March 25, 2010
Friday, March 26
2 p.m. - Long Beach State at #5/#6 UCLA
Saturday, March 27
1 p.m. - UNLV at #5/#6 UCLA (DH)
Sunday, March 28
12 p.m. - #5/#6 UCLA at Loyola Marymount (DH)
Gametracker and live audio (Long Beach game only) at UCLABruins.com
UCLA WRAPS UP NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
The fifth-ranked Bruins conclude their non-conference schedule with five games in three days this weekend, starting Friday with a single contest against Long Beach State at Easton Stadium at 2 p.m. On Saturday, UCLA hosts UNLV in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. and the weekend closes with a twinbill at Loyola Marymount at 12 p.m. Gametracker will be available for all games at UCLABruins.com, while Friday's contest against Long Beach State will have live audio on the Bruins' website.
UCLA opens up Pacific-10 Conference play next weekend with a three-game series at top-ranked Washington. The Bruins and the Huskies play at 6 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday and finish up the series on Saturday at 12 p.m.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
UCLA remained at fifth for the second straight week in this week's USA Today/NFCA rankings and stayed at sixth for the third consecutive week in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. In the Pac-10 preseason poll, the Bruins were third (with one first-place vote), behind Washington and Arizona.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
Gametracker will be available for all UCLA softball games this season at UCLABruins.com. In addition, all Pac-10 contests, as well as select non-conference games, will be broadcast on the UCLA website.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL AND PAC-10 RANKINGS
The first national rankings were released on Tuesday and senior Megan Langenfeld finds herself first in the country in on base percentage (.687) and second in batting average (.563) and slugging percentage (1.188). Langenfeld is also tied for sixth in home runs per game (0.44), tied for seventh in runs per game (1.22) and tied for 11th in runs batted in per game (1.33). Senior Julie Burney is 28th in RBI per game (1.13) and tied for 46th in home runs per game (0.30), sophomore Samantha Camuso is 33rd in slugging (.803) and 34th in RBI per game (1.09) and senior Kaila Shull is tied for 18th in sacrifice hits (0.32). In the circle, junior Donna Kerr is eighth in the nation in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.08) and 19th in strikeouts per seven (10.6). As a team, the Bruins are fourth in the country in earned run average at 1.24. Offensively, UCLA is fifth in slugging (.591), eighth in both batting average (.339) and home runs per game (1.61), 11th in runs per game (7.00) and tied for 18th in doubles per game (1.61). The entire list of the Bruins in the national rankings can be found on page 5 of this release, while UCLA's standing in the Pac-10 can be found on page 6.
On Tuesday, eight of the Bruins' nine runs in their doubleheader sweep of Cal Poly were scored with two outs and that continues a trend they have had throughout the season, as nearly half of the team's runs have been scored with two outs. Of the 170 runs scored by UCLA, 82 of them have come with two outs for a 48.2 percentage. The Bruins have 73 two-out RBI, with an additional nine runs coming across on errors, wild pitches or passed balls with two down. Senior Megan Langenfeld leads the team with 16 two-out RBI, followed by senior Julie Burney (13), sophomore Samantha Camuso (12) and junior GiOnna DiSalvatore (11).
SCOUTING THE 49ERS
Long Beach State has won five straight and nine of its last 10, bringing a 16-13 record into Friday's contest. Last weekend at the San Diego Classic, the 49ers beat Harvard, Oregon State and #25 Massachusetts, while falling to #20 Texas A&M. Long Beach also swept a home doubleheader with Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday. The 49ers are hitting .250 as a team with 13 home runs and 24 stolen bases, averaging 3.6 runs per game. Junior Casey Burba is the top hitter with a .407 average to go with five stolen bases, which is tied for the team lead. Freshman Caitrin DeBaun is second with a .305 average and 11 RBI, while freshman Nalani St. Germain leads the squad with eight homers and 20 runs batted in. In the circle, sophomore Taylor Petty is 6-7 with a 2.35 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings, while junior Brooke Turner is 8-5 with a 3.22 earned run average and 73 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings. The Bruins and the 49ers were scheduled to play on March 6 in San Diego, but the game was rained out. The Bruins have played the 49ers at least once in each of the last four seasons and lead the all-time series 64-9. Last season, UCLA lost to Long Beach 2-1 on March 8 at the LBSU Invitational, but exacted revenge with a 4-2 victory in the NCAA Regionals on May 15 at Easton Stadium. Megan Langenfeld is 6-for-10 (.600) with four RBI in her career against the 49ers, while Julie Burney is 8-for-14 (.571) with a home run and five runs batted in. The Bruins are 31-1 all-time at home against the 49ers, with Long Beach's only victory coming in 1997.
