Bruins Pound the Wildcats to Win National Championship
June 8, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The fifth-seeded Bruins blasted four home runs, including a two-run homer by the WCWS Most Outstanding Player Megan Langenfeld, as UCLA took home the school's 12th national championship and 11th NCAA title with a 15-9 victory over #10 Arizona on Tuesday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Langenfeld went 2-for-3 with two RBI, as the Bruins posted 19 hits. Sophomore Andrea Harrison hit a grand slam, sophomore Samantha Camuso went 2-for-4 with a homer and senior Julie Burney went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer. Camuso and Harrison were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
Sophomore Aleah Macon (13-1) struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs, six hits and three walks. Junior Donna Kerr closed out the game, striking out four and allowing three runs, four hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings.
The Bruins (50-11) scored in the top of the first inning, as Langenfeld set a WCWS record with another long ball. Monica Harrison singled up the middle with one out and Langenfeld hit her team-leading 20th home run of the season to left on a 2-2 pitch to put UCLA up 2-0. It was the fourth homer for Langenfeld in Oklahoma City, which temporarily set a new record for one WCWS. The Bruins still had a chance to add on some runs after getting three straight walks to Andrea Harrison, Camuso and sophomore Dani Yudin, but Arizona's Kenzie Fowler retired Burney and Shull to end the inning.
Another home run in the second set another WCWS record to put the Bruins up 6-0. With one out and DiSalvatore at third and Monica Harrison at second, the Wildcats walked Langenfeld intentionally to set the stage for Andrea Harrison, who launched a 1-1 offering over the center-field wall to extend the lead to a half dozen. The home run was Harrison's 17th of the year and fourth of the WCWS to tie Langenfeld for the most long balls in one trip to Oklahoma City. It also brought Harrison's RBI total to 11, which sets a new WCWS record. The Bruins would re-load the bases on a walk to Yudin and back-to-back singles by Burney and Shull, but Arizona's Sarah Akamine got Bates on a fielder's choice grounder to second for the final out.
The Wildcats (52-14) got on the board in the bottom of the second when Lini Koria hit a 2-1 pitch out to left field to make it 6-1.
The Bruins got the run back in the top of the fourth with a two-out rally. Burney singled to left and came all the way around to score when a diving attempt by Karissa Buchanan in right off the bat of Shull went behind her for a double to make it 7-1.
Arizona got back in it with three in the bottom of the fourth. The Wildcats loaded the bases on a hit by pitch of K'Lee Arredondo, a walk to Stacie Chambers and a drag bunt single by Brigette Del Ponte. Koria was then hit by a pitch to force in Arredondo to make it 7-2 and a two-run single up the middle by Kristen Arriola cut the deficit to 7-4.
But UCLA broke it open again in the fifth, sending 12 to the plate and scoring seven times. With one out, Langenfeld hit a comebacker off Akamine for a single and was pinch-run for by junior Grace Murray, who moved to second on an illegal pitch and scored when Andrea Harrison reached on an error at second by Arriola to make it 8-4. Camuso followed with a single to left and Yudin singled up the middle, but Harrison would get thrown out at home for the second out of the inning.
Burney added three more to the Bruin run total, hitting her 18th home run of the season to center to make it 11-4. After back-to-back singles to right by Shull and Bates, DiSalvatore doubled to left-center to plate Shull to increase the lead to 12-4. Monica Harrison then doubled to right-center to bring home Bates and DiSalvatore to make the margin 14-4.
The Wildcats put two on the board in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Arredondo walked and Chambers homered to left to make it 14-6.
UCLA scored its 15th run in the sixth, as Camuso led off with her 16th homer of the year and eight of the postseason, hitting it out to left on a 1-0 pitch.
In the bottom of the sixth, Chambers hit another two-run homer, this time to center with pinch-runner Becca Tikey aboard to put the score at 15-8.
The Wildcats scored once more in the seventh on an RBI single by Brittany Lastrapes, but Kerr struck out Lauren Schutzler to end the game and send the Bruins into a massive celebration.
On all three UCLA softball coaches in history now owning national titles: "It's indescribable. Being a part of this is bigger than any one person. It's not about the coaching staff, and (former coaches) Sharron Backus and Sue Enquist would say the same. It's about bringing together student-athletes and making sure that they have a wonderful experience; knowing that family comes first, then school and then softball. When you commit to being a Bruin, you commit to being a Bruin for life. I have taken on this responsibility knowing that there are going to be a lot of expectations, and I shared with the players that the only expectations are the expectations we have of ourselves and I expect to get this team back here. I am very proud that they were able to step up and represent UCLA softball. More importantly, they were very connected and they will be Bruins for life. I can't wait and I hope that they will come back and help carry on this wonderful tradition that has been created by Sharron and Sue, and I am so fortunate to be able to carry it on."
UCLA SENIOR PITCHER/INFIELDER Megan Langenfeld
On overcoming multiple injuries throughout the season: "This year has been, I think, my hardest year, as far as injuries go. I was hit in an at-bat against UCR early in the season. It hit my right elbow and it sent tingling and numbness all the way from the middle of my bicep all the way down to my fingers. For the first full week I had to do everything left-handed. I couldn't eat. I couldn't comb my hair. I couldn't brush my teeth. There were a lot of things I couldn't do. Luckily my team had my back through the whole time I was gone. I was able to get back in it and then had this little hamstring (injury) happen the day before regionals. Perfect timing, right? Again my team had my back all the way through regionals, supers and now. It was definitely a challenging year but I wouldn't trade it for anything."
UCLA SOPHOMORE OUTFIELDER Andrea Harrison
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