Top-Ranked Bruins Hold Off #21 California 2-1
April 5, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Donna Kerr pitched six no-hit innings and sophomore Megan Langenfeld came in to record her fourth save of the season, as the top-ranked Bruins held on for a 2-1 victory over #21 California on Saturday at Easton Stadium.
UCLA improves to 34-3 overall and 6-0 in Pac-10 play, marking the first time since 2000 that the Bruins have won their first six conference games. The Golden Bears fall to 32-14 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Kerr struck out four and allowed just two walks to improve to 13-1 on the season. Langenfeld gave up a bad-hop hit that went for a triple with two outs in the seventh to allow Cal to score its lone run of the game. The sophomore also struck out a batter while walking one.
Thanks to some wildness by Cal starter Valerie Arioto, UCLA scored the only runs it would need in the bottom of the second. With one out, Harrison and sophomore Julie Burney had back-to-back infield singles. One out later, freshman Katie Schroeder loaded the bases by receiving a walk and Colburn brought in the first run on another free pass to plate Harrison. Arioto then walked her third in a row in Kamekona to score Burney and put the Bruins on top 2-0.
The Bruins squandered numerous chances in the early innings, leaving two on in the first and the bases loaded in the second and third. In all, UCLA left 10 on base.
The Bears got their run in the seventh. Langenfeld got the first two outs of the inning, but walked Bernice Masaniai, who was then pinch-run for by Savannah Hensley. Sanoe Kekahuna then tapped a ball to shortstop, but it took a wild hop over Harrison's head and scooted all the way to the wall for a triple, allowing Hensley to score. Langenfeld would keep the game-tying run at third though, inducing Katie Vickers into a ground out to third to end the game.
Arioto went the distance for the Bears, allowing two runs, seven hits and six walks with six strikeouts.
The Bruins conclude their seven-game homestand on Sunday when they host the Golden Bears at 12 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
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