Feb. 25, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Dani Yudin and Kaila Shull each drove in three runs Wednesday evening to power UCLA to a 6-2 non-conference softball victory at Cal State Fullerton. Donna Kerr and Megan Langenfeld combined on a 2-hitter with 13 strikeouts as UCLA improved to 14-2 with its ninth victory in a row. Fullerton got a 2-run home run from Francesca Gonzales but fell to 5-7 with its third successive loss.
Yudin broke a 2-2 tie when she led off the sixth inning with a home run to right-center field, her second of the year. Shull capped the inning with an opposite field 3-run homer to left off loser Ari Cervantes, who went the distance with a 8-hitter and struck out nine but fell to 2-3.
The Titans did not hit a fair ball their first time through the lineup against Kerr (7-2), striking out seven times. Sheila Holguin grounded to first for the second out in the third to break the spell. Kerr then walked Cervantes and got tagged for a towering two-run home run to left center by Fancesca Gonzales, her fourth of the season.
UCLA wasted no time tying the score in the fourth. Julie Burney was hit by a pitch for the second time and Andrea Harrison walked. Burney stole third and Harrison went to second when they ball got away from catcher Lauren Lupinetti for a wild pitch. Both scored on a sharp single up the middle by Yudin.
Cervantes stranded eight runners through the first five innings -- at second and third in the first, the bases loaded in the second and two on in the fifth, getting called third strikes to end each inning. The Bruins left a total of 11.
Fullerton hosts the 10-team, 24-game DeMarini Invitational Friday through Sunday.