March 27, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore Monica Harrison went 2-for-3 with four RBI and a three-run homer, senior Amanda Kamekona, sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore and freshman Dani Yudin each had two-hit games and junior Megan Langenfeld became UCLA's all-time saves leader, as the fourth-ranked Bruins snapped #3 Stanford's 28-game winning streak with a 7-4 victory in their Pac-10 opener on Friday.
The Bruins improve to 26-4 overall, while the Cardinal fall to 29-2.
Langenfeld posted her second save of the season and eighth of her career to move into first in saves at UCLA, passing Lisa Longaker, who had seven. She pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, giving up three hits, two runs and one walk with two strikeouts. Sophomore Donna Kerr started and improved to 15-3 on the season, giving up one hit, two runs and five walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
The Bruins scored first, extending their winning streak to 71 straight when crossing home plate first. With two outs, junior Julie Burney walked, Yudin singled to right and Harrison launched her sixth home run of the season to left-center to make it 3-0.
The Cardinal got back in it with two in the fourth. Alissa Haber led off with a walk and moved to second on a single to right by Ashley Hansen. Two outs later, Rosey Neill walked to load the bases and Maya Burns was hit by a pitch to bring home Haber to make it 3-1. Melisa Koutz then drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Hansen and cut their deficit to 3-2.
UCLA got some insurance runs in the sixth, plating three. Yudin started things off with a single to right and was pinch-run for by sophomore Grace Murray. After Harrison sacrificed Murray over to second, Kamekona doubled to left-center to bring in Murray and put the Bruins up 4-2. One out later, DiSalvatore doubled to right to bring in Kamekona and Shull traded places with DiSalvatore on a double of her own to center to make it a 6-2 game.
The Bruins made it 7-2 in the seventh. With one out, Burney was hit by a pitch and was pinch-run for by sophomore Lauren Mirabal. After Yudin moved Mirabal to second on a groundout, Harrison singled to right to bring in the Bruins' seventh run.
Stanford made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases and getting a two-run single by Shannon Koplitz to make it 7-4. But Langenfeld retired Maddy Coon on a double play to give the Bruins the win.
Missy Penna started for Stanford and fell to 19-2 on the year, allowing eight hits, six runs and six walks with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Ashley Chinn tossed the last 2/3 of an inning, giving up one hit and one error with one strikeout. Hansen had two of Stanford's four hits.
The Bruins travel to 12th-ranked Cal for games on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.). Gametracker will be available on UCLABruins.com.