May 7, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Senior Kaila Shull and sophomore Dani Yudin homered, but it was junior GiOnna DiSalvatore's two-run blast in the bottom of the sixth that broke a 2-all tie and helped the fifth-ranked Bruins to a 4-2 victory over #13 California on Friday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins win their 10th in a row to improve to 37-9 overall and 11-5 in Pac-10 play, while the Golden Bears fall to 37-16 and 6-10 in league action.
Langenfeld picked up the win in relief to improve to 7-1 despite seeing her consecutive scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 1/3. She struck out two in three innings and allowed a run, four hits and a walk. Junior Donna Kerr started and fanned four in four innings, giving up a run, four hits and two walks. She struck out two in both the first and second innings.
The Bruins hit a pair of solo home runs in the second to take an early lead. Yudin led off the inning with her fifth home run of the season, while Shull belted her fourth of the year two outs later to make it 2-0.
In the fourth, Cal cut the deficit to one. The Bears loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Valerie Arioto and Lindsey Ziegenhirt and a walk to Jace Williams. Frani Echavarria then grounded a ball to third, with senior Julie Burney coming home to force Arioto for the first out of the inning. Taylor Kelly followed by lifting a shallow fly ball to left, as Harrison dove for it but was unable to come up with it. Ziegenhirt came home for Cal's first run, but Harrison alertly threw to third to force Williams for the second out. The play was ruled as a fielder's choice, as Kelly still received an RBI.
The Bruins had a chance to add some insurance runs in the fifth but left the bases loaded. Langenfeld walked with one out and moved to second on a single up the middle by Harrison. Yudin then singled up the middle to load the bases, but Arioto retired the next two batters to end the threat.
The Golden Bears tied it up in the sixth. Ziegenhirt led off with a double down the left-field line and was pinch-run for by Shannon Houston, who scored on a double to left-center by Williams to make it two-all.
UCLA broke the tie in the bottom of the inning. With one out, freshman B.B. Bates singled to left and came home on DiSalvatore's seventh home run of the season to straightaway center to make it 4-2 Bruins.
Cal had one last chance in the seventh after posting a Shannon Thomas double and an Arioto walk with two outs. But Langenfeld struck out Ziegenhirt to end the game.
The Bruins and the Bears continue their three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.