Nov. 13, 2008
LOS ANGELES - UCLA pitchers Whitney Baker, Donna Kerr and Megan Langenfeld have been on their game through the first three fall scrimmages, yielding no hits and just two baserunners in 22 innings of work.
In their first scrimmage last Thursday against Cal State San Marcos, the Bruins held a 4-0 lead after four innings before the teams moved into situational hitting in the final four frames. UCLA went on to score 12 runs in the second half of the game (two courtesy of runners being placed on base to start an inning), while Cal State San Marcos brought in a run in the eighth when it began with runners at third and first and scored on a throwing error.
Langenfeld pitched the first five innings against San Marcos and didn't allow a baserunner, striking out nine. Kerr threw the final three frames and fanned three. Langenfeld, Julie Burney and GiOnna DiSalvatore all had three hits, with Langenfeld adding four RBI. Monica Harrison and Dani Yudin added three runs batted in each.
The Bruins met Biola in their second scrimmage on Tuesday, scoring one in each of the first two innings before bringing home six in the fourth. UCLA added one in both the sixth and seventh after a runner was put on base to start the inning. Despite Biola having runners put on in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, UCLA did not allow a run to cross as it did well on its situational defense.
Kerr tossed the first four innings and retired all 12 batters, striking out seven. Baker threw the last three and struck out six, allowing just one walk. At the plate, Langenfeld and Katie Schroeder each had two hits, while Langenfeld and Burney drove in two runs apiece. Burney and Harrison each hit home runs.
UCLA allowed just two baserunners in its third scrimmage on Thursday against Fullerton Junior College on an error and a hit by pitch in the third inning. The Bruins scored 16 times (three courtesy of runners placed on base), while Fullerton had runs in the fourth and sixth when runners were put on to start the inning.
Baker started for the Bruins and struck out six with a hit by pitch, while Kerr pitched the final three innings and fanned five. Amanda Kamekona went 4-for-5 with four RBI and a home run. Langenfeld was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Burney went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in.
The Bruins finish up their fall campaign with three more scrimmages next week, taking on Cerritos Junior College on Tuesday, College of the Canyons on Thursday and Mt. San Antonio College on Friday. All games are scheduled to begin around 2 p.m. at Easton Stadium. Admission is free and parking in Lot 11 is $9.