May 19, 2007
LOS ANGELES - UCLA softball saw its 2007 season come to a close on Saturday night at Easton Stadium, falling to Loyola Marymount by a 4-2 margin. The Lions advance to the championship game of the Los Angeles regional where they will play Hawai'i at 2:30 pm PT. The Lions must win twice in order to advance to Super Regionals, while the Rainbow Wahine require just one win to advance.
There was no miraculous rally, no big hit in the clutch, no magic at the end.
The Bruins dropped consecutive games to Hawaii 5-3 and Loyola Marymount 4-2 Saturday night and were eliminated from the NCAA tournament.
The Bruins rallied with two runs in the sixth inning and loaded the bases in the seventh. They even got a pinch hit from 2004 World Series' hero Kristen Dedmon, but could go no further.
"We fought down to our last swing," senior shortstop Jodie Legaspi said. "That's what we do as Bruins. That's what we live by. If we only have one swing left, we're going to go down with that last swing."
Hawaii scored two runs on Brandi Peiler's two-run double in the top of the eighth. LMU jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Megan Ackermann's three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth and held off the Bruins rally in the seventh to pull out the victory.
Anjelica Selden took the loss for UCLA in the nightcap. She gave up four runs in 4.2 innings. Freshman Megan Langenfeld came on in relief and held the Lions scoreless the last 1.1 innings, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
The Bruins beat LMU 6-3 on Friday night, but that was before Ackermann went on a tear at the plate.
The former Westlake High standout was 3 for 6 on Saturday with seven RBI, blasted a grand slam home run in LMU's 5-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara earlier in the evening.
"You never like to end a season," first-year UCLA coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said. "As Bruins, we're always planning to get to the end. It's part of our culture. Tonight, we simply ran out of time."