Two-Out Rallies Key #5 UCLA's Doubleheader Sweep at Cal Poly
March 23, 2010
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Eight of the Bruins' nine runs in Tuesday's doubleheader at Cal Poly were scored with two outs, as fifth-ranked UCLA swept a twinbill with the Mustangs at Bob Janssen Field. The Bruins won 5-3 in the first game and 4-1 in the nightcap.
The Bruins move to 21-4 overall with the victories, while the Mustangs fall to 11-11.
In the opener, UCLA scored four of its five runs with two outs. The Bruins pounded out 10 hits, as eight different players had hits and junior Monica Harrison and sophomore Andrea Harrison both had two-hit contests.
Junior Donna Kerr improved to 10-1 on the season, allowing three runs, five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in seven innings. She retired the side in order four times in the second, third, fifth and seventh. Kerr set down eight in a row at one point from the first to the third frames, as well as 10 of the last 11 batters of the contest.
The Bruins got on the board thanks to a Mustang miscue in the top of the first. Freshman B.B. Bates slapped a ball to Cal Poly second baseman Shea Williams, who booted it for an error, with Bates alertly advancing to second base before the ball went back into the circle. After Bates moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Monica Harrison, junior GiOnna DiSalvatore drove her in on an RBI grounder to second to put UCLA up 1-0.
UCLA had a two-out rally in the fourth, scoring three times. With one out, seniors Julie Burney and Kaila Shull had back-to-back singles and each moved up a base on a groundout. Bates then singled to the 5-6 hole, allowing Burney to come home to make it 2-0. Monica Harrison followed with an infield single to third to plate Shull to put the Bruins up 3-0 and another error by Williams at second on a grounder by DiSalvatore brought in Bates to make it 4-0.
The Mustangs equaled the Bruins' output in their side of the fourth to make it 4-3. Anna Cahn was hit by a pitch to open the inning and was pinch-run for by Whitley Gerhart, who moved to second on a sacrifice by Stephanie Correia. After Kendal Hennings walked, Trista Thomas doubled to left to bring home Gerhart and Hennings to make it 4-2. Two batters later, Krysten Cary singled up the middle to score Thomas to cut the deficit to one.
The Bruins added an insurance run in the sixth on another two-out rally and another Cal Poly error. Monica Harrison tripled to right with two down and came in to score on a grounder to short that was bobbled by Thomas with DiSalvatore at the plate.
UCLA also scored first in game two, recording another run thanks to a Cal Poly error in the second. Senior Megan Langenfeld singled up the middle to open the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice by Andrea Harrison. One out later, sophomore Dani Yudin reached on an infield single to shortstop and when Thomas' throw to first went into the Bruin dugout, Langenfeld was awarded home plate to put the Bruins on the board.
In the third, the Bruins rallied with two outs to score three times. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Monica Harrison walked, DiSalvatore singled to left-center and Langenfeld launched her team-best ninth homer of the season to left to put the Bruins on top 4-0.
The Mustangs got on the board in the fifth when Cary hit a two-out homer to left to make it 4-1.
The Bruins had seven hits, with three of them coming from Langenfeld, who also scored twice and drove in three. DiSalvatore added a pair of singles.
Freshman Destiny Rodino moved to 2-1 on the season, allowing one run, five hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings. She retired the side in order in the third and fourth innings, setting down nine in a row at one point from the second to the fifth frames. Sophomore Aleah Macon recorded her second save of the year, allowing a hit and striking out a batter in her one inning of work.
The Bruins are back in action on Friday when they host Long Beach State at Easton Stadium at 2 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.