SCOUTING THE REBELS
UNLV, which plays a single game at Loyola Marymount on Friday, comes into the weekend with a 20-11 record, having gone 3-2 at last weekend's Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton. The Rebels beat Purdue, San Jose State and DePaul, but lost to ranked foes Michigan and Arizona State. UNLV is batting .326 as a team with 25 home runs and 13 stolen bases, averaging 6.1 runs per game. Two players, seniors Tara Bendt (.431) and Marissa Nichols (.414), are hitting over .400, while five others are batting above .300. Nichols leads the team with eight home runs and is tied for second with 23 runs batted in. Senior Kendall Fearn is tops on the squad with 25 RBI. In the circle, three pitchers have seen action in at least 10 games. Sophomore Jessica O'Connor is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings, junior Traci Odegard is 4-4 with a 4.52 earned run average and 34 strikeouts in 48 innings and sophomore Kylie Wagner is 6-3 with a 4.59 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 61 innings. The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Rebels 23-1 and have won nine straight, owning a perfect 11-0 mark in games at UCLA. Last season, UCLA posted a 9-7 victory in Las Vegas on Feb. 13. The Rebels' lone win against the Bruins came in 1994, a 1-0, nine-inning triumph in the NCAA Regionals.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Loyola Marymount, which hosts UNLV on Friday, is 11-11 entering the weekend, going a perfect 6-0 last weekend at its own tournament. The Lions defeated North Dakota, Utah Valley and Bucknell twice apiece. LMU is batting .285 as a team with 15 homers and six stolen bases, averaging 4.0 runs per game. Six players are hitting over .300, led by sophomore Sam Fischer, who is batting .373 with a team-best five homers and 17 RBI. Senior Darcy Pagnini also has five home runs to go along with 14 runs batted in and a .328 batting average. Senior Melissa Dykema and freshman Molly Medeiros have split pitching duties for the Lions. Dykema is 7-6 with a 3.16 earned run average and 46 strikeouts in 79 2/3 innings, while Medeiros is 3-4 with a 5.68 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings. The Bruins are 19-1 all-time against the Lions, but LMU won the last meeting during the 2007 NCAA Regionals at Easton Stadium by a 4-2 score. UCLA is 4-0 at LMU, winning doubleheaders in 1987 and 1997.
Senior Megan Langenfeld returned to the UCLA lineup last Sunday at CSU Bakersfield and continues to lead the Bruins with a .556 batting average, nine home runs and 27 runs batted in. She is also atop the team with a 1.167 slugging percentage, a .676 on base percentage, 24 runs scored and 14 walks. Langenfeld went 5-for-9 with a homer, three RBI and two walks in three games against Bakersfield and Cal Poly. She went 2-for-3 with a run scored in her return against the Roadrunners and posted a 3-for-3 performance in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Mustangs, hitting a three-run homer and scoring twice. Langenfeld has hits in 17 of her 20 games and has reached base in each contest via either a hit, walk or hit by pitch. She started the season with a six-game hitting streak (Feb. 13-17) and then posted an eight-game streak from Feb. 19-27. Her nine multiple-hit games lead the team. The senior has three-hit games against Northwestern (Feb. 27), Portland State (Feb. 21) and Cal Poly (Feb. 19). Langenfeld had a streak of five-straight, multi-hit contests from Feb. 19-26. In the RBI department, the senior leads the team with nine multi-RBI games. Her season high came against Cal Poly when she had four thanks to a grand slam. She had three RBI against Northwestern and Portland State, homering against the Vikings. Langenfeld has also left the yard against UC Riverside (March 3), Baylor (Feb. 27), Texas (Feb. 26), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17) and Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13). The senior has scored multiple runs in a game eight times, including three apiece in both ends of a doubleheader at UCSB. In the circle, Langenfeld is 3-1 with a 1.00 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 42 innings. The senior tossed a career-high 13 innings in a hard-luck, 4-2 loss against Michigan on Feb. 14. She allowed only one earned run and six hits while striking out six in a 182-pitch effort. Langenfeld threw 23 more pitches later in the day when she tossed a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts against Georgia for her first save of the season. Her three wins have come against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20) and Northwestern. She pitched five shutout innings and struck out four against the Lady Vols and fanned six in six shutout frames against UC Davis.
Sophomore Samantha Camuso posted her first, three-hit game of the season last Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Camuso is second on the team with a .415 average and third with six home runs and 24 runs batted in. The sophomore also ranks second with a .769 slugging percentage, a .500 on base and 11 walks. Camuso has hits in eight of her last nine games, including three multiple-hit contests. She had a pair of two-hit affairs against Fresno State (March 5) and UTEP (March 6), driving in a pair against the Miners. Camuso also has two-hit contests against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19), Colorado State (Feb. 26) and Texas (Feb. 26). The sophomore has six games with multiple RBI, which is third on the team. Her season high came in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB when she had four to go along with a home run. She also has three-RBI games against Northridge and Cal Poly (Feb. 19), homering in both contests. Camuso, who redshirted last season with a shoulder injury, homered in her first game back against Florida Atlantic on Feb. 13. She has also left the yard against Colorado State and Texas. Camuso has scored twice in a game four times and has reached base in all but two of her contests this season.
