Feb. 14, 2010
CLERMONT, Fla. - In a game lasting three hours and 41 minutes, third-ranked Michigan scored twice in the top of the 13th inning and outlasted #6 UCLA 4-2 on Sunday at Dot Richardson's National Collegiate Softball Invitational. Senior Megan Langenfeld pitched all 13 innings, striking out six in a tough-luck defeat.
The Bruins, who fall to 2-1 on the season, will play #7 Georgia in their final game of the weekend, starting at 1:15 p.m. ET/10:15 a.m. PT.
Langenfeld (1-1) gave up four runs (one earned) and six hits, throwing 182 pitches. Five different Bruins had hits. Michigan's Jordan Taylor matched Langenfeld, striking out 18 and giving up two runs (both unearned), five hits and two walks.
Langenfeld retired the first eight batters she faced before surrendering an infield single to Molly Bausher in the top of the third. Michigan's only other hit in regulation came in the fifth on a single to left by Amanda Chidester.
UCLA got its first baserunner in the bottom of the first on a single to left by freshman B.B. Bates, but Taylor retired the next 19 Bruins before Langenfeld had a two-out single in the seventh.
With the international tiebreaker rule in effect, each team started with a runner at second base beginning with the eighth. In the eighth, both teams had a runner at third and one out but could not get a run across.
In the top of the ninth, Michigan's Steph Kirkpatrick reached on a fielder's choice to put runners at second and first with no outs. Bausher then lifted a deep foul out to left, with both runners tagging to put Wolverines at third and second. Bree Evans followed by slapping a ball off senior Julie Burney at third base. The ball ricocheted to junior Monica Harrison at short, but her throw to first was high, allowing Alicia Ryan to score to put Michigan up 1-0.
In the bottom of the inning, with freshman Devon Lindvall at second, Taylor retired the next two Bruins on strikeouts. But junior Katie Schroeder, down to her last strike, extended the game with a single to right, plating Lindvall to tie it at one.
In the 10th, the Wolverines again had a runner at third with one out, but Chidester missed the squeeze bunt at the plate, as Maggie Viefhaus was hung out to dry. In the bottom of the 11th, the Bruins had runners at third and first with one out, but again were held off the scoreboard by Taylor.
Michigan re-took the lead in the 12th when Angela Findlay hit a two-out double to right-center to score Kirkpatrick to make it 2-1.
In the bottom of the 12th, Monica Harrison started the inning at second and Schroeder followed with a walk. One out later, sophomore Andrea Harrison hit a ball down the left-field line that just eluded a diving Evans for a double. Monica Harrison came home to tie the score at two, but Schroeder was thrown out at home on Evans' relay to the plate.
In the top of the 13th, Michigan brought in a pair. With Viefhaus at third and one out, Chidester doubled to left to put the Wolverines up 3-2. One out later, Dorian Shaw and Kirkpatrick had back-to-back singles to score Chidester and make it 4-2. Taylor held the Bruins in check in the bottom of the 13th to hold on for the victory.