Fourth-Ranked Bruins Open 35th Season Hosting Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament
Feb. 3, 2009
STACY WINSBERG MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Friday, February 6
9 a.m. - #25 San Diego State (H) vs. Indiana
11:30 a.m. - #25 San Diego State vs. Cal Poly (H)
2 p.m. - Purdue (H) vs. Cal Poly
4:30 p.m. - #4 UCLA vs. Pacific (H)
7 p.m. - #4 UCLA (H) vs. Purdue
Saturday, February 7
9 a.m. - #25 San Diego State vs. Pacific (H)
11:30 a.m. - #25 San Diego State (H) vs. Cal Poly
2 p.m. - Pacific vs. Indiana (H)
4:30 p.m. - #4 UCLA vs. Cal Poly (H)
7 p.m. - #4 UCLA (H) vs. Indiana
Sunday, February 8
9 a.m. - Purdue (H) vs. Pacific
11:30 a.m. - Cal Poly vs. Indiana (H)
2 p.m. - #4 UCLA (H) vs. #25 San Diego State
First team listed in third-base dugout, home team indicated with H
BRUINS START 2009 CAMPAIGN AT HOME
The fourth-ranked Bruins open the 2009 season by hosting the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament this weekend at Easton Stadium. The tournament features 13 games in three days, with the Bruins playing five times. On Friday, UCLA faces Pacific at 4:30 p.m. and Purdue at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Bruins entertain Cal Poly (4:30 p.m.) and Indiana (7 p.m.) before taking on #25 San Diego State on Sunday at 2 p.m. All games will feature Gametracker on UCLABruins.com, while live audio will be available for Saturday and Sunday's UCLA contests on the Bruins' website.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
UCLA begins 2009 ranked fourth in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Preseason polls. The Bruins earned 638 points in the NFCA rankings and 428 points, as well as one first-place vote, in the USA Softball poll. UCLA was also selected first in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches poll, earning 43 points and three first-place votes.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
Fans can follow UCLA all season long on UCLABruins.com. Gametracker will be featured for all Bruin contests, while live audio with Darren Preston at the call will be available for all home games (except 2/6 and 2/17) on UCLA's website.
BRUINS ON THE TUBE
The Pac-10 softball television schedule was released on Tuesday and the Bruins will be featured once against Arizona State on Friday, April 3 at 1 p.m. at Easton Stadium. The broadcast will be tape delayed and more information regarding showtimes will be announced at a later date.
HONORING STACY WINSBERG
This weekend's tournament honors former UCLA softball player Stacy Winsberg. Winsberg was a four-year letterwinner with the Bruins (1982-85) and played for three national championship teams (`82, `84, `85). She was also a two-time ASA All-American and played internationally in the Tri-National Tournament and the Japan Cup in 1985. Winsberg lost her battle with cancer in December 2001, and beginning with the 2002 edition, this tournament has been named in her honor. A ceremony honoring Winsberg, which will include members of her family, will be held prior to the UCLA-San Diego State game on Sunday.
WINSBERG TOURNAMENT HISTORY
In the previous seven years of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, the Bruins hold a 29-4 record. UCLA went undefeated in the 2002, 2004 and 2006 editions, while losing once in 2003, `05, `07 and 2008. Purdue is making its second appearance in the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, going 3-3 in 2002. The Boilermakers went 2-0 against Florida, 1-1 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and 0-2 against UCLA. Cal Poly appeared in the 2006 Winsberg and went 2-4, splitting a pair of games with both Santa Clara and San Jose State and getting swept by UCLA.
IN OTHER ACTION
The Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament is part of a dual tournament with UCLA and Cal State Fullerton. Both Indiana and Purdue will trek down to Fullerton's Anderson Family Field to take on the Titans. The Hoosiers face Cal State Fullerton on Friday at 6 p.m., while the Boilermakers take on the Titans in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.
THREE BRUINS NAMED TO PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Senior Amanda Kamekona, junior Megan Langenfeld and sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore have been named to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association on Wednesday (Jan. 28).
The pre-season watch list is comprised of 50 players. The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 1. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered a top 25 finalist. However, once the top 25 finalists are named the winner of the award will come from that list. Freshmen qualify for the top 25 list once they have competed at the collegiate level.
