#4 UCLA Softball Marches to Victory Over Eastern Michigan
March 1, 2008
SAN DIEGO - Sophomore Megan Langenfeld went 3-for-3 with three RBI at the plate and tossed a one-hitter in the circle, striking out six, as the fourth-ranked Bruins beat Eastern Michigan 8-0 in six innings on Saturday at the San Diego Classic.
The Bruins, who improve to 17-2 with their 11th straight victory, face #20 San Diego State at 2 p.m. in their second game of the day.
Freshman Samantha Camuso went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and senior Krista Colburn had a 2-for-3 effort with two RBI. Langenfeld improved to 2-0 on the season, facing the minimum of 18 batters. The only hit for Eastern Michigan (5-10) was a leadoff single in the second by Heather Han. Langenfeld retired the final 15 and tossed the third one-hitter of the weekend for a Bruin pitcher.
For the 14th time in 19 games, UCLA scored in its initial at-bat, raising its record to 14-0 when crossing home plate in the first. With one out, junior Amanda Kamekona walked and advanced to third on a single to right by freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore. Langenfeld followed with a sacrifice fly to left to plate Kamekona and put the Bruins ahead 1-0.
In the bottom of the second, sophomore Julie Burney hit a one-out grounder to second that went through Jessica Grant's legs and scooted to the wall, allowing Burney to reach third. One out later, Colburn doubled down the left-field line to score Burney and make it 2-0. The Bruins continued their theme of one run per inning in the third. Kamekona led off with a walk, moved to second on a groundout by DiSalvatore and scored on a single to right by Langenfeld.
Tired of just one run an inning, the Bruins brought in four in the fourth. Burney led off with a walk and was pinch-run for by freshman Lauren Mirabal, who stole second and moved to third on an infield single by sophomore Kaila Shull. After Shull stole second, Colburn hit a fly ball to center field, but it went off Jenny Scherer's glove, allowing Mirabal to score and make it 4-0.
Following a groundout by Kamekona that moved Shull and Colburn up a base, DiSalvatore walked to load the bases. Langenfeld then drove in her third run of the game with a single to right to score Shull to make it 5-0 and a two-run single up the middle by Camuso plated Colburn and DiSalvatore to extend UCLA's lead to 7-0.
In the sixth, the Bruins invoked the mercy rule with a two-out rally. Langenfeld doubled down the right-field line, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a single to left by Camuso to give the Bruins the 8-0 win.
Jaclyn Caro went the first 3 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs (five earned), six hits and six walks. Kari Chambers tossed the last 2 1/3 and allowed a run and three hits with three strikeouts.