Fifth-Ranked Bruins Duck Upset Bid, Come Back to Beat #18 Oregon
April 30, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Senior Megan Langenfeld had five RBI and tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, junior GiOnna DiSalvatore had three hits and senior Kaila Shull hit a two-run homer, as the fifth-ranked Bruins scored nine unanswered runs to defeat #18 Oregon 11-4 on Friday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins claim their seventh straight victory and improve to 34-9 overall and 8-5 in Pac-10 play, while the Ducks fall to 31-11 and 7-6 in league.
Langenfeld's five runs batted in were a career high, as she went 2-for-4 at the plate. In the circle, she struck out two and allowed three hits and a walk to improve to 6-1 on the season. The senior retired eight of the last nine batters of the game and set down the side in order in the sixth.
The Ducks struck first on the second batter of the game, as Neena Bryant hit a first-pitch home run to left-center to make it 1-0.
The Bruins bounced back with a pair in the bottom of the second. Sophomore Samantha Camuso singled up the middle to start the inning and came home one batter later on Shull's second home run of the season to left-center to put the Bruins on top 2-1.
Oregon re-took the lead in the third with three runs. The Ducks loaded the bases to open the inning on a bunt single by Allie Burger, a double to left by Bryant and a walk to Kelsey Chambers. One out later, Sam Pappas drew a walk to plate Burger to tie the score at two. Ashley Kivett followed with a single up the middle to bring in Bryant to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead. After the Bruins got the second out of the inning, Kaitlin Vitek had a full-swing nubber that deadened between the plate and third, allowing Chambers to scamper home with Oregon's fourth run.
The Bruins re-took the lead in the bottom of the fifth, sending 11 to the plate and scoring six times. Yudin doubled to center to open the inning and Camuso drew a walk and was pinch-run for by junior Amy Crawford. One out later, Shull walked to load the bases and Bates singled to left to bring in Yudin to cut the deficit to 4-3. DiSalvatore evened the game at four with a single up the middle to score Crawford.
After the Ducks got the second out of the inning, Langenfeld hit a high chopper up the middle to the outfield cutout that was good for a base hit, with Shull coming home and Bates scoring all the way from second to give the Bruins a 6-4 advantage. After sophomore Andrea Harrison reached on a single off the pitcher to re-load the bases, Yudin chopped a ball to Monique Fuiava at first. But the ball handcuffed the Oregon first baseman, which allowed Yudin to reach, and when Fuiava's desperation throw went into shallow right field, Langenfeld scored with Harrison in front of her to make it 8-4.
UCLA got to the brink of another mercy-rule win, but settled for three runs in the sixth. Senior Julie Burney led off with a single to left and moved to second on a walk to Shull. One out later, DiSalvatore walked to load the bases, and after the second out of the inning, Langenfeld cleared the bases with a double off the base of the wall in center field to make it 11-4.
The Bruins continue their three-game series against Oregon on Saturday at 6 p.m. Saturday is UCLA's Cancer Awareness Game, with all fans who wear a pink t-shirt receiving #2 off a regular-priced admission ticket. Gametracker and live audio will be available on UCLABruins.com.