Just days before the start of the postseason, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 6. The final three finalists will be announced on May 20, while the winner of the USA Softball Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
DiSalvatore, Kamekona and Langenfeld all earned NFCA All-American honors last year, with DiSalvatore being named to the first team and Kamekona and Langenfeld receiving third-team accolades. All three were also recognized on the All-Pacific Region (DiSalvatore, Langenfeld - first team, Kamekona - third team) and All-Pacific-10 Conference teams (Kamekona - first team, DiSalvatore, Langenfeld - second team).
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Pacific returns 10 letterwinners and seven starters from a 2008 squad that went 25-34 and finished seventh in the Big West Conference with a 7-14 record. Senior second baseman Casey Goldsand returns to pace the Pacific offense after leading the team with a .347 average and seven stolen bases. Sophomore shortstop and reigning Big West Freshman of the Year Nicole Matson is also back after tying for the team lead in home runs with seven, posting a .275 average and 30 runs batted in. In the circle, senior Chelsea Engle went 15-18 with a 2.60 earned run average in 205 innings with 162 strikeouts. Brian Kolze is in his 17th season at Pacific and owns a 501-402-1 career mark. The Bruins own an 11-1 advantage in their all-time series with the Tigers. After UCLA won the first three games of the series, Pacific earned its only win, a 3-1 triumph during the 1985 NCAA Regionals. Since the loss, the Bruins have won eight straight. The most recent meeting came on Feb. 18, 2000 in San Diego, as UCLA beat Pacific 9-3. The Bruins have scored at least nine runs in each of the last three meetings against the Tigers and are 4-0 all-time at home against Pacific. The teams played a pair of doubleheaders in 1984 and 1987.
SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
The Boilermakers are coming off a successful 2008 season that saw them earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth after posting a 35-23 overall record and a 9-9 mark in the Big Ten Conference (fifth place). Purdue went 1-2 in Regional play, recording a victory against Cal State Fullerton at the UCLA Regional. The Boilermakers return their top two home run hitters from a year ago in senior infielders Candace Curtis (11 HR) and Katie Mitchell (8 HR), as well as their top two batters in senior second baseman Kelly Miller (.352) and Curtis (.333). In the circle, sophomore Suzie Rzegocki posted a 2.55 ERA and a 15-9 record in 167 2/3 innings with 125 strikeouts last year, while senior Dana Alcocer went 19-14 with a 3.24 earned run average and 138 strikeouts in 198 2/3 innings. Overall, Purdue returns 14 letterwinners and seven starters from last year's team. Kim Maher is in her fourth year at Purdue and holds a 98-85-1 record. The Boilermakers will be making their third appearance at Easton Stadium since 2002, going 1-2 last year and 3-3 at the `02 Winsberg Memorial Tournament. Purdue was swept in a pair of contests with UCLA, losing 4-2 and 3-0 on March 2.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
Cal Poly finished 2008 with a 24-22 record, placing in a tie for third in the Big West Conference with a 12-9 mark. The Mustangs return 11 letterwinners and eight starters from that team, led by All-West Region honoree Melissa Pura. The senior shortstop led the team with a .323 batting average, six home runs, 22 runs batted in and six stolen bases. Cal Poly also brings back three more All-Big West honorees in senior outfielder Jenna Maiden, senior infielder Stephanie Tam and junior first baseman Krysten Cary. Sophomore pitcher Anna Cahn led the Mustangs in innings last year (131.1) and went 7-14 with a 2.51 ERA and 93 strikeouts. Jenny Condon is in her fifth year at Cal Poly and owns a 125-78 record, while former UCLA two-time All-American Claire Sua-Amundson is in her fourth season in San Luis Obispo. The Bruins have won 13 straight against the Mustangs and hold a 20-3 advantage all-time. Cal Poly's last win came in San Luis Obispo on April 6, 1997 (1-0). The Bruins have blanked the Mustangs in three straight meetings, as well as seven of the last eight, holding a 9-1 record at Easton Stadium. Cal Poly's only win at UCLA came on April 15, 1977. The last matchup in Westwood was on March 3, 2006 when UCLA swept a twinbill (9-1 and 8-0). The two teams met most recently on March 25, 2007 in San Luis Obispo, with the Bruins posting 3-0 and 1-0 victories.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana returns 12 letterwinners and six starters from last year's team that went 16-35 and 6-14 in the Big Ten Conference (10th place). Returning to lead the Hoosier offense is senior infielder/catcher Emily Bergeson, who led the team with a .308 average, eight homers and 27 runs batted in. Junior pitcher Monica Wright was the top hurler for Indiana in 2008, going 12-14 with a 3.92 earned run average and 109 strikeouts in 182 1/3 innings. Michelle Gardner is in her first year as Indiana's head coach after recording a 187-176 record in six years at Nevada. Indiana is one of only three teams (Illinois, Illinois State) to hold an all-time series advantage against UCLA, albeit just a 1-0 edge. In the only meeting between the two schools, the Hoosiers claimed a 6-2 victory at the Fresno State Classic on March 6, 1998.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS
