Lions Drop 8-4 Decision to No. 15 UCLA
A middle-inning rally came up just short for the LMU softball team Wednesday as it dropped its final non-conference game of the season, 8-4, to crosstown rival and No. 15/17 ranked UCLA at the Bruins' Easton Stadium.
May 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES - A middle-inning rally came up just short for the LMU softball team Wednesday as it dropped its final non-conference game of the season, 8-4, to crosstown rival and No. 15/17 ranked UCLA at the Bruins' Easton Stadium.
The Lions fell to 30-22 on the season while UCLA moved to 33-17 overall.
Syndey Gouveia (16-4) took the loss for LMU, giving up eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits and three walks. She also struck out seven, increasing her season total to 240.
UCLA's Ally Carda (21-9) fanned seven, walked one and allowed just three hits and one earned run in six complete innings. Reliever Jessica Hall recorded two strikeouts in her one inning of work.
UCLA jumped on the board early, scoring four runs in the first. Stephany LaRosa led off with a solo home run, B.B. Bates followed with a double to center and Mysha Sataraka knocked an RBI-single through the left side for a 2-0 Bruin lead. A fielding error in left field by Meghan von Behren allowed Sataraka to advance to second and she would later scored an unearned run on a Jessica Hall double to right. Another LMU fielding error allowed a fourth run to score before Gracie Goulder flied out to center to end the inning.
La Rosa added a second homer in the second and Bates would also score to make it 6-0 UCLA through two complete.
LMU would cut the spread in half with a three-run fourth. Sterling Shuster drove in Meghan Harman on a double to left and von Behren sent a pair of unearned runs across home plate with a single to right.
The Lions too advantage of a second UCLA error in the sixth, pushed in a fourth run across the plate and cutting the deficit to just two, 6-4. But Bates responded for UCLA with a two-RBI single in the home half of the inning, pushing the team back to four.
LMU looked for one final rally in the top of the seventh, but after issuing von Behren a lead off walk, UCLA closer Hall recorded three consecutive outs to secure the victory.
Harman, Shuster and von Behren accounted for the Lions three hits in the game while Shuster and von Behren each had two RBIs. Bates led the Bruins with three hits and two RBIs while LaRosa and Goulder collected two hits apiece.
LMU closes out the regular season on May 4-5, hosting Pacific Coast Softball Conference foe Utah Valley in a four-game series. First pitch Saturday is at 10 a.m. while Sunday's doubleheader begins at noon. The Lions' seven seniors will also be honored in a pre game ceremony prior to Sunday's first pitch.