Stanford Drops Series To UCLA
April 24, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The sixth-ranked UCLA Bruins defeated No. 10 Stanford, 7-3, Saturday, at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal falls to 4-7 in the Pac-10 and 30-11 overall, while the Bruins push their record to 6-5 in the conference and 32-9 on the year.
Freshman Jenna Rich earned the start in the circle for the Cardinal. She dropped to 2-1 on the season after throwing 3.0 innings, giving up four runs on five hits. Junior Ashley Chinn entered the game in the fourth inning, totaling four stikeouts while giving up three runs on two hits in 4.0 innings of work. UCLA's Whitney Baker picked up the win, improving to 2-1 on the season.
Sophomore Ashley Hansen led the team with two hits, including an RBI double, while also scoring one run for the Cardinal. Rich added an RBI single, and both Alissa Haber and Sarah Hassman registered hits for Stanford.
The Cardinal came out swinging in the first inning, taking a 2-0 lead over the Bruins. Haber led off with an infield single and then Hansen followed with a single up the middle to put two runners on for Stanford. Third baseman Shannon Koplitz registered a sacrifice bunt to move the runners, and clean-up hitter Rich brought Haber home with a single to left field. The Cardinal earned its second run on an illegal pitch by Baker, which sent Hansen home.
UCLA answered in the top of the second, scoring one run to cut the Cardinal lead in half. However, Stanford came back in the bottom of the inning to increase its lead to 3-1. With two outs, Hansen recorded a double to left field that allowed Hassman to score from second.
The Bruins tied the game with a two-run shot to right field by Andrea Harrison in the top of the third. UCLA then broke the tie in the top of the fourth as third baseman Julie Burney led off with a home run just over the center field wall.
The Bruins then added two more runs in the top of the fifth, pulling out to a 6-3 advantage over the Cardinal. UCLA's designated player Dani Yudin ripped a home run to right field that also scored Megan Langenfeld. The Bruins added another run in the top of the seventh to shut the door on the Cardinal.
Stanford and UCLA will wrap-up the three-game series on Sunday, Apr. 25. First pitch is scheduled for Noon at Smith Family Stadium.