May 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Senior B.B. Bates hit two home runs in Saturday's first game and added another in the nightcap, in which junior Jessica Hall threw her second no-hitter of the season and the 104th in UCLA history, as the 15th-ranked Bruins posted a pair of five-inning victories, 14-0 and 8-0, against CSU Bakersfield at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 35-17 overall with the two wins, while the Roadrunners fall to 15-34.
In game one, the Bruins had 13 hits, as 12 different players got into the hit column. Both of Bates' hits left the yard, the seventh two-homer game of her career. Her seven RBI established a new personal best and was one shy of the school record (Amanda Kamekona, 2008). Hall and freshman Mysha Sataraka also hit home runs, both their eighth of the season.
In the circle, sophomore Ally Carda improved to 22-9 on the season, striking out six in five innings and allowing three walks and three hits. She did not allow a hit for the first four innings before surrendering one to the leadoff batter in the fifth. Carda posted a 1-2-3 inning in the first and a pair of strikeouts in the second and fifth frames.
The Bruins sent 12 batters to the plate in the second and scored seven times. The inning began with Hall hammering a 1-0 pitch over the scoreboard in left. One out later, the Bruins loaded the bases on back-to-back infield singles by freshman Brittany Moeai and sophomore Gracie Goulder and a single to center by freshman Allexis Bennett. Sophomore Stephany LaRosa then tapped one in between the plate and the circle into no-man's land, as she reached for another infield single and Moeai scored to make it 2-0. A free pass to Bates brought in Goulder with UCLA's third run.
Carda followed with a fly ball to shallow right-center which was caught by the Bakersfield second baseman, but Bennett raced home and just beat the throw to make it 4-0. With Sataraka at the plate, LaRosa took off for third and swiped it, and when Ashley Carter's throw went into left field, the sophomore scored the Bruins' fifth run. Sataraka then launched a 3-1 pitch out to left to put the Bruins up 7-0.
UCLA tacked on four more in the third. With Bennett at second, LaRosa at first and one out, Bates hit her first homer of the game to right-center to make it 10-0. One out later, Sataraka reached on a fielding error at third by Madison Bundy, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a single to right by freshman Britney Rodriguez to make it 11-0.
In the fourth, the Bruins made it a two touchdown lead with three more. With one out, sophomore Sam Duran singled to right, and one out later, sophomore Marisa Schwartz recorded her first career hit with a double to left. Bates then hit her second homer of the game to right-center, her 22nd of the season, to make it 14-0.
In game two, Hall tossed her second no-hitter of the season and the 104th of her career, striking out five in five shutout innings to improve to 7-6 on the year. She allowed just three walks, posting 1-2-3 innings in the first, third and fourth and a pair of strikeouts in the first.
The Bruins had 12 more hits, as LaRosa went 4-for-4 with four RBI and a homer, Bates went 2-for-2 with another home run and senior Devon Lindvall added two hits.
UCLA scored three times in the first. LaRosa led off with a single and came home on Bates' third homer in as many at-bats and her 23rd of the year to make it 2-0. The Bruins would then load the bases on a Carda single to left and walks to Sataraka and Hall. Lindvall followed with an infield single to short, as Carda scored to make it 3-0.
The Bruins scored two more on one swing in the second. Goulder started the inning off with an infield single to third and came home one out later on LaRosa's 14th homer of the year to center to increase the advantage to 5-0.
UCLA added one more run in the fourth. With runners at third and second and one out, Sataraka lifted a scoring fly ball to left to plate Duran with the Bruins' sixth run.
The Bruins posted two more in the fifth to win their second game of the day by mercy rule. Sophomore Kaelin Sprawls singled up the middle to start the inning, and two outs later, Bennett reached on a bunt single back to the circle. LaRosa then hit a sinking fly ball to right, as Bakersfield's Sydney Raeber made a do-or-die dive on it, however it went under her glove, as Sprawls and Bennett scored runs seven and eight to complete the doubleheader sweep.
The Bruins travel to Oregon State for a Thursday-Saturday series next week to close out the regular season. All three contests will be aired live on Pac-12 Networks. The Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 games will begin at 3 p.m., while the Saturday, May 11 tilt will start at 1 p.m.