April 26, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - Sophomore Monica Harrison became the first player in UCLA history to hit three home runs in one game, as the second-ranked Bruins tied a school record with seven bombs in a 10-4 victory over #4 Arizona State on Sunday at Farrington Stadium.
The Bruins remain in first place in the Pac-10 with a 10-4 mark and a 35-8 overall record. The Sun Devils fall to 37-11 overall and 7-6 in league action.
UCLA's home run barrage equaled its total from a Feb. 18, 2007 game against Wright State when the Bruins also had seven. Along with Monica Harrison's three long balls, juniors Megan Langenfeld and Julie Burney, sophomore Katie Schroeder and freshman Andrea Harrison also had home runs.
The first bomb came with two outs in the top of the first when Langenfeld deposited her sixth home run of the season to left-center to put the Bruins on top 1-0. Monica Harrison hit the first of her three in the third, a one-out shot to straightaway center for her seventh of the year to make it 2-0.
In the fifth, the Bruins added two more runs. Monica Harrison walked to open the inning and Schroeder knocked her team-leading 13th home run of the season to left-center to make it 4-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Sun Devils rallied with four runs. Caylyn Carlson led off with a homer to left-center, and one out later, Jessica Mapes reached on an infield single. After Jessica Rogers reached on an error by Monica Harrison at shortstop, Kaitlin Cochran walked to load the bases. Kaylyn Castillo then lifted a fly ball to center field, but it was lost in the sun by Schroeder, which allowed Mapes to score. However, Schroeder threw the ball back in to Monica Harrison, who caught Rogers leaning too far off third and threw home to junior Kaila Shull for the second out of the inning. With Castillo moving to second on the play and getting pinch-run for by Taylor Haro, Katelyn Boyd doubled to left-center to bring home both Cochran and Haro to even the game at four.
UCLA struck right back with four in the top of the sixth, rallying with two outs. Shull walked to open the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice by Burney and one out later came home on Monica Harrison's second homer of the game to right-center and her eighth of the season to make it 6-4. Schroeder followed by reaching on an error by second baseman Ashley Muenz and Andrea Harrison belted her seventh jack of the year to right-center to put the Bruins up 8-4.
In the seventh, UCLA tacked on two more solo home runs. Burney led off with her ninth homer of the season to center, and one out later, Monica Harrison completed her historic day with a solo shot to left for her ninth of the year to make it 10-4.
Langenfeld and Monica Harrison each went 3-for-3, as the Bruins pounded out 11 hits. Langenfeld earned the win to improve to 11-0 on the year, pitching five innings of relief and allowing four runs (two earned), five hits and two walks with one strikeout. Redshirt sophomore Whitney Baker started and faced only two batters, giving up a walk and a fielding error. Sophomore Donna Kerr slammed the door on Arizona State, pitching two hitless innings of relief, giving up a walk while striking out three.
Mapes went 2-for-3 for the Sun Devils, who had five hits. Hillary Bach (22-5) allowed eight runs (six earned), six hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts. Megan Elliott gave up two runs, five hits and one walk in 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout.
The Bruins conclude their seven-game road trip on Wednesday at Washington at 1 p.m. Gametracker and a live audio broadcast will be available on UCLABruins.com.