Langenfeld's Blast, Kerr's Pitching Leads #2 Bruins Past #8 Northwestern
March 9, 2008
LAKEWOOD, Calif. - Freshman Donna Kerr struck out a career-high 15 in a two-hitter, while sophomore Megan Langenfeld hit a towering, 250-foot home run to straightaway center, as the second-ranked Bruins defeated #8 Northwestern 2-0 on Sunday at the Long Beach State Invitational at Mayfair Park.
The Bruins improve to 24-2 with their 18th straight victory, while the Wildcats fall to 12-6. UCLA is currently playing Long Beach State in its second game of the day.
Kerr improved to 9-1 on the season in the circle, allowing only a pair of singles to Jordan Wheeler and Kelly Dyer.
After three and a half scoreless innings, the Bruins got on the board on one big swing of the bat in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Krista Colburn walked to start off the inning, but was erased at second on a fielder's choice groundout from freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore. Then Langenfeld hit a mammoth shot to the deepest part of Mayfair Park in center, approximately 250 feet away for her third home run of the season.
Kerr was outstanding in the circle, striking out the side in the first and the third. In the sixth, the freshman got out of a big jam. On a hit, an error and a hit by pitch, Northwestern loaded the bases, but Kerr struck out Dyer to end the threat.
Northwestern's Lauren Delaney kept pace with Kerr for the first three innings before surrending Langenfeld's homer. She finished the game with six strikeouts, allowing five hits, two runs and four walks in six innings.