April 14, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Junior Megan Langenfeld received three honors on Tuesday, being named NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week, as well as Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week. Langenfeld tossed the 100th no-hitter in UCLA history last Saturday against Washington and held the #3 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.
Langenfeld is the third Bruin in the last two seasons to earn all three awards in one day. Anjelica Selden (Feb. 26) and Amanda Kamekona (May 6) accomplished the feat last year. It is also the junior's second USA Softball Player of the Week award, with the first coming on May 15, 2007, along with her third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week accolade (May 15, 2007; April 29, 2008). Langenfeld's honor is the 20th NFCA National Player of the Week, the 11th USA Softball National Player of the Week and the 52nd Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week in UCLA history. She is also the second Bruin to be named Pac-10 POW this season after sophomore Donna Kerr earned the honor on March 3.
The Bruins, ranked third in this week's NFCA and USA Softball polls, will travel to the Oregon schools this weekend. UCLA faces Oregon State in Corvallis at 3 p.m. on Friday before traveling to Eugene to take on Oregon on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.). Gametracker and live audio will be available for all three games at UCLABruins.com.