Fifth-Ranked Bruins Beat Massachusetts, Come Back to Defeat #18 Georgia
Feb. 22, 2008
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Fifth-ranked UCLA defeated Massachusetts 4-2 in its first game at the Palm Springs Classic and came back to knock off #18 Georgia 5-2 in the nightcap on Friday at Big League Dreams Park.
Against Massachusetts (2-4), the Bruins improved to 9-0 on the season when scoring in their first at-bat, pushing across two in the bottom of the first. With two outs and junior Amanda Kamekona at second, freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore singled to left to move her to third. Following a walk to freshman Samantha Camuso to load the bases, freshman Monica Harrison hit a short chopper to third and reached on an infield single to drive in Kamekona. On the play, first baseman Sarah Reeves dropped the throw from third, allowing DiSalvatore to scamper home for a 2-0 lead.
Freshman Donna Kerr worked in and out of trouble for most of the game, but held the Minutewomen off the scoreboard for the first four innings. UMass stranded five through the first three, before getting on the board in the fifth on a leadoff home run by Carly Normandin. In the sixth, the Minutewomen had a great chance to wipe away their 2-1 deficit, but with the bases loaded and one out, Kerr struck out Michelle Libby and got Normandin to fly out to end the threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bruins (9-2) added two insurance runs. DiSalvatore led off with a single and was pinch-run for by freshman Amy Crawford. Camuso then doubled Crawford to third and a single up the middle by Harrison plated Crawford to make it 3-1. One out later, Harrison stole second and when catcher Jessica Serio's throw went into center field, Camuso came home to put the Bruins up 4-1.
Senior Anjelica Selden nailed down the save, her first of the season, allowing an unearned run in the top of the seventh. Selden walked one and struck out a batter. Kerr improved to 4-1 on the year, allowing a run, three hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in six innings. Freshman Katie Schroeder had two hits, as did DiSalvatore and Harrison.
For the Minutewomen, Brandice Balschmiter went the distance and allowed four runs (two earned), eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings.
Georgia (9-3) drew first blood in UCLA's second game of the day, scoring twice in the top of the first. Megan Wiggins struck out, but reached first on a wild pitch and then moved up to second on a sacrifice by Taylor Schlopy. Alisa Goler walked and both her and Wiggins moved up a base on a wild pitch. The Bulldogs made it 1-0 when Melissa Wood reached on an error to allow Wiggins to score. The next batter, Christie Hamilton, followed with a bunt single to third to plate Goler and put Georgia up 2-0.
In the second, the Bruins (10-2) had a great chance to cut into the deficit following consecutive singles by Camuso and Harrison to open the inning. After a bunt by junior Jennifer Schroeder moved both runners over, sophomore Julie Burney lined a shot back up the middle. But Wiggins snared it at short and stepped on the second-base bag for the double play.
In the bottom of the fifth, UCLA rallied with two outs to take its first lead of the game. With one out, sophomore Kaila Shull singled and stole second. One out later, Kamekona and senior Colburn drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. DiSalvatore then came through with a bases-clearing double down the left-field line to put the Bruins on top 3-2.
UCLA tacked on two more in the sixth. Harrison led off with a single and moved over to second on a sacrifice by Jennifer Schroeder. Burney then doubled to left-center field to plate Harrison to make it a 4-2 game. One out later, Katie Schroeder singled up the middle to bring home freshman pinch-runner Lauren Mirabal to extend the Bruins' advantage to 5-2.
Selden fanned a season-high 13 in the circle, allowing two runs, two hits and two walks to improve to 5-1. Harrison also posted another two-hit game to finish the day 4-for-6.
Hamilton had both hits for the Bulldogs. Sarah McCloud pitched the first 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, five runs and five walks with three strikeouts. Kate Gaskill faced the final two batters, recording a strikeout and giving up a walk.
The Bruins continue action at the Palm Springs Classic on Saturday when they face 10th-ranked Baylor at 12:30 p.m. and #14 Hawai'i at 8 p.m.