Feb. 28, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Freshman Dani Yudin drove in what proved to be the game-winning runs with a two-run single in the fifth, while junior Megan Langenfeld equaled the UCLA career saves record with three scoreless innings of relief, as the third-ranked Bruins defeated San Diego State 4-3 on Saturday at the SDSU Softball Stadium.
The Bruins win their 12th straight, improving to 17-2 on the season, while the Aztecs fall to 8-9.
Langenfeld recorded her first save of the season and seventh of her career to tie Lisa Longaker for first on UCLA's all-time saves list. Langenfeld allowed just one hit, striking out three. Sophomore Donna Kerr started and picked up the win to improve to 9-2 on the year, allowing two hits, three runs and two walks with three strikeouts in four innings. Senior Amanda Kamekona had two hits for the Bruins, who had five as a team.
UCLA scored in its first at-bat for the third straight game in this weekend's tournament. Kamekona led off with a double down the left-field line, her fourth two-bagger of the weekend, and sophomore Katie Schroeder was hit by a pitch. After a walk to sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore loaded the bases, junior Kaila Shull lifted a sacrifice fly ball to the warning track in right field, plating Kamekona to make it 1-0.
The Bruins added another one in the second. With two outs and junior Julie Burney at first after she was hit by a pitch, Kamekona lifted a high fly ball to shallow center field. Shortstop Jen Wisneski went out and center fielder Brittany Knudsen came in, but neither was able to catch it, allowing Burney to score from first and Kamekona to post her second double of the game and fifth of the weekend to put the Bruins on top 2-0.
In the fifth, UCLA tacked on two more runs. With one out, DiSalvatore singled to left and moved to third on a double to center by Shull. Freshman Andrea Harrison then reached on a fielder's choice grounder to second to load the bases, and one out later, Yudin singled to center to bring home DiSalvatore and Shull to make it 4-0.
The Aztecs narrowed the gap to one with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Kerr had allowed just one walk and no hits through the first four innings, but Taryin Casillas led off with a double to left and Jessica Camello walked to put a pair of runners on. Monica Alnes then split the gap in right-center for a triple to plate Casillas and Camello and came around to score on an overthrow at third to make it 4-3.
One batter later, Langenfeld came in the game. The first hitter she faced, Christine Kulick, bunted for a base hit. But when Traci Wolf, who was at first, tried to go to third on the play, first baseman DiSalvatore fired to third, where Langenfeld was alertly covering to apply the tag. Langenfeld went on to retire the final eight batters she faced.
Samantha Beasley went the distance for the Aztecs and allowed five hits, four runs and four walks with six strikeouts.
The Bruins play twice on Sunday at the USD Softball Complex, facing 12th-ranked Missouri at 9 a.m. and San Diego at 2 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.