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NCAA Women’s College World Series

NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

June 3-June 9, 2010

ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

POSTGAME NOTES


Game 2: UCLA 16, Florida 3 (6 Innings)

 

·          UCLA (46-11) improved to 86-29 all-time in the Women’s College World Series with its 16-3 run-rule win (six innings) over Florida (48-9) in the opening round of the WCWS.

 

·          UCLA’s 16 runs were the most it ever scored in a postseason game.  The last time the Bruins scored double-digit runs in the WCWS was when they beat Massachusetts 11-0 during their national championship run in 1992.

 

·          The 13-run margin of victory marked UCLA’s second-largest in postseason history. 

 

·          UCLA is now 6-0 in the 2010 NCAA tournament and is 170-40 overall all-time in NCAA postseason play.

 

·          UCLA improved to 34-0 this year when scoring six or more runs, 33-3 when scoring first and 19-1 when scoring in the first inning.

 

·          The Bruins set a school record for most home runs in a season (97) after Andrea Harrison (two) and Megan Langenfeld combined for three blasts in today’s game.

 

·          UCLA improved to 3-1 all-time against Florida and to 1-1 against the Gators in the WCWS.  Florida won the teams’ previous WCWS meeting in 2008.

 

·          UCLA’s Harrison recorded her fourth-career two-homer game and drove in a career-high six runs. 

 

·          UCLA’s 16 runs were a season high.  They have scored at least 10 runs in three straight games for the second time this season.

 

·          UCLA’s nine runs in the sixth inning tied its own record for the most runs in one inning in the WCWS.  The Bruins also scored nine runs in one inning in the 1992 WCWS against Massachusetts.

 

·          UCLA’s Langenfeld recorded her fourth four-RBI game of the season.  Today’s game also marked her 16th game of at least two RBIs this season and the 47th of her career.

 

·          Langenfeld relieved starting pitcher Aleah Macon in the second inning and picked up her 12th win of the year against one loss.  Langenfeld did not give up a run in 5.0 innings of work.  She allowed four hits and struck out three.

 

·          UCLA’s 16 runs were the most allowed by Florida this season and the most surrendered by the Gators in a WCWS game.

 

·          Florida dropped to 1-2 in Women’s College World Series openers and moved to 6-5 overall in the WCWS.

 

·          Today’s run-rule defeat was Florida’s first since March 3, 2007 (also against UCLA).

 

Game 2 Quotes

 

FLORIDA HEAD COACH TIM WALTON

Opening comment:

I think UCLA did a great job today. They really pitched well and capitalized on some mistakes.  (Stephanie) Brombacher did a good job setting the tempo. When we came back with three, obviously we tied the ball game up, and I thought we did a good job fighting in that inning. Had a couple of chances a little bit later on, but we weren’t really able to muster any kind of momentum. We got deflated there in the sixth inning when (Erin) Schuppert had to come in and pitch.  It is what it is, and thought we played well.  It’s a bummer to be sitting up here getting run ruled in the College World Series, but at least we are here.  There are probably a lot of people sitting at home watching this and complaining. But we are happy where we are at and we just have to do a good job coming back and finding a way to rebound after this loss.”

On the difficulty of losing the first game:
“Next to impossible is probably a good word.  It’s difficult.  I hope my team takes that next-to-impossible approach and finds a way to win from this.  It’s really difficult, you know, especially the way it is set up and the way the format is.  You get a day off.  We rest right now, we rest tomorrow and then we’ve got to come back to play two, and play two again, and then we get out of here.  We’ve faced adversity.  I think we have only lost 19 games in the last three years.  So I think we will find a way to figure some things out.”


On his team’s illegal pitches:
“UCLA is a heck of a ball club and they played a heck of a game and they did a great job.  I hate for us to deflect away from a team that played their butts off and beat us.  I don’t want to lose that.  I think everybody can argue about the illegal pitches and argue about the rules, all of that stuff.  But you still have a team that beat another team.  Whether the pitches were defective or not, who cares at this point in time?  That’s the rules committee’s job, it’s not our job to go out there and worry about it.  UCLA played a heck of a ball game, they had a heck of a game plan and they were hitting Stephanie pretty good.  Give them credit.  I think that has to be said, too.”

 

FLORIDA JUNIOR PITCHER STEPHANIE BROMBACHER

On her illegal pitches:
“I mean, I’ve know that’s been a problem, but I’d thought I’d taken care of it. I’m doing the best I can.”

 

On how she practices eliminating illegal pitches:

“Just a string we use in the bullpen; put it down in front of my toe.  And every time I drag it with me, that means my foot’s dragging.  (The string’s) name is Larry.”

 

FLORIDA JUNIOR CATCHER TIFFANY DEFELICE

On her thoughts after her bases-loaded double that tied the game at 3-3 in the second:

“My thoughts were that the game wasn’t over yet.  I was really excited to be able to have an opportunity to help out my team and be able to get a little momentum going.  Hopefully that would carry us into the next inning and Steph (Brombacher) would come out and make her pitches, and we’d be good.”

 

On the frustration of Florida being called for illegal pitches:

“I mean it is frustrating, but the more you let it eat at you the more you dig yourself into your own hole. You just have to try to brush it off the best you can and just keep winning.”

 

UCLA HEAD COACH KELLY INOUYE-PEREZ

Opening comment:

“This team started off this year on a mission.  They were ready to compete against the game and I’m very proud of their ability to come out and not play the scoreboard and just continue to compete until the game was over. They played as one, it was a team effort and it’s a great time to be playing your best ball.”

 

On what’s special about Megan Langenfeld coming out of the bullpen:

“She has a competitive mentality, she knows how to compete.  She knows how to pitch, she knows how to compete, and I believe she thrives in that situation.  I could put her in at any time and it builds good confidence for this team.  She has great experience, and she has done a lot for this team and their mentality.  You’ve got to ask her, if you could cut her open I always say that I wish I could take some of that and give it to everyone.  She loves to compete.”

 

UCLA SENIOR FIRST BASEMAN/PITCHER MEGAN LANGENFELD

On if this was one of the best games of her career:

“I was just trying to do whatever I could to help the team and luckily I was just seeing the ball today.  My pitches were working.  Luckily, my teammates had my back and when maybe the pitch wasn’t quite where it needed to be we were able to make some plays.  The hitting kind of just came for everyone.  It wasn’t just me; everyone seemed to have a great game today.  Overall, it was a great team win against a really good Florida team.”

 

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