Fifth-Ranked Bruins Go Deep, Kerr Stifles Hawai'i Bats in Win
Feb. 23, 2008
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Freshman Donna Kerr tossed a one-hitter and struck out eight, while juniors Amanda Kamekona and Jennifer Schroeder each hit home runs, as the fifth-ranked Bruins won their sixth in a row with a 3-0 victory over #14 Hawai'i on Saturday night at the Palm Springs Classic.
The Bruins (11-2) finish up play in the desert on Sunday when they face second-ranked Northwestern at approximately 11 a.m.
UCLA improved to 11-0 on the season when scoring in its first at-bat. Kamekona launched her third home run of the year down the left-field line in the top of the first to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the second, Schroeder crushed her first collegiate homer to left to stake UCLA to a 2-0 advantage. The Bruins added another in the fifth thanks to the freshman duo of GiOnna DiSalvatore and Samantha Camuso. With one out, DiSalvatore doubled to right-center, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single up the middle by Camuso to make it 3-0.
Kerr retired the last 12 batters in succession, improving to 5-1 on the season. The only baserunners allowed by the freshman were a hit batter in the first and a leadoff single in the third.
DiSalvatore finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate, while sophomore Julie Burney went 2-for-2.
Kate Robinson tossed the first 4 1/3 innings for Hawai'i (7-2), allowing three runs, nine hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Jessica Morton finished the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out a batter.