BERKELEY, Calif. - The second-ranked Bruins belted six home runs in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep at California, winning game one 11-1 in five innings and taking the second contest by a score of 9-7 at Levine-Fricke Field. Sophomore Mysha Sataraka hit a pair of homers in the nightcap, seniors Jessica Hall and Alyssa Tiumalu also homered in game two and freshmen Gabrielle Maurice and Delaney Spaulding hit grand slams in the opener.
The Bruins improve to 43-4 overall and 14-3 in Pac-12 play, while the Golden Bears fall to 23-22 and 4-11 in league action.
In game one, the Bruins scored four in the third, five in the fourth and two in the fifth to mercy rule an opponent for the 12th time this season. Spaulding had five runs batted in with a grand slam and a sacrifice fly, while Maurice posted a pair of hits and four RBI. UCLA had 13 hits, with sophomore Allexis Bennett producing three, as eight different players posted at least one.
In the circle, junior Ally Carda got the win to move to 24-2 on the season. She struck out three in four shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk, retiring the first nine of the game. Hall tossed the fifth frame and fanned two, allowing a run, two hits and two walks.
After two scoreless innings, the Bruins took the lead in the third. Tiumalu singled to center to open the frame and was pinch-run for by freshman Robyn Corruth, who moved to second on a chopped single by Bennett in front of the plate. After an infield single to the 3-4 hole by Carda loaded the bases, Spaulding launched her sixth home run of the season to right for a grand slam to make it 4-0.
In the fourth, Tiumalu led off again, this time with a walk and Bennett singled her to third with a hit to left-center. Carda singled up the middle to score Tiumalu with the Bruins’ fifth run. One out later, junior Stephany LaRosa walked to load the bases. Sataraka tapped into a fielder’s choice to third, as Bennett was forced at home for the second out, but Maurice followed with a grand slam of her own to center, her fifth bomb of the year, to make it 9-0.
After Cal stranded the bases loaded in the fourth, UCLA scored twice in the fifth. Freshman Jelly Felix singled to left to open the inning and was pinch-run for by junior Tara Mueller, who moved to second on a walk to Tiumalu, with junior Jessica Amaral coming in to run at first. A bunt single by Bennett loaded the bases, and one out later, Spaulding lifted a scoring fly ball to right to plate Mueller with UCLA’s 10th run. A LaRosa single up the middle brought in Amaral to make it 11-0.
California broke the shutout with a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth when Kylie Reed singled in LaRisa Jones, who had a two-out infield single, but the Bruins would hold on for the 11-1 win.
In game two, the Bruins left the yard four more times, as Sataraka had three hits and four RBI, while Hall went 3-for-3 with three RBI. UCLA had 12 hits, as eight different players posted at least one.
Sophomore Paige McDuffee earned the win in the circle to move to 3-0 on the year. She struck out one in 3 2/3 innings of relief, allowing three runs and four hits. McDuffee retired the first seven batters she faced in relief of Hall, who started and also came in relief and pitched 1 2/3 total innings, striking out two and giving up four runs, four hits and one walk. Carda picked up the save, her second of the year, striking out two in 1 2/3 shutout innings, giving up one hit.
California scored the first two runs of the game in its first at-bat. Cheyenne Cordes singled to open the game, Reed reached on a fielder’s choice sacrifice and both moved up on a wild pitch. Danielle Henderson followed with a single to right-center to score both runners.
UCLA struck back with three in the second. Sataraka led off with a single to left, but was erased when Maurice bunted into a fielder’s choice. Tiumalu walked, and one out later, Hall hit her seventh homer of the season to center to put the Bruins up 3-2.
In the third, UCLA tacked on four more. Carda doubled to right-center to start the inning and Spaulding singled to left. A LaRosa single to left brought home Carda with the Bruins’ fourth run. Sataraka followed with a three-run homer to left, her 14th of the season, to put the Bruins up 7-2.
Cal scored a run in the fourth when Victoria Jones homered to right to make it 7-3, but UCLA got that run right back in the top of the fifth when Sataraka hit her 15th of the season to left to extend the lead to 8-3. It marked the sophomore’s first-career, two-homer game.
The Golden Bears stayed close with two in their half of the fifth. Vanessa Alvarez singled to open the inning, moved to second on a ground out, to third on a fly out and scored on a Reed double to right. A single by Henderson to center brought in Reed to make it 8-5.
UCLA crossed the plate with its ninth run in the sixth when Tiumalu homered to right, her fourth of the season, to bring the lead back up to four.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Golden Bears trimmed the deficit to 9-7 when Jordan Wallace homered to left, with Victoria Jones on base following a walk. But Carda would enter in the sixth and shut the door in the seventh to finish off the doubleheader sweep.
The Bruins and the Bears finish their three-game series on Sunday at 12 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.