HOT BAT FOR THE HOT CORNER
Senior Julie Burney hit her seventh home run of the season in the second game of last Sunday's doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield and is second on the team in that category to go along with a .324 batting average and 26 runs batted in, which is also second on the squad. Burney is third with a .662 slugging percentage and has started all 25 games at third base this season. The senior had a career-high, nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 14-24 in which she batted .538 (14-for-26) with five homers and 20 runs batted in. Burney drove in a run in each of the last eight games of her hitting streak, with six of those contests being multiple-RBI affairs. She had four RBI against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), recording her first career, two-homer contest against the Matadors. Burney has also homered against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal Poly (Feb. 19), UC Davis (Feb. 20) and North Carolina (March 10), recording three runs batted in against UCSB and Davis. The senior has eight multi-RBI contests, which is second on the team, to go along with four multiple-hit games. She went 3-for-3 against UCSB and Fullerton and has two-hit contests against Northridge and Baylor (Feb. 27).
Junior Donna Kerr won her fourth consecutive start on Tuesday at Cal Poly, allowing three runs, five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in a complete-game effort. Kerr leads the Bruins in wins (10-1), strikeouts (82), innings pitched (59 1/3) and opposing batting average (.136), also posting a 1.65 earned run average. The junior has been a part of six of the Bruins' 13 shutouts this season, throwing back-to-back, solo blankings of North Carolina (March 10) and CSU Bakersfield (March 21). Kerr allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out eight against the Tar Heels and fanned nine in six innings of four-hit ball against the Roadrunners. She has struck out at least eight in seven of her 11 outings, including a season-best 11 against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13) and Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19). Kerr has also struck out nine in wins over Georgia (Feb. 14) and Portland State (Feb. 21) and eight in a victory against Fresno State (March 5). Kerr received the third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award of her career on Feb. 23 after tossing 13 scoreless innings with 23 strikeouts in wins over UCSB (Feb. 17), CSUN and Portland State. She allowed only one hit in all three of those appearances.
MACON THEM MISS
Sophomore Aleah Macon enters this week's play with 15 consecutive scoreless innings under her belt after throwing back-to-back, complete-game shutouts against UTEP (March 6) and CSU Bakersfield (March 21) and earning a save in a scoreless inning at Cal Poly on Tuesday. Macon, who leads the Bruins with a 0.86 earned run average, struck out five in a five-hit performance against UTEP. The sophomore showed no rust after a 15-day layoff, blanking Bakersfield on just two hits while fanning six. She struck out one and gave up one hit in the seventh inning of Tuesday's second game of a doubleheader at Cal Poly. Macon has 57 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings and owns a 6-1 record with two saves. She has three solo shutouts, also blanking Cal Poly on Feb. 19. Macon's other three wins came against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24) and Colorado State (Feb. 26). The sophomore has struck out a season-high nine on two occasions against UCSB and Fullerton and also fanned eight against Colorado State. Macon, who has yet to allow a home run this season, leads the Bruins with five complete games and has held opponents to a .172 batting average.
Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore had hits in both games of Tuesday's doubleheader at Cal Poly and brings a .358 batting average into this weekend's action. She is fourth on the team in average and runs batted in with 20 and has added three home runs. DiSalvatore is also second on the squad with 23 runs scored, tied for first with six doubles and tied for third with nine walks. DiSalvatore tied a career high with a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 14-24. In the midst of that streak, she put her name alongside Olympian Natasha Watley when she had nine consecutive hits. After posting a hit in her last at-bat against Georgia on Feb. 14, DiSalvatore went 7-for-7 in a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 17. In game one, she went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and followed that up with a 4-for-4 effort in the nightcap with a career-high six runs batted in on a two-run double, an RBI double and a three-run homer. DiSalvatore ran her consecutive hits streak to nine with a first-inning RBI single against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20), which tied her with Watley. She fell just one short of the school record of 10 consecutive hits held by Lisa Fernandez and Stacey Nuveman. For her efforts, DiSalvatore was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the third time in her career on Feb. 23, hitting .682 with 12 runs batted in and two homers in seven games. The junior has seven multiple-hit games, which is tied for fourth on the club. She went 4-for-4 with three RBI, three runs and a homer against Portland State (Feb. 21), also posting two-hit contests against Tennessee (Feb. 13), Texas (Feb. 26) and Northwestern (Feb. 27). Her third homer of the season came against the Longhorns. DiSalvatore has four multi-RBI contests, recording three against Texas and two against Tennessee. She has also scored three times in a game on three occasions and two times twice.
