April 16, 2009
Friday, April 17
3 p.m. - #3 UCLA at Oregon State
Saturday, April 18
1 p.m. - #3 UCLA at Oregon
Sunday, April 19
12 p.m. - #3 UCLA at Oregon
Gametracker and live audio at UCLABruins.com
BRUINS TRAVEL TO OREGON FOR THREE GAMES
The third-ranked Bruins (29-8, 4-4 Pac-10) take their three-game winning streak to the Beaver State this weekend where they will face Oregon State (22-19, 3-6) on Friday and Oregon (13-23, 2-7) on Saturday and Sunday. Friday's matchup in Corvallis begins at 3 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday's contests in Eugene start at 1 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins' seven-game road trip continues at the Arizona schools. UCLA will face Arizona on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in Tucson before heading to Tempe to take on Arizona State. The Saturday, April 25 contest will begin at 1 p.m. and will be aired live on Fox Sports Net. The Sunday, April 26 affair will start at 12 p.m. Gametracker will be available for all three games, while live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com for the Friday and Sunday contests.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins jumped up to third in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA rankings this week. UCLA moved up four spots from seventh in the USA Softball poll and up six positions from ninth in the NFCA standings thanks to its two wins over then-#3 Washington last weekend.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
Fans can follow UCLA all season long on UCLABruins.com. Gametracker will be featured for all Bruin contests, as will live audio (except 4/25) with Darren Preston (home games) and James Ybiernas (road games) at the call.
BRUINS ON THE TUBE
The Bruins will appear on television once more during the regular season on April 25 at Arizona State. The game has been changed to a 1 p.m. start to accommodate TV and will be shown live on Fox Sports Net.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
UCLA enters this week's play as the top fielding team in the nation with a .980 fielding percentage. The Bruins also rank in the Top 20 nationally in five other categories. UCLA is seventh in home runs per game (1.30), eighth in slugging percentage (.536), ninth in runs per game (6.38), 15th in doubles per game (1.59) and 17th in batting average (.313). Individually, sophomore Katie Schroeder is 17th in the country in on base percentage (.535), 20th in walks per game (0.73) and tied for 22nd in runs per game (1.00). Junior Kaila Shull sits sixth in runs batted in per game at 1.27 and tied for first with five sacrifice flies, senior Amanda Kamekona is fourth in doubles per game (0.43) and freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore is 31st in runs per game (0.97). In the circle, sophomore Donna Kerr is 26th with 191 strikeouts. All statistics were as of games completed on April 12.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
The Bruins rank in the top three among Pac-10 Conference teams in 13 categories, including first in fielding percentage (.980) and second in sacrifice bunts (28) and hit by pitches (35). UCLA is third in average (.313), slugging (.536), on base percentage (.413), runs scored (236), runs batted in (222), triples (8), home runs (48), total bases (526) and opposing batting average (.186). Individually, sophomore Katie Schroeder is in the Pac-10 Top 10 in eight offensive categories, including second in on base percentage (.535). She is also sixth with 15 stolen bases and 27 walks and eighth in batting average (.400) and slugging (.682). Junior Kaila Shull is first in the conference with five sacrifice flies, fourth in RBI with 47 and sixth in slugging (.705), while senior Amanda Kamekona ranks tied for second with 16 doubles and ninth with 46 hits. In the circle, junior Megan Langenfeld is third with a 1.07 earned run average and first with a .103 opposing batting average, while sophomore Donna Kerr is third in strikeouts (191) and fifth in wins (15). Full rankings can be accessed on page six of this release.
BRUINS DIG THE LONG BALL
The Bruins hit home runs in both contests last weekend to snap a three-game homerless drought. Freshman Andrea Harrison hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th on Friday, while junior Julie Burney and freshman Dani Yudin each went yard on Saturday. The Bruins, who have 48 home runs this season, rank third among Pac-10 teams and seventh in the nation. The Bruins have already hit 12 more home runs than all of last year. Sophomore Katie Schroeder leads the way with nine, junior Kaila Shull has eight and Burney, senior Amanda Kamekona and sophomore Monica Harrison have six apiece. Every Bruin regular has belted at least two home runs this season. The Bruins have hit a home run in 25 of their 37 games this year and at least two in a game 13 times. They hit a season-best four home runs in wins against UNLV (Feb. 13), South Dakota State (Feb. 15) and North Carolina State (Feb. 21). UCLA set a school record by hitting a home run in 14 consecutive games to start the season. The previous school best was nine, set in 2002 (April 27-May 16) and 2004 (Feb. 20-March 5).
LANGENFELD EARNS TRIO OF PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Junior Megan Langenfeld received three honors on Tuesday, being named NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week, as well as Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week. Langenfeld tossed the 100th no-hitter in UCLA history last Saturday against Washington and held the #3 Huskies to one hit in 16 innings to help the 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.
