Sixth-Ranked UCLA Completes Perfect Weekend With Two Wins
Feb. 22, 2009
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The sixth-ranked Bruins finished up the weekend at the Cathedral City Softball Classic with a perfect 5-0 record, defeating Maryland 5-0 and #14 Fresno State 10-2 in six innings on Sunday.
In Sunday's opener, junior Megan Langenfeld tossed six perfect innings and ended up with a one-hitter. She struck out six, improving to 3-0 on the season, and also hit her second home run of the season. Sophomore Katie Schroeder had three of the Bruins' nine hits, while freshman Dani Yudin had a pair. The victory was also the 100th of head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez's career.
Langenfeld gave herself all the support she would need in the bottom of the second, leading off with a home run to center to make it 1-0. It marked the 14th straight game to open the season that the Bruins have left the yard.
In the circle, Langenfeld was in command, getting through the first four innings in just 37 pitches. In the fifth, the junior labored a bit by throwing 21 pitches, but again retired the side in order. The longest at-bat of the inning was against Breanna Shaw. The 12-pitch at-bat ended with a Langenfeld strikeout.
In the bottom of the sixth, UCLA (12-2) hit two more home runs to extend its lead. Langenfeld walked to start the inning and was pinch-run for by sophomore Lauren Mirabal. One out later, Mirabal stole second and came in to score on freshman Andrea Harrison's fourth homer of the season to right. Yudin followed with a single up the middle, and with Reed pinch-running for the freshman and stealing second, senior Amanda Kamekona belted her fifth home run of the year to left-center to put the Bruins on top 5-0.
Langenfeld took the perfect game into the top of the seventh, but Marisha Branson led off with a single to left to give the Terrapins their first hit. It would be the only baserunner allowed by Langenfeld, who retired the final three batters, striking out Jennifer Anderson to end the game. The junior was very efficient, throwing only 80 pitches, 68 of them for strikes.
Kerry Hickey started for Maryland (3-8) and allowed five runs, nine hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. Sarah Dooley retired the final batter of the sixth.
In the Bruins' second game of the day against Fresno State, the Bulldogs scored two in the first on one swing of the bat. With two outs, Caitlin Stiglich singled up the middle and Michelle Moses hit a home run to straightaway center to put the visiting team up 2-0.
UCLA (13-2) rallied in the bottom of the frame. Kamekona singled to the 5-6 hole and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Schroeder. After Kamekona advanced to third on a groundout by sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore, junior Kaila Shull walked to put runners at the corners. Langenfeld cashed in the Bruins' first run of the contest, singling through the right side to plate Kamekona and make it 2-1.
The Bruins added three more in the second to take the lead. With one out, sophomore Monica Harrison singled to left, and one out later, Schroeder and DiSalvatore drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Shull followed with a single up the middle to bring in both Harrison and Schroeder to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. With DiSalvatore at third and Shull at second, Langenfeld roped a single to right, scoring DiSalvatore to make it 4-2. However, Fresno State right fielder Lisamarie Coronado threw a strike to home plate to retire Shull and keep it a two-run game.
UCLA extended its lead with three more in the fourth. With one out, Schroeder singled up the middle and stole second. After a DiSalvatore walk put two aboard, Shull singled to right, bringing home Schroeder to make it 5-2. DiSalvatore moved to third on the throw home and Mirabal was brought in to pinch-run for Shull. With Langenfeld at the plate, Mirabal scampered halfway down to second, but when the throw went down from catcher Stiglich to shortstop Haley Gilleland, Mirabal ran back to first. Gilleland then fired to third base to try and pick off DiSalvatore, but the ball was thrown away, as DiSalvatore scored and Mirabal advanced to second. Langenfeld eventually drew a walk and junior Julie Burney singled to left to plate Mirabal and put the Bruins up 7-2.
In the sixth, the Bruins invoked the mercy rule with three more runs. With one out, Langenfeld and Burney had back-to-back doubles to make it 8-2. Andrea Harrison then singled up the middle to plate Burney to make it 9-2. With Reed running at first for Burney, the freshman moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball. Yudin ended the game with a single to right to score Reed and give UCLA a 10-2 win.
Sophomore Donna Kerr improved to 6-2 on the season, allowing seven hits, two runs and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings. Langenfeld went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI, while Burney, Harrison and Shull also had two hits apiece. Burney drove in two, while Shull had three RBI.
Morgan Melloh allowed seven runs, nine hits and six walks in 3 1/3 innings with three strikeouts for Fresno State (6-3). Mackenzie Oakes pitched the last two-plus innings, giving up four hits, three runs and one walk with one strikeout. Coronado and Haley Perkins each had two hits for Fresno.
UCLA travels down the 405 Freeway on Wednesday to take on Cal State Fullerton at 4 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.