Bruins Advance to Super Regionals With 4-3 Win Over Nevada
May 18, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Samantha Camuso hit a go-ahead home run to lead off the sixth inning, her second homer of the Regional, as the Bruins advanced to Super Regional play with a 4-3 victory over Nevada on Sunday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 48-7 overall, while the Wolf Pack fall to 44-18. Second-seeded UCLA will take on #15 Georgia next weekend at a date and time to be determined.
Camuso, who was one of three players to finish the Regional with a .500 (5-for-10) average, went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Also hitting .500 for the Regional were sophomore Megan Langenfeld, who went 2-for-3 on Sunday, and freshman Katie Schroeder, who extended her hitting streak to 10 games. Junior Amanda Kamekona, who went 5-for-11 (.455) with five RBI this weekend, also had a single to increase her hit streak to 14.
Senior Anjelica Selden improved to 26-3 on the season, striking out seven and allowing no walks, five hits and three runs in a complete-game effort.
The Bruins scored first for the 42nd time this season and scored in the first inning for the 28th time, remaining undefeated in both instances. With one out in the bottom of the first, senior Krista Colburn singled up the middle, and one out later, Langenfeld drove her in on a double to right-center to make it 1-0 UCLA.
Nevada rallied with two outs in the top of the third to take the lead. Kim Silagyi had an infield single, and two outs later, advanced to third on a single by Noelle Micka. Brittany Puzey then doubled to left-center to score both runners to put the Wolf Pack on top 2-1.
UCLA however got the lead back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Schroeder walked and was moved to second on a sacrifice by Colburn. Kamekona followed with a single up the middle to plate Schroeder and even the game at two. Langenfeld and freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore each had singles to load the bases and Camuso brought home a run, singling to right to score Kamekona to make it a 3-2 contest.
The Wolf Pack again tied the game in the fifth. Silagyi led off with an infield single and was moved to second on a sacrifice by Katie Stith. Silagyi then moved to third on a ground out by Michelle Beach and came in to score on a single to left by Micka to make it 3-3.
In the bottom of the sixth, Camuso smashed her fourth home run of the season, belting a 1-1 pitch off the left-field scoreboard to put the Bruins on top 4-3.
Selden retired the Wolf Pack in order in the seventh to finish up the victory and move the Bruins on to Super Regionals.
Jordan McPherson started for Nevada and allowed three runs, four hits and two walks with one strikeout in 2 1/3 innings. Richelle Villescas picked up the loss, allowing a run, five hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Micka and Silagyi combined for four of the five Nevada hits.