Home Runs Aplenty for #6 Bruins in Pair of Victories
Feb. 21, 2009
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The sixth-ranked Bruins hit five home runs in a pair of victories at the Cathedral City Softball Classic on Saturday, defeating #15 Massachusetts 4-2 and North Carolina State 12-1 in five innings.
UCLA, which improves to 11-2 on the season with the two wins, have hit at least one home run in all 13 games this year. Senior Amanda Kamekona, junior Julie Burney, sophomores Monica Harrison and Katie Schroeder and freshman Dani Yudin all went deep for the Bruins.
In the opener against Massachusetts (5-3), UCLA sophomore starter Donna Kerr retired the first four batters to start the game. But the Minutewomen got on the board when Samantha Salato hit a home run to left to make it 1-0.
The Bruins went out in front on a home run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Kaila Shull singled to right to start things off, and one out later, Burney crushed her third homer of the season to right-center to put the Bruins on top 2-1.
The Minutewomen tied it up at two in the top of the fourth. With one out, Sarah Reeves singled to left and was pinch-run for by Jill Andrews, who stole second. Two batters later, Michelle Libby singled up the middle to bring in Andrews and make it 2-all.
UCLA rallied with two outs in the bottom of the frame to re-take the lead. Junior Megan Langenfeld was hit by a pitch to start off the inning and was pinch-run for by sophomore Lauren Mirabal. After Mirabal moved to second on a groundout by Burney, freshman Andrea Harrison singled to the 5-6 hole to put runners at the corners and Yudin walked to load the bases. That brought up Monica Harrison, who bounced one to third, but Whitney Mollica came home with it to force Mirabal at the plate for the second out. Kamekona delivered though with two outs, doubling to right to bring in Andrea Harrison and Yudin to give the Bruins a 4-2 edge.
Langenfeld earned the victory in relief to improve to 2-0 on the season, allowing just one hit and striking out four in 3 1/3 innings. She fanned two apiece in the fifth and sixth innings. Kerr pitched the first 3 2/3 and gave up three hits, two runs and two walks with six strikeouts. Andrea Harrison had two of the Bruins' six hits.
Brandice Balschmiter went the distance for the Minutewomen, allowing six hits, four runs and three walks in six innings with five strikeouts. Libby had two of Massachusetts' four hits.
The Bruins didn't take long to jump out in front against the Wolfpack in the nightcap. Schroeder hit her team-leading seventh home run of the season to right with one out in the bottom of the first to put UCLA up 1-0.
In the second, the Bruins sent 15 batters to the plate, scoring 11 times. It marked just the sixth time in school history that the Bruins have scored more than 10 runs in one inning. UCLA loaded the bases to start off the inning on a walk to Burney, a single up the middle by Andrea Harrison and a walk to Yudin. Monica Harrison then drew a walk to bring in Burney and make it 2-0. Kamekona followed with her first career grand slam and her fourth home run of the season to straightaway center to make it 6-0. Schroeder then walked, but was erased at second for the first out of the inning when sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore reached on a fielder's choice. Shull gave the Bruins two baserunners when she reached on a fielding error by NC State shortstop Eliza Jacobellis and Langenfeld drove in DiSalvatore on a single to left to make it 7-0. One out later, a single to right by Andrea Harrison plated Shull to put the Bruins up 8-0. Yudin followed with a three-run bomb to right, her first collegiate home run, to get UCLA into double figures at 11-0. Monica Harrison made it back-to-back jacks for her fourth homer of the year to make it 12-0.
North Carolina State (2-6) got on the board in the top of the fourth on a one-out solo home run by Kristine Bechtholdt.
Junior Whitney Baker went the distance for the Bruins to improve to 4-0 on the year. She allowed just four hits and a run, walking nobody and fanning five. The Bruins had eight hits, as Andrea Harrison and Kamekona had two apiece.
Mendy McKenzie started for NC State and went 1 2/3 innings, allowing 11 runs (six earned), six hits and five walks with one strikeout. Lindsay Campana pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up an unearned run, two hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
The Bruins conclude play in Cathedral City on Sunday when they face Maryland at 11 a.m. and #14 Fresno State at 1 p.m. Gametracker (both games) and live audio (Fresno State game only) will be available on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com.