#12 Cal Outslugs Fourth-Ranked Bruins 7-6
March 28, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior Amanda Kamekona went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and junior Megan Langenfeld was 3-for-4 with a career-high four runs batted in, but the fourth-ranked Bruins fell to #12 California 7-6 on Saturday at Levine-Fricke Field.
The Bruins drop to 26-5 overall and 1-1 in Pac-10 play, while the Golden Bears improve to 24-9 and 1-1 in league action.
Cal got on the board first with a run in the second. Sanoe Kekahuna walked to start the inning, Bernice Masaniai was hit by a pitch and Jamia Reid stroked a single that creeped into shallow right field to plate Kekahuna and put the Bears up 1-0. One out later and with Masaniai at third, Vernae Sevilla lifted a fly ball to center for the second out and sophomore Katie Schroeder doubled up Masaniai at home with a perfect throw to junior catcher Kaila Shull to end the inning.
The Bruins battled back to get two in the top of the third. Kamekona singled to left, and one out later, sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore reached on a fielding error by Cal second baseman Shannon Thomas. Following another out, freshman Andrea Harrison singled up the middle to load the bases and Langenfeld brought in a pair with a single down the left-field line to score Kamekona and DiSalvatore to make it 2-1.
The Golden Bears answered back to re-take the lead with two in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Thomas singled to third, Gina Leomiti was hit by a pitch and Kekahuna singled to left to score Thomas and tie the game at two. With Leomiti and Kekahuna each moving up a base on the throw home, both runners advanced another bag on a wild pitch to bring in Leomiti and put Cal back up 3-2.
UCLA jumped back in front with three in the fourth. With one out, Kamekona and Schroeder had back-to-back singles, DiSalvatore reached on a fielder's choice grounder to load the bases and Shull lifted a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game at three. After a walk to Andrea Harrison re-loaded the bases, Langenfeld singled to right to bring home Schroeder and DiSalvatore to put UCLA on top 5-3.
The back-and-forth affair continued in the fifth, as Cal scored four times to take a 7-5 advantage. Leomiti was hit to start the inning, and one out later, Masaniai hit a home run to center to knot the contest at five. After a walk to Shannon Houston, Elia Reid homered to left to give Cal a two-run edge.
UCLA had 10 hits and were given five walks and three hit by pitches, but stranded 14 on base for the game. Whitney Baker started for the Bruins and allowed one run, two hits and one walk in one-plus inning. Langenfeld threw 1 2/3 frames, giving up two runs and two hits with two strikeouts, while sophomore Donna Kerr (15-4) surrendered four runs, three hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings with four strikeouts.
Thomas had two hits for the Golden Bears, who had seven as a team. Valerie Arioto earned the win to improve to 10-1 on the season, tossing six innings and giving up five unearned runs, 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Marissa Drewrey pitched one inning and gave up one run and two walks with two strikeouts.
The Bruins conclude the weekend trip on Sunday at 12 p.m. against the Golden Bears. Gametracker will be available on UCLABruins.com.