April 29, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Megan Langenfeld knocked a sixth-inning RBI single to give UCLA the lead for good and retired the final two batters as a relief pitcher in the top of the seventh inning as 12th-ranked UCLA completed a weekend sweep of the Oregon schools with a 5-3 victory over 13th-ranked Oregon State before a sellout crowd at Easton Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
UCLA has now won seven of its last nine games and improves to 33-13, 9-6 Pac-10, while OSU falls to 35-18, 7-8 Pac-10. The win, combined with Arizona State's loss at California, also vaults the Bruins into a three-way tie for second place in the Pac-10 as UCLA, ASU and Washington all stand 9-6 in league play, trailing only Arizona in the standings.
Bruin starter Anjelica Selden was on her game early, retiring the first nine batters in order. Selden fanned four of those nine, including Alana Ford to open up the third inning for her 1,096th career strikeout. That pushed Selden to the top of the UCLA career strikeout chart, surpassing Keira Goerl (1,095 from 2001-04) for the all-time standard.
The game was scoreless until the top of fourth inning when OSU used three-straight one-out hits to take a 2-0 lead. It was short lived, however, as Lisa Dodd opened the bottom of the fourth with a single to left and Jodie Legaspi knocked her third homer of the weekend to tie the game at 2-2.
OSU answered back with a run in the top of the fifth to claim a 3-2 lead, opening the frame with back-to-back singles before getting a two-out RBI single to right field by Mia Longfellow.
UCLA fought back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth as Dodd singled and Legaspi walked to start the inning. Langenfeld then singled to right field to bring home pinch runner Lauren Wilmoth. Legaspi, who had stopped at third base, also came around to score as the throw from the outfield rolled to the backstop and UCLA took its first lead of the game at 4-3.
Whitney Holum was hit by a pitch and Kristen Dedmon put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to give UCLA runners at second and third base with one out. Julie Burney grounded to third for the second out, but Tara Henry's infield single scored pinch runner Shana Stewart as the Bruins took a two-run cushion.
OSU tried to rally in the seventh inning, putting two runners aboard with one out before Selden was pulled in favor of Langenfeld. Cambria Miranda's grounder to third base was not handled cleanly, allowing OSU to load the bases. However, Langenfeld coaxed an infield popup by Longfellow for the second out and a grounder to third by DeAnn Young for the final out of the game as the Bruins completed the weekend sweep.
Dodd went 2-for-3 while Legaspi went 1-for-2 with a homer, walk, two runs and two RBIs in the Bruin victory. OSU's Longfellow, Young and Paige Lowe had two hits apiece for the Beavers.
Selden (17-8) picked up the victory in the circle, allowing eight hits and three runs with no walks and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Langenfeld earned her first career save with her two-thirds of an inning. Brianne McGowan (20-10) took the loss for OSU, allowing seven hits and five runs in six innings.
UCLA is home next weekend to wrap up the regular season home slate. The Bruins will face California on Fri., May 4, at 1 p.m., followed on May 5-6 against Stanford. UCLA is on the road to face Arizona and Arizona State on May 10-12 prior to the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement on May 13.