Aug. 9, 2010
SENDAI, Japan - Former Bruin Megan Langenfeld helped Team USA to the Japan Cup title last weekend, going 5-for-12 (.417) with six runs batted in at the plate and tossing 9 1/3 scoreless innings in the circle with a win in the championship game against the host country. Langenfeld was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player.
On Friday in the opener against Chinese Taipei, Langenfeld had a two-run single in the sixth inning that tied the game at three, with the U.S. going on to win in the bottom of the seventh by a 4-3 score.
In the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday against Japan, Langenfeld went 1-for-3 at the plate and tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing only a walk and a hit by pitch with one strikeout in a 3-1 loss to the host nation. The second game saw the U.S. beat Chinese Taipei 6-2 to advance to the title contest. Langenfeld went 1-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly.
In the championship on Sunday, Langenfeld got the start in the circle and tossed a complete-game shutout, striking out four while scattering nine hits and two walks. She also did some damage at the plate. With the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, Langenfeld started a two-out rally with a single and came around to score, with Team USA tacking on another run to take a 2-0 lead. One inning later, Langenfeld broke the game open with another two-out hit, smoking a bases-clearing triple to make it 5-0. Langenfeld retired the side in the top of the seventh to sew up the Japan Cup title.