WCWS DAY TWO NOTES/QUOTES
Game 5: UCLA 5, Hawai’i 2
- UCLA (47-11) improved to 87-29 all-time in the Women’s College World Series with its 5-2 win over Hawai’i (50-15) in the second round of the WCWS.
- UCLA moved to 13-4 all-time against Hawai’i and has won five of the last six meetings.
- The Bruins improved to 7-0 in the 2010 NCAA tournament and to 171-40 all-time in NCAA postseason play.
- UCLA’s Samantha Camuso hit her sixth home run of the postseason with a two-run blast to left field in the top of the second, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead. The sophomore has 12 multi-RBI games on the year.
- UCLA moved to 38-1 this year when leading after four innings of play. The Bruins are also 28-3 when registering three or more home runs in a game.
- UCLA has hit three or more home runs in each of its seven NCAA tournament contests.
- The Bruins collected 10 hits tonight, their fourth consecutive game with 10 or more. It was their 28th game of the year with at least 10 hits.
- UCLA’s Julie Burney hit her second home run of the NCAA tournament and 17th of the year in the fourth inning. The solo blast gave the Bruins a 4-0 advantage.
- Andrea Harrison’s fifth-inning homer was UCLA’s 100th of the season. The solo shot was Harrison’s third in this year’s WCWS and 16th of the season. She is 3-for-9 over the last two days with seven RBI.
- UCLA pitcher Megan Langenfeld picked up the complete-game win to move to 13-1 on the year and to 2-0 in this year’s WCWS. Langenfeld, who has a 52-9 career record, gave up two runs (both earned) on six hits while striking out six.
- Hawaii’s Alex Aguirre hit her 13th home run of the season and second of the WCWS in the fourth inning to cut UCLA’s lead to two (4-2). With the count at 1-and-1, the sophomore rattled off 14 consecutive foul balls before sending the 17th pitch of the at-bat over the left field wall.
- Hawaii pitcher Stephanie Ricketts (30-9) was relieved by freshman Kaia Parnaby after one inning of work. Ricketts took the loss, allowing three runs (all earned) on two hits and two walks.
- Parnaby surrendered eight hits and two runs in six innings of relief.
- Hawaii’s Jenna Rodriguez extended her hit streak to four games and has collected two or more hits in three of her last four contests. The junior has 24 multi-hit games on the season.
- Hawai’i dropped to 1-10 when scoring two or fewer runs.
UCLA 5, HAWAI’I 2
UCLA HEAD COACH KELLY INOUYE-PEREZ
“Great night, I’m very proud of my team’s fight. Great night to be able to see consolidating, especially some really solid defense and ultimately a really gutsy performance by Megan Langenfeld in the circle against a very talented Hawai’i team. But I think ultimately the Bruins are on a mission. They’re on a mission. And today was just game 2 of a tournament that we look forward to playing game 3 before they get back out there.”
On the decision to start pitcher Megan Langenfeld:
“Very simply, we wanted to make sure Lang was ready to go. She’s had some unfortunate injuries throughout this season and we said from very early on that we wanted her to be at her best when we needed her to be at her best. So very fortunate we have depth in this team to keep this train rolling, as I like to say, so we could allow Lang to get to the point to be at her best. And it’s time. So I literally met with her last night and asked how she was doing. She said ‘I want the ball coach.’ So it was very simple.”
UCLA SENIOR PITCHER MEGAN LANGENFELD
On keeping Hawai’i off-balance:
“We wanted to focus on is just hitting our spots. And yes Hawai’i is a very powerful lineup. Anyone in the lineup is able to put a ball over the fence. So we wanted to keep the ball low and force some ground balls. And luckily that happened more often than not. Just a matter of sticking to that game plan and not worrying if something did get hit out. I was better at moving on to the next pitch and just kind of washing that last one away. So that was kind of the game plan for today.”
On how this UCLA team is different than the one that played Hawai’i in the 2007 regional:
“I believe our ability to move on to the next pitch. If we get punched or if something doesn’t go our way, we’re quicker on moving to the next thing. We’re not stuck in the same place. Our ability to forget about the past and just move on, I think that’s different. And just the fact that we’re just older. She (Samantha Camuso) wasn’t here, she (Andrea Harrison) wasn’t here. But I think now there’s just a lot of experience and it’s just a completely different team.”
