Fourth-Ranked Bruins Beat the Rain and the Huskies
April 19, 2008
SEATTLE, Wash. - Sophomore Megan Langenfeld tossed five shutout innings and combined with senior Anjelica Selden on a two-hitter, as the fourth-ranked Bruins blanked #20 Washington 4-0 on Saturday at Husky Softball Stadium. The game featured two rain delays totaling a little over an hour.
The Bruins improve to 38-5 overall and 10-2 in Pac-10 play, while the Huskies fall to 25-16-1 and 4-7 in league action.
Langenfeld allowed one hit and one walk, striking out five to move to 6-0 on the season. Selden tossed the last two frames to record her second save of the year, giving up one hit and two walks with three strikeouts.
For the 23rd time this season, the Bruins scored in their first at-bat, improving to 23-0 when accomplishing the feat. With one out, Colburn singled to shortstop and junior Amanda Kamekona doubled to left to drive her in and put UCLA ahead 1-0.
Langenfeld was in cruise control in the circle, allowing only a two-out single to Bailey Stenson in the second and a leadoff walk to Jace Williams in the fourth. She struck out one batter in the first, fourth and fifth and a pair in the second.
In the seventh, the Bruins added to their lead. Freshman Monica Harrison led off with a double to right-center and was bunted over to third by junior Jennifer Schroeder. One out later, Colburn singled to right to drive home Harrison to make it 2-0. The two teams then waited out a 23-minute rain delay before continuing. Kamekona was the first Bruin batter after the delay and hit a ground ball to second, but Williams' throw to second went into shallow left-center field, allowing Colburn to get to third and Kamekona to reach second. Langenfeld followed with a single to right, scoring Colburn and freshman pinch-runner Amy Crawford to put the Bruins up 4-0.
In the bottom of the inning, Selden retired the first two batters on a ground out and a foul out, but then walked Alicia Blake and gave up a squib single to the left of the circle to Morgan Stuart. A 39-minute rain delay ensued before play got back underway and Selden issued a free pass to Stenson after going to a 3-1 count before the stoppage. But the senior struck out Dani Stuart to end the game.
Aleah Macon gave up four runs (two earned), nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
The Bruins take a break from Pac-10 play and their eight-game road trip on Tuesday when they host the U.S. National Team in an exhibition at 6 p.m. at Easton Stadium. UCLA then is back on the road to conclude its trip, facing California on Friday at 3 p.m. and Stanford on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.).
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