Feb. 13, 2010
CLERMONT, Fla. - Senior Megan Langenfeld and junior GiOnna DiSalvatore each drove in a pair of runs, junior Monica Harrison homered and Langenfeld shut down #16 Tennessee in the circle, as the sixth-ranked Bruins beat the Lady Vols 11-1 in six innings on Saturday at Dot Richardson's National Collegiate Softball Invitational.
After 1-2-3 innings for both teams in the first, the Bruins (2-0) got on the board with a run in the second. Langenfeld led off with a walk, and after a sacrifice by senior Kaila Shull moved her to second, DiSalvatore doubled to left-center to put UCLA on top 1-0.
In the third, the Bruins exploded for six runs. Monica Harrison homered on a 2-1 pitch to open up the inning to make it 2-0, which was followed by back-to-back singles from junior Katie Schroeder and freshman B.B. Bates. Junior Andrea Harrison then hit a ball to the base of the left-field wall, but confusion on the base paths saw Schroeder and Bates both standing at third as Harrison ran to second. Both Bates and Harrison retreated to their previous bases, but a throw down to second base by Tennessee catcher Tiffany Huff sailed into center field, allowing Schroeder and Bates to score to make it 4-0. Harrison was hurt on the play trying to get back to first and was pinch-run for by junior Amy Crawford.
Langenfeld and Shull drew consecutive walks to load the bases and DiSalvatore followed with a single to left to plate Crawford to make it 5-0. Sophomore Samantha Camuso then grounded a ball to shortstop which forced DiSalvatore at second, but second baseman Nicole Kajitani's relay throw to first eluded the bag, as both junior Grace Murray, who was pinch-running for Langenfeld, and Shull came home to put the Bruins up 7-0.
The Bruins tacked on four more runs in the top of the sixth to invoke the mercy rule. Camuso led off with a single up the middle and was pinch-run for by sophomore Marti Reed. After senior Julie Burney sacrificed Reed to second, Monica Harrison singled up the middle to put runners at the corners and Schroeder followed with a single to right to plate Reed and make it 8-0. After Bates reached on a fielding error at third to load the bases, Crawford drew a walk to plate Harrison and put the Bruins up 9-0. Langenfeld followed with a double to left to bring home Schroeder and Bates to make it 11-0.
The Lady Vols (0-1) got on the board in the bottom of the sixth, scoring on a Bruin error, but UCLA finished off Tennessee to win it 11-1.
Langenfeld (1-0) started and threw the first five innings, allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out four. Sophomore Aleah Macon pitched the sixth inning, striking out two and allowing one hit, one run (unearned) and one walk.
DiSalvatore and Schroeder each had two hits for the Bruins, who had 11 as a team.
The Bruins play twice on Sunday, having added a game due to Friday's rainout. UCLA will face #3 Michigan on Sunday at 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET, as originally scheduled, which will be followed by a makeup game with #7/#8 Georgia at 8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET. Gametracker for both games will be available at UCLABruins.com.