17th-Ranked Bruins Walk to Another Victory Over #13 Arizona
May 5, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Senior Andrea Harrison and junior B.B. Bates each had three-hit games, the Bruins drew nine walks and sophomore Jessica Hall picked up the win in the circle with five innings of four-hit relief, as #17 UCLA defeated #13 Arizona 7-2 on Saturday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 35-15 overall and 11-9 in Pac-12 play, while the Wildcats fall to 32-16 and 9-11 in league action.
Bates and Harrison combined for six of the Bruins' eight hits. Six different hitters had a walk, including two from senior Samantha Camuso and sophomore Alyssa Tiumalu, who also each drove in a pair of runs.
Hall improved to 18-10 on the season, striking out four and giving up one run, four hits and three walks in five innings. Freshman Ally Carda started and pitched two innings, striking out one and allowing one run, two hits and one walk.
Arizona got on the board in the second. Shelby Pendley led off with a single to right and moved to second on a sacrifice by Lini Koria. Jessica Spigner was then hit by a pitch and both her and Pendley advanced a base after a ground out. Kristen Arriola followed with a single off Carda's glove that trickled to the 5-6 hole, as Pendley scored to make it 1-0.
The Bruins took the lead with a pair in the third. With one out, freshman Stephany LaRosa walked and moved to second on a ground out. A single to left for Bates and a walk to senior Dani Yudin loaded the bases for Camuso, who also drew a free pass to tie the score at one. Tiumalu then walked to force home Bates with the Bruins' second run.
UCLA tacked on one more in the fifth. Harrison led off with a double to left, Bates walked and both runners moved up on a sacrifice by Yudin. Camuso then lifted a sacrifice fly to center to bring in Harrison to make it 3-1.
Just as they did on Friday, the Bruins busted it open in the sixth, sending 10 to the plate and scoring four. Sophomore Kellie Fox walked to open the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice by sophomore Talee Snow. Senior Katie Schroeder then slapped a ball to the right side. Arizona pitcher Shelby Babcock fielded it, but Schroeder beat the throw and when Babcock's toss eluded the first baseman, Fox rounded third and scored to make it 4-1. After a walk to LaRosa, Harrison singled to right to plate Schroeder for the Bruins' fifth run, as LaRosa took third on a fielding error by right fielder Alex Lavine.
A single for Bates to left brought home LaRosa to make it 6-1. One out later, Camuso walked to load the bases and Tiumalu was then issued another bases-loaded free pass, as freshman Sam Duran, who was running for Harrison, scored to make it 7-1.
The Wildcats scratched across a run in the seventh. With two outs and a runner on second, Brigette Del Ponte scored Karissa Buchanan on a single to right to make it 7-2. But Hall, who struck out three of her four batters in the third inning, retired Koria on a ground out to end the game.
The Bruins finish their weekend series with Arizona on Sunday at 12 p.m. Gametracker and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball. Seniors Samantha Camuso, Brooke Finley, Andrea Harrison, Marti Reed, Katie Schroeder and Dani Yudin will be honored in a pregame ceremony.
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