UCLA Edges Cardinal For Pac-10 Title, 1-0
May 8, 2009
Los Angeles, Calif. - With the Pac-10 title on the line for both teams, No. 2/3 UCLA snatched a 1-0 win from No. 2/4 Stanford, scoring an unearned run in the fourth inning that decided the game. Stanford put six runners on base, but was unable to score for just the third time this season.
Combined with Washington's loss to California, the Bruins' 1-0 win gave them Pac-10 title outright. Stanford currently stands tied for second place with the Huskies going into tomorrow's regular-season finale.
Senior pitcher Missy Penna (31-6) allowed five hits, while UCLA junior Megan Langenfeld (14-1) gave up four. Stanford, which went into the weekend having scored in 48 consecutive games, was shut out for the second day in a row.
The Bruins were led by center fielder Katie Schroeder, who went 2-for-3 on the afternoon. Junior catcher Kaila Shull reached on all three of her plate appearances and scored the game-winning run, while shortstop Monica Harrison came up with the winning hit.
Penna got herself out of jams in each of the first two innings, allowing four hits but managing to keep the Bruins off the board. In the first inning, Penna forced a fly ball to end the inning with two in scoring position. In the second inning, freshman right fielder Maya Burns stepped up with two outfield assists to shut down the Bruins again. Burns gunned Shull down at second base when she tried to turn a leadoff single into a double and later threw a strike to the plate to take out Amy Crawford when she tried to score on Schroeder's second single.
In the fourth inning, the Bruins finally scratched out a run. Shull reached when a ball was bobbled in the infield and was bunted to second on the next play. The junior was nearly picked off when Coon leapt and caught a line drive, but was called safe at second base. On the next at bat, Harrison came up with a clutch single, sending Shull in to give the Bruins what proved to be the game-winning run.
After registering just one hit through the first five frames, Stanford finally got a chance to score in the top of the sixth. Becerra slapped a sharp single to the left side and was replaced by Sarah Hassman on a fielder's choice. Alissa Haber then reached on an error to put two on with one out for Ashley Hansen. Hansen clocked a line drive to the right side that was caught by Amanda Kamekona at second. When Kamekona's flip to first hit the ground, Haber took off for second and was thrown out to end the inning.
In the seventh, Stanford threatened again. With one out, Coon and Koutz reached on consecutive singles and after a fly ball, pinch hitter Brittany Minder was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Langenfeld forced a ground ball to end the game, however.
Stanford will return to Easton Stadium tomorrow to close out the 2009 regular season. Game time is set for noon.