Baker Solid in the Circle in 2-1 Setback to Arizona State
April 11, 2010
LOS ANGELES - In her first start of the season, junior Whitney Baker went the distance, striking out a pair, but the fourth-ranked Bruins fell 2-1 to #9 Arizona State on Sunday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins drop to 27-9 overall and 1-5 in Pac-10 play, while the Sun Devils improve to 35-6 and 4-2 in league action.
Baker (0-1) allowed two runs, eight hits and three walks in seven innings. She retired the side in order in the fifth and seventh. Freshman B.B. Bates had two of the Bruins' five hits along with the lone UCLA run batted in.
The Sun Devils got on the board with a run in the second. Kaylyn Castillo singled to left to start the inning, moved to second on a groundout by Sam Parlich and scored on a single up the middle by Katie Crabb to make it 1-0.
The Bruins evened the score in the third. Sophomore Samantha Camuso singled to left to open the frame and was pinch-run for by junior Grace Murray, who moved to second on a sacrifice by freshman Charlotte Dolan and scored on a single to right by Bates to tie it at one.
Arizona State re-took the lead in the top of the fourth on a leadoff homer to left by Annie Lockwood, her 11th of the season, which wound up being the game-winning run.
In the sixth, ASU tried to add some insurance runs and had the bases loaded with one out, but came away empty, as senior Julie Burney caught a line drive at third off the bat of Ashley Muenz and doubled off Kayla Ketchum at third to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bruins mounted a rally but failed to score. With one out, junior GiOnna DiSalvatore and sophomore Dani Yudin drew consecutive walks, with junior Amy Crawford coming in to run for Yudin. Burney then lifted a deep fly ball to left, but Taylor Haro made the catch with her back against the wall, as both Bruin runners tagged up to put a pair in scoring position. Senior Megan Langenfeld was then walked intentionally to load the bases, but Arizona State's Hillary Bach retired Camuso on a fly out to left to end the inning. Bach set down the Bruins in order in the seventh to finish off the victory.
The Bruins hit the road for the next six, starting with a three-game series at Oregon State. The series begins on Friday at 3 p.m. and continues on Saturday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.