Second-Seeded Bruins Knock Off #15 Georgia in Game 1 of Super Regionals
May 24, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Senior Anjelica Selden struck out 11 and surpassed the 1,400 career strikeout barrier, while sophomore Megan Langenfeld and freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore each drove in a pair of runs, as the second-seeded Bruins took game one of the Los Angeles Super Regional with a 6-1 victory over #15 Georgia on Saturday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 49-7 with the win, while the Bulldogs fall to 46-23. The two teams play again Sunday at 4 p.m., with an if necessary game following 30 minutes later if Georgia wins the first contest. The game(s) will be aired live on ESPN2 and can be heard over the internet at UCLABruins.com.
Selden allowed just one run and four hits with no walks in her team-leading 24th complete game of the season to improve to 27-3. The 11 strikeouts marked her 12th double-figure strikeout game of the year and the 66th of her career.
Freshman Samantha Camuso had two of the Bruins' five hits for her 18th multiple-hit game of the season. Langenfeld's two-RBI contest was her team-best 12th multi-RBI game, while DiSalvatore's was her 10th multiple-RBI game of the year.
The Bulldogs drew first blood in the top of the first inning when Megan Wiggins hit a 2-2 offering over the right-field wall to put Georgia on top 1-0. It was Wiggins' seventh homer of the season.
But the Bruins fired back with two in the bottom of the frame to take the lead, marking the 29th time this season they have scored in their first at-bat. Freshman Katie Schroeder led off with a walk. Senior Krista Colburn then laid down a sacrifice bunt in front of the circle, but first baseman Brianna Hesson's throw to first pulled second baseman Sojourner Moody off the bag, putting runners at first and second. Following a bunt by junior Amanda Kamekona that moved Schroeder to third and Colburn to second, Langenfeld doubled to the left-center field gap to bring home both runners and put UCLA ahead 2-1.
UCLA extended its lead thanks to another Georgia miscue in the third. Langenfeld started things off by drawing a walk and was pinch-run for by freshman Lauren Mirabal. After DiSalvatore sacrificed Mirabal to second, Camuso sent a grounder to second. But Moody had it get by her and into the outfield for a two-base error, allowing Mirabal to score to make it 3-1.
In the top of the fifth, Selden, UCLA's all-time strikeout leader, reached a milestone, fanning her 1,400th career batter on a strikeout of Victoria Sanders to become the eighth Division I player to reach that plateau.
The Bruins doubled their run total in the fifth, extending their lead to 6-1. Langenfeld drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on DiSalvatore's fourth homer of the season to left to make it 5-1. Camuso followed with a double to left and moved to third on a ground out by freshman Monica Harrison. After consecutive walks to junior Jennifer Schroeder and senior Ashley Herrera loaded the bases, Katie Schroeder drew another free pass to bring in Camuso and put the Bruins ahead by five.
The Bulldogs had four hits. Christie Hamilton started in the circle and allowed six runs (four earned), four hits and nine walks with five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Sarah McCloud tossed the last 1 2/3 innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.