Bruins Say Aloha to the Softballs in Win Over Hawai'i
June 4, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Senior Julie Burney and sophomores Samantha Camuso and Andrea Harrison all hit home runs, as the fifth-seeded Bruins improved to 2-0 at the Women's College World Series with a 5-2 victory over #16 Hawai'i on Friday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 47-11 and continue on in the winner's bracket, where they will next play on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT/12 p.m. CT on ESPN HD and ESPN3.com. The opponent, which will come through the loser's bracket, will be determined on Saturday.
Burney, senior Megan Langenfeld and junior GiOnna DiSalvatore each had two hits for the Bruins, who had 10 as a team. Seven different players had a base hit. UCLA has now hit a single-season school record 100 home runs this season.
Langenfeld earned the win in the circle to improve to 13-1 on the season, striking out six and giving up two runs, six hits and one walk in seven innings. She retired the side in order in the first, third and sixth, striking out a pair in the second.
The Bruins jumped out to an early lead with three in the second. Sophomore Dani Yudin drew a four-pitch walk and came home on Camuso's 14th home run of the year and sixth of the postseason to left field on a 1-0 pitch to stake UCLA to an early 2-0 lead. Burney then singled, moved to second on an illegal pitch by the Rainbow Wahine's Kaia Parnaby, advanced to third on a sacrifice by senior Kaila Shull and scored one out later on a single up the middle by DiSalvatore to make it 3-0.
UCLA hit another home run in the fourth. Burney hit a 1-1 offering over the fence in left-center field, her 17th homer of the season which is tied for the team lead, to increase the Bruin advantage to 4-0.
Hawai'i (50-15) rallied with two outs in the fourth. Jenna Rodriguez singled to left and came in on a home run to left by Alex Aguirre on the 17th pitch of the at-bat to cut the deficit to 4-2. The Rainbow Wahine added back-to-back singles by Kanani Pu'u-Warren and Amanda Tauali'i, but Langenfeld retired Katie Grimes on a pop up to second to end the inning.
The Bruins got one of the runs back in the fifth. With one out, Andrea Harrison launched a 1-1 pitch out to center field to make it 5-2. It was Harrison's third homer of the Women's College World Series and her 16th of the season.
On the decision to start pitcher Megan Langenfeld: "Very simply, we wanted to make sure Lang was ready to go. She's had some unfortunate injuries throughout this season and we said from very early on that we wanted her to be at her best when we needed her to be at her best. So very fortunate we have depth in this team to keep this train rolling, as I like to say, so we could allow Lang to get to the point to be at her best. And it's time. So I literally met with her last night and asked how she was doing. She said `I want the ball coach.' So it was very simple."
UCLA SENIOR PITCHER Megan Langenfeld
On how this UCLA team is different than the one that played Hawai'i in the 2007 regional: "I believe our ability to move on to the next pitch. If we get punched or if something doesn't go our way, we're quicker on moving to the next thing. We're not stuck in the same place. Our ability to forget about the past and just move on, I think that's different. And just the fact that we're just older. She (Samantha Camuso) wasn't here, she (Andrea Harrison) wasn't here. But I think now there's just a lot of experience and it's just a completely different team."
UCLA SOPHOMORE OUTFIELDER Andrea Harrison
UCLA SOPHOMORE DESIGNATED PLAYER Samantha Camuso
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