Sixth-Ranked Bruins Stay on the Offensive With Mercy-Rule Win Over #10 Stanford
April 25, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - For the second time in three games, five different Bruins had multiple-hit contests, as freshman B.B. Bates went 3-for-4 with three RBI and senior Megan Langenfeld hit a pair of homers with four RBI in #6 UCLA's 10-1, six-inning victory over #10 Stanford on Sunday at Smith Family Stadium.
The Bruins win their sixth straight to improve to 33-9 overall and 7-5 in Pac-10 play, while the Cardinal fall to 30-12 and 4-8 in league action.
Langenfeld also had two home runs and four runs batted in on Friday, tying career highs in both categories. Juniors GiOnna DiSalvatore and Monica Harrison and sophomore Samantha Camuso each had two-hit contests.
Langenfeld earned the win in the circle, tossing five innings of scoreless relief, striking out two and allowing five hits and one walk to improve to 5-1 on the season. Junior Donna Kerr started and allowed a run, two hits and one walk in one-plus inning with two strikeouts.
The Bruins scored six times in the second, sending 12 batters to the plate in a half inning that lasted over 30 minutes. With one out, Camuso singled and moved to second on a walk to senior Julie Burney. With junior Grace Murray running for Camuso at second, senior Kaila Shull walked to load the bases and Bates drove in Murray and Burney with a single up the middle to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Bates then stole second to put a pair of runners in scoring position and DiSalvatore drove in Shull with UCLA's third run on a single to right. However, Bates was thrown out at home for the second out of the inning.
UCLA kept the rally going though, as Harrison singled up the middle and Langenfeld hit her first home run of the game and 12th of the season to right-center to put the Bruins on top 6-0.
Stanford got a run back without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the second, as Alissa Haber drove in pinch-runner Teagan Gerhart on an RBI groundout to make it 6-1.
Neither team scored for the next three innings, but UCLA exploded for four in the sixth to invoke the mercy rule for the second time this weekend. Langenfeld led off with her second homer of the game and 13th of the season to left to make it 7-1. Sophomore Andrea Harrison followed with a walk and was pinch-run for by sophomore Marti Reed, who moved to second on a single up the middle by sophomore Dani Yudin. Camuso then singled to left-center, plating Reed to increase the margin to 8-1. One out later, Shull laid down a sacrifice to third but the throw was dropped by Ashley Hansen at first, allowing Yudin to score to make it 9-1. Bates gave the Bruins their 10th run with a double down the right-field line to plate Lindvall, who was running for Camuso.
The Bruins return home for a six-game homestand, starting next weekend against Oregon. Game times are 7 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.