Bruins Left Seeing Double in Loss to Arizona
April 12, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - Seventh-ranked Arizona pounded out five doubles and scored five in the third and three in the sixth to defeat #1 UCLA 8-0 in six innings on Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium.
The Bruins fall to 35-5 overall and 7-2 in Pac-10 play, while the Wildcats improve to 29-11 and 6-3 in league action.
UCLA had six hits, but were unable to produce timely hitting, leaving runners in scoring position in the first, third, fourth and fifth. Juniors Amanda Kamekona and Jennifer Schroeder and freshman Samantha Camuso each had doubles, while sophomore Julie Burney and freshmen GiOnna DiSalvatore and Katie Schroeder had singles.
Freshman Donna Kerr (13-2) started in the circle, going 2 2/3 innings and allowing four runs, two hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Sophomore Megan Langenfeld tossed the final 2 1/3 innings, giving up four runs, five hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
A five-run third was the backbreaker for UCLA, as the Bruins for the second game in a row surrendered runs with two outs in the inning. Brittany Lastrapes walked to start off the inning, but Kerr struck out Lauren Schutzler for the first out. After Jenae Leles was hit by a pitch, Stacie Chambers grounded out to first to move Lastrapes and Schutzler up a base and Sam Banister drove them both in on a double to left to put Arizona up 2-0. Another double by Callista Balko to left-center scored Banister to make it 3-0.
That would be the end of the day for Kerr, who was relieved by Langenfeld. The sophomore hurler walked the first batter she faced, Laine Roth. K'Lee Arredondo then drove a ball to center field, which Katie Schroeder misjudged as it went all the way to the wall for a double, allowing Balko and Roth to score to raise the Wildcats' lead to 5-0.
The Wildcats invoked the mercy rule in the sixth. Roth led off with a double to right-center and was pinch-run for by Jill Malina. A double by Arredondo plated Malina to make it 6-0. Arredondo would catch the Bruins napping, stealing third, and the Wildcats put runners at the corners on a slap single by Adrienne Acton. Acton then stole second, and when the throw from Jennifer Schroeder went into center field, Arredondo scored to make it 7-0. Lastrapes closed out the game, singling to left-center to score Acton and give the Wildcats the mercy-rule victory.
The Bruins had a great chance to score right off the bat in the first. Katie Schroeder drew a leadoff walk, and one out later, Kamekona doubled to right-center. However, the Wildcats executed a perfect relay, gunning down Schroeder at home.
In the third, Burney led off with a single, but was retired on a fielder's choice groundout by Jennifer Schroeder. After Katie Schroeder reached on an infield single, senior Krista Colburn grounded one to third, which forced freshman pinch-runner Amy Crawford for the second out of the inning. Katie Schroeder and Colburn each moved up a base on a wild pitch, but Arizona pitcher Sarah Akamine retired Kamekona on a groundout to short to end the threat.
The Bruins got a two-out double from Camuso in the fourth, but could not cash it in. In the fifth, Jennifer Schroeder doubled with one out, but Katie Schroeder grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Akamine (2-0) pitched six shutout innings, giving up six hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Arredondo had a pair of hits for the Wildcats, who had seven as a team.
The Bruins conclude their Arizona road trip on Sunday when they face the Wildcats at 12 p.m. Gametracker will be available at www.UCLABruins.com.