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Monday, June 07, 2010

2010 WCWS Game 1

Langenfeld, who gave up the back-to-back homers to Arizona in the top of the seventh, homers with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to win it for UCLA -- her second homer of the game! I'm not much into premonitions, but you just kind of "knew" Langenfeld was going to homer in that last at-bat.

Macon, cool as ice, strikes out Chambers with the bases loaded to get UCLA out of a jam. Still 5-5, with the Bruins coming up in the bottom of the eighth.

UCLA, trailing 5-4 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, is kept alive by a Wildcat fielding faux pas. A not-so-hard fly ball lands between Lastrapes in left and Lauren Schutzler in center, and the Bruin batter gets to second when the fielders collide. U of A intentionally walks the next batter. Arizona's right-fielder Karissa Buchanan can't hang onto a hard-hit ball to right, tying the game!!! We go to extras...

Arizona ties it 4-4 in the top of the seventh on a K'Lee Arredondo two-run homer. Stacie Chambers follows with a homer of her own, 5-4 Cats. That one went well beyond the bleachers to straightaway center. Still nobody out. UCLA replaces Langenfeld (moving her to first-base) with Aleah Macon, who retires Arizona with no further damage. Bruins down to their last three outs.

This time, it's the Wildcats who have a threat denied. Langenfeld strikes out Lastrapes with two out and a runner on third in the top of the sixth. UCLA's Monica Harrison hits a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the inning that barely -- and I mean barely -- catches the left-field foul-line. Bruins lead 4-2.

Arizona stages a two-out rally to tie the game, 2-2, in the top of the 5th. UCLA wastes a second-and-third/one-out situation in its half.

Thanks to some sloppy Wildcat defense, UCLA now leads 2-1 after 3 innings. The Bruins' GiOnna DiSalvatore hit a deep drive to left, which the Wildcats' Brittany Lastrapes got a glove on, but couldn't hold. The play was ruled a hit, as I think it should have been, but with Lastrapes's defensive prowess, I think most observers would have expected her to catch the ball. A passed ball/wild pitch (I'm not sure which) advanced DiSalvatore to third, where she scored on a single by Langenfeld.

It's 1-1 after 1. Arizona took advantage of two walks from UCLA pitcher Megan Langenfeld to rally for a run, but then Langenfeld homered in the Bruin half of the inning.

Pregame note: The teams met just a few weeks ago, in a Pac 10 series in Tucson. UCLA took two-of-three, but Wildcat pitching standout Kenzie Fowler saw very little action in those games.