May 30, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The fifth-seeded Bruins scored nine times in the last two innings, with home runs by senior Kaila Shull, sophomore Samantha Camuso and freshman B.B. Bates, as UCLA defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 10-1 in five innings on Sunday in the second game of the Los Angeles Super Regional at Easton Stadium to advance to the Women's College World Series.
The Bruins improve to 45-11 on the season, advancing to their 24th Women's College World Series. UCLA will face fourth-seeded Florida in the first round of the WCWS on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. PT/2:30 p.m. CT. The game will be aired live on ESPNHD and ESPN3.com, with Gametracker available on UCLABruins.com.
Camuso had four RBI on a grand slam, while Bates, Shull and sophomore Dani Yudin each drove in a pair of runs. Langenfeld and Yudin both had two-hit games. All nine Bruins in the lineup had hits, with UCLA producing 11 as a team. The Bruins posted their 20th mercy-rule win of the season, setting a single-season school record.
Langenfeld earned the win in the circle to improve to 11-1 on the year. She pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, striking out three and allowing just one hit. She retired the final seven batters of the game, striking out a pair in the fourth. Junior Donna Kerr started and fanned four, only giving up an unearned run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings. Kerr struck out the side in the second inning.
UCLA scored in the first inning for the second straight game. With one out, junior Monica Harrison doubled to right-center and Langenfeld walked. Harrison tagged up and moved to third on a fly out to center off the bat of sophomore Andrea Harrison and came home on a single up the middle by Yudin to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
Louisiana-Lafayette tied up the game on an unearned run in the third. Erikka Murphy reached on an infield single to start the inning and stole second. One out later, Melissa Verde reached on an error, which allowed Murphy to score from second to even the game at one.
The Bruins re-took the lead in the fourth with a two-out rally. Senior Julie Burney had a single to right-center and Shull homered to right, her sixth home run of the season, to give UCLA a 3-1 advantage.
UCLA busted it open with seven in the fifth. Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore opened the inning with a single to left, and one out later, the Bruins loaded the bases on a single to right by Langenfeld and a base hit to left by Andrea Harrison. Yudin then drove in her second run of the game with a single to left to plate DiSalvatore to make it 4-1.
Camuso followed with a grand slam, her 13th homer of the season, second of the weekend and fifth of the NCAA Tournament, to increase the margin to 8-1. One out later, Shull drew a walk and Bates launched her fourth homer of the year to right-center to give UCLA a 10-1 advantage.