No. 1 UCLA Downs No. 24 UW in Extra Innings, 7-6
April 2, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Top-ranked UCLA benefited from four walks in the bottom of the eighth inning to knock off No. 24 Washington, 7-6, in a Pac-10 Conference game on Wednesday afternoon at Easton Softball Stadium.
The Bruins GiOnna DiSalvatore walked on four straight pitches with one out and the bases loaded to bring home Julie Burney for the winning run. UCLA upped its record to 32-3 and 4-0 in the Pac-10, while the Huskies fell to 22-11-1 and 1-2 in conference play.
Washington struck first, scoring a run in the top of the first. Marnie Koziol reached on an infield single with one out and advanced after stealing second base. Jace Williams walked and then Morgan Stuart was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Alicia Blake then brought home Koziol on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
The Bruins broke things open in the fourth inning, taking advantage of three walks issued by UW starter Aleah Macon and one Husky error.
Macon had allowed just one Bruin hitter to reach base through three innings and had six strikeouts heading into the fourth before UCLA scored six runs in the inning.
Samantha Camuso had a two-RBI single and Monica Harrison followed with a double to put the Bruins up 3-1. Kayla Shull later added a two-RBI single and Katie Schroder brought home another run on RBI sacrifice fly to centerfield to put UCLA up 6-1.
The Huskies responded right back, though, scoring five runs on three hits and one UCLA error to tie it up in the top of the fifth.
Dani Stuart led off the inning by reaching base after getting hit by a pitch and Amanda Fleischman followed with an infield single. Bailey Stenson then reached on an error by Harrison, the shortstop, to load the bases. Stuart was thrown out at home on ground ball hit by Marnie Koziol to Burney at third base, but Jace Williams and Morgan Stuart hit back-to-back singles to bring home three runs.
Williams singled to left field to score Fleischman, and Stuart singled down the left field line to bring home both Stenson and Koziol and make the score 6-4.
Williams eventually scored on an RBI-groundout by Blake and Stuart tied it up at 6-6 after scoring on a wild pitch by Bruins starter Donna Kerr.
Washington threatened in the top of the seventh inning, getting runners on first and third with no outs, but UCLA relief pitcher Angelic Selden got back-to-back strikeouts and a flyout to left field to escape the jam.
Caitlin Noble (11-6) took the loss in relief, pitching four innings and give up two hits and five walks. She allowed one earned run and struck out one.
Macon walked DiSalvatore in eighth after coming on for Noble with one out and runners on first and second. She pitched three and two-thirds innings and allowed four hits, six walks and six runs, four of which were earned. She finished with six strikeouts.
Selden got the win to improve to 16-2 after pitching the final three innings. She allowed just one hit and struck out seven.
Both teams had six hits in the game. For Washington, Morgan Stuart was 1-for-3 with two RBI and Blake also drove in two runs. Koziol scored two runs and also stole two bases in the game.
The Huskies return home to host California this Friday at 1:00 p.m., before hosting Stanford on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., while Sunday's first pitch is set for 12:00 p.m.