May 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The second-seeded Bruins forced a Game 3 of the Los Angeles Super Regional with a 5-2 victory over Missouri in Sunday's first contest, but lost 9-1 in five innings in the second tilt, as the Tigers advanced to the Women's College World Series.
UCLA concludes its season with a 45-11 record, while Missouri improves to 50-10.
In Sunday's first game, the Bruins scored first with a run in the top of the second. Senior Amanda Kamekona opened the inning with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice by junior Julie Burney, advanced to third when freshman Dani Yudin reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a squeeze bunt single by sophomore Monica Harrison.
The Bruins added three more in the fifth. Sophomore Katie Schroeder led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. One out later, junior Megan Langenfeld walked to put two runners on. Sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore then grounded a ball to shortstop, with Langenfeld getting retired on the play, but the throw to first to try and get the double play was high, allowing Schroeder to come home to make it 2-0. Junior Kaila Shull followed with a two-run homer to right-center, her 12th bomb of the season, to increase the advantage to 4-0.
UCLA got its fifth run in the seventh. Freshman Andrea Harrison walked and was pinch-run for by sophomore Lauren Mirabal, who stole second and scored on Langenfeld's RBI single up the middle to make it 5-0.
The Tigers broke the shutout on a one-out, two-run homer by Katie Milles in the bottom of the seventh, and got the tying run to the plate, but Langenfeld retired Kathryn Poet on a popout to short to force the if necessary game.
Langenfeld improved to 17-2 on the season, allowing no runs, six hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. Sophomore Donna Kerr pitched 1/3 of an inning, giving up a walk and the Milles home run. Offensively, Langenfeld had two of the Bruins' five hits.
Chelsea Thomas (16-5) picked up the loss for the Tigers, allowing four runs, four hits and three walks in five innings. Kristin Nottelman yielded one run, one hit and two walks with one strikeout in two innings. Seven different players had hits for Missouri.
It was all Tigers in the nightcap, as they scored three in the first and two in the second. Lindsey Ubrun drove in a pair on a one-out double and Abby Vock drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 3-0. In the bottom of the second, two more runs came home. Gina Schneider had a one-out triple and scored on a single to left by Poet. One batter later, Ubrun singled to left-center to score Poet to make it 5-0.
The Bruins got on the board in the top of the third when sophomore Monica Harrison hit her 10th homer of the season to left with one out.
However, Missouri bounced back with three in the fourth and one in the fifth to invoke the mercy rule. In the fourth, a three-run homer by Ubrun made it 8-1. Schneider ended the game in the fifth with a leadoff homer to left to send the Tigers to Oklahoma City.
Ubrun had six RBI and went 3-for-3, as did Poet, who scored three times, and Schneider, who scored four times. The trio had nine of the Tigers' 10 hits. Stacy Delaney (16-3) picked up the win, allowing one run, two hits and two walks in five innings with four strikeouts.
Langenfeld (17-3) gave up five runs, five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Sophomore Whitney Baker surrendered three runs, four hits and one walk in two innings with four strikeouts, while Kerr allowed one run, one hit and one walk in 2/3 of an inning with two strikeouts.