Two-Out Walk-Off Homer Gives UCLA 3-1 Over Cal

May 8, 2010

LOS ANGELES - The No. 15/13 California softball team established a 1-0 lead in the top of the second and held it until the bottom of the seventh versus No. 6/5 UCLA on Saturday evening. For the second game in a row, the Bruins scored late in the game - three runs in the seventh thanks to a home run from B.B. Bates - to defeat the Golden Bears, with the final tally in Saturday's game being 3-1 in UCLA's favor. The Pac-10 Conference series between Cal (37-17 overall, 6-11 in the Pac-10) and UCLA (38-9, 12-5 in the Pac-10) concludes Sunday at noon at Easton Stadium.

Vernae Sevilla, who filled in as the designated player, tallied the sole RBI with her one hit of the game. Also recording a hit apiece against Bruin pitchers Whitney Baker and Megan Langefeld were left fielder Jamia Reid, center fielder Frani Echavarria, catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt while first baseman Valerie Arioto and shortstop Taylor Kelly each earned a walk.

Freshman Jolene Henderson suffered the loss, giving up just two hits - both of which occurred in the seventh inning - and the three earned runs. The Elk Grove, Calif., native struck out eight Bruins and walked five in 6.2 innings of work.

Langenfeld got the win, facing 17 batters in 5.2 innings with two hits and one strikeout.

Cal left three runners stranded in the top of the first in Jamia Reid (single to short), Jace Williams (fielder's choice) and Echavarria (hit by pitch).

The first two batters of the top of the second proved incredibly fruitful for the Bears. Taylor Kelly was rewarded with a full-count walk to start the inning. Then, with a 2-2 count (ball, foul, ball, foul) Sevilla cranked out a double to left center, plating Kelly.

In the bottom of the seventh, with Cal still holding that 1-0 lead which was established in the second, the Bears got the first two outs in a Dani Yudin ground out and a swinging strikeout from Samantha Camuso.

It was with those two away that the Bruin rally began. Burney watched a ball go by before doubled to center, and was quickly replaced by Grace Murray as a pinch runner. Kaila Shull walked to put two runners on with those two outs on the board. B.B. Bates then homered to left, plating all three and giving the Bruins the conference victory.

The two UC squads wrap things up on Sunday with a noon first pitch at Easton Stadium.

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