April 18, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. - Junior Julie Burney homered for the third straight game and drove in four runs, while sophomore Katie Schroeder also left the yard, as the third-ranked Bruins defeated Oregon 9-2 on Saturday at Howe Field.
The Bruins improve to 31-8 overall and 6-4 in Pac-10 play, while the Ducks fall to 13-25 and 2-9 in league action.
Redshirt sophomore Whitney Baker started and improved to 9-2 on the year, allowing two runs and three hits in 4 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Langenfeld tossed 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief, striking out two for her third save of the year.
The Ducks got on the board in the bottom of the first on a two-out home run by Neena Bryant. But the Bruins exploded for five unanswered runs to take the lead. In the second, senior Amanda Kamekona walked, moved to second on a sacrifice by DiSalvatore, advanced to third on a groundout by junior Kaila Shull and scored on a single to right by Burney to tie the game at one.
The Bruins added three more in the fourth on one swing of the bat when Burney crushed her eighth homer of the season to left-center to make it 4-1.
In the fifth, Schroeder led off with a homer to put the Bruins up 5-1, but the Ducks got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Kaitlin Vitek started the Ducks' half of the fifth with a home run.
The Bruins scored once in the sixth to take a 6-2 advantage. DiSalvatore led off with a single, and two outs later, freshman Dani Yudin walked to put a pair on. Harrison followed with a single to right, and when Blair Williamson mishandled the ball in the outfield, DiSalvatore came in with the Bruins' sixth run.
UCLA tacked on three more in the seventh. Langenfeld and Kamekona had back-to-back singles to start the inning. Two outs later, Burney walked to load the bases. Yudin followed with a single to center, bringing in Langenfeld and Kamekona to make it 8-2. Harrison then singled up the middle to plate freshman pinch-runner Marti Reed to up the Bruins' advantage to 9-2.
Baker was dominant in the circle, retiring 10 in a row at one point from the first to the fourth. She struck out two in the second, third and fourth and one in the first. Langenfeld was perfect in her relief stint. After retiring the first batter she faced on a double play in the fifth, she set down the Ducks 1-2-3 in the last two innings, including two strikeouts in the sixth.
Melissa Rice (0-6) started for the Ducks and allowed five runs, seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Brittany Rumfelt pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, giving up four runs, seven hits and two walks.
The Bruins finish their Oregon trip on Sunday when they face the Ducks in Eugene at 12 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.