UH softball extra: more from UH-UCLA

June 4th, 2010

Hawaii couldn’t handle UCLA pitcher Megan Langenfeld’s screwball and the Rainbow Wahine now face an elimination game against Washington or Arizona tomorrow.

The Huskies and Wildcats meet in a losers bracket game at 1:30 p.m. and the winner takes on UH at 8:30 (3:30 Hawaii time).

“I think our team handles pressure great,” designated player Jenna Rodriguez said. “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.”

>> UCLA now leads the series with UH 13-4 and has won five of the last six meetings. The exception was UH’s win in 2007 in the Los Angeles regional. Langenfeld, then a freshman, took the loss in that game.

“I really wasn’t thinking about it. This is a completely different team,” Langenfeld said. “Maybe in the way, way, way back corner you kind of think about it a little bit. Knowing we’re a different team, they’re a different team, we just wanted to focus on today.”

>> UH turned in an error-less performance in the field and got sparkling plays late in the game when Kelly Majam made a diving catch in right-center to save a run and first baseman Amanda Taualii snared a line drive to start a double play.

>> UCLA head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez learned of the death of legendary Bruins basketball coach John Wooden just after tonight’s postgame press conference. 

Inouye-Perez said Wooden was one of the first people to call her when she was hired as head coach.

“We’re fortunate we were able to learn from him,” Inouye-Perez said. “A lot of people at UCLA know his pyramid of success is the foundation for a lot of the programs. …  I’m  fortunate to say I got to meet him and be a part of his world.”

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  • 310 Warrior Alum June 5, 2010 at 11:58 am

    It was a good game, but I think that Hawaii needed to change their strategy a bit. There were many, many pitches that would have hit the batter, but the Wahine kept hitting them foul. If a couple of them took the hit by pitch, I don’t think that Langenfield would have come way in so often, creating more opportunites to score for UH. The opportunities would have been better pitches for the Wahine to swing away for the fences, but we played right into their hands. I know it hursts when you get hit, but turn and get hit on okole. This is just a thought.

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