No. 12 California Suffers Hard-Luck 2-1 Loss at No. 2 UCLA
May 7, 2009
LOS ANGELES -
The No. 12 California Golden Bears took a hard-luck loss to the No. 2 UCLA Bruins, falling 2-1 Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles. Freshman left fielder Jamia Reid hit her seventh home run of the season.
The Bears fell behind in the bottom of the first. The leadoff hitter for the Bruins stroked a double off sophomore starting pitcher Valerie Arioto. After she was bunted over to third base, the runner came around to score when the umpire faulted Arioto for an illegal pitch. She would have scored without the call with the next two Bruins getting back-to-back hits. Arioto induced a ground ball to third and a fly out to center to get out of the inning with just the one run.
After a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth, Arioto moved over to first base with junior pitcher Marissa Drewrey coming into the game in relief. Drewrey struck out the first batter she faced, but then found herself in trouble after a single and a walk loaded the bases with just one out. The third walk of the inning, Drewrey's second, scored a run with the bases still loaded and just one out. Drewrey induced a pop up to the catcher and then struck out the final batter of the inning to escape with only giving up a single run.
Trailing 2-0 in the sixth, Jamia Reid took a 1-1 pitch over the center field wall for her seventh home run of the season, making it a 2-1 game.
The Bears junior third baseman Vernae Sevilla battled in the top of the seventh, trying to give Cal a much-needed base runner. She worked the Bruins' pitcher in a 14-pitch at-bat before finally flying out to the left fielder. The Bruins held on for the 2-1 victory.
Jamia Reid went 3-for-3 in the game, including her sixth-inning home run. Reid also stole two bases. It was the fourth straight game Reid has stolen more than one base in a game. She has been successful in her last 24 stolen base attempts and has not been caught stealing since March 7.
Arioto took the loss, falling to 14-7 on the season. She worked 4+ innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits with two walks while striking out one.
The Bears fly up to Seattle for the final two games of the regular season. The Bears will take on the No. 3 Washington Huskies Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m. Both games will have gametracker available for live internet stats on calbears.com.