No. 11 UCLA scores 10 unanswered, rallies past No. 18 Washington
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Delaney Spaulding got the Bruins on the board with a three-run homer in the fifth inning and the runs just kept on coming, as No. 11 UCLA recorded 10 unanswered runs to post a 10-3 victory against No. 18 Washington on Saturday at Husky Softball Stadium.
The Bruins win their 14th in a row and improve to 28-5 overall and 4-0 in Pac-12 play, while the Huskies fall to 28-6 and 1-2 in league action.
UCLA had just six hits, but also benefitted from six walks, with Spaulding posting a pair of hits and four runs batted in.
Ally Carda (15-3) struck out six in a complete-game, four-hitter, allowing three runs and four walks. She had 1-2-3 innings in the even numbered innings, striking out two in the second.
Washington jumped out to a lead in the bottom of the first when Kylee Lahners hit a leadoff home run to left. In the third, the Huskies added two more. With one out, Lahners drew a walk, and one out later, Ali Aguilar singled to right and Courtney Gano walked to load the bases. Casey Stangel followed with a single through the 5-6 hole to plate a pair to put the home team up 3-0.
Held hitless for the first four innings, the Bruins got on the board in a big way in the fifth as Spaulding belted the first pitch she saw out to left for her fifth homer of the season to even the score at three.
In the sixth, the Bruins sent 12 to the plate and brought in seven runs. Freshman Maddy Jelenicki and senior Stephany LaRosa both walked, with senior Tara Mueller running for Jelenicki. Gabrielle Maurice singled to right, as Mueller slid hard into the plate to bring home the go-ahead run. Washington catcher Kimberlee Souza, thinking Mueller missed home, ran towards the Bruin first-base dugout to tag her, but she was ruled safe. Souza then threw down to second to try and get Maurice, which allowed LaRosa to dash home from third to score the Bruins’ fifth run.
Sataraka followed with a single to left to plate Maurice to make it 6-3, as Sataraka advanced to second on the throw home and then to third on an illegal pitch. A double to right-center by Brittany Moeai brought home Sataraka to increase the advantage to 7-3. After Goulder, who re-entered for Moeai, moved to third on a wild pitch, Bennett reached on an infield single and then stole second. One out later, Spaulding singled to right to score Goulder with the Bruins’ eighth run. Another out later, Jelenicki reached on an error by Aguilar at short, as both Bennett and Spaulding scored to make it 10-3.