UCLA’s Langenfeld Named Player of the Week
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – UCLA’s Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif.) was named the USA Softball Player of the Week for the week of April 5-12 announced today by the Amateur Softball Association after leading her team to two shutout victories overthen-No. 3 Washington. She also made her mark in the storied history of UCLA softball by throwing UCLA’s 100th no-hitter.
On Saturday against Washington, the junior pitcherheld the third-ranked Huskies to one hit in 16 innings to help the seventh-ranked Bruins move to No. 3 in this week’s poll. Langenfeld struck out 10 and gave up just three baserunners over the two games on a hit, a walk and an error.
"It's such a great feeling to be recognized by USA Softball with this award. Last weekend was a great momentum shift for our team. We went out there and played UCLA softball and played the way we know we can. Washington is an outstanding team with a great pitcher and a great offense,” said Langenfeld. “To beat them twice changes the momentum for us after a couple of tough weekends and will help us going forward with the rest of the Pac-10 season. To pitch a no-hitter is a great accomplishment. I knew I had one going, but I didn't realize it was the 100th in UCLA history. To be in the same class as so many great UCLA pitchers who have recently thrown no-hitters like Keira Goerl, Jelly Selden and Donna Kerr is an awesome feeling."
On Saturday, Langenfeld retired the first 13 batters she faced before Taylor Smith reached on a fielding error with one out in the fifth inning. She struck out a pair, both in the first inning. The junior didn’t allow a ball out of the infield for the entire game. Langenfeld clinched her first career no-hitter and extended her record to 6-0 when the Bruins scored six times in the bottom of the fifth inning to invoke the mercy rule.
Langenfeld began the two-game series allowing just one hit in 11 innings while striking out eight in a 2-0 win on Friday. She threw eight hitless innings before surrendering a leadoff single to Alicia Blake in the ninth. Following a two-out walk to Jennifer Salling in the first inning, the junior retired the next 22 in a row before the Blake hit. After the hit, Langenfeld set down the last nine batters she faced, never allowing a runner to get past first base for the entire game.
"Megan is a fierce competitor. Her confidence in the circle was contagious to the entire Bruin lineup,” said UCLA Head Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez. “Not only did she lead the Bruins to two big wins but she also placed herself in the Bruin record books by throwing the 100th no-hitter for the program."
This is the second-time for Langenfeld to receive this award as she was named USA Softball Player of the Week, as a freshman, for the Week of May 7-13, 2007.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.