Fifth-Ranked Bruins Fall to Fresno State, Texas
Feb. 25, 2012
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Freshman Stephany LaRosa had two hits in both ends of Saturday's doubleheader, senior Katie Schroeder posted a pair of base knocks in game one and senior Samantha Camuso, junior B.B. Bates and sophomore Talee Snow each notched two hits in the nightcap, but the fifth-ranked Bruins fell 6-3 to Fresno State and 5-4 to #8 Texas on Saturday at the Cathedral City Classic.
Fresno State 6, UCLA 3
LaRosa and Schroeder each had two hits, while sophomore Kellie Fox hit a two-run homer, but the fifth-ranked Bruins fell 6-3 to Fresno State in their first game on Saturday at the Cathedral City Classic.
Seven of the nine Bruin starters had at least one hit, but UCLA stranded eight on base. In the circle, sophomore Jessica Hall (4-2) went the distance, striking out six and allowing only two earned runs (six total), seven hits and one walk.
The Bulldogs scored in the first inning on a UCLA miscue. With one out, Brenna Moss reached on an infield single to second, and one out later, stole second. After she moved to third on a wild pitch, Moss scored when Courtney Moore reached on a throwing error by Camuso at second to make it 1-0.
Fresno State (9-5) added two more in the third. Three straight singles by Brooke Ortiz, Stesha Brazil and Moss loaded the bases, which was followed by a wild pitch to plate Ortiz to make it 2-0. One out later, Moore grounded out to short, as Brazil plated the Bulldogs' third run.
Through the first 5 2/3 innings, the Bruins (10-2) had just five baserunners, as it appeared that the Bulldogs were in control. But in the span of four pitches, the Bruins tied the game. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Bates doubled to left-center. Camuso then roped the next pitch up the middle to bring in Bates to make it 3-1. Two pitches later, Fox smashed her first homer of the season to left to tie the game at three.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases with nobody out to open the top of the seventh on a single by Andrea Ortega, a walk to Taylor Green and an error by Camuso that allowed Vonnie Martin to reach. The Bruins got the next two outs though, as both Ortiz and Brazil grounded into fielder's choices to shortstop, with Fox coming home each time for the force. But Moss followed with a triple to right to clear the bases and put Fresno State up 6-3.
The Bruins still had a chance in the bottom of the inning, as Schroeder singled to left, and one out later, LaRosa singled to left. But Fresno State pitcher Michelle Moses struck out Bates and Camuso to end the game.
Texas 5, UCLA 4
Bates, Camuso, LaRosa and Snow each had two-hit games, but the fifth-ranked Bruins dropped a 5-4 decision to #8 Texas in their second game on Saturday at the Cathedral City Classic.
The Bruins (10-3) had 10 hits as a team and drew six walks, but left 13 on base. Freshman Ally Carda (5-1) struck out five in a complete game, allowing five runs, eight hits and two walks.
The Longhorns (11-1) scored first with a run in the top of the third. With one out, Taylor Hoagland reached on an infield single in the 5-6 hole and moved to second on an illegal pitch, which would be key, as Brejae Washington followed with a double to right to bring in the first run of the game.
UCLA put up two in the bottom of the third to take its first lead of the afternoon. Senior Andrea Harrison led off with a double to right-center and moved to third on a single to left from LaRosa. Harrison was then awarded home plate when Texas pitcher Blaire Luna started her windup and stopped for an illegal pitch to tie the score at one, as LaRosa took second. One out later, Fox laid down a bunt single to put runners at the corners. Camuso then singled to right, scoring LaRosa to give the Bruins the lead.
Texas re-took the lead in the top of the fifth. Karina Scott led off with a single to left and was pinch-run for by Gabby Smith, who moved to second on a sacrifice by Hoagland and scored one out later on a two-run homer to left-center by Lexy Bennett to put the Longhorns up 3-2.
The Longhorns added two more in the sixth. With one out, Torie Schmidt was hit and stole second. Mandy Ogle was then also hit, and one out later, Hoagland walked to load the bases. Washington followed with a single to left to bring in Schmidt to make it 4-2. Another run was forced in after Bennett was hit by a pitch, plating Ogle to extend Texas' lead to 5-2.
The Bruins got one back in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Schroeder walked, as she moved to second one out later on a wild pitch. LaRosa then posted her fourth hit of the afternoon, a single to right, to plate Schroeder to make it 5-3.
The Bruins conclude the weekend with two more games on Sunday, facing #11 Missouri at 11 a.m. and Syracuse at 1 p.m. Gametracker will be available for both games at UCLABruins.com.
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