San Diego State is ranked 25th in the preseason USA Today/NFCA poll and return 12 letterwinners and seven starters from a 2008 squad that went 44-17 and won the Mountain West Conference (15-5). The Aztecs went 1-2 in Regional play and finished the year ranked 24th in the nation. Senior outfielder Tonye McCorkle is the top returning hitter after batting .310 with 35 runs batted in last season. Senior utility player Erin Floros led the Aztecs in RBI a year ago with 39. In the circle, San Diego State loses All-Region player Christina Ross, but returns sophomore Samantha Beasley, who went 8-2 with a 1.94 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings last year. Kathy Van Wyk is in her 13th year at San Diego State and owns a 408-293-1 record. The Bruins are 56-2 all-time against the Aztecs and have won 49 straight matchups, including a 2-1, nine-inning victory last year at San Diego State. Samantha Camuso knocked in the go-ahead run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly, while Anjelica Selden fanned 13 in a four-hitter. UCLA has never lost to San Diego State in Westwood, owning a perfect 25-0 mark. The last meeting at Easton Stadium came at NCAA Regionals on May 21, 2006, as UCLA came away with a 7-0 triumph. The Aztecs' only wins in the series came in 1977 and 1978.
2009 SEASON PREVIEW
Last season, the UCLA softball team's goal was to return to the Women's College World Series and win a national championship. The Bruins accomplished the first step by posting a perfect 5-0 record during Regional and Super Regional play and winning their first WCWS game against Pac-10 rival Arizona. But following losses to Arizona State and Florida, the Bruins' season abruptly ended, falling short of the school's 12th national title.
However, with 14 returning letterwinners, the 2009 Bruins look to advance to the Women's College World Series for the 24th time in school history and hoist the national championship trophy in the middle of an Oklahoma City softball diamond in early June.
'This team ended last season with a sense of unfinished business,' third-year head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said. 'We were on a mission to get back to the World Series last year and we got there. Our mission now is to return to dominance. I'm excited about the experience that we have gained. We have the leadership and the work ethic to go all the way this year.'
A novice to the UCLA softball program would see the graduation of three-time All-American Anjelica Selden as a devastating loss for the 2009 team. However, the Bruins have an experienced trio in juniors Whitney Baker and Megan Langenfeld and sophomore Donna Kerr, who will aim to prevent the Bruins from missing a beat in the circle.
'I am excited about the talent in the circle for 2009,' Inouye-Perez said. 'We have three completely different looks. After fall ball, we were able to get a good idea of what we are going to look like. We have experience and that is something you can't teach. Megan has great experience as either a starter or closer and has done well in the postseason too. Donna has been in championship ball her whole career and she won some really big games for us last year. Whitney has great tools and movement and is ready to make an impact in the circle in 2009.'
Kerr turned in a solid freshman campaign, leading the Bruins with a 0.93 earned run average, which also ranked seventh in the nation. She went 14-2 with 132 strikeouts in 105 2/3 innings and came up with big performances against a pair of teams that advanced to the Super Regionals a year ago. Kerr tossed a four-hitter in her first collegiate start against Oklahoma on Feb. 8 and fanned 15 in a two-hit shutout of Northwestern on March 9. She also threw the 16th perfect game in UCLA history against Saint Peter's on March 2 during a tournament in her hometown of San Diego.
Whether as a starter or reliever, Langenfeld was also dominant, posting an 8-2 record, a 1.58 earned run average and five saves, which was tied for first in the Pac-10 and 10th in the nation. A first-team All-Pacific Region, second-team All-Pac-10 and third-team All-American selection, Langenfeld had a streak of 27 2/3 scoreless innings at one point during her sophomore season and was masterful in a relief appearance on the second day of the NCAA Regionals against Nevada (May 17), striking out a career-high 10 and allowing no runs in 7 2/3 innings.
