Long Beach State Upsets Third-Ranked UCLA
March 8, 2009
LAKEWOOD, Calif. - The third-ranked Bruins saw their 18-game winning streak come to an end Sunday afternoon at the Long Beach State Invitational, falling 2-1 to the host 49ers at Mayfair Park. UCLA was held to two hits by junior Julie Burney and sophomore Monica Harrison.
The Bruins drop to 23-3 with the loss, while the 49ers improve to 14-9.
Sophomore Donna Kerr (12-3) took the defeat, allowing four hits, two runs and five walks with eight strikeouts in six innings.
Kerr had to work in the opening inning, but got out of a jam. Danielle Linke led off and reached on an error and moved to second on a sacrifice by Ashley Weber. Following a walk to Jennifer Griffin, Kristen Pocock blooped an infield single to second base which appeared to load the bases. However, Linke strayed too far off the third-base bag and sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore's snap throw from first to third baseman Burney was in time for the second out of the inning. Kerr then induced Brandy Reyes into a groundout to third to end the threat.
Some uncharacteristic wildness from Kerr led to a pair of runs in the bottom of the third for the 49ers. Weber led off with a walk, and one out later, free passes to Pocock and Reyes loaded the bases. With Jonae Perez at the plate, Kerr uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Weber to score to make it 1-0. Perez then lifted a scoring fly ball to left to bring in pinch-runner Megan Denio to put Long Beach State up 2-0.
The Bruins got on the board in the top of the sixth when the 49ers committed two errors on one play. With one out, Harrison blooped a double to shallow right. One out later, sophomore Katie Schroeder slapped a ball to first, but it bounced away from first baseman Perez. Second baseman Jodi Nakawatase picked the ball up to try and get Schroeder, but threw it away, allowing Harrison to score to make it 2-1.
UCLA had a chance in the seventh. Junior Kaila Shull drew a leadoff walk and was pinch-run for by sophomore Grace Murray. Freshman Andrea Harrison then roped a hard line drive, but it was speared at first by Perez, who ran over to the bag to double up Murray. Burney followed with a single to left, but Long Beach State's Brooke Turner finished the complete-game effort with a strikeout to win it. Turner had eight strikeouts, allowing an unearned run, two hits and two walks.
The Bruins return to Easton Stadium for a single game against Notre Dame on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.