Bruins Bounce Back With 7-0 Victory Over Cal State Northridge

March 13, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Junior Amanda Kamekona hit two home runs, while sophomore Megan Langenfeld added another, as freshman Donna Kerr and Langenfeld teamed up for a one-hitter in #2 UCLA's 7-0 victory over Cal State Northridge on Thursday at Easton Stadium.

The Bruins, who saw their 19-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, improve to 26-3 on the season. The Matadors fall to 9-15.

Kerr (10-1) fanned 11 and walked two in five innings, giving up the only hit on a two-out squib single to Jackie Duree in the top of the third. Langenfeld tossed the final two scoreless frames, striking out four.

Freshman Monica Harrison went 3-for-3, while Kamekona and freshman Samantha Camuso also had two-hit games, as the Bruins pounded out 11 hits.

UCLA jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first, improving to 18-0 this season when scoring in its first at-bat. With one out, Kamekona launched her fifth home run of the season to straightaway center to put the Bruins ahead 1-0. After Langenfeld drew a walk, freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore doubled to right-center to drive in her team-leading 31st run of the season to make it 2-0. A single to right by Camuso moved DiSalvatore to third and Harrison singled to left to plate Camuso and up the advantage to 3-0.

In the third, Langenfeld led off with a home run high over the right-field foul pole, her fourth bomb of the season. One out later, Camuso walked and advanced to third on a single to right by Harrison, who moved up to second on the throw to third. Following the second out of the inning, Northridge catcher Amanda Peek had a ball scoot past her halfway to the backstop. She was able to hold Camuso at third, but her throw back towards home plate got away from Matador pitcher Mercedes Lovato, allowing Camuso to score and Harrison to move to third to make it 5-0. Sophomore Julie Burney then singled up the middle to score Harrison and put the Bruins ahead 6-0.

Kamekona struck again in the fourth, smashing her sixth home run of the season to left-center to make it a 7-0 advantage.

The Matadors got only two runners to second in the game, as Kerr retired the final six batters she faced and Langenfeld set down all six of her hitters.

Lovato went the distance for Northridge, allowing seven runs (six earned), 11 hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings.

The Bruins take a 12-day break from game action before returning to the diamond on Tuesday, March 26 as they travel to UC Santa Barbara for a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m.

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