Third-Ranked Bruins Too Much for Toreros
March 1, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior Amanda Kamekona, junior Julie Burney and sophomore Katie Schroeder all had three hits, while sophomore Donna Kerr struck out a career-high 16, as the third-ranked Bruins blanked San Diego 13-0 on Sunday at the USD Softball Complex.
UCLA wins its 14th straight game to go to 19-2 on the season, while the Toreros fall to 3-12.
Schroeder drove in five runs, while Kamekona had three RBI, with both also scoring twice. Kerr eclipsed her previous personal best of 15 strikeouts, allowing just three hits and two walks to improve to 10-2 on the season.
The Bruins got on the board with a run in the top of the second. Freshman Andrea Harrison led off with a single to left, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on a double to left-center by Burney to make it 1-0.
UCLA broke it open with five runs in the sixth. With one out, Burney singled to center and was pinch-run for by sophomore Lauren Mirabal, who advanced to third on a double by freshman Dani Yudin. With sophomore Grace Murray running for Yudin at second, sophomore Monica Harrison walked to load the bases. Kamekona followed with a double down the left-field line to plate Mirabal and Murray to make it 3-0. Schroeder then singled to left-center to bring home Harrison and Kamekona to put the Bruins on top 5-0. Schroeder stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch when sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore drew a walk. DiSalvatore then took off for second, and when the throw by catcher Taylor Hensley went into center field, Schroeder came in to make it 6-0.
In the seventh, the Bruins put up a seven spot. Sophomore Amy Crawford led off with a double to right-center, her first collegiate hit. The Bruins then received three consecutive walks to Burney, Yudin and Monica Harrison to plate Crawford and make it 7-0. A Kamekona single to left-center brought in Burney to make it 8-0 and Schroeder doubled to the left-center field gap to clear the bases and give the Bruins an 11-0 advantage. DiSalvatore followed with a triple to right-center to score Schroeder to make it 12-0 and another three-base hit by junior Kaila Shull gave the Bruins a 13-0 lead.
Kerr recorded a strikeout in every inning, fanning the side in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh.
Jennifer Ellenbeck started for San Diego and allowed six runs (five earned), nine hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Kaitlin Healy tossed 2/3 of an inning, giving up three runs, one hit and four walks with a strikeout, while Jessi Waers threw one inning, yielding four runs, four hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Lindsey Fleet had two of the Toreros' three hits.
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