May 12, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - UCLA looked to have control of the season finale against the Sun Devils but a poor fifth inning led to a 7-4 defeat at the hands of Arizona State. The Bruins will now finish either tied for third or in fourth place in the Pac-10 standings pending the outcome of today's Arizona-Washington contest. UCLA falls to 36-16 (12-9 Pac-10) and will await NCAA selection between noon and 1 pm PT on Sunday. The selection show will air live on ESPNEWS.
Kaitlin Cochran set the ASU record for home runs in a season with her 18th in the first inning to give the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead. Julie Burney answered for the Bruins, putting her seventh homer of the year out of the park in the second inning to tie the game 1-1.
UCLA put together a three-run rally with two outs in the fourth inning as ASU's Katie Burkhart hit three batters and walked one to score a run and leave the bases loaded for Tara Henry. Henry connected on a two-run single to left, giving UCLA a 4-1 lead.
A poor fifth inning for the Bruins yielded five Sun Devil runs. After the fifth run of the inning scored, UCLA head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez went to the circle to talk to her team before going to the umpire to bring in Megan Langenfeld to pitch and as a result was ejected on rule 6-11-1 which legislates that a second defensive conference in one inning results in an ejection for the head coach. Langenfeld was able to get the Bruins out of the inning without any additional damage. Following the ejection, assistant coach Gina Vecchione moved to coach third base and Lisa Fernandez took over Vecchione's regular post at first base when the Bruins were on offense.
The Bruisn were unable to come through with a late-inning rally and fell 7-4. UCLA now awaits NCAA selection which will take place on Sunday between noon and 1 pm on ESPNews.