Langenfeld Solid in Relief for #1 UCLA in 3-1 Win Over #7 Stanford
April 4, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Megan Langenfeld tossed 3 2/3 hitless innings of relief, striking out four to improve to 5-0 on the season, as the top-ranked Bruins defeated #7 Stanford 3-1 on Friday at Easton Stadium.
Winners of 27 of their last 28, the Bruins move to 33-3 overall and 5-0 in Pacific-10 Conference play. The victory marks the first time since 2000 that UCLA has won its first five league games. Stanford falls to 33-6 and 0-4 in Pac-10 action.
Langenfeld allowed only two base runners on a pair of walks in relief of senior Anjelica Selden, who gave up one run, four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. UCLA was held to four hits, with doubles by junior Amanda Kamekona and freshman Monica Harrison and singles by freshmen Samantha Camuso and GiOnna DiSalvatore.
Stanford drew first blood, getting on the board in the first at-bat of the game when Alissa Haber raked her sixth home run of the season to right field.
The Cardinal had a chance to extend their advantage in the second, but left the bases loaded. With two outs, Erin Howe and Anna Beardman had back-to-back singles and Haber walked to load them up, but Selden induced Tricia Aggabao into a ground out to second to end the threat.
In the bottom of the inning, the Bruins evened the game at one. DiSalvatore led off with a walk and was moved over to second on a ground out by Langenfeld. Camuso then singled through the right side and when the ball went past Beardman to the wall, DiSalvatore scored to make it 1-1.
UCLA took the lead in the third with a pair of runs. Junior Jennifer Schroeder reached on a fielding error by second baseman Shannon Koplitz to start off and was pinch-run for by freshman Lauren Mirabal. One out later, Mirabal moved to second on a wild pitch and senior Krista Colburn walked to put two Bruins on. Kamekona followed with an RBI double to left-center to plate Mirabal and give UCLA a 2-1 lead. DiSalvatore made it a 3-1 game on a single through the right side to score Colburn, however Beardman made up for her error by gunning down Kamekona at home plate to keep it a two-run ball game.
Stanford squandered chances to score in the third, fourth and sixth, stranding two in each inning. Selden hit back-to-back batters with one out in the third, but the senior retired Koplitz and Melisa Koutz on ground outs to end the frame. In the fourth, Beardman singled and Haber walked with one out. Langenfeld came in to replace Selden in the circle and got the Bruins out of the inning on a fielder's choice grounder and a pop up. The Cardinal couldn't capitalize on a leadoff error and a two-out single in the sixth, as Langenfeld fanned Aggabao looking to keep the Bruins ahead by a pair.
Missy Penna went the distance for Stanford, allowing three runs (one earned), four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Beardman had two of the four Cardinal hits.
The Bruins continue their seven-game homestand on Saturday when they host #21 California at 3 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
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