Langenfeld will also see time at first base and can't be talked about without mentioning her hitting prowess. 'Megan is similar to a Lisa Fernandez in her value as a pitcher, a solid defensive first baseman and one with an offensive reputation to come up clutch in big moments,' Inouye-Perez said. Langenfeld hit .349 a year ago and finished second on the team with five home runs and 34 walks and third with 41 runs batted in. She also led the team in on base percentage (.482) and multiple-RBI games with 12.
Baker has been limited to just 13 games over her first two seasons in Westwood due to injuries, but has been solid during her stints in the circle, striking out 50 in just 40 innings of work in 2007 and 2008. She has applied for a medical redshirt for the 2008 season and if granted will receive another year of eligibility.
Behind every great pitcher is a great catcher and the Bruins have three backstops who can all make an impact in 2009. Senior Jennifer Schroeder started 48 of the Bruins' 60 games behind the plate last year, while junior Kaila Shull made 12 starts at catcher. The duo will be joined by freshman Dani Yudin, who was a four-time All-CIF, All-League, All-County and All-State selection at Tesoro High School in Las Flores, Calif.
'Jen did a great job as a battery mate with Jelly (Selden) in 2008 and we look for great things out of her in 2009,' Inouye-Perez said. 'Both Kaila and Dani are solid behind the plate. They are physically strong with great leadership qualities and work well with the pitchers. They both throw from the right side and both have beautiful swings from the left. I expect great things from both of them this year.'
'Both Grace and Brooke epitomize the phrase `team over self,'' Inouye-Perez said. 'They both bring great energy and enthusiasm to the team and both have very positive attitudes.'
Championships are won with solid pitching and defense and the Bruin infield returns intact in 2009 after finishing 2008 first in the Pac-10 in fielding percentage. Up the middle, senior Amanda Kamekona and sophomore Monica Harrison return as one of the top second baseman-shortstop combinations in the country.
'Monica and Amanda are our backbone up the middle,' Inouye-Perez said. 'They work very well together. The infield as a whole has the talent and experience to challenge any offensive attack.'
Kamekona not only did it with her glove, but she certainly did it with her bat, leading the Bruins in home runs (14), runs batted in (46), runs scored (47), doubles (17) and slugging percentage (.663) on her way to earning first-team All-Pac-10, second-team All-Pacific Region and third-team All-American accolades.
'Amanda is our vocal leader. She is going to leave her mark on this game in her senior year. Amanda is very dynamic and possesses great power and speed. She is like a little Manny Ramirez.'
Harrison, an All-Pac-10 Freshman Team honoree, started all 55 games she appeared in at shortstop and hit .234 with 16 runs batted in and 37 hits. Her biggest hit of the season came against Arizona on May 2 when she hit a walk-off home run for her first collegiate bomb in a Bruin victory.
'The best way to describe Monica is how she leads with a quiet thunder. She is a great leader in the infield and has outstanding range, a strong arm and an impressive quick release.'
At first base, both Langenfeld and sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore will see time. When not in the circle, Langenfeld will be in the lineup at first or at designated player, while DiSalvatore will see the field not only at first, but at potentially any of the infield positions as well as right field.
'GiOnna is the ultimate utility player because she is strong, athletic and has a great knowledge of the game. I have confidence to put her at any position and know she will do an outstanding job. She truly represents a `team over self' mentality with her willingness to play wherever we need her.'
DiSalvatore started at four different positions last year (first, second, third, DP) and was a first-team NFCA All-American and All-Pacific Region honoree. She was first on the team in hits with 68, second in RBI with 45, third in slugging (.532) and tied for third with a .362 average and four homers.
The Bruins lose a great team leader in Ashley Herrera at third base, but have the advantage of employing junior Julie Burney at the hot corner, who has filled in admirably when Herrera went down with injuries in 2007 and 2008, having started 95 games over the last two seasons.
'I am so impressed with the commitment Julie made to this team during the summer,' Inouye-Perez said. 'She is quicker, strong and enters this season with great confidence. Julie is a great leader and teammate and I look forward to seeing her compete with this year's team.'
The Bruins will have a new look in the outfield in 2009. With the graduation of All-American Krista Colburn, the Bruins have recruited one of the top outfielders in the country in Andrea Harrison. The Bruins will also show their depth as Samantha Camuso will be sidelined this season after undergoing surgery for a torn labrum in her right shoulder. Camuso, a second-team All-Region and All-Pac-10 selection who started all 60 games as a freshman and led the team with a .366 batting average, will apply for a medical redshirt, looking to come back as a third-year sophomore in 2010.
