Bruins Rally to Beat Nevada in Nine Innings
May 17, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Freshman Katie Schroeder drove in the game-tying run in the seventh and the go-ahead score in the ninth, while sophomore Megan Langenfeld struck out a career-high 10 in 7 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, as the Bruins came back to defeat Nevada 6-4 in nine innings on Saturday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 47-7 overall and will advance to the Regional Championship on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Wolf Pack fall to 43-17 and will take on Purdue later Saturday night.
Langenfeld was brilliant in relief, allowing no walks and six hits to improve to 8-2 on the season. The 10 strikeouts were two more than her previous career high.
The Bruins, playing as the visiting team, scored in the first inning for the 27th time this season and scored first for the 41st time, remaining undefeated in both instances. With one out, senior Krista Colburn walked and was moved to third on a double by Kamekona, which extended the junior's hitting streak to 13 games. Langenfeld then singled through the right side to score both runners and put the Bruins on top 2-0.
UCLA added another run on one swing of the bat in the top of the second. Freshman Samantha Camuso led off with her third home run of the season to left-center to make it 3-0.
Nevada however rallied for four runs in the second to take a 4-3 lead. An RBI double by Danielle Patrick, a two-run single by Noelle Micka and an RBI single by Brittany Puzey put the Wolf Pack on top by one.
From there, it was a battle of relievers between Langenfeld and Nevada's Richelle Villescas. The two each dueled for scoreless innings in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth.
In the seventh, the Bruins rallied thanks to a pair of errors by the Wolf Pack. With one out, Harrison singled to left and moved to second on a fielding error by Puzey in left. Villescas got the next batter and Nevada was one out away from the upset victory, but Kym Silagyi bobbled a grounder to second by senior Ashley Herrera, putting runners at the corners. Schroeder then came through in the clutch with a single through the right side to even the score at four.
Langenfeld held the Wolf Pack off the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings. After a scoreless eighth, the Bruins scored twice in the top of the ninth to take a 6-4 lead. Harrison led off with a single to right and moved to second on a sacrifice by junior Jennifer Schroeder, while Herrera followed with a single to center to move Harrison to third. Schroeder then played the hero role again, singling to center to score Harrison to give the Bruins a one-run advantage. One out later, Kamekona singled to right to bring in Herrera and extend the UCLA lead to two. Langenfeld retired the Wolf Pack in order in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the win.