OKLAHOMA CITY — Megan Langenfeld hit a game-ending homer in the eighth inning to give UCLA a 6-5 victory over Arizona in the opener of the Women's College World Series finals on Monday night.
Langenfeld, a finalist for national player of the year, homered twice and drove in three runs. Monica Harrison had a two-run double for the fifth-seeded Bruins (49-11).
Arizona (52-13) rallied from a two-run deficit to take the lead in the seventh, only to lose it in extra innings.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is tonight.
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The championship features college softball's two most storied programs, with UCLA and Arizona combining to win 18 of the 27 World Series titles that have been awarded.