'Not having Sammy is a great loss to this year's team,' Inouye-Perez said. 'She is an impact player. But we are fortunate to have the depth in our lineup to maintain our strength in the outfield.'
DiSalvatore will be one of a quartet of players who could see time in right field. Others include sophomores Amy Crawford and Lauren Mirabal and freshman Marti Reed. Crawford appeared in 26 games as a pinch-runner last year, scoring 10 times, while Mirabal came off the bench 39 times, crossing home plate 17 times and going 8-for-8 in stolen bases to tie for the team lead. Both players are versatile, with Crawford also possibly seeing time in left and Mirabal potentially checking in at third. Reed brings even more versatility to the team, as she can play both the outfield and infield.
'Amy is very athletic and has transitioned from an infielder to an outfielder by putting in the work with (assistant coach) Gina Vecchione. She is solid on defense and can also make an impact on the bases with her speed. Lauren brings a feistiness and intensity to the team. She has speed and great instinct and loves to take advantage of any situation. She is a game changer. Marti is a valuable asset to the Bruin arsenal. She is athletic and has speed and power. Her strength comes from being able to play more than one position and having a great work ethic.'
The quarterback of the outfield is sophomore Katie Schroeder, who earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades after posting a .362 batting average, which tied for third on the squad. She was also tied for first in stolen bases with eight, second in multiple-hit games (19) and third in runs (34).
'Katie has a very strong will to win. She is a fierce competitor and loves to be `The One' on game days,' Inouye-Perez said. 'Katie has a great knowledge for the game and we will look to her to solidify and strengthen our defense up the middle.'Harrison looks to make an immediate impact in the Bruin lineup in left field and at the plate. The reigning Orange County Register Player of the Year out of Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, Calif. has the talent to be the `go to' in the lineup in her freshman year, according to Inouye-Perez.
'Andrea is a dynamic athlete who is exciting to watch. She works well with Katie in the outfield and has a strong and accurate arm. Her work ethic in the classroom is equally impressive as she made the honor roll in her first quarter as a Bruin.'
2008 SEASON IN REVIEW
A year after missing out on the Women's College World Series, the Bruins returned to Oklahoma City in 2008, posting a 51-9 record for the school's highest win total in five years and UCLA's 12th 50-win campaign. The Bruins were one of five teams in the nation ranked in the Top 25 in batting average, earned run average and fielding percentage. Offensively, UCLA had 93 doubles, the third most in program history for a single season and were ranked 15th in the nation. In the circle, the Bruins allowed only 12 home runs, the third fewest total among teams that made the NCAA Tournament. UCLA had four players, GiOnna DiSalvatore, Amanda Kamekona, Megan Langenfeld and Anjelica Selden, earn All-American honors, the most awards for a Bruin team since 2003. The Bruins also received six All-Region accolades, the most since 1999, and had a conference-best nine players earn Pac-10 Player or Pitcher of the Week honors.
To say the first weekend of the 2008 season was exciting would be an understatement. Among the four Bruin victories at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament were an impressive debut for a Bruin pitcher, a record-setting victory and a dramatic, extra-inning comeback win. Following a win over Nevada in the first game of the season on Feb. 8, freshman Donna Kerr, in her first career start, struck out nine in a complete-game, four-hit victory over fifth-ranked Oklahoma.The next day, the Bruins crushed Santa Clara 27-1, setting school records for runs, RBI and hits in a game. Individually, Kamekona broke a UCLA single-game record with eight runs batted in, while Samantha Camuso established a new watershed mark for runs scored with five. But that wasn't even the most thrilling game of Feb. 9. In the nightcap, the Bruins found themselves trailing UC Santa Barbara 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh. But with two on and two out, DiSalvatore slammed a pitch over the right-field wall to tie the game at five. After the Gauchos were turned away in the top of the eighth, Kaila Shull's two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the inning gave the Bruins a 7-5 win.
The Bruins finished the opening weekend with a 4-1 mark and again went 4-1 in their second tournament of the season, the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas. But it wasn't all good luck for UCLA in Vegas. In a 6-2 loss to Illinois on Feb. 16, Ashley Herrera, who tore her ACL in the first game of the 2007 campaign, fractured her ankle sliding into third base. The senior would go on to miss the next 38 games before returning with two weeks to go in the regular season.
