UCLA’s Langenfeld named USA Softball Player of the WeekOKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that UCLA’s Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif.) earned USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honors for the week of April 19-25. The senior hit .714 (5-for-7) with four home runs, eight runs batted in, six runs scored and three walks at the plate and pitched eight innings of scoreless relief in the circle to help the No. 6 Bruins (33-9) to a three-game sweep of now No. 14 Stanford (30-12) over the weekend.
Langenfeld reached in nine of her 12 plate appearances, posting a 2.571 slugging percentage and a .750 on base percentage. In the circle, she earned a save on Saturday and a win on Sunday. On Friday, the senior tied a career high with two home runs and four runs batted in, also scoring three runs, drawing a walk and hitting a sacrifice fly. Langenfeld produced a positive outcome in all four at bats.
“It is a great honor to be named USA Softball National Player of the Week for my play this past weekend. The team performed very well and we were able to sweep a very good team in Stanford. We are in a good place right now and hope to ride this momentum as we move towards the end of the regular season and into NCAA’s,” said Langenfeld. “It was nice to see the ball really big at the plate last weekend and it was also good to get back out in the circle. I am happy that I was able to contribute the way I did and get some nice payoffs for the team.”
After walking and scoring in her first at-bat in the first inning, Langenfeld hit a leadoff solo homer in the third to put the Bruins up 3-0. She drove in the Bruins’ sixth run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth and hit a two-run homer in the fifth to give UCLA a 10-0 advantage.
On Saturday, Langenfeld threw three hitless innings of relief for her second save of the season. The school leader in saves retired nine of the 10 batters she faced, including the last seven, and struck out one. At the plate, the senior walked twice in her second and third at-bats, scoring once, before posting a double in the seventh inning to finish the game 1-for-2.
“This honor is well deserved. Megan had an outstanding weekend to help the team earn three big road wins at Stanford. It is great to have her back out on the field and we look forward to a strong finish to her senior year,” said UCLA Head Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez. “Megan showed everybody last weekend what she is capable of, not only at the plate but also in the circle, and it was outstanding to watch.”
The senior reached in three of her four plate appearances on Sunday, rounding the bases on two of them. With the Bruins up 3-0 in the second, Langenfeld hit a three-run homer to right-center to extend the lead to 6-0. After she was hit by a pitch in the third, the senior belted her second homer of the game and fourth of the weekend to left to put the Bruins up 7-0. For the second time in three days, Langenfeld tied a career high with two homers and four RBI.
She got into the game as a pitcher in the second and blanked the Cardinal for five innings. Langenfeld struck out two and allowed five hits and a walk. The senior retired the side in order in the third and set down eight of nine at one point.
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 76 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/.
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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 three World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.