Softball Falls to LMU at NCAA Regional
May 19, 2007
LOS ANGELES - UCLA softball saw its 2007 season come to a close on Saturday night at Easton Stadium, falling to Loyola Marymount by a 4-2 margin. The Lions advance to the championship game of the Los Angeles regional where they will play Hawai'i at 2:30 pm PT. The Lions must win twice in order to advance to Super Regionals, while the Rainbow Wahine require just one win to advance.
There was no miraculous rally, no big hit in the clutch, no magic atthe end.
The Bruins dropped consecutive games to Hawaii 5-3 and LoyolaMarymount 4-2 Saturday night and were eliminated from the NCAAtournament.
The Bruins rallied with two runs in the sixth inning and loaded thebases in the seventh. They even got a pinch hit from 2004 WorldSeries' hero Kristen Dedmon, but could go no further.
'We fought down to our last swing,' senior shortstop Jodie Legaspisaid. 'That's what we do as Bruins. That's what we live by. If weonly have one swing left, we're going to go down with that lastswing.'
Hawaii scored two runs on Brandi Peiler's two-run double in the topof the eighth. LMU jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Megan Ackermann'sthree-run home run in the bottom of the fourth and held off the Bruinsrally in the seventh to pull out the victory.
Anjelica Selden took the loss for UCLA in the nightcap. She gave upfour runs in 4.2 innings. Freshman Megan Langenfeld came on in reliefand held the Lions scoreless the last 1.1 innings, but the deficit wastoo much to overcome.
The Bruins beat LMU 6-3 on Friday night, but that was beforeAckermann went on a tear at the plate.
The former Westlake High standout was 3 for 6 on Saturday with sevenRBI, blasted a grand slam home run in LMU's 5-3 victory over UC SantaBarbara earlier in the evening.
'You never like to end a season,' first-year UCLA coach KellyInouye-Perez said. 'As Bruins, we're always planning to get to theend. It's part of our culture. Tonight, we simply ran out of time.'
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