April 13, 2009
Junior pitcher Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, CA/Centennial HS) of the UCLA softball team was selected as the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week for Apr. 6-12.
Langenfeld tossed the 100th no-hitter in UCLA history on Saturday against Washington and held the third-ranked Huskies to one hit in 16 innings to help the seventh-ranked Bruins to a pair of victories last weekend. Langenfeld struck out 10 and gave up just three baserunners over the two games on a hit, a walk and an error.
On Saturday, Langenfeld retired the first 13 batters she faced before Taylor Smith reached on a fielding error with one out in the fifth inning. She struck out a pair, both in the first inning. The junior didn't allow a ball out of the infield for the entire game. Langenfeld clinched her first career no-hitter when the Bruins scored six times in the bottom of the fifth inning to invoke the mercy rule. Langenfeld began the two-game series allowing just one hit in 11 innings while striking out eight in a 2-0 win on Friday. She threw eight hitless innings before surrendering a leadoff single to Alicia Blake in the ninth. Following a two-out walk to Jennifer Salling in the first inning, the junior retired the next 22 in a row before the Blake hit. After the hit, Langenfeld set down the last nine batters she faced, never allowing a runner to get past first base for the entire game.
Adding in her 5 2/3 innings of hitless relief in an April 5 win against Arizona, Langenfeld has allowed just one hit in her last 18 2/3 innings of work. She leads the Bruins with a 1.07 earned run average and is a perfect 6-0 on the season. She has 54 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings with only three walks, having held opponents to a .103 batting average.
This is Langenfeld's first UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor of the season and of her career.
Also nominated: Cody Decker, Baseball; Taylor Hobson, M. Track & Field; Garrett Muagututia, M. Volleyball; Katie Rulon, W. Water Polo; Ciara Viehweg, W. Track & Field.