Another Shutout, Another Pac-10 Win for Top-Ranked Bruins
March 29, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Donna Kerr struck out nine in six innings, while sophomore Megan Langenfeld drove in a run and picked up her second save in as many games, as the top-ranked Bruins blanked Oregon 2-0 on Saturday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 30-3 on the season and 2-0 in Pac-10 action, while the Ducks fall to 25-12 and 0-1 in league play.
Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore drove in the game-winner, her team-leading seventh game-winning RBI of the season. Kerr moved to 12-1 on the season, allowing just three hits and a walk. Langenfeld pitched the seventh inning, giving up a hit with one strikeout to record her third save of the year.
UCLA scored in the first inning for the 20th time this season to stay undefeated when crossing home plate in its first at-bat. With one out, junior Amanda Kamekona roped a double off the top of the center field wall. Kamekona then moved to third on a passed ball as senior Krista Colburn drew a walk on the same pitch. After Colburn stole second to move into scoring position, DiSalvatore singled up the middle to plate Kamekona and put the Bruins ahead 1-0. With Colburn now at third, Langenfeld grounded into a fielder's choice to second, bringing home the run to make it 2-0.
The Ducks' best look at the game came in the sixth inning. Ashley Kivett led off with a single to left, and after Kerr struck out Cortney Kivett, Sari-Jane Jenkins reached on an infield single to second to put a pair on. Kerr fanned Neena Bryant for the second out, but hit Lovena Chaput to load the bases. However, the freshman got out of the jam, punching out Monique Fuiava to end the threat.
Melissa Rice pitched well for Oregon, limiting the Bruins to two hits, one earned run and two walks with one strikeout. She retired 14 straight at one point, all on ground balls.
The Bruins finish up their weekend series on Sunday when they host Oregon at 12 p.m. Live audio and Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.