Illinois Fights Past Sixth-Ranked UCLA

Feb. 16, 2008

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The sixth-ranked Bruins rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but fell short against Illinois, losing 6-2 on Saturday night at the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. UCLA will face Portland State in its second game of the night, beginning at 10:30 p.m.

After three scoreless innings, Illinois (5-4), playing as the visiting team, broke through in the fourth. Shanna Diller was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and two batters later, came home on an RBI double by Hope Howell.

In the fifth, a Bruin error extended the inning and allowed the Fighting Illini to score three unearned runs. With one out and one on, Angelena Mexicano reached on an error. After freshman Donna Kerr retired Diller on a strikeout for the second out, Lana Armstrong singled in Zymkowitz to make it 2-0. Hollie Pinchback followed with a double to score Mexicano and Armstrong to put Illinois ahead 4-0.

Illinois added another in the sixth. Howell led off with an infield single, moved to second on a bunt and scored one out later on an RBI single by Sarah Bryers. The Fighting Illini made it 6-0 on back-to-back doubles by Diller and Armstrong in the seventh.

The Bruins (6-2) finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh. Freshman Monica Harrison led off with a single. After a groundout by freshman Katie Schroeder moved Harrison to second, she advanced to third following a single by senior Ashley Herrera. Senior Krista Colburn then walked to load the bases and sophomore Megan Langenfeld drove in Harrison on an infield single to short to make it 6-1. The Bruins added another run on a fielder's choice RBI groundout from freshman Samantha Camuso, but could not complete the comeback.

The Bruins squandered numerous opportunites to get on the scoreboard in the early innings, leaving runners at third in the first and second and the bases loaded in the fourth. For the game, UCLA left 10 on base.

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