March 12, 2011
LAKEWOOD, CA - No. 9 UCLA banged out 13 hits on the afternoon and broke open a close contest with a six-run fifth inning to hand Cal State Fullerton an 11-2 loss in five innings on Saturday at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, CA.
It was the only game of the day for the Titans (7-11 overall), who were scheduled to play BYU at 8 p.m., but the game was cancelled by mutual coaches decision due to time constraints as neighborhood regulations mandated that the lights at Mayfair Park have to be off at 11 p.m.
Donna Kerr (7-1) struck out nine and scattered just five hits for UCLA (19-4), which jumped out to an early lead on a two-run single in the first by Andrea Harrison. Fullerton answered back in its half, getting one of the runs back as freshman Lauren Mario cranked her second home run in as many days to lead-off the inning, slamming the first pitch from Kerr to left to make it 2-1.
The Titans tried to keep the rally going, eventually loading the bases on a pair of singles and a fielder's choice, but Kerr worked out of the jam with an inning-ending strikeout to keep it a one-run contest.
UCLA added single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings on RBI's from Talee Snow, Marti Reed, and Harrison, but the Titans battled back for a single run in the fourth as Leesa Harris led-off with a walk and came around to score two batters later on an RBI single back through the box by Ashley Carter to make it 5-2.
The Bruins then put the game away in the fifth, sending 12 batters to the plate in the frame and scoring six runs. A hit batter and back-to-back singles loaded the bases and Snow drew a walk following a pitching change to start the scoring. Katie Schroeder and B.B. Bates added RBI hits before Fullerton could get the first out and Harrison knocked in her fourth run of the game with a single to make it 10-2.
After a flyout, Alyssa Tiumalu drew a bases-loaded walk to cap the scoring.
Fullerton, which left seven runners on for the game, including four in scoring position, also got hits from Nicole Johnson, Ariel Tsuchiyama, and Harris. Sophomore Aly Fascetti (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing seven earned on 10 hits in four innings.
The Titans open a nine-game homestand next week beginning Wednesday night (March 16) at 6 p.m., facing Notre Dame to kick-off the 2011 Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field. The five-day event begins Wednesday at 4 p.m. with the Fighting Irish taking on Oklahoma and continues throughout the weekend beginning with games at 9 a.m. each day.
The full tournament schedule can be seen by clicking here.