UCLA Bats Snap Stanford Win Streak
March 27, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - With the nation's best win streak on the line, the No. 3/3 Stanford softball team (29-2, 0-1 Pac-10) fell to No. 4/5 UCLA (26-4, 1-0 Pac-10) tonight in its Pac-10 opener, 7-4.
The Bruins claimed 9 hits off the Stanford pitching staff, three more than any team has all season. Meanwhile, the Cardinal offense came up with just four hits and was outhit for just the second time all year.
Senior Missy Penna took the loss for Stanford, giving up eight hits and six earned runs in 6.1 innings of work. Sophomore Donna Kerr (15-3) went 5.1 innings for the Bruins and allowed two runs on just one hit. Both starters struck out five opposing batters in the game. Junior Megan Langenfeld earned her second save of the year after throwing the final 1.2 innings for the Bruins.
The Bruins got two hits apiece from Amanda Kamekona, GiOnna DiSalvatore, Dani Yudin and Monica Harrison. Harrison, who ripped a three-run home run in the second, accounted for four of the seven Bruin RBI.
The loss was Stanford's first since Feb. 6 and capped the nation's best winning streak at 28 games. The loss was the first at home for Stanford since the Bruins' last trip to The Farm last April.
The Bruins jumped out in front in the top of the second inning. After Penna's second walk of the game, Bruin freshman Dani Yudin singled to right field to put a second runner on for shortstop Monica Harrison. The sophomore connected on Penna's 2-2 pitch, becoming just the second player this season to take the Cardinal All-American deep. The home run, Harrison's sixth of the year, gave UCLA a 3-0 lead.
Stanford fought back within one in the bottom of the fourth inning, taking advantage when Kerr dished out three walks and hit a batter. Alissa Haber led off the inning by drawing the first walk and freshman Ashley Hansen followed with Stanford's first hit of the night. After another walk loaded the bases, Maya Burns was hit by the first pitch she saw to bring Stanford's first run in. Melisa Koutz drew a four-pitch walk on the next play to make it 3-2.
The top of the Bruin order fired off three doubles in four at bats in the top of the sixth, breaking out to a 6-2 lead. After Yudin singled for the second time of the night, second baseman Amanda Kamekona drove a double through the left side that scored her. GiOnna DiSalvatore doubled two batters later to plate another run, and Kaila Shull added a double on just the second pitch she saw to make it 6-2.
The Bruins tacked one more onto their total in the top of the seventh. Julie Burney was hit by a pitch from reliever Ashley Chinn, advanced on a ground out and scored on a single to the right side by Harrison.
Stanford made an effort to come back in the seventh, but could only come up with two runs. Sophomore Brittany Minder came in to pinch hit and drove a single up the middle. Jenna Becerra replaced her on first base and moved into scoring position when Alissa Haber drew the first walk of the year off of UCLA reliever Megan Langenfeld. Hansen posted her second single to load the bases and Koplitz sent a two-RBI bloop single behind Harrison at shortstop to narrow the lead to 7-4. With the tying run at the plate, however, the Bruins turned a double play to end the game.
Stanford will continue its opening weekend of Pac-10 play tomorrow, taking on second-ranked Washington at 1 p.m. The Cardinal and the Huskies will meet again on Sunday, with first pitch set for noon at Smith Family Stadium.