CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTES
Championship Finals Game 1: UCLA 6, Arizona 5 (8 Innings)
- UCLA (49-11) improved to 6-8 all-time against Arizona (52-13) in the Women’s College World Series. The win snapped a two-game skid against the Wildcats in WCWS championship game/finals play (lost in 1997 and 2007).
- UCLA moved to 3-1 against Arizona this season. The Bruins took two of three against the Wildcats in the regular-season series May 13-14 in Tucson. All four meetings this year have been decided by one or two runs.
- Arizona and UCLA (two each) combined to hit four home runs tonight, the most in a WCWS championship game/finals contest.
- Arizona and UCLA combined for 23 hits tonight, the most in a WCWS championship game/finals contest. The previous mark was 22 hits in 1996 (Arizona and Washington).
- The Bruins collected 12 hits in the victory, tying the WCWS championship game/finals record. Arizona recorded 12 hits in 2006 (5-0 win over Northwestern to capture the title).
- UCLA senior pitcher Megan Langenfeld hit two home runs in the contest, becoming only the eighth player in WCWS history to hit two homers in a game. She has three home runs in this year’s WCWS and 19 on the year. Her solo shot in the bottom of the eighth won the game.
- Langenfeld’s homer marked the 28th home run of this year’s WCWS (all teams), an event record. The previous record total of 24 was set last year.
- Langenfeld’s home run was the second walk-off blast in WCWS championship game/finals contest history. The other was a two-run shot by UCLA’s Yvonne Gutierrez to beat Arizona in the 1992 championship game (2-0).
- The Bruins have 104 home runs on the year, the most in school history.
- UCLA has hit a home run in nine consecutive NCAA tournament games, including 10 round trippers at the WCWS (the most by any team in WCWS history). The previous mark of seven homers was set by Georgia last year in five games.
- The Bruins have hit two or more home runs in each of their four WCWS games. Their 10 home runs in the event are six more than this year’s next highest total.
- UCLA recorded a season-high five doubles in tonight’s contest. It has a tournament-high 12 doubles in its four WCWS games, six more than Arizona (the Wildcats rank second).
- Neither team committed an error tonight. The last time a championship game/finals contest did not see an error was in 2007 (Tennessee defeated Arizona 3-0 in the first game of the championship finals).
- Langenfeld surrendered nine hits and five earned runs in 6.0 innings of action before being relieved by Aleah Macon. Macon, in her second appearance of the WCWS, allowed two hits and struck out three in 2.0 innings of scoreless work. She earned the win to improve to 12-1 on the year.
- Langenfeld walked two batters in the first inning. In the Bruins’ three previous games at the WCWS, she had only walked a total of two batters in 18.2 innings of work. She finished the game with a season-high five walks.
- Six of the eight home runs Langenfeld has surrendered in the circle this season have come against Arizona.
- Arizona’s K’Lee Arredondo and Stacie Chambers hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, the first back-to-back home runs for the Wildcats since Chambers and Brigette Del Ponte did it against Stanford on April 18. Arredondo’s two-run blast tied the game at 4-4 and Chambers’ shot put Arizona up 5-4.
- Del Ponte picked up just her third hit of the WCWS (in six games) with an RBI single in the first inning that gave Arizona a 1-0 lead.
- Arizona’s Brittany Lastrapes was 2-for-5 tonight and has recorded a hit in all six WCWS games. She has multi-hit games in each of the last four outings, upping her season total to a team-high 32 multi-hit performances. Lastrapes is batting .545 in the WCWS (12-for-22).
- Arizona freshman pitcher Kenzie Fowler (39-7) registered 12 strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work, but surrendered six runs on 12 hits.
- Fowler recorded her 10th game of the season with 10 or more strikeouts.
- UCLA has not committed an error in its four WCWS games. The last team to go without an error at the WCWS was DePaul in 2008 (played three games).
- Tonight’s 11 combined runs were the most in a WCWS championship game/finals contest since 2008 when Arizona State beat Texas A&M 11-0. The record of 12 runs was set in 1997 when Arizona defeated UCLA 10-2 in five innings for the crown.
- This year’s WCWS has attracted 56,488 fans through eight sessions. The 7,061-per-session average is on pace to break the record of 6,724 set last year. An attendance of 5,975 is needed Tuesday night to tie the record total of 62,463 set in 2007.
Championship Finals Game 1 Quotes
UCLA 6, ARIZONA 5 (8 Innings)
UCLA HEAD COACH KELLY INOUYE-PEREZ
“I’ve been a part of this sport for a long time and tonight was one of the greatest nights — if not the greatest night — of softball that I have ever been a part of. This 2010 team is special. They have a conviction about them and they’ve been on a mission. Tonight is an example of what we’ve focused on since day one: competitive excellence. Being able to throw punches, not play with the scoreboard. Tonight was a great example of a team victory. So many different people stepped up in so many different moments. What I always tell them is the game comes back around. We don’t get caught up in what happened last inning because it will come back around and you’re prepared. You’re prepared and big things can happen and you got to see exactly that. I’m just very proud of their ability to fight.”
