No. 7 UCLA storms back to defeat Oregon State behind four home runs
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Sophomore Delaney Spaulding recorded the first two-homer game of her career on Sunday, while senior Stephany LaRosa and sophomore Gabrielle Maurice also left the yard, as the seventh-ranked Bruins scored nine unanswered runs to post an 11-6 comeback victory against Oregon State at the OSU Softball Complex.
The Bruins won their ninth in a row and improve to 40-8 overall and 14-3 in Pac-12 play, while the Beavers fell to 25-22 and 5-15 in league action.
Ten of the Bruins’ 11 hits came from the quartet of LaRosa, Maurice, Spaulding and junior Allexis Bennett. Spaulding was 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs, LaRosa was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs and Bennett and Maurice each went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.
Senior Ally Carda earned the win to move to 22-4 on the year, striking out six in six innings and giving up two runs, seven hits and two walks. She had two strikeouts in the second and fourth and a 1-2-3 frame in the sixth. Freshman Selina Ta’amilo started and gave up four runs, three hits and one walk in one-plus inning with one strikeout.
The Bruins scored single runs in each of the first two innings. Spaulding led off the game with a walk, moved to second on a ground out by freshman Kylee Perez and scored one out later on a double to left-center by LaRosa.
In the second, Maurice drew a free pass to open the inning, advanced to second on a sacrifice from freshman Maddy Jelenicki, moved to third on a passed ball and scored one batter later on a squeeze bunt by Bennett to make it 2-0.
Oregon State came back to send 11 to the plate in its half of the second, scoring six times on RBI singles by CJ Chirichigno and McKenna Arriola, a three-run triple from Lovie Lopez and a run-scoring single by Mikela Manewa.
One swing of the bat in the third got the Bruins back to within a pair, as Carda walked and LaRosa went the opposite way to right for her 11th homer of the season to make it 6-4.
In the fourth, Bennett singled through the 5-6 hole with one out and Spaulding doubled to right-center to cut the Bruins’ deficit to 6-5.
Maurice then gave the Bruins the lead in the fifth. LaRosa led off with her second double of the game, and one out later, Maurice launched her fourth homer of the season to left-center to put UCLA up 7-6.
Spaulding added to the Bruins’ home run tally in the sixth, connecting on her 11th of the season to center to get level with LaRosa to put UCLA ahead 8-6.
UCLA completed its scoring with three in the seventh. With one out, junior Mysha Sataraka doubled to right-center, moved to third on a ground out by senior Gracie Goulder and scored on a single through the 5-6 hole by Bennett to make it 9-6. Two pitches later, Spaulding recorded her team-best 12th homer of the year and the first two-homer game of her career with a shot to right to put the Bruins up 11-6.