Bruin Softball Sweeps Nevada, Oklahoma on Opening Day
Feb. 8, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The 10th-ranked UCLA softball team opened up its 2008 campaign in impressive fashion with victories over Nevada and #5 Oklahoma. The Bruins recorded a 10-1, five-inning win against the Wolf Pack before knocking off the Sooners 6-1 during the first day of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament at Easton Stadium on Friday.
In game one, the Bruins, playing as the visiting team, pounded out 12 hits against the Wolf Pack and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first thanks to three Nevada errors. Freshman Katie Schroeder led off by reaching on an error by Nevada third baseman Kelsey Starr and advanced to second on a bunt by Ashley Herrera. After senior Krista Colburn drew a walk, sophomore Megan Langenfeld reached on an error by shortstop Sam Bias to load the bases. Schroeder was forced at home plate on a groundball by junior Amanda Kamekona for the second out, but freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore put the Bruins on the board with a two-run single to left to plate Colburn and Langenfeld. A third run came across on the next batter when freshman Samantha Camuso singled home Kamekona.The Wolf Pack got one back in the bottom of the second. Kim Silagyi reached second after an infield single and a Bruin throwing error and consecutive hit by pitches loaded the bases. Danielle Patrick then drove in Nevada's lone run with a sacrifice fly to right to plate Silagyi.
The Bruins broke it open with five runs in the fourth. Following a one-out single by Schroeder, Herrera laid down a perfect bunt at the plate for a hit, and when Starr's throw to first sailed down the right-field line, Schroeder came around to score. UCLA loaded the bases after a single by Colburn and a walk to Langenfeld and Kamekona made it a 6-1 game on a double to left to plate Herrera and Colburn. Another double by DiSalvatore, which scored Langenfeld and Kamekona, put the Bruins up 8-1.
UCLA invoked the mercy rule with a pair in the fifth. Sophomore Julie Burney led off with a single and was pinch-run for by freshman Lauren Mirabal. One out later, Mirabal stole second and moved to third on a bunt single by Herrera. The Bruins then executed a perfect double steal, with Herrera running down to second and Mirabal scampering home to make it 9-1. One batter later, Langenfeld's RBI groundout to score Herrera made it 10-1.
Langenfeld gave up just three hits and a walk in four innings, fanning three. Sophomore Whitney Baker tossed the final inning and allowed one hit while striking out two. DiSalvatore went 2-for-3 with four RBI, while Herrera, Kamekona and Schroeder also had two-hit games.
For Nevada, Jordan McPherson allowed eight runs (five earned) and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings, while Katie Holverson pitched the final 1 2/3 frames, giving up two runs (one earned) and two hits with three strikeouts. Silagyi had two hits for the Wolf Pack.
In game two, the Bruins again struck early with two runs in the first. Schroeder and Herrera reached on consecutive bunt singles, and then on back-to-back pitches, both players moved up on a stolen base. Colburn made it 1-0 on a sacrifice fly to center to score Schroeder. Langenfeld then doubled to center to cash in Herrera to put UCLA on top 2-0.
The Sooners cut their deficit in half with a run in the top of the second when Savannah Long doubled home Traci Dickenson, but the Bruins got the run right back in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Burney singled and Schroeder walked. Herrera followed with a single to third and a bad throw by third baseman Dani Dobbs plated Burney to make it 3-1.
The Bruins added two more in the third on another two-out rally. DiSalvatore doubled to right-center and Camuso launched her first collegiate home run to center to make it 5-1. UCLA notched one more in the fifth on yet another two-out hit when Burney singled home Camuso to make it 6-1.
Freshman Donna Kerr made her first collegiate start in the circle and struck out nine, allowing four hits and three walks. Herrera added three hits to finish the day 5-for-6, while DiSalvatore posted her second two-hit contest. Burney, Camuso and Langenfeld also had two hits apiece.
Lauren Eckermann allowed six runs (five earned) and 13 hits in five innings. Morgan Hudsonpillar tossed the final inning and struck out one.
The Bruins return to the field on Saturday when they face Santa Clara at 1 p.m. and UC Santa Barbara at 3:30 p.m. The UCSB-UCLA contest will be broadcast live on UCLABruins.com with Darren Preston at the call.
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