Fourth-Ranked Bruins Open Season With Split
Feb. 7, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The fourth-ranked Bruins split a pair of games against Big Ten Conference teams on Saturday to begin the 2009 season, falling to Purdue 2-1 before defeating Indiana 10-2 in five innings at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament at Easton Stadium. Sophomore Katie Schroeder hit a home run in each game for her first two collegiate bombs.
Against Purdue, sophomore Donna Kerr fanned 10 in a one-hit, complete-game performance. Schroeder hit her first collegiate home run in the bottom of the seventh. However, the Bruins (0-1) were stymied by Boilermakers' starter Dana Alcocer, who allowed only two hits while striking out four in seven innings.
Kerr retired the first 12 batters of the game, striking out the side in the first and two more in the fourth. Purdue (1-0) broke the string though to start the top of the fifth, as Katie Mitchell drew a leadoff walk. Jenna Alexander then reached on a fielder's choice to put two on base, and following a bunt by Liane Horiuchi to advance both runners, Suzie Rzegocki blooped a single to shallow left to plate both runners and put the Boilermakers up 2-0.
The Bruins got on the board in the bottom of the seventh with two outs when Schroeder hit one out to left-center. But Alcocer retired sophomore Monica Harrison on a fly out to end the game. UCLA left seven on base for the game, including the bases loaded in the first and two more in the third.
UCLA jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first against Indiana. With one out and Monica Harrison on second and sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore on first, senior Amanda Kamekona singled up the middle to plate Harrison to make it 1-0. Following a walk to junior Megan Langenfeld to load the bases, freshman Andrea Harrison bounced a ball to second, but Stephanie Pellerito's throw home was not in time to retire DiSalvatore to put the Bruins ahead 2-0.
In the bottom of the second, the Bruins made it 3-0 on Schroeder's second home run of the evening to right field. UCLA (1-1) tacked on one more in the third when junior Kaila Shull doubled home Langenfeld to make it 4-0. One inning later, the Bruins added two more runs to go ahead 6-0. With two outs and DiSalvatore at first, Kamekona popped a ball in front of the plate, but it tipped off catcher Molly Anderson's glove into foul territory, allowing DiSalvatore to move to third and Kamekona to second. Langenfeld cashed in the miscue with a single through the right side to drive in both runs.
Indiana (0-3) got on the board with two in the top of the fifth on a bases-loaded walk to Heather Nelson that scored Kelli Ritchison and a sacrifice fly ball by Sara Olson that plated Kelsey Stander.
But the Bruins invoked the mercy rule in the bottom of the inning, scoring four times to win by eight. Shull singled to lead things off and was pinch-run for by sophomore Grace Murray. After an infield single by freshman Dani Yudin, who was then pinch-run for by freshman Marti Reed, junior Julie Burney singled to left to load the bases. Schroeder then singled up the middle to score Murray to make it 7-2. One out later, a single to right by DiSalvatore brought in Reed and Burney to put the Bruins ahead 9-2. UCLA then wrapped up the game, as a Kamekona grounder to short went through the legs of Emily Bergeson, bringing home Schroeder and ending the contest 10-2.
Junior Whitney Baker went the distance and struck out six in five innings of work to earn the win. She allowed two runs, four hits and four walks. The Bruins pounded out 12 hits, with Burney, Schroeder, Shull and Yudin each posting a pair in the nightcap. DiSalvatore, Langenfeld and Schroeder each drove in two runs.
Monica Wright picked up the loss for the Hoosiers, allowing four runs in 2 2/3 innings. Ashley Hobbs pitched 1 1/3 innings (6 runs allowed) and Sara Olson recorded one out in the fifth.
The Bruins conclude the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament on Sunday at Easton Stadium. After the Pacific-Purdue matchup at 9 a.m. and the Cal Poly-San Diego State tilt at 11:30 a.m., the Bruins host Cal Poly at 2 p.m. and San Diego State at 4:30 p.m. The Cal Poly game will have a live audio broadcast at UCLABruins.com, while all four tournament games will have Gametracker on the Bruins' website.