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.
Langenfeld 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. Adding in her 5 2/3 innings of hitless relief in an April 5 win against Arizona, Langenfeld has allowed just one hit in her last 18 2/3 innings of work. She leads the Bruins with a 1.07 earned run average and is a perfect 6-0 on the season. She has 54 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings with only three walks, having held opponents to a .103 batting average.
Langenfeld is the third Bruin in the last two seasons to earn all three awards in one day. Anjelica Selden (Feb. 26) and Amanda Kamekona (May 6) accomplished the feat last year. It is also the junior's second USA Softball Player of the Week award, with the first coming on May 15, 2007, along with her third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week accolade (May 15, 2007; April 29, 2008). Langenfeld's honor is the 20th NFCA National Player of the Week, the 11th USA Softball National Player of the Week and the 52nd Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week in UCLA history. She is also the second Bruin to be named Pac-10 POW this season after sophomore Donna Kerr earned the honor on March 3.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Oregon State, which is 3-6 in Pac-10 play, brings a 22-19 overall record into Friday's game after sweeping Portland State in a doubleheader on Wednesday by scores of 2-1 and 2-0. The Beavers split a pair of games against in-state rival Oregon last weekend, dropping the first contest 3-2 on Friday before coming back with a 2-1 win on Saturday. The Beavers are hitting .273 as a team this season with 28 home runs and 35 stolen bases, averaging 3.6 runs per game. Leading the way is sophomore Audrey Roderfeld, who is tops on the team with a .336 batting average, nine home runs and 30 runs batted in. Junior Tarah Black (.322), senior Stefanie Ewing (.318), freshman Ashley Sanchez (.312) and senior Paige Lowe (.302) also hit above .300. During Pac-10 play, Sanchez and senior DeAnn Young are each batting .400, while Roderfeld is hitting .370 with four homers and 11 RBI. In the circle, freshman Paige Hall and junior Kelly Dyer have split the duties. Hall is 12-7 with a 2.58 earned run average and 51 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings, while Dyer is 10-12 with four saves, a 3.05 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 140 innings. In Pac-10 action, both hurlers have struggled. Hall is 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA in 31 1/3 innings, while Dyer is 2-3 with a 7.00 ERA in 24 innings.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-OREGON STATE
UCLA won the season series with Oregon State last year, winning 3-0 at Easton Stadium on March 28 and splitting a pair of decisions in Corvallis. In the first matchup, Megan Langenfeld drove in a pair of runs and picked up the save in the shutout victory. Monica Harrison also drove in a run, while GiOnna DiSalvatore had two hits. The Bruins fell 5-3 on May 9 in Corvallis, despite a 3-for-4 performance from DiSalvatore, but came back to win the regular-season finale one day later by a 5-1 count. DiSalvatore again had a big game, going 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Amanda Kamekona and Katie Schroeder each had two hits and a run batted in. DiSalvatore hit .727 (8-for-11) with three RBI and two doubles in the three-game series. Langenfeld went 3-for-8 (.375) with four RBI and Schroeder hit .333 (3-for-9) with four runs scored. The Bruins lead the all-time series 75-10 and are 32-6 in Corvallis.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS
Oregon split a pair of games with in-state rival Oregon State last weekend, winning the first contest 3-2 and losing the second game 2-1. The Ducks are 13-23 overall and 2-7 in Pac-10 play, hosting Washington on Friday before entertaining the Bruins. Oregon is batting .255 as a team with 33 home runs and 53 stolen bases, averaging 3.9 runs per game. Senior Sari-Jane Jenkins leads the team with a .347 batting average, adding four homers, 15 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Junior Neena Bryant is second with a .345 batting average to go along with five home runs and a team-best 24 runs batted in and 23 stolen bases, while sophomore Cortney Kivett is hitting .304 with 10 steals. Sophomore Monique Fuiava leads the Ducks with eight home runs. Jenkins leads the way during Pac-10 play with a .308 average, three home runs and six RBI, but Oregon is hitting just .185 as a team in conference. In the circle, four different pitchers have started games, led by freshman Samantha Skillingstad, who has a team-low 2.04 ERA, a 10-8 record and 121 strikeouts in 120 innings. Freshman Mikayla Endicott (3.22, 2-3), sophomore Brittany Rumfelt (3.59, 1-7) and senior Melissa Rice (6.52, 0-5) have also made starts for the Ducks. During Pac-10 play, Skillingstad is 2-3 with a 2.85 earned run average and 31 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings. Rumfelt is 0-3 with a 4.20 ERA.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-OREGON
The Bruins have swept the Ducks in each of the last three seasons, outscoring them 64-10. UCLA leads the all-time series 64-12 and is 31-5 in Eugene. Last year, the Bruins won by scores of 2-0, 12-0 (5 innings) and 3-1. On March 29 in Westwood, Donna Kerr tossed six shutout innings, striking out nine. GiOnna DiSalvatore and Megan Langenfeld each drove in runs, with Langenfeld also recording a save. The Bruins earned a mercy-rule victory one day later, scoring five in both the first and second, as Julie Burney and Monica Harrison each drove in three. On May 8 in Eugene, the Bruins came away with a 3-1 win, scoring once in the fifth and twice in the sixth. DiSalvatore went 3-for-8 with three runs scored and two RBI in the three-game series. Oregon's last victory against UCLA was a 3-0 triumph at Easton Stadium on May 12, 2005. The Ducks swept all three games from the Bruins that season.
