LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sophomore second baseman Adrianna Cardoza (Santa Anna, Calif., La Quinta HS) made one of the most incredible plays in CSU Bakersfield softball history on Saturday when she turned a triple play against No. 15 UCLA at Easton Stadium. The Roadrunners were swept by the Bruins in their season-concluding doubleheader as they lost Game 1, 14-0, and fell 8-0 in Game 2.
While the losses ended the season for CSUB (16-22), the ‘Runners will remember Cardoza’s play long after the season was over. In the first inning of Game 2, with CSUB already down 3-0 and the bases loaded with no outs, Cardoza caught a laser line drive. Without hesitating, she stepped on second base to double up a UCLA runner, then quickly threw to first base to double up another. According to available records, the play marked the first triple play in CSUB’s history.
UCLA (35-17) was led by its perennial power hitting, most notably B.B. Bates, one of the nation’s leading home run hitters, who went yard three times on the day and now has 23 on the season. In total, the Bruins hit five homers in the doubleheader.
In Game 1, Bruin pitcher Jessica Hall tossed a no-hitter with five strikeouts, three walks and one hit by a pitch. UCLA scored three runs in the first, added two more in the second, one more in the fourth and then won the game when Stephany LaRosa hit a two-run triple.
In Game 1, UCLA jumped out to a 7-0 in the first inning and never looked back. The Bruins hit three home runs in the game. UCLA starter Ally Carda held the ‘Runners hitless until the top of the fifth when the ‘Runners got three singles. Sophomore catcher Ashley Carter (Tehachapi, Calif., Tehachapi HS), junior right fielder Jazmine Irvine (Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield College) and junior left fielder Karissa Veiga (Hemet, Calif., Hemet HS) all posted hits for CSUB. Unfortunately for the ‘Runners, they couldn’t bring anyone home and the game ended with the mercy rule.