16th-Ranked Bruins Smash Their Way to a Split With #15 Stanford

April 10, 2012

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Game 2 Box Score
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LOS ANGELES - #16 UCLA and #15 Stanford combined for 13 home runs in Tuesday's doubleheader split at Easton Stadium, with the Bruins accounting for seven, including three by freshman Stephany LaRosa. The Cardinal won the first game 11-9, while the Bruins won the nightcap 12-4 in five innings. Senior Katie Schroeder added four hits and five runs in the twinbill.

Game 1 - Stanford 11, UCLA 9

LaRosa recorded her second career two-homer game, her third five-RBI contest and her fourth four-hit affair, but the Bruins lost 11-9 in game one. Sophomore Kellie Fox went 3-for-3, sophomore Talee Snow drove in two and senior Dani Yudin went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer.

Eight of the nine Bruin starters had a hit, but UCLA lost for the first time in 88 games when scoring at least six runs. It was also the most runs for UCLA in a defeat since May 6, 2000 at Arizona (lost 12-9 in nine innings). In the circle, freshman Ally Carda started and struck out five, allowing five runs, three hits and three walks. Sophomore Jessica Hall (12-6) fanned four in three innings of relief, giving up six runs, four hits and two walks.

The Bruins scored in their first at-bat, as Schroeder led off with a walk and LaRosa clubbed her 11th home run of the season to left-center.

Stanford (29-10, 3-7 Pac-12) tied the score in the second. With one out, Cassandra Roulund walked and Jenna Becerra homered to center to make it 2-all. The Cardinal added three more in the third on one swing, as Jenna Rich homered with Ashley Hansen and Maya Burns aboard and two outs to make it 5-2.

UCLA responded with five in its half of the third. With one out, Fox doubled to left-center and Yudin belted her fifth homer of the season to center to make it 5-4. Carda and Snow followed with walks, and one out later, LaRosa hit her second bomb of the game and 12th of the year to center to make it 7-5.

Stanford re-took the lead with three in the fifth on a three-run homer and added another three-run shot in the sixth. With Leah White and Burns ahead of her, Rich hit her second jack of the game to make it 8-7. One inning later with Becerra and Hanna Winter on base, White left the yard to center to increase the Cardinal's lead to 11-7.

The Bruins (25-11, 2-5 Pac-12) had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Samantha Camuso reached on an error by Winter at third and moved to third on a double to right-center off the bat of Fox. Two outs later, Snow laced a single through the right side to score Camuso and Fox to cut the deficit to 11-9. But Nyree White retired Schroeder on a groundout to end the inning. LaRosa led off the seventh with a single for her fourth hit of the game, but White induced senior Andrea Harrison into a double play grounder and retired junior B.B. Bates on a grounder to end the game.

Game 2 - UCLA 12, Stanford 4 (5 innings)

LaRosa added four more RBI and two hits in the nightcap with another home run, Schroeder went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and Camuso and Harrison both had two hits, three RBI and a homer, as the Bruins won game two by a score of 12-4 in five innings.

Bates also homered for UCLA, which saw seven of its starters post at least one hit. Junior Destiny Rodino (3-1) started and earned the win, striking out one in 3 1/3 innings and giving up four runs, five hits and a walk. Carda recorded her first save of the year, fanning two in 1 2/3 frames of scoreless relief, allowing a hit and a walk.

The Cardinal (29-11, 3-8) scored first in the top of the first on a Hansen two-out home run, but the Bruins struck with some deja vu in their first at-bat, as Schroeder singled to right and LaRosa crushed her 13th homer of the season to center to make it 2-1. One out later, Bates launched her 11th long ball of the year to increase the lead to 3-1.

UCLA (26-11, 3-5) added two more in the third. Schroeder led off with a single up the middle, stole second, and one out later, moved to third on a single to right by Harrison. A Bates walk loaded the bases and Camuso followed with a single to left-center to plate Schroeder and Harrison to make it 5-1.

Stanford stormed back with three in the fourth. Hansen homered to lead off the inning, Burns walked and Rich tripled her home to make it 5-3. One out later, Roulund singled to right to bring home Rich to cut the Cardinal's deficit to one.

UCLA responded though with a three spot of its own. Sophomore Alyssa Tiumalu was hit by a pitch to start the fourth and was pinch-run for by freshman Sam Duran, who moved to second one out later on a walk to Schroeder. Duran would be forced at third on a grounder off the bat of LaRosa, but Harrison followed with a three-run bomb to center to make it 8-4.

The Bruins invoked the mercy rule with four in the fifth. Camuso led off her eighth homer of the season to make it 9-4. Two outs later, back-to-back singles by Tiumalu and Snow brought up Schroeder, who doubled to right-center to score Tiumalu for the Bruins' 10th run. LaRosa then ended it, singling down the right-field line to score Snow and Schroeder to finish off a 12-4 victory.

The Bruins finish their three-game series against Stanford on Wednesday at 12 p.m., weather permitting. Gametracker and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.

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