Fourth-Ranked Bruins Too Much for Toreros

Feb. 29, 2008

SAN DIEGO - Five Bruins had at least two hits, including sophomore Kaila Shull, who hit her second home run of the season, while freshman Donna Kerr returned to her hometown and struck out 11 in a one-hitter, as the fourth-ranked Bruins shut out San Diego 10-0 in six innings on Friday at the San Diego Classic.

The Bruins, who beat James Madison 8-0 in five innings in the first game of the day, improve to 16-2 with their 10th straight victory. San Diego falls to 4-11.

Kerr was in command in the circle to improve to 7-1 on the season. The San Diego native retired 11 in a row at one point and then the final six of the game, striking out the side in the sixth. The Toreros' only hit was a single by Lindsey Fleet in the fourth.

Freshman Samantha Camuso went 3-for-4, while Shull, senior Krista Colburn and freshmen GiOnna DiSalvatore and Katie Schroeder had two hits apiece. DiSalvatore added three RBI, while Colburn and Shull each drove in two.

After three scoreless innings, the Bruins strung together three doubles to bring in a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Junior Amanda Kamekona led off with a double to left and scored one out later on a double to right-center by DiSalvatore. One batter later, Camuso smacked a two-bagger down the right-field line to plate DiSalvatore and make it 2-0.

UCLA added two more in the fifth. Shull led off with a home run off the right-field foul pole to put the Bruins up 3-0. One out later, Schroeder reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Jennifer Ellenbeck. After a flyout by Kamekona moved Schroeder to third, Colburn drove her in with a single up the middle to put UCLA ahead 4-0.

In the sixth, the Bruins sent 11 to the plate and tallied six runs. Sophomore Megan Langenfeld singled to right to lead off and was pinch-run for by freshman Lauren Mirabal. Camuso singled up the middle to move Mirabal to second and both runners moved up a base on a double steal. After a walk by sophomore Julie Burney loaded the bases, Shull singled to right to score Mirabal, however Camuso was gunned down at the plate for the first out.

With runners now at the corners and freshman Amy Crawford running at third for Burney, freshman Monica Harrison singled up the middle to plate Crawford and put UCLA ahead 6-0. Katie Schroeder followed with a single to left-center to bring home Shull and make it a 7-0 game. Kamekona then walked to load the bases and Colburn singled to left to score Harrison and increase the lead to 8-0. The Bruins got to double digits in the next at-bat when DiSalvatore singled to center to score Schroeder and Kamekona.

San Diego threw three pitchers. Ellenbeck started and allowed five runs (four earned) and eight hits in five innings with one strikeout. Alyssa Luna pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up five runs, four hits and two walks, while Kristen Gensler tossed the final 2/3 of an inning, giving up one hit.

The Bruins resume tournament action on Saturday at San Diego State, facing Eastern Michigan at 9 a.m. and 20th-ranked San Diego State at 2 p.m. On Sunday, UCLA returns to the campus of USD to take on Saint Peter's at 11:30 a.m.

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