Fifth-Ranked Bruins Run Win Streak to 12 With Doubleheader Sweep of Loyola Marymount
March 28, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Andrea Harrison homered in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader and left the yard twice in the nightcap, as the fifth-ranked Bruins beat Loyola Marymount by scores of 8-2 and 5-0 in five innings at Smith Field.
The Bruins move to 26-4 with the wins, while the Lions fall to 12-13.
The Bruins scored in each of the last five innings of the opener, recording 12 hits. Freshman B.B. Bates went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Harrison and senior Julie Burney both had two hits, two runs scored and two runs batted in.
Sophomore Aleah Macon improved to 8-1 on the year, striking out a season-high 11 and allowing two runs (one earned), six hits and one walk in seven innings. She retired the first eight batters of the game, with six of them going down on strikeouts. Macon fanned at least one in every inning, including three in the first and two in both the third and fourth.
The Bruins scored first with a run in the top of the third. With one out, Bates reached on a slap single back to the pitcher, but was erased at second when junior Monica Harrison grounded into a fielder's choice to short. After Harrison moved to second on an illegal pitch, junior GiOnna DiSalvatore grounded a ball to third, but Brittany Pereda through it away, allowing Harrison to come around to score to make it 1-0.
UCLA added two more in the fourth. Burney reached on an error to start the inning, moved to second on an illegal pitch and advanced to third on a single to left by sophomore Samantha Camuso. One out later, freshman Charlotte Dolan doubled to left-center to score a pair and make it 3-0.
The Lions matched the Bruins with a two spot of their own in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Kelly Sarginson singled to center, moved to third on a double to left-center by Darcy Pagnini and scored on an infield single to short by Pereda to make it 3-1. LMU got it second run when Priscilla Satete reached on an error, allowing Pagnini to come in.
But the Bruins got those two runs back in the top of the fifth to regain a three-run lead. With one out, DiSalvatore singled up the middle and Andrea Harrison hit a two-run homer to left-center, her fifth of the season, to make it 5-2.
UCLA tacked on another run in the sixth. Sophomore Dani Yudin walked and was pinch-run for by junior Amy Crawford, who was sacrificed to second by Dolan. One out later, Bates singled to center to plate Crawford and put the Bruins up 6-2.
In the seventh, the Bruins scored twice more. Andrea Harrison doubled to right to open the inning and came home on Burney's eighth home run of the season to left to make it 8-2.
UCLA jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second game with a run in the first. Bates singled up the middle to open the contest, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a double to left-center by DiSalvatore.
The Bruins added two more in the second. Senior Kaila Shull was hit to start the inning and sophomore Marti Reed reached on an error. After Crawford moved both runners up on a sacrifice, Bates doubled off the left-field wall to plate a pair and make it 3-0.
UCLA scored single runs in the third and fourth thanks to the bat of Andrea Harrison. The sophomore led off the third with her second home run of the doubleheader, blasting her sixth of the season to straightaway center to make it 4-0. Harrison then made it 5-0 in the fourth with a two-out bomb to right-center for her seventh homer of the year and third of the afternoon.
The second game was called after five innings upon coaches agreement.
Junior Donna Kerr picked up the win to improve to 12-1 on the season. She allowed only two hits and struck out 10. Kerr struck out the last five of the game and fanned the side in the second and fifth and two apiece in the third and fourth.
Bates and Andrea Harrison each had two hits and two RBI, as the Bruins had seven hits as a team.
The Bruins open up Pac-10 play on Thursday when they begin a three-game series at top-ranked Washington. Thursday and Friday's contests begin at 6 p.m., while Saturday's game starts at 12 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.