On Aleah Macon’s performance out of the bullpen:
“Aleah (Macon) came in and did exactly what we needed her to do; just switch up the momentum. We said this from the very start; we have a lot of depth from inside the circle. With that, she came and she stopped the momentum and she allowed us to stay in the ballgame to tie it up and continue to fight. She did exactly what I had hoped that she would do. I’m very proud of her fight. She had some gutsy pitches that she threw.”
UCLA SENIOR PITCHER/INFIELDER MEGAN LANGENFELD
On where her walk-off home run ranks in her career moments:
“The top. The top memorable moment. Nothing has ever been bigger. I know we still have a game tomorrow but it feels pretty good tonight.”
On what Coach John Wooden would’ve thought about tonight’s win:
“I think he’d be pretty proud, being able to move on and not necessarily carry one thing into the next. I think there’s something special going on right now and he’s definitely in our hearts and minds. It’s something that we hold dear.”
On her injured hand:
“My hand feels fine. Yes, there are some cracks in my fingers and it’s something that won’t stop this team. If I can do anything to help this team, I’ll do it. If that means playing first base and hitting, then that’s what I’ll do. If that means pitching, I’ll do that too. As far as pitching tomorrow, that’s Coach I’s decision. This is a great staff and a great team. We don’t rely on one person on the mound. It’s a complete team effort.
On treating her cracked fingers:
“We tried super glue today and unfortunately the super glue cracked. I super glued my fingers before the game. It cracked while I was warming up. We’ll do as much as we can tonight just to treat them and get ready for tomorrow.”
UCLA JUNIOR SHORTSTOP MONICA HARRISON
On what was going through her head on Dani Yudin’s pop double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh:
“Initially I thought, ‘Please miss it.’ That was all I thought. I saw the ball drop and she ran it out. It was just momentum for us because we scored a run. We didn’t really care how it happened. We needed it.”
ARIZONA HEAD COACH MIKE CANDREA
“It was what we expected; it was a prize fight. I think both teams battled very, very hard. It was a tough game to lose, obviously. This team has been very resilient all week and I don’t expect anything different from them. We just have to take it one game at a time. It was a pretty typical Arizona vs. UCLA game.”
On what he said to his team after UCLA tied it in the seventh inning:
“I told them to pick your heads up and we need to move forward. I think as a team, when you lose a tough game like that, it takes a little time to absorb a little bit. But the big thing I wanted this group to know is that we have got to get ourselves turned around in 24 hours and that was water under the bridge. The big thing is to stay together and do what we’ve been doing all year. And I think that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
On the decision to pitch to Megan Langenfeld before her walk-off homer:
“She’s been on fire and it was a situation where we kind of talked about not letting her beat us. And tonight she hits two home runs and we couldn’t get her out. I think she’s on fire right now and swinging the bat very well. I don’t think she’s going to have an opportunity to swing it much tomorrow. It’s hindsight.”
On why he chose to pitch to Langenfeld if he felt she was on fire:
“I have a lot of confidence in what Coach (Teresa) Wilson does. We talked before the game and I’m sure we’ll talk tonight, but I’m not going to second guess someone that has done a hell of a job for me all year. That’s the role she’s in. I give her the opportunity to call the game, she calls the game. We talked about two or three people in the lineup. But that’s how it goes.”
More thoughts on the game:
“This was a great game. It was an outstanding game. I think it was well played for the most part. Unfortunately, the one part that wasn’t ended up costing us. Sometimes things like that happen and you don’t get bit by it. Tonight we got bit by it. We’ll rebound and get ready for tomorrow.”
ARIZONA SENIOR SHORTSTOP K’LEE ARREDONDO
On Arizona’s back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning:
“I think the (umpire’s) call before the inning that put UCLA up 4-2 gave me a little fire to come in there and want to do something big for this team, because I personally thought it was foul. I don’t really know what it was. I told myself if Lauren (Schutzler) gets on I’m going to score, and I just stuck with that.”
ARIZONA JUNIOR CATCHER STACIE CHAMBERS
On the back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning:
“I think both of us were just trying to be relaxed. Putting pressure on yourself in that situation is not a good thing to do. I think we were both just looking for good pitches and she served them up there to us and we just took advantage of it.”
ARIZONA FRESHMAN PITCHER KENZIE FOWLER
On the highs and lows of the game:
“Emotionally it’s going to be that way. It’s the championship,p College World Series. So you’ve got to be ready for anything. It’s what you expect out of a game. They just got their chance at the end and Megan (Langenfeld) hit the ball well. But I didn’t pitch very well and that’s just kind of the way it went. I thought I battled. They definitely scored the ball well, but so did we and I think it’s going to be the same thing for us tomorrow.”