June 4, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Andrea Harrison tied a record with her third home run at the Women’s College World Series, Samantha Camuso and Julie Burney also homered and UCLA outslugged Hawaii 5-2 on Friday night to advance in the winners’ bracket.
Hawaii (50-15) came in with an NCAA record 156 home runs but got overpowered by a Bruins team that had won its previous three games by the mercy rule.
Camuso hit a two-run homer in the second inning as the fifth-seeded Bruins (47-11) chased starter Stephanie Ricketts (30-9) after she had gotten only three outs. Burney and Harrison added solo home runs for the Bruins.
Alexandra Aguirre provided Hawaii’s offense with a two-run homer in the fourth after fouling off 14 straight pitches by Megan Langenfeld (13-1).
For UCLA, the current four-year run without an appearance in the championship round amounts to a significant drought. In the first 24 years of the World Series, the Bruins never went back-to-back seasons without playing for the title — winning 11 championships, including one that was vacated, and losing seven times.
Since then, the Bruins have been notably absent late in the World Series.
In Kelly Inouye-Perez’s first three seasons after replacing Sue Enquist as coach, UCLA didn’t even make it to the World Series twice — losing in the regionals in 2007 and the super regionals last year.
But behind Langenfeld — a national player of the year finalist — the Bruins are back, or at least close to getting there.
UCLA will need only one win in two games Sunday to reach the best-of-three championship series. The Bruins have reached the championship round in 12 of the 13 times they’ve won their first two games at the World Series.
Hawaii, which had been averaging an NCAA-best 7.7 runs, will face either Arizona or Washington in an elimination game Saturday night.