Softball Drops Close Decision to UCLA
April 5, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 5 UCLA Bruin pitching staff limited Arizona to one hit, and Monica Harrison's two-out RBI single in the third inning was enough to hold off No. 9 Wildcats as the Bruins picked up a 3-2 win at Easton Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Harrison delivered the game-deciding hit for the second time in two years in Los Angeles. Last season, she hit her first career home run in the seventh to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory.
The Bruins scored all three runs of their runs with two outs off of Jennifer Martinez (7-3). The senior was lifted before the fifth inning, having given up three runs on seven hits, but striking out three. Sarah Akamine pitched superbly as well, not allowing a hit in two innings, and striking out two.
Megan Langenfeld (4-0) came in to relieve starter Donna Kerr in the second inning, after Arizona had taken a 2-0 lead. The Bakersfield, Calif. native didn't give up a hit, issued one walk and struck out six in 5.2 innings of work.
Arizona (32-9, 4-2) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to Jenae Leles, who hit a two-out bomb over the score board in left field.
The Cats opened up a 2-0 margin in the second. With one out, right fielder Amy Crawford dropped Lini Koria's popup down the line, allowing Koria to reach second. Then Koria moved to third on a wild pitch and, after a walk and a pitching change, scored as Kristen Arriola stole second base. Consecutive strikeouts ended the half.
UCLA (27-8, 2-4) tied the game in their half. Julie Burney doubled off the wall in right center with no runners on and two outs, and a base hit and passed ball moved runners to second and third for Katie Schroeder, who hit a two-RBI single up the middle. Martinez struck out Andrea Harrison to halt the rally.
The Bruins tallied another two-out run in the third after Harrison singled into centerfield, scoring Amanda Kamekona, who had led off the inning with a single.
UA never threatened after the third, as Langenfeld retired the next 12 Arizona batters. Akamine did her part in her two innings of work, sitting down all six UCLA batters she faced, and running her career scoreless streak against the Bruins to 13.2 innings.
Up Next: Arizona hosts in-state rival Arizona State on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear red for the Rivalry Red-Out games.
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