits in her relief stint.
Stanford got on the board quickly with a run in its first at-bat. Sarah Hassman singled to left to open the game, moved up two bases on two successive groundouts and scored on a single up the middle by Danielle Miller to make it 1-0.
The Cardinal added another run in the fourth when Jenna Rich hit a 1-1 pitch out to left field to make it 2-0. In the fifth, Stanford increased the margin to 3-0. Ashley Hansen was hit by a pitch to start the inning, but was forced at second on a fielder's choice groundout off the bat of Miller, who advanced to second on a wild pitch and was pinch-run for by Jaquilyn Edwards. One out later, Michelle Prong singled through the right side to plate Edwards.
In the sixth, Stanford scored a pair of unearned runs. Melisa Koutz reached on an error by senior GiOnna DiSalvatore at third to open the inning and moved to third on a double to center by Teagan Gerhart. Hassman then tapped a ball to short and freshman Kellie Fox looked Koutz back to third, but she slid back safely to load the bases. After Corey Hanewich grounded one to first and junior Dani Yudin came home to force Koutz for the first out, Hansen singled to left to bring in Gerhart to make it 4-0. Miller then lifted a sacrifice fly to center to plate Hassman with the Cardinal's fifth run.
The Bruins finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh to avoid their first shutout. With one out, freshman Alyssa Tiumalu walked and was pinch-run for by senior Grace Murray, who moved to second one out later on a single to left by freshman Talee Snow. Schroeder then singled to left to bring home Murray to make it 5-1. Sophomore B.B. Bates followed by hitting one off the glove of Gerhart in the circle, but it bounced to Rich at second, as she flipped to Hansen at the bag to end the game.
The Bruins hit the road next weekend and will travel to Tempe to face Arizona State in a three-game series starting on Friday at 7 p.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.