#2 UCLA Beats Fresno State to Advance to Regional Title Game
May 16, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Junior Kaila Shull drove in the go-ahead runs on a two-RBI double in the bottom of the sixth and junior Megan Langenfeld had another great game at the plate and in the circle, as the second-seeded Bruins defeated Fresno State 4-2 on Saturday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins (43-9) advance to the Los Angeles Regional Championship Game, which will be played at 12 p.m. on Sunday. The Bulldogs (37-19) will play an elimination game at 6 p.m. against the winner of the UNLV/Long Beach State contest, which got underway at 3:30 p.m. The winner of the 6 p.m. game faces UCLA on Sunday and must beat the Bruins twice to advance to Super Regionals.
Langenfeld improved to 16-1 in the circle, allowing two runs (one earned), three hits and one walk in seven innings with five strikeouts. At the plate, the junior reached base in all three plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and a walk.
For the second straight game, the Bruins scored in their first at-bat. With one out, freshman Andrea Harrison walked and Langenfeld launched her seventh home run of the season to left-center to give UCLA a 2-0 lead.
Just like UCLA's first Regional contest against Long Beach State on Friday, the Bruins' opponent came back to tie the game. With one out, Caitlin Stiglich battled Langenfeld to a 15-pitch at-bat before drawing a walk and Lisamarie Coronado singled to left to put a pair of runners on. Stiglich would get forced at third with Nicole Angene at the plate for the second out. Ryane Petersen then had an excuse-me swing in front of the plate and beat out the throw to first for a single, and when Langenfeld's throw tipped off sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore's glove into shallow right field, Coronado scampered home to make it 2-1. Brooke Phipps followed with a single to right to bring home Angene to even the game at two.
The game remained tied until the sixth when Shull broke the stalemate. Langenfeld reached on a bunt single to open the inning and was pinch-run for by sophomore Lauren Mirabal. DiSalvatore followed by singling to left-center and both her and Mirabal moved up a base on a passed ball. Shull then doubled to left-center to bring home both runners and give the Bruins a 4-2 advantage.
One day after throwing 158 pitches and having five 10-plus pitch at-bats against Long Beach State, Langenfeld had four more 10-plus pitch at-bats and threw 107 pitches. She retired the side in order in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth, retiring 12 in a row at one point.
Morgan Melloh (29-15) pitched all six innings for the Bulldogs, allowing four runs, five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.