Bruins Bulldoze the Bulldogs, Move On to WCWS Championship Series
June 6, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Freshman B.B. Bates got the fifth-seeded Bruins on the board with a two-run homer in the second and sophomore Samantha Camuso added a three-run shot in the third, as UCLA advanced to the championship round of the Women's College World Series with a 5-2 victory over #6 Georgia on Sunday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 48-11 on the season and will face #10 Arizona in the finals. The best 2-of-3 Championship Series begins on Monday at 5 p.m. PT/7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 HD and ESPN3.com, with Gametracker on UCLABruins.com.
Senior Megan Langenfeld earned the win to move to 14-1 on the year, striking out three in seven innings and giving up just two runs, two hits and a walk. She retired the first nine batters of the game and then set down the final 12 of the contest.
Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore had a pair of base knocks, as the Bruins had five hits as a team.
The Bruins scored first for the fifth straight game and the third time in the WCWS, putting two on the board on one swing of the bat in the bottom of the second. Camuso led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Julie Burney. One out later, Bates launched a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right field for her fifth home run of the season to give UCLA a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, the Bruins set a WCWS record with their eighth home run in Oklahoma City. With one out and sophomore Andrea Harrison at first, sophomore Dani Yudin was hit by a pitch to put a pair of runners on. Junior Grace Murray entered the game as a pinch-runner for Harrison and came home along with Yudin on a three-run bomb by Camuso to center on a 1-1 pitch to increase the margin to 5-0. It was Camuso's seventh home run of the postseason, second of the WCWS and 15th of the year. The eight homers break the single-team mark set by Georgia in last season's WCWS.
The Bulldogs rallied with a pair in the top of the fourth. Taylor Schlopy became Georgia's first base runner of the game following a leadoff walk and moved to third on a double to left by Megan Wiggins. Alisa Goler followed with a bloop single to left to plate both runners and cut the deficit to 5-2. But Langenfeld got the next three outs in a row to keep the damage to a pair of runs.
On the strengths of Arizona and Tennessee: "Both of them (are) solid squads. Both have pitching, both have hitting, both play defense, just like all of them. For us, we're really competing against the game. We respect the game, we understand how it works and our ability to get out there no matter who it is and be able to play. We played Tennessee I think in February and we were able to close with Arizona here in the end. At this point, this is a new season for all of us. What happened yesterday has nothing to do with what's going to happen tomorrow. But I think the best part for us is that we're playing our best ball and I'm really excited for that."
On Coach John Wooden being on their minds today and his impact on the team: "I think not every Bruin on this team has had the fortune to actually meet him, but the senior class (has). They had an opportunity to go to his house and we had an opportunity to meet him. But regardless, every Bruin that joins or commits to be a Bruin, whether they're a student or student-athlete, knowing that they joined a family of tradition of excellence at UCLA. So you become part of a whole. And that ultimately allows all of us to kind of have a moment to feel that for Coach Wooden because he's a part of our family; he's a big part of our family. He's a big part of why people want to come to UCLA and continue this tradition instead of going someplace else and being first. So absolutely, we played with inspiration today. He's a part of our world, and part of the UCLA family and we take great pride in it."
UCLA SENIOR PITCHER/INFIELDER Megan Langenfeld
On her sore fingers causing 96 of 111 pitches to be screwballs: "I'm just forming some blisters on a few of my fingers, but it's something that you just fight through and you kind of just forget about it. You pitch thru pain, you play thru pain. Whatever you can do to get the `W' is kind of what I think. So if that means tearing my fingers apart, then I'll tear my fingers apart to get the win."
UCLA SOPHOMORE DESIGNATED PLAYER Samantha Camuso
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