April 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES - For the second time in as many days, the No. 9/8 Golden Bear softball team dropped a game to the No. 19/21 Bruins in extra innings. Cal lost 3-2 in nine innings at Easton Stadium Saturday evening to drop to 31-8 overall and 6-5 in Pac-12 play, while UCLA upped its record to 28-13 overall and 5-9 in the conference.
While the Golden Bears registered just three hits, the Bruins connected with the ball 10 times. Freshman Nisa Ontiveros started, tossing four strikeouts while allowing six hits, two walks and an earned run in four innings. Senior ace Jolene Henderson(26-7) pitched nearly equal time with three strikeouts, three walks, four hits and an earned run in a 4.2-inning span.
Bruin counterparts Jessica Hall and Ally Carda combined for nine strikeouts and gave up just two walks. Carda (19-6) earned the win for her five innings of relief work.
UCLA put its first run on the board early when designated player B.B. Bates earned a full-count walk then advanced to second on a passed ball. Shortstop Stephany LaRosa singled to right center and gained an extra two bases on a Cal error in the outfield while Bates came around to score.
The Bruins held on to their 1-0 lead until the bottom of the third. Carda made quick work of a double by LaRosa with her own triple down the right line to drive LaRosa to home plate for a 2-0 score.
The Bears entered the fourth inning without a hit, but the California upperclassmen made sure to change that. Vonk slapped the ball in to play for a base hit before Ziegenhirt sent a ball flying toward Sunset Boulevard for her 15th home run of the season. The two-run bomb matched her season-high 15 homers in her 2010 freshman campaign. Ziegenhirt ranks fourth in the program's career record list with 40 all-time home runs.
The score remain tied well after the seventh inning and in an all-too-familiar frame, the Bruins won the game in the ninth with back-to-back hits. Carda doubled to left center and a single to the same spot by Hall was all it took to deal the Bears loss No. 2 of the series.
The Bruins will seek the series sweep Saturday when the Bears return to Easton Stadium at 1 p.m. for game No. 3.
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