CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Sophomore Mysha Sataraka had a career day for the eighth-ranked Bruins, recording a two-run, walk-off double against #16 Missouri in a 4-3 win before driving in a career-best five with three hits and a homer in a 10-5 victory over Maryland on Saturday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
With the pair of comeback victories, the Bruins improve to 14-0 on the season.
In the opener versus the Tigers (7-3), junior Ally Carda earned her seventh win of the year, striking out five in three innings of shutout relief, giving up just one hit and one walk. She struck out a pair in the fifth and seventh innings, retiring the side in order in the seventh. Sophomore Paige McDuffee started and went four, striking out one and allowing three runs and five hits. Sataraka had one of five hits for the Bruins, with Carda posting a pair.
In a game which had four lead changes, it was Missouri who struck first in its initial at-bat. Taylor Gadbois led off with a slap single back to the circle, stole second and moved to third on a single up the middle off the bat of Sami Fagan, who then stole second. One out later, Mackenzie Sykes chopped a ball to shortstop Delaney Spaulding, with the freshman going to third to force Fagan, but Gadbois scored the game's first run.
After leaving a pair on base in the first, the Bruins took their first lead with two runs in the second. Sophomore Brittany Moeai led off with a walk, and one out later, moved to third when junior Gracie Goulder reached on an infield single. A walk to junior Tara Mueller loaded the bases for Carda, who punched a single to the 5-6 hole to plate Moeai and even the game at one. Spaulding followed with a bloop single to right-center to bring home Goulder to make it 2-1. However, the Bruins would leave the bases loaded to keep it a one-run game.
The Tigers got the two back in the top of the third. With one out, Gadbois again reached on a slap single, this time in front of the plate, stole second and scored on a Fagan single up the middle to even things at two. With Fagan taking second on the throw home, she scored one out later on a single to right by Sykes to put the Tigers up 3-2.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the seventh, as the Bruins had just one base runner in the third through sixth innings. Down to their last out, Spaulding drew a walk, which was followed by a free pass to junior Stephany LaRosa, with junior Jessica Amaral coming in to run at first. Sataraka then hit an 0-1 pitch just out of the reach of a diving Emily Crane in right-center field, as Spaulding scored the tying run and the relay throw was not in time to get a sliding Amaral to finish off the Bruins' second straight, walk-off win.
In game two, the Bruins fell behind early against Maryland (1-13), but came back late to double up the Terrapins. UCLA had 12 hits at the plate, as Sataraka went 3-for-3 with her career-high five RBI. Eight different players had at least one hit, as Carda and Mueller each tallied a pair.
In the circle, Carda started, and despite allowing four runs, all of them were unearned to lower her earned run average to 0.15. She struck out five in her eighth victory of the season, allowing five hits and two walks in five innings. Three of her strikeouts came in the third. Senior Jessica Hall picked up her first save of the season and the 10th of her career, tossing two innings and giving up an unearned run and one hit with three strikeouts. She had a 1-2-3 frame in the sixth with two strikeouts.
The Bruins scored a pair in the bottom of the first. Carda led off by legging out a single to third and stole second. After a walk to Spaulding, both runners moved up on a passed ball. One out later, both runners advanced on a wild pitch, with Carda scoring the game's first run. Sataraka then singled to center to bring in Spaulding to make it 2-0.
Maryland put up a four spot in the second thanks to an untimely UCLA error. Candice Beards led off with a double to left-center and Kylie Datil walked. Juli Strange then tapped a ball to third, but it deflected off Sataraka's glove and into shallow left-center, with Beards coming around to score to make it 2-1.
After a sacrifice by Corey Schwartz moved Datil to third and Strange to second, Erin Pronobis chopped a ball to short, but Spaulding's throw home was too late to get Datil to even the game at two. Pronobis stole second to put a pair in scoring position and Amanda McCann followed with a single to right to plate Strange and give the Terrapins a 3-2 lead. A passed ball then scored Pronobis to make it 4-2.
UCLA battled back with a run in the third. With runners at second and first and two outs, Moeai singled to left to plate Sataraka to make it 4-3.
The Bruins regained the lead with four in the fourth. Senior Alyssa Tiumalu reached on a fielding error at second to start the inning and was pinch-run for by Amaral. Mueller followed with a slap single to short, and when Strange's throw to first was wide, Amaral took third and Mueller advanced to second. Goulder then grounded a ball to short to score Amaral to even the game at four.
A Carda single to center brought in Mueller to give the Bruins a 5-4 lead, which was followed by a triple to right-center off the bat of Spaulding to make it 6-4. One out later, Sataraka doubled to left-center to score Spaulding with UCLA's seventh run.
The Bruins tacked on three more in the sixth. With one out, Spaulding reached on a fielding error by Schwartz at third and moved to second on a single to right by LaRosa. Both of them scored on Sataraka's third homer of the season to left-center to make it 10-4.
Maryland added an unearned run in the seventh. Pronobis was hit to start the inning and moved to third after McCann singled back to the circle, as Hall's throw to first was low for an error. One out later, a sacrifice fly to right-center by Lindsey Schmeiser made it 10-5.
The Bruins are back in action on Sunday with two more games against #11 Nebraska at 8:30 a.m. and New Mexico at 2 p.m. Free audio and live stats will be available on the softball schedule page at UCLABruins.com.