For starters, junior Megan Langenfeld continues to be lights out as a starter. Langenfeld tossed 16 innings of shutout ball last weekend against then-#3 Washington, limiting the Huskies to just one hit in 11 innings on Friday and throwing a five-inning no-hitter on Saturday for the 100th no-no in UCLA history. For her efforts, Langenfeld was named NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week, as well as Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week. On the weekend, the junior struck out 10 and allowed only three baserunners on a hit, a walk and an error. On Saturday, she retired the first 13 batters she faced before Washington's Taylor Smith reached on a fielding error with one out in the fifth inning. Langenfeld clinched the no-hitter when the Bruins scored six times in the bottom of the fifth to invoke the mercy rule. On Friday, the junior struck out eight, tossing eight hitless innings before giving up a leadoff single to Alicia Blake in the ninth. At one point, Langenfeld retired 22 in a row and never allowed a runner to get past first base for the entire game. Adding in her 5 2/3 innings of hitless relief in an April 5 win against Arizona, Langenfeld has given up just one hit in her last 18 2/3 innings of work, retiring 64 of the 68 batters she has faced. In four starts this year, the junior has allowed only two unearned runs, four hits and one walk in 30 1/3 innings. Langenfeld's first start came on Feb. 8 against San Diego State, when she struck out eight and gave up two hits and two unearned runs in 7 1/3 innings of work. Against Maryland on Feb. 22, the junior fanned six and had a perfect game through six innings before surrendering a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. On the year, she is 6-0 with a 1.07 earned run average and 54 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings. Langenfeld has walked only three and has held opponents to a Pac-10-best .103 batting average. On March 27 at Stanford, Langenfeld recorded her second save of the year and eighth of her career to surpass Lisa Longaker for first on UCLA's all-time list. At the plate, Langenfeld is batting .255 overall with two home runs and 18 RBI, but has been hot during Pac-10 play, hitting .320 (8-for-25) with a team-best seven runs batted in. She had a great two-game series at California (March 28-29), going 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI in the opener and 2-for-2 with two runs batted in and a pair of walks in the weekend finale. Langenfeld has five multiple-hit games this season, going 3-for-3 with two RBI against Fresno State on Feb. 22. The junior also had two-hit games against Cal Poly (Feb. 8) and UNLV (Feb. 13). She homered against the Rebels, also leaving the yard against Maryland. On the defensive side of things, Langenfeld has yet to commit an error in 110 chances.
After seeing her nine-game hitting streak come to an end on Friday against Washington, Kamekona started a new one with a 3-for-3, two-RBI effort in Saturday's mercy-rule win over the Huskies. The senior doubled and scored twice to raise her average to .354, which is third on the team. She is also first on the club in doubles (16), second in RBI (30), third in runs scored (30), slugging (.616) and stolen bases (8) and tied for third with six home runs. During Pac-10 play, Kamekona is batting a team-best .415 (12-for-29) with seven runs scored, five doubles and three runs batted in. Kamekona hit .424 (14-for-33) during her recent nine-game hitting streak with six RBI, seven runs scored and four doubles. The streak was just two shy of her season-best mark of 11 that she had from Feb. 15-28. During that stretch, the senior hit .425 with 12 RBI, 11 runs scored, eight doubles and four home runs. She had multiple-hit games five times during the streak, including a 3-for-4 effort against Utah (Feb. 27). On the year, Kamekona is tied for third on the squad in multiple-hit contests with 11 and solo third with eight multi-RBI games. Five of her multi-hit games have been three-hit affairs (San Diego, March 1; UC Santa Barbara, March 24; California, March 28). The senior had a season-high five RBI and a home run in the first game of a doubleheader against UCSB and totaled four on her first career grand slam on Feb. 21 against North Carolina State. Kamekona also had three RBI against Northwestern (Feb. 13), belting her first home run of the year versus the Wildcats, and drove in three at San Diego. She has also left the yard against South Dakota State (Feb. 15), Alabama (Feb. 20) and Maryland (Feb. 22). In the runs department, Kamekona has touched home plate in 25 of the Bruins' 37 games, scoring in seven straight contests from Feb. 21-28. She has scored twice in a contest five times.
