May 13, 2010
TUCSON -- Some late-game heroics kept Arizona in the game, but a home run by Julie Burney in the top of the eighth made the difference in a 6-5 UCLA victory over No. 3 Arizona in Thursday night softball at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Burney's blast was her 15th of the year.
Megan Langenfeld (9-1) held Arizona's bats in check for most of the game and held on to help lead No. 5 UCLA into sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 and keep some co-title hopes alive for the Bruins (39-10, 13-7 in league play).
Arizona dropped to 42-10 and 12-7. Sarah Akamine (11-4) took the loss. The Bruins roughed up Akamine with 13 hits.
Langenfeld scattered four hits through five innings before UA found some of its stroke in the late going, finishing with 10 safeties. Akamine struck out eight and pitched her first complete game since a five-inning victory April 7 against UTEP.
UCLA got things going without a hit in the first to take a 1-0 lead. GiOnna DiSalvatore drew a leadoff walk, and a wild pitch by Akamine and a sacrifice bunt by Monica Harrison put her on third. After Langenfeld struck out, another wild pitch brought in the run.
UCLA threatened in the third with one out and runners at first and second, but Harrison hit into a fielder's choice for a force at third, and then Langenfeld's single in the hole hit Harrison running between first and second for the third out.
Arizona got consecutive singles from Karissa Buchanan and Brittany Lastrapes to open the third, but Langenfeld got a force at third and a fly ball, but Stacie Chambers got an infield hit to load the bases. Brigette Del Ponte took her at-bat to 11 pitches, but struck out swinging on the 12th to strand three.
Dani Yudin hit a one-out solo home run, her sixth, to make it 2-0 in the top of the fourth. UA again put two aboard with a hit batter and walk, but Langenfeld got Buchanan to line out and Lastrapes to fly to left to thwart the rally.
The Bruins extended the lead in the sixth. Langenfeld led off with a double, and Harrison, Yudin and Julie Burney followed with singles, Yudin's bringing in a run. Samantha Camuso hit into a double play, plating another run, and then Kaila Shull singled to bring in Yudin for a 5-0 lead.
Del Ponte tied Mackenzie Vandergeest's UA school record for home runs by a freshman by knocking her 20th of the year to lead off the Wildcat sixth. An out later, Kristen Arriola socked her fifth homer of the year to make it 5-2. Buchanan singled to left to put a runner aboard
In the bottom of the seventh, Schutzler led off with a walk, K'Lee Arredondo singled and Chambers yanked her 16th home run of the year to tie the game.
Lastrapes doubled with one out in the UA eighth to put a runner in scoring position, but Langenfeld got her season-high eighth strikeout off Schutzler and got Arredondo to ground to third base and leave the tying run on base.
The two teams square off in the second game of the three-game series at 7 p.m.