Two-Out Rallies Spark Fourth-Ranked Bruins in Win Over #21 Cal
April 25, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Sophomore Megan Langenfeld reached in all four of her plate appearances on three singles and a walk, drove in three runs and pitched a complete-game four-hitter in the circle, as the fourth-ranked Bruins defeated #21 California 7-2 on Friday at Levine-Fricke Field. UCLA scored six of its seven runs with two outs.
The Bruins improve to 39-5 overall and 11-2 in Pac-10 play, while the Golden Bears fall to 36-19 and 4-9 in league action.
Langenfeld allowed only two unearned runs and two walks with six strikeouts to stay perfect on the season at 7-0. Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore had a two-hit game, as the Bruins recorded nine hits.
The Bruins rallied with two outs in the top of the first inning, scoring in their first at-bat for the 24th time this season to remain undefeated when accomplishing the feat. Junior Amanda Kamekona sparked the rally with a double down the left-field line and came around to score on a single to left by Langenfeld.
In the fourth, UCLA sent a dozen players to the plate and scored six runs. Langenfeld led off with a walk and moved to second on a single up the middle by DiSalvatore. After freshman Lauren Mirabal came in the game to run for Langenfeld at second, both her and DiSalvatore moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Samantha Camuso. Sophomore Julie Burney then tapped a ball to third, but Katie Vickers bobbled it to load the bases. Junior Jennifer Schroeder made the Golden Bears pay for the miscue, singling to right to plate Mirabal and put the Bruins on top 2-0.
Marissa Drewrey got the second out of the inning on a pop up to freshman Monica Harrison, but walked freshman Katie Schroeder to bring home DiSalvatore and make it 3-0. That would be the end of the day for Drewrey, who was replaced by Brittany LaRosa. But LaRosa couldn't get the elusive third out, as senior Krista Colburn singled to left-center to score Burney and freshman pinch-runner Amy Crawford to make it 5-0. After Kamekona walked to reload the bases, Langenfeld singled up the middle, plating Katie Schroeder and Colburn to increase UCLA's lead to 7-0.
In the circle, Langenfeld was mowing down the Golden Bears, retiring 10 in a row at one point. In the sixth, Cal broke through with a pair of unearned runs. Valerie Arioto drew a one-out walk and stole second. Erika Racklin grounded a ball to third, but DiSalvatore dropped Burney's throw, allowing Racklin to reach. Racklin then stole second and Gina Leomiti hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring home Arioto and make it 7-1. Racklin moved up to third on the fly out and came around to score on a single up the middle by Bernice Masaniai to cut the deficit to 7-2.
But Langenfeld got the last out of the sixth on a strikeout and pitched a scoreless seventh to clinch the victory and the Bruins' season sweep of the Golden Bears.
Drewrey went the first 3 2/3 and allowed six runs (two earned), five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. LaRosa tossed the last 3 1/3 and gave up an unearned run, four walks and four hits with three strikeouts.
The Bruins continue their Bay Area road trip on Saturday as they take on the seventh-ranked Stanford Cardinal at 1 p.m. Gametracker will be available on UCLABruins.com and live video will be featured on GoStanford.com.