Cats Lose Heartbreaker to UCLA

June 7, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Megan Langenfeld hit her first career walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth, and UCLA staged an improbable 6-5 comeback win in Game 1 of the Women's College World Series championship series.

In a game that featured five lead changes ties, the turning point came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and Arizona holding onto a 5-4 lead that they had garnered in the top half.

UCLA's Dani Yudin popped up to left center, but Lauren Schutzler and Brittany Lastrapes had some miscommunication and the ball fell to the ground. Julie Burney was intentionally walked, and Kaila Shull doubled off the glove of Karissa Buchanan in right field to plate pinch runner Marti Reed and tie the game and eventually send it to extras.

With two outs in the eighth, Langenfeld took the second pitch from Kenzie Fowler (39-7) over the centerfield wall to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.

Arizona (52-13) struck first off the bat of Brigette Del Ponte. The freshman floated the second pitch she saw from Langenfeld into shallow left field, plating K'Lee Arredondo. Brittany Lastrapes had led off the game with a single, but was gunned down trying to move to second. Arredondo and Stacie Chambers drew walks after Lauren Schutzler struck out. Lini Koria popped out to end the half.

Langenfeld helped her own cause and hit a solo home run with two outs in the first to even the score.

UCLA (49-11) put another on the board in the third when GiOnna DiSalvatore led off with a double off the glove of Lastrapes in left. Then Langenfeld tallied her second RBI of the game on a one-out bloop to right, scoring DiSalvatore from second.

But Arizona staged another two-out rally to tie the game in the fifth. Schutzler drew a walk, Arredondo singled, then Chambers singled through the right side to plate Schutzler and knot the score.

Fowler ran into a bit of trouble in the bottom half as Langenfeld nabbed her third hit of the game on a one-out single up the middle. Andrea Harrison hit a sharp liner off the left field wall for a double to move Langenfeld to third, but Fowler recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.

Koria led off the sixth with a single to centerfield and moved to second on a sac bunt by Kristen Arriola. After a strikeout, Buchanan blooped a single into shallow left, but Lastrapes went down swinging.

Monica Harrison doubled on the chalk in left field to score B.B. Bates and Kaila Shull and give the Bruins a 4-2 lead after six.

Schutzler walked to lead off the seventh, then Arredondo slammed her second homer of the WCWS to tie the game. The next batter, Chambers, sent the full count pitch to deep centerfield to give Arizona its first lead since the first inning. It chased starter Langenfeld in favor of Aleah Macon (12-1) who picked up the win.

Fowler threw 7.2 innings and struck out 12, while Langenfeld pitched six frames and allowed nine hits. Macon scattered two hits in the same number of innings.

The teams will meet again tomorrow at 7 p.m. CT (5 p.m. Tucson time), with Arizona needing to win to keep their hopes for a ninth national championship alive.

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