May 18, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A costly error plus two late UCLA home runs were the difference in LMU's first NCAA Regional game, falling to the Bruins 6-3 at Easton Stadium this evening. The Lions answered two unearned UCLA first inning runs with a three run second inning, but UCLA home runs in the fifth and sixth innings proved to be the deciding runs. LMU will take on UC Santa Barbara in an elimination game on Saturday at 5:30pm at UCLA's Easton Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com.
With the loss, LMU's 13-game winning streak comes to an end and the Lions fall to 47-16. UCLA improves to 37-16.
With two outs in the top of the first, UCLA's Lisa Dodd earned a walk. Jodie Legaspi hit a ground ball to LMU shortstop Megan Ackerman, whose throw to first base was high. The throw allowed Dodd to advance to third and Legaspi was safe at first. Megan Langenfeld's ball barely caught the inside of the left field line, allowing Dodd and Legaspi to score and give UCLA a quick 2-0 lead.
The lead didn't last long, as the fighting Lions roared back with three runs in the top of the second inning. Tracy Cook led off the inning with a single to left field, and Christine Foley with a soft liner over the shortstop. The pair advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Ackerman. Tysdal hit a ground ball back to the pitcher Langenfeld who threw home to try to get the lead runner. However, Cook was safe at home, cutting the lead to 2-1 and giving the Lions runners at the corners.
Kirsten Whitt followed with a single to center field, scoring Foley and tying the game, 2-2. After a flyout by Kirsten Slouber, MiaSarah Cesena's ground ball went through the legs of the shortstop Legaspi, allowing Tysdal to score and give the Lions the 3-2.
The Bruins battled right back in the bottom of the inning. Kaila Shull led off the inning with a triple down the right field line and scored on a single to centerfield by Julie Burney to tie the game at 3-3.
The game remained tied until the fifth inning. Legaspi made up for her earlier error with a solo home run to left field to lead off the bottom of the fifth.
UCLA added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Krista Colburn earned her second walk of the day. After a ground out, Dodd hit a two-run home run to left field to give the Bruins a 6-3 lead that would hold up.
"In an interview a few days ago, I told everyone that I felt we had to play perfect games during this part of the season, especially against a highly-regarded team like UCLA. And we just didn't play a perfect game. We made a couple of mistakes and good teams like UCLA make you pay for those, and that's what they did," said head coach Gary Ferrin.
Pagano (20-9) suffered her first loss since March 21st, allowing four earned runs (two unearned runs) on six hits with six walks and one strikeout. Langenfeld (14-2) earned the win for UCLA, allowing two earned runs (one unearned) on five hits and one strikeout.
LMU had five players with a single each, and Tysdal and Whitt drove in runs. Langenfeld led the Bruins at the plate as well, going 2-for-2 with two RBI. Dodd was 1-for-2 with two walks, two RBI and two runs scored.
The Lions will face UC Santa Barbara in the elimination game on Saturday at 5:30pm. The Gauchos lost a heartbreaker to Hawaii in the first game of the regional. The two teams played nine scoreless innings, and Hawaii's Tanisha Milca ended the game with a two-out, two-run home run.
- GO LIONS! -