Fifth-Ranked Bruins Flex Their Muscles Again in Mercy-Rule Win Over #18 Oregon
May 2, 2010
LOS ANGELES - For the second straight game, sophomore Andrea Harrison hit two home runs and the Bruins hit four as a team, as #5 UCLA completed a three-game sweep of #18 Oregon with a 10-2, six-inning victory on Sunday at Easton Stadium. Senior Kaila Shull and junior GiOnna DiSalvatore also homered.
The Bruins won their ninth in a row to improve to 36-9 overall and 10-5 in league action, while the Ducks fall to 31-13 and 7-8 in league play.
Both of Harrison's homers were two-run shots to tie her for the team lead with 13 home runs. Shull went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and DiSalvatore was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI. Senior Megan Langenfeld also had a multiple-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in.
In the circle, junior Donna Kerr (17-5) earned her 50th-career win, striking out one in four innings and scattering two runs (one earned), four hits and one walk. Langenfeld posted her third save of the season, tossing two scoreless innings of relief and striking out four while walking one.
The Ducks drew first blood in the opening inning. Sam Pappas walked, and two outs later, stole second. Ashley Kivett then singled to left to bring home Pappas to make it 1-0.
The Bruins took the lead in the bottom of the first on one swing of the bat. DiSalvatore reached second base when Allie Burger dropped a pop fly in left field and moved to third on a sacrifice by junior Monica Harrison. One out later, Andrea Harrison hit her first homer of the game to right to put UCLA in the lead.
Oregon tied it with a run in the third. Blair Williamson reached on a bunt single, advanced to second on a throwing error and scored on a double to right-center by Pappas to even things at two.
But it was all Bruins after that, as the home team scored two in the third on Andrea Harrison's second homer of the game to left with Langenfeld aboard to put UCLA on top 4-2.
In the fourth, DiSalvatore had a one-out single to left, moved to third on a double to right by Monica Harrison and scored on a single to center by Langenfeld to increase the lead to 5-2.
UCLA busted it open with four in the fifth. Sophomore Samantha Camuso reached on a fielding error by Monique Fuiava at first and moved to second on a groundout. Shull then singled to right and moved to second on a stolen base. One out later, DiSalvatore launched a three-run homer to right, her sixth jack of the season, to make it an 8-2 lead. The Bruins weren't done though. Freshman Charlotte Dolan, who was batting for Monica Harrison, singled to left. With Harrison re-entering at first, she moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single up the middle by Langenfeld to make it 9-2.
The Bruins won their second game of the weekend and their 18th of the season by mercy rule in the sixth when Shull hit a two-out homer to center to give UCLA a 10-2 victory.
UCLA wraps up its regular-season home schedule next weekend with a three-game series against California. Game times are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.