UCLA Defeats Cal, 7-2
April 25, 2008
Berkeley - The fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins used a six-run fourth inning to skate past the 21st-ranked California Golden Bears by a count of 7-2 on Friday afternoon from Levine-Fricke Field.
The Bears (36-19, 4-9 Pac-10) take on Washington tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at home. Due to technical difficulties at Levine-Fricke Field, there will be no GameTracker for tomorrow's contest (or Sunday's game).
UCLA starter Megan Langenfeld limited the Bears to just four hits, while striking out six over seven innings.
The Bruins used a two-out rally to claim to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Junior Amanda Kamekona keyed the offense with a double down the left-field line, before scoring on a single to left by Langenfeld.
The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth when the Bruins finally got to Cal starter Marissa Drewrey. Langenfeld led off with a walk and moved to second on a single up the middle by GiOanna 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 then connected for a single to right field to plate Mirabal, putting the Bruins on top 2-0.
Drewrey remained poised and induced a pop up for the second out, but again issued a walk, this time with the bases loaded, which allowed DiSalvatore to cross home plate and make it 3-0. Drewrey was relieved after that point as Brittany LaRosa entered the game. Krista Colburn followed with a two-run single to left field, putting the Bruins up 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.
Cal managed a small rally in the bottom of the sixth inning courtesy of a Gina Leomiti sacrifice fly to plate Valerie Arioto and an RBI single up the middle by Bernice Masaniai to plate Erika Racklin. In the inning, Racklin stole her 24th base of the season - a personal best (for a season) and three away from tying Keri Kropke for most in a season (28).
Drewrey suffered the loss to fall to 24-12 on the year.