March 29, 2009
BERKELEY, Calif. - Junior Megan Langenfeld reached base four times on a pair of RBI singles and two walks, while junior Julie Burney hit a three-run homer, but the fourth-ranked Bruins lost to #12 California 9-5 on Sunday at Levine-Fricke Field.
The Bruins drop to 26-6 overall and 1-2 in Pac-10 play, while the Golden Bears improve to 25-9 and 2-1 in league action.
The Bruins got on the board in the first. Senior Amanda Kamekona stroked a leadoff pitch to right-center for a double and sophomore Katie Schroeder walked. After sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore grounded into a fielder's choice that retired Kamekona at third, junior Kaila Shull drew a free pass to load the bases. Langenfeld followed with a tremendous at-bat to put the Bruins up 1-0. After falling behind in the count 0-2, Langenfeld battled back to get the count full and singled to left on the 11th pitch she saw to plate Schroeder for the game's first run.
Cal didn't hit the ball hard off sophomore Donna Kerr in the second, but came away with four hits and two runs. Elia Reid legged out an infield single to short to start the inning, which was followed by an infield single off Kerr's glove by Vernae Sevilla. After the Bears pulled off a double steal to put runners at third and second, Taylor Kelly blooped a single to right to plate Reid and tie the game at one. One out later, Valerie Arioto blooped another hit in between the Harrison sisters in shallow left to bring in Sevilla and give Cal a 2-1 edge.
The Golden Bears used the long ball in the third to score three more. Sanoe Kekahuna singled to left to start the inning, and one out later, Elia Reid homered to left-center to put Cal on top 4-1. Sevilla followed with a home run to the same spot to make it a 5-1 game.
Cal added three more in the fourth. Shannon Thomas singled up the middle to start the inning, moved to second on a single to left by Gina Leomiti and scored on a UCLA error to make it 6-1. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, Kelly singled to center to plate Leomiti and Kekahuna to make it 8-1.
In the fifth, UCLA rallied with two outs to bring across four runs. Schroeder walked to start the inning and stole second. Two outs later, Langenfeld singled up the middle to score Schroeder to make it 8-2. Freshman Andrea Harrison followed with a walk and Burney belted a three-run homer to left-center, her fifth jack of the season, to cut the deficit to 8-5.
The Golden Bears struck again with a home run in the fifth when Leomiti went yard to left to increase Cal's lead to 9-5.
The Bruins had seven hits as a team and were also given eight walks, but left nine on base. Kerr (15-5) tossed the first three innings and allowed five runs, eight hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Redshirt sophomore Whitney Baker threw the last three frames and gave up four runs (one earned), five hits and four walks with four strikeouts.
Cal had 13 hits, with Kelly, Leomiti, Reid, Sevilla and Thomas all recording two. Marissa Drewrey earned the win to move to 15-8 on the year, allowing five runs, five hits and seven walks with five strikeouts in five innings. Arioto picked up her first save of the season, pitching two scoreless innings and giving up two hits and a walk.
The Bruins open up their Pac-10 home schedule next weekend against the Arizona schools. UCLA first faces Arizona State on Friday at 1 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available on UCLABruins.com. The game will also be televised on tape delay on Fox Sports Net.