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Defending Champs Face Jacksonville Friday in First Regional Game
By: UCLA Athletics

May 18, 2011

NCAA Regionals Central

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Friday, May 20
Game 1 - 12:30 p.m. PT - Jacksonville vs. UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio | Video
Game 2 - 3 p.m. PT - Bethune-Cookman vs. #4-seed Florida
Online Coverage: Video

Saturday, May 21 (links will be added as opponents are determined)
Game 3 - 10 a.m. PT - UCLA (V) vs. #4-seed Florida (H)
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio | Video
Game 4 - 12:30 p.m. PT - Bethune-Cookman (V) vs. Jacksonville (H)
Online Coverage: Video
Game 5 - 3 p.m. PT - Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Sunday, May 22 (links will be added as opponents are determined)
Game 6 - 10 a.m. PT - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5
Game 7 - 12:30 p.m. PT - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary)

The defending national champion and 14th-ranked Bruins (33-17, 9-12 Pac-10) travel to the Gainesville, Fla. Regional this weekend, facing Jacksonville (43-14, 18-2 Atlantic Sun) in their first game on Friday at 12:30 p.m. PT. Fans can follow along all weekend with Gametracker and free audio at and can watch all Gainesville Regional contests at

The winner of the Gainesville Regional will take on the winner of the University Park, Pa. Regional, which features #13-seed Oregon, Fordham, Penn State and Albany, next weekend in Super Regionals. The Super Regional round is a best 2-of-3 and will take place either May 27-28 or May 28-29.

The Bruins fell two spots to 14th in this week's USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll and dropped one position to 16th in the latest Softball rankings.

All UCLA games this weekend will feature free live audio at In addition, fans can follow along via Gametracker and can watch every game of the Gainesville Regional at

Senior GiOnna DiSalvatore is UCLA's all-time leader in doubles with 63, breaking the record held by Tairia Mims (59) on April 9 against Stanford. She also has the best walk-to-strikeout ratio on the team, having walked (26) 2 1/2 times more than she's struck out (10) ... with two more starts, senior Donna Kerr will have 100 for her career. Kerr has pitched in 11 of the last 13 games and has fanned at least seven in 11 of her 31 appearances this season ... junior Samantha Camuso is day-to-day with a lower body injury. She has started her last four games at second base, the first four of her career, and has hits in four of her last seven contests ... junior Andrea Harrison has hits in nine of her last 12 games, batting .385 during that stretch. Her 18 multiple-hit games are the most on the squad and of her 50 games started, 36 have come in left field and 14 at first base ... freshman Talee Snow leads all Pac-10 players with 11 sacrifice hits. She is one of five regulars to have more walks (15) than strikeouts (10), joining DiSalvatore, Harrison (28/17), junior Dani Yudin (26/15) and freshman Kellie Fox (28/26) ... sophomore Destiny Rodino has started twice in each of the last two weekends. She has won four of her seven career starts, including May 8 against Arizona when she allowed only one run in five-plus innings ... freshman Jessica Hall earned her 16th win of the season on Friday at Oregon. She is looking to become the first Bruin freshman to lead the team in wins since Anjelica Selden in 2005 ... sophomore B.B. Bates hit cleanup for the first two times in her collegiate career on Friday and Saturday at Oregon. She hit a pair of three-run homers last weekend and has doubled her freshman total for long balls with 10 this season ... with her 11th home run on May 6 against Arizona, Fox has the second-most homers by a freshman in a single season at UCLA. She surpassed Julie Adams (1996), Claire Sua (2001) and Emily Zaplatosch (2003), who hit 10 in their first years in Westwood. The UCLA freshman record for homers is 20 by Stacey Nuveman in 1997 ... after 167 straight starts in center field, junior Katie Schroeder made her first collegiate start in right on Saturday at Oregon. She has hits in 22 of her last 29 games, batting .358 during that stretch ... freshman Alyssa Tiumalu is one homer away from joining Fox in double digits after hitting her ninth on May 8 against Arizona. She is currently fourth on the squad in home runs, slugging (.561) and sacrifice hits (4) ... sophomore Devon Lindvall has a four-game hitting streak and belted her second homer in as many weekends on Friday at Oregon. She has made 25 starts at five different positions (13 in LF, 7 at DP, 3 in CF, 1 in RF and 1 at 1B) ... junior Dani Yudin left Thursday's game at Oregon after getting hit by a pitch in the neck, suffering a concussion. She is day-to-day and has hits in 10 of her last 15 contests ... Kelly Inouye-Perez earned her 200th-career victory on March 11 against Sacramento State and is 216-66 as the head coach ... with five runs and a loss on Thursday at Oregon, the Bruins fell for the first time this year when scoring five runs or more in a game. UCLA is now 26-1 this season when posting at least five runs. On the flip side, the Bruins are 0-13 when being held to two runs or fewer ... UCLA is 27-2 when holding its opponent to three or fewer runs, with the only losses coming to Arizona State (April 16) and California (May 1) ... the Bruins are 23-2 this season when scoring in their first at-bat and 44-3 over the last two years ... UCLA has posted 11 mercy-rule wins, seven shutouts and 13 comeback victories ... the Bruins are 20-1 when leading after five innings (19-1 when leading after six), with the only loss coming to Washington on April 23 ... UCLA is 19-1 when hitting two homers or more in a game (only loss April 23 vs. Washington) ... 122 of the Bruins' 280 runs have been scored via the home run (43.6 percent of their runs) ... UCLA has three or four homers in a game 10 times this season ... the Bruins have five grand slams (Fox and Yudin 2, Harrison 1), 12 three-run homers, 19 two-run shots and 28 solo bombs ... 130 of UCLA's 280 runs have been scored with two outs (46.4%), including 10 of its 12 last weekend at Oregon ... Bates and Harrison are tied for the top spot with 23 two-out RBI, with Fox right behind them with 22.

