Fourth-Ranked Bruins Drop Regular Season Home Finale
May 4, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Junior Amanda Kamekona went 3-for-4 with her team-leading 11th home run of the season, while freshman Samantha Camuso added a 2-for-2 performance, but the fourth-ranked Bruins lost their regular season home finale to #1 Arizona State on Sunday 5-2 at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins fall to 43-6 overall and 15-3 in Pac-10 play, while the Sun Devils improve to 54-4 and 16-2 in league action.
Sophomore Megan Langenfeld (7-1) started and allowed five runs, four hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Senior Anjelica Selden pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out two and giving up two hits.
The Sun Devils jumped out to an early lead on one swing of the bat in the top of the first. With two outs, Kaitlin Cochran was hit by a pitch, Krista Donnenwirth singled to left and Kristen Miller hit her 13th home run of the season to left to put Arizona State ahead 3-0.
ASU extended its lead to 5-0 with two more runs in the fourth. Donnenwirth led off with a double and was pinch-run for by Clarissa Andorfer-Lopez. After a walk to Miller and a bunt single by Renee Welty loaded the bases, Mindy Cowles sent a scoring fly ball to right to plate Andorfer-Lopez and make it 4-0. Miller moved to third on the Cowles fly out and it would prove to be a big advancement, as a sacrifice fly to right by Katie Crabb scored Miller to put the Sun Devils up 5-0.
The Bruins got one back in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Monica Harrison and Camuso had back-to-back singles to start things off, and two outs later, freshman Katie Schroeder doubled to left-center to bring in Harrison and make it a 5-1 game.
In the fifth, Kamekona hit a leadoff home run to right on a 1-1 pitch to bring the Bruins to within three at 5-2.
ASU's Katie Burkhart tossed the final three innings in relief of starter Megan Elliott to earn her third save of the year. Burkhart struck out five and allowed just two hits. Elliott improved to 19-0 on the season, tossing four innings and allowing two runs, seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Donnenwirth had two of the Sun Devils' six hits.
UCLA out-hit Arizona State in the game 9-6, but stranded 10 runners on base.
The Bruins travel to Oregon next weekend for their final road trip of the regular season. On Thursday, UCLA faces Oregon at 4 p.m. in Eugene before heading to Corvallis for a two-game set with Oregon State on Friday (3 p.m.) and Saturday (12 p.m.). All three games will feature Gametracker on UCLABruins.com.