Top-Ranked Bruins Knock Off UC Santa Barbara 7-2 in First Game of Twinbill

March 25, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Junior Amanda Kamekona and freshman Katie Schroeder each went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while senior Anjelica Selden struck out 12, as the top-ranked Bruins defeated UC Santa Barbara 7-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.

The Bruins, who moved up to the #1 ranking in the country in Tuesday's ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, improve to 27-3 on the season. The Gauchos fall to 15-13.

Selden scattered five hits and two runs to improve to 13-2 on the season. The senior struck out the side in the second, third and fourth. Sophomore Megan Langenfeld came in the game in the sixth and retired all six batters she faced, striking out three.

Along with the three-hit games for Kamekona and Schroeder, freshman Samantha Camuso added a multiple-hit contest with a 2-for-4 effort.

The Bruins recorded singles in each of the first four innings, but were unable to get a runner past second base. In the fifth, UCLA finally broke through with three runs. With one out, sophomore Julie Burney was hit by a pitch and was pinch-run for by freshman Amy Crawford. Schroeder and Kamekona followed with back-to-back singles, with Kamekona's base knock driving in Crawford to break the scoreless tie.

Senior Krista Colburn then walked to load the bases and another free pass to freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore brought in Schroeder for the Bruins' second run. After sophomore Megan Langenfeld was retired for the second out on a line drive to short, Camuso picked her up with a single up the middle to score Kamekona and put the Bruins ahead 3-0.

UCLA broke it open with four more in the top of the sixth. Junior Jennifer Schroeder singled to right and was pinch-run for by freshman Grace Murray. One out later, Katie Schroeder singled to left and Kamekona hit a ground-rule double to left to plate Murray and make it 4-0. A two-run single by Colburn scored Katie Schroeder and Kamekona to put the Bruins up 6-0. Colburn then moved to second on a ground out by DiSalvatore and scored on a single to center by Langenfeld to increase UCLA's lead to 7-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Gauchos got on the board on one swing of the bat. Katie McWhirter led off with a walk and Tisha Duran homered to center to make it a 7-2 game.

Lindsey Correa tossed the first 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs, 10 hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. MeLinda Matsumoto pitched the last 1 2/3 innings, giving up two hits and a run with one strikeout.

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