Bruins Blast Past Fullerton in Regional Opener

May 16, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Junior Amanda Kamekona belted a pair of home runs, while senior Krista Colburn added another bomb, as the Bruins powered their way to an 8-3 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the Los Angeles Regional opener on Friday at Easton Stadium.

The Bruins, seeded second overall in the NCAA Tournament, improve to 46-7 on the season and face Nevada on Saturday at 3 p.m. Nevada moved on to the winners bracket with a 4-1 win over Purdue in the first game of the day. Cal State Fullerton falls to 27-27-1 and will face Purdue in the second game on Saturday to begin 30 minutes after the UCLA-Nevada tilt.

Senior Anjelica Selden improved to 25-3 on the season, striking out eight and allowing three runs (one earned), three hits and two walks. Sophomore Megan Langenfeld tossed a 1-2-3 seventh inning to clinch the victory.

Kamekona was one of four Bruins to record two hits, as UCLA had 10 as a team. Senior Ashley Herrera and freshmen Samantha Camuso and Katie Schroeder also had two-hit performances. The top three hitters in the Bruin lineup, Schroeder, Colburn and Kamekona combined to go 5-for-10 with seven RBI.

For just the 13th time this season, the Bruins did not score first, as just two pitches in Katie Gollhardt hit a solo home run to left-center to put the Titans ahead 1-0.

In the third, UCLA took the lead for good with a three-run inning. Herrera slapped a one-out single to right-center and was moved to third on a double by Schroeder to left-center. Colburn followed with a sacrifice fly to left to plate Herrera and even the game at one. Kamekona broke the tie though in the next at-bat, hammering a 2-1 pitch down the left-field line to put the Bruins ahead 3-1.

UCLA added two more in the fourth thanks to a Fullerton miscue. Camuso led off with an infield single to the 5-6 hole and moved to second on a chopper to short by freshman Monica Harrison. Junior Jennifer Schroeder then lifted a fly ball to right, but it bounced in and out of Sheila Holguin's glove, allowing Camuso to score and make it a 4-1 contest. With Jennifer Schroeder advancing to second on the play and replaced by freshman pinch-runner Lauren Mirabal, Herrera laid down a perfect bunt single to move Mirabal to third and Katie Schroeder hit a scoring fly ball to left to plate Mirabal and put the Bruins on top 5-1.

Fullerton rallied back to score twice in the sixth. Gollhardt reached on an error to lead off, but was erased on a fielder's choice ground out to shortstop by K.C. Craddick. Consecutive walks to Kiki Munoz and Lauren Lupinetti loaded the bases for Crystal Vieyra, who singled through the left side to score Craddick and make it 5-2. With the bases still full of Titans, Holguin brought home pinch-runner Vina Rodriguez on a sacrifice fly to right to pull Fullerton to within two at 5-3.

But the Bruins ended any thoughts of a Titan comeback with two home runs in the bottom of the inning. Fullerton reliever Jessica Doucette retired the first two batters, but Katie Schroeder reached on a bunt single in front of the plate and Colburn followed with her second home run of the season to left on a 2-1 pitch to make it a four-run lead again at 7-3. Kamekona then smoked a 1-1 offering out to left-center for her second homer of the evening and team-leading 13th of the season to up the lead to 8-3.

Christine Hiner (14-14) started for Fullerton and allowed three runs, four hits and one walk in three innings with one strikeout. Doucette tossed the last three frames, giving up five runs (three earned) and six hits with one strikeout.

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