Top-Ranked Bruins Walk Away With Extra-Inning Win Over #24 Washington
April 2, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to score sophomore Julie Burney, as the top-ranked Bruins defeated #24 Washington 7-6 on Wednesday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 32-3 overall with the win and 4-0 in Pac-10 play, while the Huskies fall to 22-11-1 and 1-2 in league action.
Senior Anjelica Selden allowed just one hit and struck out seven in three innings of relief, earning the win to improve to 16-2 on the season. Freshman Donna Kerr started and gave up six runs (three earned), five hits and one walk in five innings, fanning five.
Freshman Samantha Camuso had two of the six hits for the Bruins, who benefited from 10 walks by Washington pitchers. Senior Krista Colburn drew three walks, while Burney and sophomore Megan Langenfeld had two apiece.
Washington jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a first-inning run. With one out, Marnie Koziol laid down a bunt single and stole second. A walk to Jace Williams and a hit by pitch of Morgan Stuart loaded the bases for Alicia Blake, who lifted a scoring fly ball to center field to plate Koziol and put the Huskies ahead.
Huskies starter Aleah Macon pitched three innings of shutout ball before unraveling in the fourth. Colburn drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third when junior Amanda Kamekona's sacrifice attempt was dropped at first base by Williams to put runners at the corners. One out later, Langenfeld walked to load the bases and Camuso singled up the middle to plate Colburn and Kamekona to give the Bruins a 2-1 advantage.
Freshman Monica Harrison followed with a double to the left-center field gap, bringing in Langenfeld to make it a 3-1 game. A walk to Burney reloaded the bases and sophomore Kaila Shull brought in two with a single to right-center to score Camuso and Harrison. UCLA added its sixth run of the inning in the next at-bat, as freshman Katie Schroeder hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Burney.
The 6-1 lead would be short-lived however, as the Huskies clawed back for five in the top of the fifth. Washington loaded the bases on a hit by pitch of Dani Stuart, a single by Amanda Fleischman and a fielding error by Harrison that allowed Bailey Stenson to reach. The Bruins got the first out of the inning when Koziol grounded out to third, with Burney coming home to retire Stuart. But Williams followed with a single to left to plate Fleischman and make it a 6-2 game.
Another single, this time by Morgan Stuart, brought in Stenson and Koziol to cut the deficit to 6-4. A Blake groundout scored Williams to make it 6-5 as Stuart advanced to third. The Huskies would even the game at six when Stuart scored on a wild pitch.
The Bruins had a chance in the fifth to get the lead back, but left the bases loaded. With one out, DiSalvatore singled to center, and following another out, Camuso singled to center and Harrison walked to load the bases. But Caitlin Noble retired Burney on a foul out to end the threat.
In the seventh, the Huskies had a golden chance to move ahead, but could not capitalize. Stenson singled up the middle to lead off and stole second. Koziol then struck out, but reached first on a passed ball, as Stenson moved over to third. However, Selden shut down the Huskies, striking out Williams and Morgan Stuart and inducing Blake into a foul out to end the inning.
After a scoreless top of the eighth for the Huskies, the Bruins won it in the bottom of the inning thanks to some wildness in the circle. Burney led off with a walk and was moved over to second on a bunt by Shull. Following another walk to Schroeder which put two aboard, Washington took out Noble in the circle and brought starter Macon back in. Macon walked the first batter she faced in Colburn to load the bases, but got Kamekona to foul out for the second out of the frame. However, DiSalvatore recorded her ninth game-winning RBI in very easy fashion, taking four wide ones to send the Bruins to the victory.
Macon allowed six runs (four earned), four hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. Noble picked up the loss, pitching four innings and giving up one run, two hits and five walks with one strikeout.
The Bruins continue their seven-game homestand this weekend with three more Pac-10 contests. UCLA hosts #7 Stanford on Friday at 1 p.m. and #21 California on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available for all three games at UCLABruins.com.