Fun-Filled Afternoon Sees 2008 Bruins Edge Alumni
Oct. 27, 2007
LOS ANGELES - In an entertaining afternoon at Easton Stadium, the 2008 Bruins scored the only run in the Alumni game and held on for the dramatic victory during the home run derby. Megan Langenfeld drove in the game's only run and then hit six home runs to help the current team to a 10-9 win.
In the regular game, pitching and defense was on display. The 2008 team, which served as the visitors, got a hit to leadoff the contest on a bunt single by freshman Katie Schroeder. But current UCLA assistant coach Lisa Fernandez retired the next three batters in order to end the inning. In the bottom half of the frame, senior Anjelica Selden allowed her assistant coaches and fellow Olympians Fernandez and Natasha Watley to reach base, but did not allow a run.
Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore collected a hit in the top of the second for the current team, but Fernandez again kept the Bruins off the scoreboard. The Alumni got a single by Jaisa Creps in the bottom of the inning, but Langenfeld induced an inning-ending double play off the bat of former teammate Lisa Dodd to keep the game scoreless.
The third inning went 1-2-3 for both teams, despite the Alumni starting the bottom of the third with runners at third and second. Sophomore Whitney Baker retired three straight batters to end the threat.
In the top of the fourth, the Bruins started with freshmen Lauren Mirabal at second and Amy Crawford at first. Senior Krista Colburn reached to load the bases and Langenfeld followed with a base hit to right-center. The highlight of the inning for the Alumni was a dazzling defensive play in center field by Shana Stewart, who gunned down Crawford at third base. Freshman Donna Kerr retired the Alumni in order in the bottom of the fourth to keep the score at 1-0.
The festivities turned to the home run derby after that, with the number of homers by both teams adding to the regular game score. Each team designated two players to hit and were limited to three outs. Langenfeld and junior Jennifer Schroeder hit for the 2008 Bruins, while Olympian Stacey Nuveman and Jodie Legaspi batted for the Alumni. After the first round, the Alumni tied the overall score at three and jumped out to a huge advantage during Legaspi's second round, as the former Bruin hit four out to give the Alumni a 7-3 lead.
But Langenfeld tied things back up with five in her second round, while Nuveman added one, to make it 8-8. That forced a one-swing tiebreaker, but after home runs by Schroeder and Legaspi, the score remain tied at nine. In the next tiebreaker, Schroeder's homer was the clinching one to give the 2008 Bruins the 10-9 victory.
The '08 Bruins finish their 2007 Fall schedule over the next two weeks. UCLA hosts a doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 2, facing Cal Baptist at 1 p.m. and Mt. San Antonio College at 3 p.m. The Fall schedule concludes with the Bruins hosting Cerritos JC on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 12:30 p.m. and Biola on Friday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m.
Admission to all Fall contests is free. Parking is $8 in Lot 11.
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