April 25, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - Sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore homered twice, while junior Megan Langenfeld and freshman Andrea Harrison also left the yard, as the second-ranked Bruins mercy-ruled #4 Arizona State 9-1 in five innings on Saturday at Farrington Stadium.
The Bruins win their eighth straight and improve to 34-8 overall and 9-4 in Pac-10 play, moving into first place in the conference by virtue of a 4-1 Washington victory at Arizona (8-4) Saturday night.
Langenfeld improved to 10-0 in the circle this season, giving up three hits, one run and two walks in five innings. Sophomore Katie Schroeder went 3-for-3 to improve her hitting streak to a career-best 12 games, also scoring three times, while DiSalvatore, Harrison and Langenfeld all had two-hit contests. The Bruins had 11 hits as a team.
UCLA jumped all over Arizona State starter Hillary Bach, scoring four times in both the first and second. Schroeder led off with a slap single to the pitcher and moved to second on a sacrifice by Andrea Harrison. Langenfeld then launched her fifth home run of the season to left-center to put the Bruins on top 2-0. Senior Amanda Kamekona followed by reaching on a bunt single, stole second and came around to score on DiSalvatore's first homer of the game and fourth of the season to right-center to make it 4-0.
In the second, sophomore Monica Harrison was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second on a single to right by Schroeder. Andrea Harrison then crushed her sixth bomb of the year to right-center to give the Bruins a 7-0 advantage. That would be the end of the game for Bach, who was relieved by Megan Elliott, but the Bruins still kept on hitting. Elliott retired the first two batters she faced, but gave up a solo homer to right-center to DiSalvatore, her fifth of the year, to make it 8-0.
The Bruins tacked on another run in the fifth, rallying with two outs. Schroeder doubled to right-center and Andrea Harrison singled to center to drive in her fourth run and the Bruins' ninth. Arizona State got on the board with a home run by Caylyn Carlson to left with two outs in the fifth, but Langenfeld finished off the win to give UCLA its eight-straight victory.
Bach allowed seven runs and seven hits in one-plus inning of work, while Elliott gave up two runs, four hits and four walks in four innings with two strikeouts.
UCLA concludes its weekend against Arizona State on Sunday at 12 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.