UCLA junior pitcher Megan Langenfeld has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for the week ending April 12, the NFCA announced on Tuesday.
Langenfeld tossed the 100th no-hitter in UCLA history on Saturday against Washington and held the third-ranked Huskies to one hit in 16 innings over two games to help the then-seventh-ranked Bruins to a pair of victories last weekend. Langenfeld struck out 10 and gave up just three baserunners over the two games on a hit, a walk and an error.
The Bakersfield, Calif., native 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.
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 when the Bruins scored six times in the bottom of the fifth inning to invoke the mercy rule.
The Bruins jumped six spots to No. 3 in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll.