Bruins Say Aloha to the Softballs in Win Over Hawai'i

June 4, 2010

Box Score

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Senior Julie Burney and sophomores Samantha Camuso and Andrea Harrison all hit home runs, as the fifth-seeded Bruins improved to 2-0 at the Women's College World Series with a 5-2 victory over #16 Hawai'i on Friday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

The Bruins improve to 47-11 and continue on in the winner's bracket, where they will next play on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT/12 p.m. CT on ESPN HD and The opponent, which will come through the loser's bracket, will be determined on Saturday.

Burney, senior Megan Langenfeld and junior GiOnna DiSalvatore each had two hits for the Bruins, who had 10 as a team. Seven different players had a base hit. UCLA has now hit a single-season school record 100 home runs this season.

Langenfeld earned the win in the circle to improve to 13-1 on the season, striking out six and giving up two runs, six hits and one walk in seven innings. She retired the side in order in the first, third and sixth, striking out a pair in the second.

The Bruins jumped out to an early lead with three in the second. Sophomore Dani Yudin drew a four-pitch walk and came home on Camuso's 14th home run of the year and sixth of the postseason to left field on a 1-0 pitch to stake UCLA to an early 2-0 lead. Burney then singled, moved to second on an illegal pitch by the Rainbow Wahine's Kaia Parnaby, advanced to third on a sacrifice by senior Kaila Shull and scored one out later on a single up the middle by DiSalvatore to make it 3-0.

UCLA hit another home run in the fourth. Burney hit a 1-1 offering over the fence in left-center field, her 17th homer of the season which is tied for the team lead, to increase the Bruin advantage to 4-0.

Hawai'i (50-15) rallied with two outs in the fourth. Jenna Rodriguez singled to left and came in on a home run to left by Alex Aguirre on the 17th pitch of the at-bat to cut the deficit to 4-2. The Rainbow Wahine added back-to-back singles by Kanani Pu'u-Warren and Amanda Tauali'i, but Langenfeld retired Katie Grimes on a pop up to second to end the inning.

The Bruins got one of the runs back in the fifth. With one out, Andrea Harrison launched a 1-1 pitch out to center field to make it 5-2. It was Harrison's third homer of the Women's College World Series and her 16th of the season.

UCLA (47-11) improved to 87-29 all-time in the Women's College World Series with its 5-2 win over Hawai'i (50-15) in the second round of the WCWS ... UCLA moved to 13-4 all-time against Hawai'i and has won five of the last six meetings ... The Bruins improved to 7-0 in the 2010 NCAA tournament and to 171-40 all-time in NCAA postseason play ... UCLA's Samantha Camuso hit her sixth home run of the postseason with a two-run blast to left field in the top of the second, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. The sophomore has 12 multi-RBI games on the year ... UCLA moved to 38-1 this year when leading after four innings of play. The Bruins are also 28-3 when registering three or more home runs in a game ... UCLA has hit three or more home runs in each of its seven NCAA tournament contests ... The Bruins collected 10 hits tonight, their fourth consecutive game with 10 or more. It was their 28th game of the year with at least 10 hits ... UCLA's Julie Burney hit her second home run of the NCAA tournament and 17th of the year in the fourth inning. The solo blast gave the Bruins a 4-0 advantage ... Andrea Harrison's fifth-inning homer was UCLA's 100th of the season. The solo shot was Harrison's third in this year's WCWS and 16th of the season. She is 3-for-9 over the last two days with seven RBI ... UCLA pitcher Megan Langenfeld picked up the complete-game win to move to 13-1 on the year and to 2-0 in this year's WCWS. Langenfeld, who has a 52-9 career record, gave up two runs (both earned) on six hits while striking out six.

UCLA HEAD COACH Kelly Inouye-Perez
Opening comment: "Great night, I'm very proud of my team's fight. Great night to be able to see consolidating, especially some really solid defense and ultimately a really gutsy performance by Megan Langenfeld in the circle against a very talented Hawai'i team. But I think ultimately the Bruins are on a mission. They're on a mission. And today was just game 2 of a tournament that we look forward to playing game 3 before they get back out there."

On the decision to start pitcher Megan Langenfeld: "Very simply, we wanted to make sure Lang was ready to go. She's had some unfortunate injuries throughout this season and we said from very early on that we wanted her to be at her best when we needed her to be at her best. So very fortunate we have depth in this team to keep this train rolling, as I like to say, so we could allow Lang to get to the point to be at her best. And it's time. So I literally met with her last night and asked how she was doing. She said `I want the ball coach.' So it was very simple."

On keeping Hawai'i off-balance: "We wanted to focus on is just hitting our spots. And yes Hawai'i is a very powerful lineup. Anyone in the lineup is able to put a ball over the fence. So we wanted to keep the ball low and force some ground balls. And luckily that happened more often than not. Just a matter of sticking to that game plan and not worrying if something did get hit out. I was better at moving on to the next pitch and just kind of washing that last one away. So that was kind of the game plan for today."

On how this UCLA team is different than the one that played Hawai'i in the 2007 regional: "I believe our ability to move on to the next pitch. If we get punched or if something doesn't go our way, we're quicker on moving to the next thing. We're not stuck in the same place. Our ability to forget about the past and just move on, I think that's different. And just the fact that we're just older. She (Samantha Camuso) wasn't here, she (Andrea Harrison) wasn't here. But I think now there's just a lot of experience and it's just a completely different team."

On her three home runs over the last two games: "It's just about having fun for me. Waiting for a pitch that's in the zone, something that I want to hit. I get in the batter's box every time and I tell myself that I'm going to get a hit, and there's just no other option. And it's fun to just have my team's back no matter what."

On what is working for her right now at the plate: "Previously in the season I've been over-swinging and just speeding the game up. Right now I'm just focusing on slowing everything down, even just slowing my swing down, letting the ball travel deeper. Just taking it pitch by pitch, and not trying to do too much. Just do what I know how to do."

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