LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked Bruins recorded a season-high 16 hits, as sophomore Brittany Moeai went a career-best 4-for-4 with two runs batted in and sophomore Allexis Bennett went 3-for-3 with three stolen bases, tying personal highs in both categories, as UCLA defeated Utah 13-3 in six innings on Saturday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 32-2 overall and 7-1 in Pac-12 play, while the Utes fall to 12-14 and 1-6 in league action.
Each Bruin in the starting nine had at least one hit. Junior Stephany LaRosa and sophomore Mysha Sataraka each had two hits. Senior Jessica Hall had three RBI, while Sataraka and senior Alyssa Tiumalu both drove in a pair.
In the circle, Hall picked up the win to move to 11-1 on the season, striking out four and allowing six hits, no walks and three unearned runs in five innings. She struck out one in each of the first four frames and had a 1-2-3 inning in the third. Junior Ally Carda tossed the sixth inning and retired all three batters she faced, striking out two.
UCLA scored in every inning, beginning with three in the first. Carda led off with a double to right-center, moved to third on a sacrifice by freshman Delaney Spaulding and scored on a single up the middle from LaRosa to make it 1-0. After a walk to Sataraka, Moeai singled up the middle to plate LaRosa with UCLA's second run. Freshman Gabrielle Maurice grounded into a fielder's choice to shortstop, as Sataraka was out at third. Hall followed with a grounder to second, which was booted into right field by Hannah Flippen, allowing Moeai to score the Bruins' third run.
In the second, UCLA added another run. Bennett led off with a bunt single to the right side and stole second and third. Spaulding drew a one-out walk to put runners at the corners. Spaulding then took off for second and swiped it, and when catcher Shelby Pacheco's throw sailed into center field, Bennett scampered home to make it 4-0.
In the third, the Bruins scored twice on one swing of the bat. With two outs, Hall walked and Tiumalu belted her third homer of the season to left to make it 6-0.
Hall got out of a huge jam in the fourth. Flippen led off with a single to right and Anissa Urtez doubled to left-center to open the inning. But Hall retired the next three Utes on a pop up, a strikeout and a ground out to end the threat.
In the Bruins' half of the fourth, the home team scored two more times on one swing of the bat. With one out, LaRosa singled to right-center and was pinch-run for by junior Tara Mueller, who scored on Sataraka's 10th home run of the season to left to make it 8-0.
Utah stayed alive in the fifth thanks to three UCLA errors. Pacheco reached on an error by Spaulding at short, Kristen Stewart reached on a miscue from Hall and Chalese Hadley singled up the middle to load the bases. Kate Dickman grounded one to second, but Goulder bobbled it into center field, as Shelbi Everett, running for Pacheco, scored the Utes' first run. A single to right by Flippen brought home Stewart to make it 8-2. One out later, Bridget Castro hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring in Hadley with the Utes' third run.
UCLA scored one run in the fifth. With one out, Bennett singled up the middle and stole second. One out later, Spaulding singled through the 5-6 hole to plate Bennett with the Bruins' ninth run.
The Bruins invoked the mercy rule for the second straight night with four in the sixth. Sataraka led off with a double to right and was pinch-run for by freshman Robyn Corruth, who moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Moeai's fourth hit of the game, a single to left, to make it 10-3. Maurice was then hit by a pitch and junior Sam Duran came in to run for Moeai at second. Hall followed with her sixth homer of the season to left to give the Bruins a 13-3 victory.
The Bruins and the Utes wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Easton Stadium. Free audio and live stats will be available at UCLABruins.com.