Twelve-time national champion and 11-time NCAA titleist UCLA is making its 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and holds a record of 174-40 (.813 winning percentage). During the Regional round, the Bruins are 75-8 (.904) and have gone undefeated 19 of 26 times, including each of the last three seasons. Since Regional play moved to a four-team format in 2005, the Bruins are 17-3 (.850), advancing to the Super Regionals in `05, `06, `08, `09 and `10. 2011 marks the first time since 2003 (Fresno) that the Bruins have been sent packing for the Regional round. UCLA is 21-2 (.913) in Regional contests away from Westwood. Playoff time has been Samantha Camuso time over her two postseasons. The redshirt junior is batting .423 (22-for-52) in 18 games in the NCAA Tournament with 10 home runs and 24 runs batted in. Eight of those homers and 21 RBI came in last year's tournament, as Camuso hit .467 (14-for-30) in being named to the WCWS All-Tournament Team. Junior Andrea Harrison was also named to the All-WCWS squad after tying a Series record with four homers and setting a new mark with 11 RBI. The Bruins hit 31 homers in the 2010 postseason, including 14 in Oklahoma City, a WCWS record.

The Bruins have never been to the state of Florida for the postseason or played in Gainesville. UCLA has appeared in five tournaments in Florida and owns a record of 30-2. In three tournaments in Tampa, the Bruins went 8-1 in 1994, 8-0 in 1996 and 6-0 in 2000. In 2003, UCLA went 5-0 at the FAU Worth Invitational in Boca Raton. Last season, the Bruins opened their campaign in Clermont at the Dot Richardson Invitational. UCLA defeated Florida Atlantic, Tennessee and Georgia, while losing to Michigan.

Native Floridian GiOnna DiSalvatore will have plenty of fans cheering her on this weekend as the Bruins make a return trip to her home state. She is the fourth Bruin to come out of the Sunshine State, joining Chris Olivie, Dot Richardson and Claire Sua.

