17th-Ranked Bruins Take Advantage of Wildness in Win Over #13 Arizona
May 4, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Alyssa Tiumalu and freshman Stephany LaRosa each homered, and the 17th-ranked Bruins took advantage of seven Arizona walks and two errors leading to six unearned runs, as UCLA knocked off the 13th-ranked Wildcats 10-4 on Friday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 34-15 overall and 10-9 in Pac-12 play, while the Wildcats fall to 32-15 and 9-10 in league action.
Sophomore Jessica Hall went the distance in the circle to improve to 17-10 on the season. She struck out six and retired the first seven batters of the contest, allowing four runs, six hits and two walks.
The Bruins got on the board first with a run in the third. With one out, UCLA loaded the bases when sophomore Talee Snow reached on an error by Arizona shortstop Shelby Pendley, senior Katie Schroeder singled to right and LaRosa got on via a single after the pop up landed in between the Wildcat center and right fielders. Harrison followed with a single up the middle to score Snow to make it 1-0, but Schroeder would be thrown out at home when she ran through the stop sign at third. A walk to junior B.B. Bates reloaded the bases, but Kenzie Fowler struck out senior Dani Yudin to end the inning.
Arizona took the lead in the top of the fourth. With one out, Brigette Del Ponte doubled to right and came home one out later on a homer to left off the bat of Lini Koria to make it 2-1.
The Bruins came back with four in their half of the fourth to retake the lead. With one out, Tiumalu crushed her second homer of the season to left to tie the score at two. Sophomore Kellie Fox followed with a double to left-center, and one out later, Schroeder was hit by a pitch. LaRosa then smashed her team-best 16th homer of the season to center to give the home team a 5-2 lead.
Arizona cut its deficit to one in the top of the sixth. With one out, Del Ponte singled to left and Pendley homered to right to make it 5-4.
UCLA broke it open in the sixth, sending 10 to the plate and scoring five times. Fox led off with a walk and Snow reached when her sacrifice attempt was thrown into center field by third baseman Del Ponte. One out later, a walk to LaRosa loaded the bases and another free pass issued to Harrison brought in Fox to make it 6-4. Bates then lined out to center, but freshman Sam Duran, who was running for Snow, tagged up and scored for the sacrifice fly for the Bruins' seventh run. A walk to Yudin reloaded the bases and Camuso followed with a single up the middle to plate LaRosa and Harrison to make it 9-4. Freshman Tara Mueller, who was running for Yudin, took third on Camuso's single and scored on a single to right by Tiumalu to make it 10-4.
The Bruins continue their weekend series with Arizona on Saturday at 6 p.m. Gametracker and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.
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