Freshmen Spark 13th-Ranked Bruins to Complete Unbeaten Weekend
Feb. 24, 2013
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Freshman Brittany Moeai drove in both runs in Sunday's first game, a 2-0 victory over #10 LSU, while freshman Paige McDuffee tossed a complete-game, seven-hit shutout. In the nightcap, freshman Mysha Sataraka tied a school record with three triples, as #13 UCLA knocked off Nevada 13-4 in five innings at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
In game one, McDuffee tossed her first-career, seven-inning shutout to move to 4-0 on the year. She struck out two and allowed seven hits. McDuffee had her lone 1-2-3 inning in the sixth and stranded eight Tiger runners. At the plate, the Bruins had three hits from the 7-8-9 part of the order, freshmen Allexis Bennett, Moeai and Sataraka.
UCLA (12-1) scored the only two runs it needed in the bottom of the second. Junior Alyssa Tiumalu was hit to start the inning and moved to third on a double down the left-field line by Sataraka. Moeai then squibbed a single past the pitcher and the shortstop into shallow center, scoring both runners to put the Bruins up 2-0.
LSU (14-2) had plenty of base runners, but stranded at least one in every inning but the sixth. In the opening frame, Bennett made the first of two diving catches, retiring Bianka Bell on a line out to center to end the first. The Tigers had another chance in the third, putting a runner at third with one out, but a pop up and a ground out got McDuffee out of the jam. In the fifth, a pair of singles gave LSU second and first with one out when Bennett made another dazzling play. With Jacee Blades up, Bennett came all the way from her center-field spot to make a diving catch in shallow left-center/deep shortstop for the second out, as a ground out to follow would end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, the Tigers had one last chance, but left the tying runs in scoring position. With one out, back-to-back singles by Rikki Alcaraz and Simone Heyward gave LSU hope, and a grounder to the right side put runners at third and second, but McDuffee retired Dylan Supak on a line out to first to end the game.
It was all Bruins in the nightcap, as they scored five in the first, one in the second, five more in the third and two in the fourth. Sataraka tied a school record with three doubles, driving in a pair. Sophomore Stephany LaRosa posted a pair of hits and RBI, senior B.B. Bates hit her 10th homer of the season and sophomore Kaelin Sprawls belted her first-career home run in just her second at-bat. Seven different Bruins had at least one hit, as they had 10 as a team.
In the circle, sophomore Ally Carda (8-0) earned her third win of the weekend, striking out seven in four innings. She allowed two unearned runs, two hits and one walk. Carda struck out a pair in the first, second and fourth innings, retiring the side in order in the second and fourth. Junior Jessica Hall pitched the fifth inning and fanned two.
The Bruins (13-1) received four straight walks in the bottom of the first to sophomore Gracie Goulder, LaRosa, Bates and Hall to go up 1-0. Carda followed with a pop-fly single that landed on the right-field line which plated LaRosa to make it 2-0. A Sataraka double to left-center brought in Bates and Hall to extend the advantage to 4-0, and one out later, a grounder to third off the bat of Tiumalu brought in Carda to make it 5-0.
In the second, Goulder again led off with a walk, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a ground-rule double to right-center by LaRosa to make it 6-0.
Nevada (6-8) trimmed its deficit to 6-2 with a pair in the third. With runners at third and second and two outs, Erin Jones doubled to left to cut the Wolf Pack's deficit to four.
The Bruins broke it open in the third, again batting around and again scoring five times. Sataraka's second double of the game started things off, as the freshman came around to score when Moeai reached on an error by Nevada second baseman Karley Hopkins to make it 7-2. Two outs later, sophomore Sam Duran singled up the middle to move Moeai to second. With Sprawls in the game running for Moeai, LaRosa had a single to left to bring in the Bruins' eighth run. Bates followed with a homer to left-center to increase the margin to 11-2.
UCLA added two more on one swing of the bat in the fourth. Sataraka opened the inning with her third double of the contest, tying the school record set by Julie Marshall (1999) and Katie Schroeder (2011). Sprawls then launched her first home run on a 2-1 pitch to left to put the Bruins up 13-2.
Nevada put together a pair of runs in the fifth on two singles, two hit by pitches and a walk, but Hall kept the mercy rule intact to finish off the Bruins' perfect weekend.
The Bruins host Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Easton Stadium. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.
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