Pacific Falls At 13/19 UCLA To End Its Weekend
Playing their second game of at the Stacy Winsberg Tournament, the Pacific softball team suffered a 10-2 (6 inn.) to the 13/19 UCLA Bruins on Saturday, February 11. The loss dropped the Tigers to 0-2 on the year while the Bruins remained unbeaten at 3-0 in 2012.
Doing what they have done throughout the opening weekend of softball action, the Bruins struck first as UCLA tagged the Tigers for a pair of runs in the top of the first. After retiring the first two batters of the Bruin lineup, the Tigers ran into the heart of UCLA's order as 3-4-5 came through with three consecutive hits to post the crooked number on the board. Back-to-back doubles by B.B. Bates and Samantha Camuso did the damage, however, sophomore Tori Shepard was able to pitch out the jam without further incident.
The middle of the order would strike again the second time through as Andrea Harrison, who began the two-out run in the first, led off the third with a solo home run to put the Bruins up 3-0. Behind her, Bates beat out a slow roller up the middle to second while Camuso reached on an error to put a pair of Bruins aboard. The mistake would prove costly as the Dani Yudin hit the Bruins' second home run of the inning two batters later to put UCLA up 6-0.
The trio made their presence felt again in the fourth as a single, triple and home run put three more runs on the scoreboard for the Bruins. The final dagger would come in the bottom of the sixth when Yudin drove home the game-ending run with a single up the middle to give the Bruins the run-shortened victory.
Offensively, Pacific attempted to keep pace with the hot hitting Bruins as they threatened in the third with a pair of runners on second before finally breaking through in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs. For the Tigers, it was the sophomores that got the team on the board as Megan Foglesong ripped a single to center to break up UCLA's no-hit bid while Kelsey Rodriguez blasted a home run to left center to break up the shutout. Rodriguez's shot to left center was the first home run of the year for the Tigers and the third of the sophomore's young career.
In the circle, sophomore Tori Shepard suffered the loss in her first start of 2012 as she threw three innings while giving up nine hits and six runs, five earned. In relief, freshman Dani Bonnet settled into a groove after giving up three runs to start her collegiate career by striking out four consecutive batters. In all, Bonnet went 2.1 innings in relief and gave up four runs on five hits while striking out four.
Picking up the win was Destiny Rodino in relief of Jessica Hall as Hall exited the game in the third inning before pitching enough inning to gain the recorded victory. In three innings, Hall gave up just one baserunner due to walk while keeping the Tigers out of the hit column. For Rodino, the win was her first of the year as she gave up two hits and two runs in six full innings of work.
The Bruins posted 14 hits against the Tigers in the win as eight of nine starters recording at least one hit while 3-4-5 in the order went 8-for-11 with six RBI and eight runs scored to do the damage for UCLA. Outside of the middle of the order, Yudin went 2-for-4 in the contest with four RBI including the game-ending strike.
Pacific will be back in action on Tuesday, February 14 when the team travels to Fresno, Calif. to take on the Bulldogs of Fresno State. The single game tilt will begin at 6:00 pm at Bulldog Diamond. Last season, the Tigers and Bulldogs found themselves locked in an 11-inning battle at Bill Simoni Field that saw Pacific come out on top 5-4.