Home Run Barrage Pulls Bruins Even With Arizona State

May 3, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Junior Amanda Kamekona hit a pair of home runs, while freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore also went deep, as the fourth-ranked Bruins pulled even with #1 Arizona State for first place in the Pac-10 with a 5-0 victory on Saturday at Easton Stadium.

The Bruins improve to 43-5 overall and 15-2 in Pac-10 action, while the Sun Devils fall to 53-4 (15-2 in league). The two teams will face off Sunday at 12 p.m., with the winner taking first place heading into the final games of the regular season next weekend.

Kamekona tied a career high with her two home runs, giving her a team-leading 10 on the season. The Bruins recorded seven hits in the game.

Senior Anjelica Selden (22-3) tossed her sixth complete-game shutout of the year, striking out nine and allowing five hits and two walks.

The Bruins got on the board on one swing of the bat to lead off the bottom of the second. DiSalvatore launched a 1-2 pitch beyond the right-field wall to put UCLA on top 1-0.

In the third, Kamekona hit her first of the afternoon, belting a 1-2 offering out to left to make it 2-0.

Selden stranded four Arizona State base runners in the first three frames and settled down in the middle innings, retiring eight in a row from the third to the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Kamekona added to the Bruins' lead. Senior Ashley Herrera laid down a perfect bunt single to the left edge of the plate, but would be retired at second on a fielder's choice grounder by freshman Katie Schroeder. Senior Krista Colburn then singled through the right side and came home along with Schroeder on Kamekona's three-run shot to right to make it a 5-0 game.

That was more than enough run support for Selden, who thwarted a pair of Arizona State chances in the sixth and seventh. Kaitlin Cochran doubled and Krista Donnenwirth walked to put two on base in the sixth, but Selden struck out two of the next three batters to end the threat.

In the seventh, Kristen Miller singled, and one out later, Renee Welty was hit by a pitch. But Selden got Jackie Vasquez on a grounder and Cochran on a fly out to finish the shutout.

Katie Burkhart went the distance for the Sun Devils, allowing five runs, seven hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in six innings. Cochran and Miller each had two hits for ASU, which had five as a team.

The Bruins and the Sun Devils play the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Seniors Colburn, Herrera, Selden and Danielle Peterson will be honored in a pre-game ceremony. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.

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