#4 Bruins Beat Cal Poly, Comeback to Down San Diego State
Feb. 8, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The fourth-ranked Bruins defeated Cal Poly 6-1 in their first game of the day and came back to beat #25 San Diego State 6-2 in nine innings on a walk-off grand slam by junior Kaila Shull during the final day of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament on Sunday at Easton Stadium.
With the wins, the Bruins improve to 3-1 on the season.
In Saturday's opener against Cal Poly, sophomore Donna Kerr struck out 10 for the second straight start, allowing only three hits, one walk and one run in a complete-game effort. At the plate, the Bruins pounded out 12 hits, including two apiece by juniors Julie Burney, Megan Langenfeld and Kaila Shull and sophomores GiOnna DiSalvatore and Katie Schroeder.
After two and a half scoreless innings, the Bruins scored four times in the third. Schroeder led off with a single to left-center, stole second and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Monica Harrison. DiSalvatore drove in the game's first run on a single to center to make it 1-0 Bruins. Following a walk to senior Amanda Kamekona, Langenfeld doubled to right-center to plate DiSalvatore and make it 2-0. One out later, a Shull double to right to score Kamekona and Langenfeld put the Bruins ahead 4-0.
In the fourth, Schroeder belted her third home run of the weekend to left with one out to make it 5-0. UCLA tacked on another in the fifth. With one out, back-to-back doubles by Shull and freshman Dani Yudin put the Bruins ahead 6-0.
The Mustangs (2-2) broke through in the top of the sixth when Melissa Pura doubled home Stephanie Tam to make it 6-1. But Kerr retired the final four batters of the game to earn the win. The sophomore retired the Mustangs in order in the first, fifth and seventh innings, striking out the side in the fifth.
Helen Pena started for Cal Poly, allowing four runs, five hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings with two strikeouts. Anna Cahn tossed the last 3 2/3 frames, giving up two runs, seven hits and one walk with one strikeout.
In the nightcap, the game started as a pitcher's duel between Langenfeld and San Diego State's Bailey Micetich. Micetich tossed five scoreless innings before giving way to Samantha Beasley, who held the Bruins off the scoreboard for the final two frames of regulation, while Langenfeld gave up just one hit in the first seven. The junior retired the first 12 batters she faced and struck out the side in the first inning.
Scoreless going into the top of the eighth and with the international tiebreaker rule in effect, San Diego State placed Felicia Reifschneider at second base. After Traci Wolf bunted her to third, Monica Alnes reached on a fielding error by DiSalvatore at first, allowing Reifschneider to give the Aztecs a 1-0 lead. Alnes advanced to second on the play and was pinch-run for by Katy Erickson, who came around to score on a single by Christine Kulick to make it 2-0.
In the bottom of the eighth, sophomore Grace Murray started at second base and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Yudin. Andrea Harrison then blasted a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right-center to knot the game at two. The bomb was the freshman's first collegiate home run.
San Diego State (2-2) did not score in the top of the ninth, with DiSalvatore starting the bottom of the inning at second for the Bruins. After DiSalvatore moved to third on a wild pitch, Beasley intentionally walked Kamekona and Langenfeld to set up a force at all bases. But Shull quickly ended things, hammering an 0-2 offering to left-center for a walk-off home run. It was the junior's first homer of the season.
Langenfeld tossed 7 1/3 innings, allowing two unearned runs and two hits while striking out eight. Kerr earned the win in relief, her second of the evening, tossing 1 2/3 scoreless frames and fanning a pair. Offensively, Andrea Harrison had two of the Bruins' seven hits.
Beasley was saddled with the loss for the Aztecs, allowing six runs (four earned), three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
The Bruins head to Las Vegas next weekend for the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. On Friday, UCLA faces UNLV at 6 p.m. and Northwestern at 8:15 p.m. On Saturday, the Bruins take on Michigan at 1:30 p.m. and Kentucky at 3:45 p.m. before concluding the tournament against South Dakota State on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. All games on Friday and Saturday will take place at UNLV's Eller Media Stadium, while Sunday's contest will be played at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in Henderson.