Another Late Surge Helps Bruins Complete Doubleheader Sweep at UCSB

March 25, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Sophomore Megan Langenfeld and freshman Katie Schroeder each had three hits, while freshman Donna Kerr struck out 10 in a complete-game victory, as the top-ranked Bruins combined for seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings for the second straight game to beat UC Santa Barbara 8-1 in the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader.

The Bruins conclude their non-conference schedule with a 28-3 record, while the Gauchos fall to 15-14.

Kerr improved to 11-1 on the season, striking out the side in the seventh and a pair in the second, fourth and fifth innings. Sophomore Kaila Shull and freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore each added 2-for-4 efforts for the Bruins, who pounded out 13 hits.

The Bruins produced a two-out rally in the top of the first to jump out to an early 1-0 lead. Senior Krista Colburn walked, moved to second on a single to left by DiSalvatore and scored on a single to right by Langenfeld.

In the fifth, UCLA sent 10 batters to the plate, bringing home four runs. Shull got the inning started with a single up the middle and scored on a double to center by Schroeder. The Bruins then upped their lead to 3-0 on a double by junior Amanda Kamekona that scored Schroeder. After Colburn moved Kamekona to third on a ground out, DiSalvatore singled to left to drive in Kamekona and make it 4-0. Langenfeld followed with a single to right and freshman Samantha Camuso doubled to right to score DiSalvatore to put UCLA ahead 5-0.

The Bruins loaded the bases to start the sixth inning when Schroeder singled up the middle, Kamekona reached on an error by shortstop Jessica Beristianos and Colburn walked. Schroeder was retired at home for the first out of the inning when DiSalvatore reached on a fielder's choice ground out to first, but Langenfeld drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Kamekona and make it 6-0. Colburn was thrown out at home for the second out when Camuso tapped back to the circle, however another UCSB error brought in two more runs on the next play. Freshman Monica Harrison slapped a ball to second and Christine Ramos misplayed it, allowing both DiSalvatore and Langenfeld to score to put the Bruins ahead 8-0.

The Gauchos scored their lone run in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Jessica Ziegler tripled to center and scored on a passed ball to make it an 8-1 game.

Tami Weston started and went the first 4 1/3 innings for UCSB, allowing five runs, nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts. MeLinda Matsumoto pitched the final 2 2/3 frames, giving up three unearned runs, four hits and three walks.

The Bruins open up Pac-10 Conference play this weekend when they host the Oregon schools at Easton Stadium. UCLA faces Oregon State on Friday at 1 p.m. and Oregon on Saturday (3 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.).

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