12th-Seeded Bruins Drop Regional Opener to Hofstra

May 18, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - Senior Andrea Harrison and freshman Stephany LaRosa each homered, while sophomore Jessica Hall struck out nine, but the 12th-seeded Bruins dropped a 7-2 decision to Hofstra on Friday in their first game of the NCAA Los Angeles Regional at Easton Stadium.

The Bruins fall to 36-19 with the loss and will play Florida State in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Hofstra, which improves to 39-13, will face San Diego State in a winner's bracket game at 1 p.m.

LaRosa had two hits, as eight of the nine starters produced at least one hit. Hall had a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth and fanned a pair in the second and the side in the seventh. She allowed seven runs, 12 hits and one walk.

After two scoreless innings, the Pride scored a pair in the third and fourth frames. Michelle Lavagnino led off with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice by Rachael Senatore and scored on a double to left by Becca Bigler to make it 1-0. After a groundout by Olivia Galati moved Bigler to third, Bigler scored on a wild pitch to give Hofstra its second run.

In the fourth, Hofstra loaded the bases on consecutive one-out singles by Erin Trippi, Courtney Crews and Tori Rocha. One out later, Senatore doubled to left-center to plate Trippi and Crews to extend the Pride's lead to 4-0.

The Pride scored two more in the sixth. With one out, Crews singled and then moved to second on a wild pitch after Rocha struck out. After a single to left by Lavagnino put runners at the corners, Senatore slapped an in-between hopper to second and sophomore Talee Snow could not come up with it, as Crews scored to make it 5-0. A single up the middle by Bigler brought home Lavagnino from third to make it 6-0.

UCLA, which stranded a pair in the fourth and one in the third and fifth, got on the board in its half of the sixth. LaRosa hit the first pitch she saw out to right-center for her 17th homer of the year to make it 6-1. Four pitches later, Harrison left the yard to center, her 15th of the season, to cut the deficit to 6-2.

Hofstra added an insurance run in the seventh on a two-out homer by Krista Thorn to make it 7-2.

The Bruins attempted to rally in the seventh though, but left the bases full. Three straight singles to start the inning by sophomore Alyssa Tiumalu, Snow and senior Katie Schroeder got things going for the home team. But Galati, who had 14 strikeouts in the circle, fanned LaRosa and Harrison and retired junior B.B. Bates on a foul out to left to end the game.


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