Thursday June 3, 2010No. 4 Softball Falls to No. 5 UCLA in First WCWS Game
Oklahoma City, Okla.
The fourth-seed University of Florida softball team lost to fifth-seed UCLA, 16-3, in six innings in the teams’ first game of the Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Gators (48-9) were led by junior Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.), who went 2-for-3 and drove in all three of UF’s run on a third-inning double. Classmate Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) shouldered the loss, going 2.1 innings, allowing three hits, five runs, two walks and struck out three.
Megan Langenfeld (12-1) earned the win for UCLA (46-11) after coming on in relief in the second inning. She pitched 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and struck out three, without walking a Gator batter.
Freshmen Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Erin Schuppert (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) both saw their first career NCAA Tournament action as Gammel pitched 2.2 innings of relief, allowed five hits, seven runs, six earned, five walks and struck out one and Schuppert pitched one inning, allowed three hits, four runs, one earned, one walk and struck out one.
The last time Florida was run ruled was by UCLA on March 3, 2007 in a 10-2, six-inning loss in Gainesville.
The Bruins struck first, tallying three runs on an Andrea Harrison home run with one out. Monica Harrison drew a one-out walk and moved to second on an illegal pitch. Megan Langenfeld singled through the right side to put runners on the corners and Andrea Harrison belted one over the left-field fence to put UCLA up 3-0. With two strikes on her, Dani Yudin was called out for delay of game. Brombacher struck out Samantha Camuso looking to end the inning.
After a 1-2-3 second, the Gators tied the game on a three-run double by DeFelice. Senior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) was hit by a pitch as the lead-off batter, freshman Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.), who also went 2-for-3, singled through the left side and junior Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) drew a walk to load the bases. The catcher smashed one to the gap in left center, clearing the bases and knotting the score at three with no outs. Langenfeld came in to replace Macon after senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) moved DeFelice to third on a sac bunt. Langenfeld forced a groundout and a fly out to end the inning before UF could do any more damage.
UCLA retook the lead the following inning, scoring three runs. GiOnna DiSalvatore led off with a walk, moved to second on an illegal pitch and moved to third on a sac bunt. Langenfeld drove in her on a double down the right-field line. Gammel came in to relieve Brombacher and was called for an illegal pitch, advancing Langenfeld to third. After junior Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) made a diving play for the second out, Yudin drew a walk and Camuso doubled to left to drive in a second run. Gammel was called for another illegal pitch to allow the third UCLA run of the inning and give the Bruins a 6-3 lead. Sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) made a catch at the center-field wall to end the inning.
The Bruins added a run to their lead in the fourth on a Langenfeld single, scoring B.B. Bates, who walked to start the inning. Gammel got herself out of a jam as UCLA threatened with the bases loaded and two down. She got Camuso to ground out to Paculba to end the inning.
Florida threatened in the fourth, but could not plate a run. With one down, DeFelice recorded her second hit of the game with a flair to left. Brooks battled with Langenfeld on an 11-pitch at bat, fouling off nine straight pitches before smacking a single to right and advancing DeFelice to the opposite corner at third. Sophomore Lauren Heil (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) came in to pinch run for Brooks and immediately stole second. Freshman Brittany Walker (Tomball, Texas) hit a high chopper to shortstop Monica Harrison, who threw home to get DeFelice at the plate. Langenfeld got Moultrie swinging to end the scoring threat.
The Bruins broke the game open in the sixth, scoring nine runs on six hits and two fielding errors. Monica Harrison led off with a double to center and Gammel hit Langenfeld to put two on for Andrea Harrison, who hit her second home run of the day, putting the Bruins up, 10-3. Yudin reached on an error and Camuso doubled to center, putting runners on second and third. Schuppert came in to pitch and gave up a walk to load the bases. Kaila Schull doubled down the right-field line, scoring two and DiSalvatore singled to center to score another. Schuppert forced a fly out for the second but, but Langenfeld hit UCLA’s third home run of the game for the 16-3 lead before the final out could fly out to center.
The Gators will face Missouri at noon (ET) on Saturday, June 5. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2, www.espn3.com and WYGC-FM 105 The Game. If they win, they will play again at 7 p.m. (ET) on ESPN.