UCLA was undeterred by the loss of one of its leaders, winning 19 consecutive games from Feb. 16 to March 9. The Bruins defeated seven ranked teams during their streak, including a pair of victories over Northwestern (Feb. 24 and March 9) and exciting one-run wins over San Diego State (March 1) and Virginia Tech (March 7).UCLA outscored its opponents 93-15 during the 19-game winning streak, posting 11 shutouts along the way. One of the blankings was a perfect game by Kerr against Saint Peter's on March 2 at the San Diego Classic. In a game that lasted only 58 minutes, the freshman retired all 15 batters she faced, striking out seven. The Bruins also pitched seven one-hitters during the winning streak.
After an extra-inning home loss to Cal State Fullerton on March 12 that ended their streak, the Bruins won their next 10, ascending to number one in the national rankings. UCLA opened Pac-10 play with a 7-0 record, its best start to conference action since 1993. All seven victories came at home against the Oregon schools (March 28-30), Washington (April 2) and the Bay Area teams (April 4-6). The Bruins' first Pac-10 road trip took them to the Arizona schools. With the Bruins ranked atop one national poll and Arizona State leading the other, the two teams met on April 11 in Tempe, but the Sun Devils came away with a 3-0 victory. Things got even worse the next day when UCLA was run-ruled at Arizona. However, the Bruins ended the road trip on a good note, defeating the Wildcats 2-1 on a seventh-inning home run by Jennifer Schroeder.
The eight-game road trip continued in Washington and so did the winning, with the Bruins sweeping a two-game set from the Huskies. In the first contest in Seattle on April 18, Selden won her 100th career game, striking out 14. The Bruins then traveled to the Bay Area and racked up three more wins against California (April 25) and Stanford (April 26 and 27).
UCLA returned to Easton Stadium for its final regular-season homestand, looking to avenge earlier losses to Arizona and Arizona State. On May 2 against the Wildcats, the Bruins improved their winning streak to seven, as Monica Harrison hit a walk-off bomb for her first collegiate home run in a 2-1 victory. The following afternoon, Kamekona hit two home runs, as the Bruins became just the second team to shutout Arizona State's powerful offense in a 5-0 win which tied UCLA with the Sun Devils for first place in the Pac-10. On May 4, UCLA honored its four seniors in an emotional pre-game ceremony, but unfortunately came out on the losing end of a 5-2 decision. The Bruins concluded the regular season with a 2-1 record at Oregon (May 8) and Oregon State (May 9 and 10) to finish conference play second to Arizona State with a 17-4 mark.
UCLA earned a #2-national seed and hosted the Regional round at Easton Stadium. After an 8-3 victory in the opener against Cal State Fullerton on May 16, the Bruins found themselves trailing Nevada 4-3 with two outs in the top of the seventh. But a Katie Schroeder single tied the contest and she would go on to drive in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, with the Bruins eventually winning 6-4. Langenfeld was the star in the circle for UCLA, tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, fanning a career-high 10. On Regional championship day (May 18), UCLA fell behind an opponent for the third straight game, but came back to win it 4-3 to advance to the Super Regionals. A go-ahead home run by Camuso in the sixth inning proved to be the difference.
The Bruins matched up with 15-seed Georgia in the Supers, but the visiting Bulldogs proved to be no match for the home team. After Georgia scored on a first-inning home run in game one (May 24), UCLA came back with six unanswered runs to win it 6-1. The Bruins broke out the bats the following evening in game two to get back to the Women's College World Series. Kamekona and Jennifer Schroeder each homered and Selden struck out 10 in a 6-0 shutout victory.
The Bruins' side of the bracket had a Pac-10 feel to it, with Arizona and Arizona State, along with Alabama, in that foursome. UCLA faced the Wildcats first on May 29 and came away with a 1-0 victory. The only run of the game came in the first inning on an RBI single by Kamekona. It marked the 44th time that UCLA scored first in 2008 and the 30th time that it crossed home plate in the first inning, remaining undefeated in both instances. Selden punched out nine in a three-hit shutout to advance the Bruins into the winner's bracket. Selden struck out nine more in each of the next two games against Arizona State (May 30) and Florida (May 31), but the Bruin offense could not muster up a run, as UCLA was eliminated from the Women's College World Series.
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