SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – No. 14 UCLA lashed four home runs during the opening game of a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader and swatted four more during the second matchup as the Cal Poly softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader against the Bruins, falling 14-0, in five innings, and 14-5.
The 14 runs scored by UCLA during each game matched a year-old program record for total runs conceded by Cal Poly. The 18 hits collected during the second game by UCLA, meanwhile, established a new opponent record.
During Tuesday's nightcap, UCLA (23-6) struck the opening blow during the top of the first with first baseman Andrea Harrison doubling into right center field to plate Bruin center fielder Katie Schroeder.
Held to a single hit during the first two innings against UCLA starting righthander Ally Carda (11-2), the Mustangs responded during the bottom half of the third to deadlock the scoreline as sophomore shortstop Kim Westlund and sophomore first baseman Madi Vogelsang (above) swatted successive doubles.
UCLA, however, responded immediately with a four-run fourth inning highlighted by a two-run single from Schroeder. Rightfielder B.B. Bates opened a three-run Bruin fifth inning with a solo homer while third baseman Stephany LaRosa kickstarted a two-run UCLA sixth with another homer to provide the visitors a 10-1 lead.
The Mustangs (7-20) returned during the bottom half of the sixth to take back four runs as junior right fielder Trista Thomas and senior left fielder Nora Sobczak provided run-scoring hits before Westlund halved the UCLA lead to 10-5 with a two-out single that plated sophomore second baseman Jillian Andersen and Thomas.
Not to be outdone, UCLA capped the day with a four-run seventh inning that featured two-run homers from Schroeder and Harrison.
Freshman righthander Jordan Yates (0-4) struck out four Bruins during the second game, but suffered the loss for Cal Poly.
During Tuesday's opener, LaRosa provided UCLA a 1-0 lead during the top of the first with a one-out solo homer to right center. LaRosa then returned during the second to swat a three-run homer that comprised a five-run inning by the Bruins.
UCLA added a single run during the third through a two-out, run-scoring double from second baseman Talee Snow, who also punched a three-run homer to center field in the fourth as the Bruins exploded for seven runs to grab a 14-0 lead.
Cal Poly's best chance to break through against UCLA starting lefthander Jessica Hall (10-3) during the opening game came during the fifth, as a two-out single from junior center fielder Whitley Gerhart advanced senior right fielder Nicole Lund to second base. Sobczak, however, struck out to end the game.
Freshman lefthander Chloe Wurst (2-10) tossed three and one-third innings in suffering the opening-game loss for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly closes its 10-game home stand and opens its 16th season of Big West competition with a three-game set against Cal State Fullerton. The series kicks off with a 12 noon doubleheader on Saturday, March 31 before closing with a 12 noon single game the following Sunday. Cal Poly, which finished seventh in the Big West standings last season with a 7-14 mark, has swept the last two home series from Cal State Fullerton (2010, 2008). Cal State Fullerton, which finished third in the conference standings a year ago at 12-9, is idle until opening Big West play against the Mustangs.