HITTING IN THE TWO HOLE
One of the hottest Bruins of late has been junior Monica Harrison, who is batting .452 (14-for-31) over her last 10 games. She has hits in eight of her last 10, with four of those contests being multiple-hit games. Harrison went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and a homer against CSU Bakersfield on Sunday and added another two-hit game with a run, an RBI and a triple at Cal Poly on Tuesday. The three-hit game against the Roadrunners was her second of the season, as she also went 3-for-3 with two doubles at UC Riverside on March 3. Harrison has four other two-hit games against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Portland State (Feb. 21) and Ohio State (Feb. 28) to give her seven multiple-hit contests, which is tied for fourth on the team. The junior had a career-high, seven-game hitting streak from Feb. 27 to March 21, hitting .572 (12-for-21) with four runs batted in and four doubles. On the season, Harrison is batting .316 with two home runs and seven runs batted in. She is third on the squad with 19 runs scored, tied for first with six doubles and second with five sacrifice hits. Harrison has scored in 15 of 25 games this season, including twice in four contests. The junior hit her first home run of the year against Tennessee.
Sophomore Andrea Harrison had hits in each of the Bruins' last four games in doubleheaders at Bakersfield and Cal Poly, including a pair of multiple-hit contests. Harrison went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a homer against the Roadrunners and added another two-hit game against the Mustangs to give her eight multiple-hit contests, which is second on the team. The sophomore is hitting .346 with three home runs and 13 runs batted in. She has added five doubles, 13 runs scored and seven walks. All of Harrison's multiple-hit games have been two-hit affairs and in all eight contests, she has driven in at least one run. She had two-hit games against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), Texas (Feb. 26), Baylor (Feb. 27) and UTEP (March 6). The sophomore drove in two, scored twice and homered against Northridge and also left the yard against Baylor. Harrison's other two-RBI contest came in the first game of a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 17. Harrison had a team- and career-high 10-game hitting streak from Feb. 19-27 in which she hit .417 (15-for-36) with six runs batted in and a pair of home runs.
Freshman B.B. Bates had a pair of two-hit games during last Sunday's doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield and brings a .299 batting average into this week's contests. The two-hit games bring her total to six on the season. She has added two home runs, 10 RBI, 15 runs scored and nine walks and leads the squad with five stolen bases. Bates had a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 21 to March 5 in which she hit .387 (12-for-31) with eight runs batted in, four runs scored and a pair of homers. The freshman hit her first two collegiate home runs in consecutive games against Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24) and Colorado State (Feb. 26). She had two hits and three RBI against Fullerton and a pair of hits and runs batted in against Colorado State. Bates has two more two-hit contests to her credit against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17) and Fresno State (March 5). She has at least one hit in 20 of her 25 games. Bates scored a run in eight of nine games from Feb. 17-26 and had her first, two stolen-base contest against UC Davis on Feb. 20.
Freshman Charlotte Dolan returned to the Bruin lineup last Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield after missing four games with a left foot injury. Dolan is batting .250 on the season with three home runs and seven runs batted in. She went yard in three straight games against Texas (Feb. 26), Baylor (Feb. 27) and Northwestern (Feb. 27), driving in three in the latter two contests. Dolan also had hits in five straight games from Feb. 24-28 ... junior Amy Crawford started her first two games of the year in right field on Sunday at Bakersfield and Tuesday at Cal Poly. She recorded her second hit of the season against the Roadrunners on her first career triple, coming around to score on the same play on a throwing error ... freshman Devon Lindvall, who has played spectacular defense in center field, had hits in consecutive games last Sunday and Tuesday. Lindvall had her first career double and two-run game against Bakersfield and added another single at Cal Poly. She has three hits in 22 at-bats for a .136 average with five runs scored, six walks and three stolen bases ... freshman Destiny Rodino picked up her second career victory on Tuesday at Cal Poly, limiting the Mustangs to five hits and one run in six innings with three strikeouts. Rodino holds a 2.19 ERA and eight strikeouts in 16 innings ... junior Katie Schroeder remains out with a left calf injury. She had hits in five of her first seven games of the season, including a trio of two-hit contests. Schroeder is batting .364 with a homer and three RBI and there is no timetable for her return.
MERCY MERCY ME
The Bruins set a school record on Feb. 20 when they posted their fifth-straight, mercy-rule victory against UC Davis (8-0 in six innings). The streak began on Feb. 17 when UCLA swept both ends of a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara by scores of 14-0 in five innings and 11-1 in six. On Feb. 19, the Bruins continued the streak with a 9-0, five-inning win against Cal State Northridge and an 8-0, five-inning triumph against Cal Poly. UCLA had recorded four-consecutive, mercy-rule wins on several occasions prior to setting the new mark. Ten of the Bruins' 21 victories this season have been run-rule wins.