Kerr Tosses Perfect Game in Win Against Saint Peter's
March 2, 2008
SAN DIEGO - Freshman Donna Kerr threw her first career perfect game, striking out seven, as the fourth-ranked Bruins defeated Saint Peter's 10-0 in five innings on Sunday at the San Diego Classic.
Kerr improves to 8-1 on the season, while the Bruins improve to 19-2 with their 13th straight victory. The freshman was dominant and the only threat to losing the perfect game came in the top of the third. However freshman shortstop Monica Harrison had a great defensive play, making a diving catch in the 5-6 hole to end the inning. Kerr completed the perfection by striking out the side in the fifth.
The perfect game is the 16th in UCLA history and the 99th no-hitter.
Offensively, four Bruins had two-hit games. Senior Krista Colburn went 2-for-3 with two RBI, junior Amanda Kamekona had a 2-for-2, 3 RBI performance and freshmen Samantha Camuso and Katie Schroeder also went 2-for-2.
UCLA scored in the first inning for the 15th time in 21 games, remaining undefeated when accomplishing that feat. Schroeder led off with a single to left and moved to second on a sacrifice by Kamekona. Colburn then smashed an infield single to third and made a heads-up play by moving on to second when the ball was not back in the circle. Saint Peter's pitcher Tricia Reingle tried to get Colburn at second, but threw the ball into center field, allowing Colburn to take third and Schroeder to score. Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore followed with a single to short, bringing home Colburn to put the Bruins up 2-0.
In the second, the Bruins tacked on four more. Camuso led off with a single to left and advanced to second on an error by Ashley Brown. After junior Jennifer Schroeder moved Camuso to third on a groundout, sophomore Julie Burney was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners. Pitcher Amber Phillips got the next batter for the second out of the inning, but Katie Schroeder slapped a single back to the circle to bring in Camuso and move Burney to second to make it 3-0. Kamekona then singled to center, scoring Burney to put UCLA ahead 4-0. With Katie Schroeder and Kamekona each moving up a base on the throw home, Colburn singled to right-center to plate both runners and make it 6-0.
The Bruins added four more in the third. Langenfeld led off with a double and came home on a double by Camuso to make it 7-0. Jennifer Schroeder then hit an infield single to short, and one batter later, freshman Monica Harrison was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Katie Schroeder walked to bring in Camuso to make it 8-0 and a two-run single by Kamekona plated Jennifer Schroeder and Harrison to put UCLA ahead 10-0.
Phillips threw two-plus innings and allowed eight runs (seven earned) and nine hits. Reingle tossed the final two frames and gave up two runs, two hits and a walk with one strikeout.
The Bruins have six more games on tap next week, starting Wednesday with a midweek matchup against UNLV at Easton Stadium at 1 p.m. UCLA then finishes up regular-season tournament play at the Long Beach State Invitational next weekend. The Bruins take on Virginia Tech (11:15 a.m.) and Notre Dame (3:45 p.m.) on Friday, Rutgers (6 p.m.) on Saturday and Northwestern (11:15 a.m.) and Long Beach State (1:30 p.m.) on Sunday. All games will be played at Mayfair Park in Lakewood.