The Dolphins will be making their first NCAA Tournament appearance when they hook up with the Bruins on Friday in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Jacksonville went 43-14 this season and 18-2 in the Atlantic Sun Conference, claiming the league's automatic bid after winning the conference tournament last weekend. The Dolphins have played four games against ranked opponents, defeating Texas A&M 3-1 on March 17, while losing to Florida, Texas Tech and North Carolina. Jacksonville is batting .278 as a team with 40 home runs and 44 stolen bases, averaging 4.6 runs per game. Sophomore Sarah Simon is one of five players batting over .300, hitting a team-best .371, tying for the team lead with nine homers and placing second with 40 RBI. Sophomore Olivia Kline (.333), junior Kayla Ouellet (.306), junior Amanda Schmidt (.301) and senior Katie Kelly (.301) are also batting above .300. Schmidt is first with 48 RBI and tied for first with nine homers, while Ouellet has a team-high 21 stolen bases. In the circle, Kline and junior Sarah Sigrest are the top two pitchers. Sigrest is 26-5 with a 1.01 earned run average and 200 strikeouts in 215 1/3 innings, while Kline is 15-6 with a 1.50 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 140 innings. Amanda Lehotak is in her fifth year as the head coach at Jacksonville. The only team the Bruins have played from the 11-team Atlantic Sun Conference is Mercer, who they defeated twice in 1999 and 2006 by 8-0, six-inning scores.

The Gators went 47-9 during the regular season and placed first in the SEC East with a 21-7 record. Florida entered last week's Southeastern Conference Tournament on a nine-game winning streak, but lost in the tournament quarterfinals to Auburn last Thursday. The Gators are hitting .328 as a team with 104 home runs and 69 stolen bases, averaging 7.5 runs per game. Six players are hitting .300 or better, led by junior Michelle Moultrie, who is batting .427 with two homers, 28 RBI and a team-best 21 stolen bases. Senior Kelsey Bruder (.384, 17 HR, 63 RBI), senior Aja Paculba (.351, 15, 54), senior Megan Bush (.348, 20 HR, 72 RBI), sophomore Brittany Schutte (.321, 17, 52) and freshman Cheyenne Coyle (.313, 13, 46) are all hitting .300 or better with at least 13 homers and 45 RBI. In the circle, senior Stephanie Brombacher and freshman Hannah Rogers have split the duties. Brombacher is 17-2 with a 1.08 earned run average and 108 strikeouts in 123 innings, while Rogers is 30-5 with a 1.60 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 214 1/3 innings. Tim Walton is in his sixth season as head coach.

The Bruins are 3-2 all-time against Florida, but have never played at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The two teams met on Feb. 25 at the Cathedral City Classic, with Florida winning 4-1. UCLA posted 11-1 and 10-2 (6 innings) victories at Easton Stadium in 2002 and 2007. At the Women's College World Series in 2008, the Gators ended the Bruins' season with a 2-0 win. Last year, UCLA knocked off Florida in the opening game of the WCWS by a score of 16-3 in six innings. A recap and box score from the last two UCLA-Florida contests is available on page 11 of this release.

Bethune-Cookman (33-24) won its second-straight, Mid Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament title with a 5-4, walk-off victory over Delaware State last Sunday to earn the league's automatic bid. The Wildcats, out of Daytona Beach, Fla., were a perfect 12-0 in the MEAC South Division. Bethune-Cookman is batting .305 as a team with 27 home runs and 65 stolen bases, averaging 5.7 runs per game. Six players are hitting .300 or better, led by senior Allison Garcia, who is first on the team with a .374 average, nine homers and 56 RBI. Sophomore Michelle Banuelos-Smith (.367), junior Cesley Tafoya (.314), senior Ashton Hinds (.306), freshman Kelsey Rodney (.302) and sophomore Aurelia Gamch (.302) are also hitting .300 or better. In the circle, Garcia has started more than half of the Wildcats' games, going 26-11 with a 3.54 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 257 innings. Chris Cochran is in her third year as head coach at Bethune-Cookman.

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