Burney Bomb Highlights Exciting Game Between UCLA and Team USA
April 22, 2008
LOS ANGELES - UCLA became just the fifth team to score against Team USA during its KFC Bound 4 Beijing Tour, courtesy of a two-run home run by sophomore Julie Burney in the second inning, but USA Softball flexed its power with four home runs en route to a 8-2 victory on Tuesday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins had seven hits in the game, with senior Krista Colburn recording a single and a double. Also getting singles were sophomore Megan Langenfeld and freshmen Samantha Camuso, GiOnna DiSalvatore and Monica Harrison, as UCLA had at least one base runner in every inning but the seventh.
Senior Anjelica Selden started and allowed four hits, four runs and one walk in 2 2/3 innings with two strikeouts. Langenfeld came in the game in the third and pitched four-plus innings, giving up four runs, five hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Freshman Donna Kerr recorded the final out against Team USA on a foul out, also giving up a walk.
Former Bruin Lisa Fernandez pitched 6 2/3 innings in the circle, allowing two runs, seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts. She also doubled in her lone at-bat in the seventh inning. Andrea Duran had a happy homecoming with a 2-for-4, two RBI game that included a home run, while Natasha Watley had an RBI single in the third inning. Also making their returns to Easton Stadium were Tairia Mims Flowers and Stacey Nuveman.
Selden retired Team USA in order in the first on three ground outs and the Bruins got the game's first hit in the bottom of the inning on a one-out double by Colburn. In the top of the second, USA Softball jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a homer by Crystl Bustos to left-center.
But the lead was short-lived for Team USA, as the Bruins bounced back with two in the bottom of the inning. With one out and Camuso on first, Burney launched a home run over the left-field wall to put UCLA on top 2-1.
In the third, Team USA rallied for three runs. Lovie Jung led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Flowers. After Jung moved to third on a ground out to short by Caitlin Lowe, Watley slapped a ball to shortstop and beat out the throw for an infield single, bringing in Jung to tie the score at two. Watley then stole second and Jessica Mendoza belted a homer to straightaway center to put USA Softball up 4-2.
Team USA hit another one out in the top of the fourth as Duran led off the inning with a home run to put Team USA ahead 5-2.
Langenfeld was strong in relief, but the Team USA bats were too much as they scored three in the seventh. Lowe led off with a homer to right, but Langenfeld retired the next two batters. Fernandez then sparked a rally, doubling to right-center. She was pinch-run for by Laura Berg, and after a walk to Kelly Kretschman, Duran singled to left to plate Berg and make it a 7-2 game. Kretschman closed out the scoring with Team USA's eighth run, coming around to score when Nuveman reached on a fielder's choice.
Fernandez was taken out of the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and greeted with a standing ovation. Jennie Finch retired the final batter of the contest for Team USA.
The fourth-ranked Bruins resume Pac-10 play on Friday when they play at #21 California at 3 p.m. UCLA then heads to Stanford to take on the seventh-ranked Cardinal on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. Gametracker will be available for all three games at UCLABruins.com, while live video streaming will be available at GoStanford.com for the two contests at Stanford.