UCLA SOPHOMORE OUTFIELDER ANDREA HARRISON
On her three home runs over the last two games:
“It’s just about having fun for me. Waiting for a pitch that’s in the zone, something that I want to hit. I get in the batter’s box every time and I tell myself that I’m going to get a hit, and there’s just no other option. And it’s fun to just have my team’s back no matter what.”
UCLA SOPHOMORE DESIGNATED PLAYER SAMANTHA CAMUSO
On what is working for her right now at the plate:
“Previously in the season I’ve been over-swinging and just speeding the game up. Right now I’m just focusing on slowing everything down, even just slowing my swing down, letting the ball travel deeper. Just taking it pitch by pitch, and not trying to do too much. Just do what I know how to do.”
HAWAI’I HEAD COACH BOB COOLEN
“(The) game was what I thought it would be versus UCLA. We beat that young lady (Megan Langenfeld) four years ago at UCLA, and when she toed the rubber tonight her screwball was working. We made some adjustments and we got a couple runs back, made our pitching change. It was a good game. They’re a good hitting team and a well-coached team. It was just a matter of we didn’t make adjustments early enough and often enough to get runners on and play Hawai’i softball. So credit to them, they’re a good team and my players did a nice job on the field for us tonight.”
On his team having its back against the wall similar to the super regional at Alabama:
“I know my players tomorrow will enjoy the length of the day that they have off, to sleep in and catch up on their sleep and watch the (Arizona-Washington) game before we play. And they’ll bounce back tomorrow night and put this behind them. We’ve played Arizona before, we’ve played Washington before, fortunately, this year. We know what they’re all about and they know what we’re all about.”
On the decision to bring in pitcher Kaia Parnaby in the second inning:
“I had approached Kaia (Parnaby) and told her to be ready early because Pac-10 schools see a lot of good pitching, quick pitching. We started Stephanie (Ricketts) because of her ability to throw an effective changeup. In the first inning she did a real nice job at making her pitches and keeping them off balance. The second inning, throwing four balls in a row to the first batter was not a good sign. It was not something that we wanted to see going into that second inning since she was so focused in the first inning. I had told Kaia that we were going to be real quick with a pitching change just to mix it up. UCLA has a lot of lefties and I felt that with Stephanie on the mound first and then Kaia coming in with her screwball, she would be effective if she kept her screwball off the plate. A couple of times she got it on the plate and those were the two runs that she gave up. I talked to her and told her not to give up on her best pitch. You notice at the end of the game she was really doing a nice job handcuffing them.”
HAWAI’I SOPHOMORE OUTFIELDER ALEX AGUIRRE
On her 17-pitch at-bat that ended with a two-run homer:
“It was long. It was one of those things where I knew she was coming inside every single pitch so I just had to focus on seeing the ball in front and getting my hands around on it. She threw a couple of changeups that kind of threw me off. All I kept telling myself was, ‘see the ball, see the ball, see the ball.’ I trust myself enough with my swing now to react to it and it will go where I want it to go.”
HAWAI’I FRESHMAN PITCHER KAIA PARNABY
On how the team reacts to the loss and the situation it’s in:
“We lost, so be it. We still have another game to come back to tomorrow. We come back stronger, we come back harder, we fight as a team. We’re going to come back tomorrow and we’re going to do the best we can. I see ourselves in a very fortunate situation in being that we have already played these two teams and we know what they’re about.”
HAWAI’I JUNIOR DESIGNATED PLAYER JENNA RODRIGUEZ
On comparing losing tonight to losing to Alabama in the super regional:
“I think our team handles pressure great. We have the most heart out here because we never give up until the last out. It doesn’t matter who we face because we know that we are a great hitting team and we all have confidence in ourselves. We’re not looking just for one person to do it, we’re all confident with our team and within ourselves to do the job. I believe that we’re going to bounce back after today’s loss. We’re just going to put it behind us and come out strong.”