UCLA Earns Sweep Over Huskies
April 11, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The No. 3 Washington softball team dropped the second game in a two-game series against No. 7 UCLA Saturday, falling in five innings, 10-0, to the Bruins at Easton Stadium.
For the second consecutive day, UCLA's Megan Langenfield (6-0) confused the Husky batters, no-hitting UW in five innings and going just one batter over the minimum as UCLA committed one error in the game. She struck out just two Husky batters but kept the ball in the infield for much of the game to record the first no-hitter against Washington since 2006.
The loss evened UW's Pac-10 record at 4-4 and dropped them into a tie with UCLA which is also 4-4. UW is 31-7 overall while the Bruins are 29-8.
Freshman Jenna Clifton (2-1) got her first career Pac-10 start and just the second start of her career for the Huskies and worked a one-two-three first inning, striking out two batters. But the Bruins broke out for four runs in the second inning, most of the damage coming on a three-run home run by Dani Yudin.
Clifton then settled down and retired seven of the next eight but the Bruins struck again in the fifth, putting six more runs up on the board to invoke the mercy-rule, getting a game-winning three-run home run by Julie Burney.
The Huskies continue their eight-game road swing next weekend when they travel down I-5 to face Oregon on Friday, April 17 at 4 p.m., and Oregon State, Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 at Noon.
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