No. 8 UCLA uses its bats to complete Pac-12 sweep of No. 18 California
LOS ANGELES -- The eighth-ranked Bruins swept No. 18 California for the second consecutive season on Sunday, recording an 8-5 victory at Easton Stadium.
UCLA, which improves to 38-8 overall and 12-3 in Pac-12 play, had 10 hits as a team from eight different players. Stephany LaRosa and Kylee Perez both had a pair of hits.
In the circle, Johanna Grauer improved to 9-1 on the season, striking out three in 4.1 innings, giving up three runs, six hits and two walks. She had 1-2-3 innings in the second and fourth. Selina Ta’amilo earned her third save of the year with two shut-out frames of relief, giving up just one hit and retiring the final five batters she faced. Ally Carda pitched 0.2 of an inning and gave up two runs, one hit and four walks.
California (32-12, 5-10) plated a pair in the first on an RBI double by Kobie Pettis and a run-scoring single from Britt Vonk.
The Bruins tied things up in the second. With one out, three consecutive singles by Gabrielle Maurice, Mysha Sataraka and Gracie Goulder cut UCLA’s deficit in half. A sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Allexis Bennett brought in Sataraka to even things at two.
UCLA posted two more runs in the fourth. With two outs and Bennett on first after reaching on a fielder’s choice, Delaney Spaulding hit a line-drive laser over the wall in left to take the team lead in home runs with 10 to put the home squad up 4-2.
The Golden Bears scratched across a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Cheyenne Cordes to make it 4-3, but the Bruins added two more in their half of the fifth. LaRosa led off the frame with a homer to left center to make it 5-3. Maddy Jelenicki followed with a double to left, moved to third on a Maurice sacrifice and scored on a Sataraka sacrifice fly to left to extend the lead to 6-3.
California cut its deficit to one with two runs in the sixth, but a big play in the outfield kept it from being a tie game. With the bases loaded, Danielle Henderson drew a walk to make it 6-4. Jazmyn Jackson followed with a single down the right field line to score Brianna Massey to make it 6-5, but Vanessa Alvarez was cut down at the plate on a great throw by Perez in right to keep it a one-run game.
The Bruins posted a pair of insurance runs in their half of the sixth. With one out, Spaulding walked, and one out later, Carda drew a free pass. LaRosa followed with a single to right to plate Spaulding to make it 7-5. Jelenicki then grounded one to Vonk at short, but the throw pulled Pettis off the bag, allowing Carda to tally the Bruins’ eighth run.