Sophomore Katie Schroeder moved back to the top of the order on April 4 against Arizona and it has immediately paid dividends, as she has hits in all four games at the number one spot, including a trio of three-hit contests. Schroeder went 2-for-4 with a run scored in her first game against the Wildcats and went 2-for-3 with two RBI a day later. Last weekend, the sophomore had a single and a sacrifice hit on Friday against Washington and went 2-for-3 in the weekend finale. Schroeder carries a seven-game hitting streak into this weekend's action, batting .455 (10-for-22) with four runs scored. It is the third separate hitting streak of at least seven games for Schroeder, who hit in seven in a row from March 1-10 and a career-best 11 straight to start the season from Feb. 7-20. Hitting .400 in conference games, Schroeder leads the Bruins overall with a .400 batting average, nine home runs, 37 runs scored, 27 walks, a .535 on base percentage and 15 stolen bases. She is also second in slugging (.682) and tied for third with 25 runs batted in. Schroeder is one homer away from becoming the sixth Bruin to post at least 10 home runs and 10 steals in the same season. Yvonne Gutierrez (1992), Christie Ambrosi (1999), Lyndsey Klein (2000), Natasha Watley (2003) and Andrea Duran (2006) are all members of the exclusive club. Schroeder got her ninth jack on March 10 against Notre Dame with a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning. Six of Schroeder's nine homers came during the opening two weekends. She left the yard in each of her first three games against Purdue (Feb. 7), Indiana (Feb. 7) and Cal Poly (Feb. 8). She then went deep twice against Northwestern on Feb. 13, recording a career-high six runs batted in to become just the 10th player in UCLA history to drive in at least half a dozen runs in a single contest. The sophomore also has homers against Kentucky (Feb. 14), North Carolina State (Feb. 21) and Iowa (March 6), belting a walk-off shot in the eighth inning against the Hawkeyes. Schroeder has crossed home plate twice 11 times this season. Along with scoring the runs, Schroeder has been driving them in, posting six multiple-RBI games. The sophomore drove in five on March 1 at San Diego and has two-RBI games against Indiana, Simon Fraser (Feb. 17) and Iowa. She also has 11 multiple-hit efforts, going 3-for-4 against Maryland on Feb. 22 and 3-for-4 against San Diego.
Junior Kaila Shull has been named one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award and continues to lead the Bruins in runs batted in with 47. She also leads the squad with five sacrifice flies and a .705 slugging percentage, is second in average (.384), on base percentage (.422) and home runs (8) and third with eight doubles. The UCLA cleanup hitter went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI last Saturday against Washington for her team-leading 14th multiple-hit game of the season. Shull also leads the team in multi-RBI contests with 13. She has a trio of three-hit performances this year. She went 3-for-3 against Colorado State (Feb. 27), FIU (March 6) and Syracuse (March 7), also posting two hits in 11 more games. Shull tied a career high with four RBI against San Diego State (Feb. 8) and Simon Fraser (Feb. 17). In the game against SDSU, she hit a walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning and against Simon Fraser, the junior tied a career best with two home runs. Shull had three straight games with three RBI against Fresno State (Feb. 22), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25) and Utah (Feb. 27), belting home runs in the latter two, and has since added three-RBI efforts against FIU and UC Santa Barbara (March 24), homering against the Gauchos. Shull also has homers against Longwood (March 8) and Notre Dame (March 10). The junior had a season-long, eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 22-March 6, going 13-for-25 (.520) with 15 runs batted in. Defensively, the catcher holds a .996 fielding percentage with just one miscue in 270 chances. She has committed only one passed ball behind home plate.
Andrea Harrison is quickly proving why she was one of the most highly-touted freshmen entering the collegiate game this year. Harrison carries a season-best, seven-game hitting streak into this weekend's action, batting .421 (8-for-19) with three runs scored, two RBI and five walks during that span. The freshman is fourth on the team with a .330 average this season, tied for third with 25 runs batted in and second with five sacrifice hits. Last Friday, Harrison went 2-for-4 with a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning off All-American Danielle Lawrie. She went 1-for-3 with a run in the weekend finale on Saturday. Harrison is second on the team in both multiple-hit games with 12 and multi-RBI contests with nine. All of her multiple-hit contests have been two-hit affairs, including three consecutive, two-hit games against San Diego State (Feb. 8), UNLV (Feb. 13) and Northwestern (Feb. 13). Harrison has a pair of three-RBI games against UNLV and Longwood (March 8). She also has two-RBI efforts against San Diego State, Northwestern, Simon Fraser (Feb. 17), Maryland (Feb. 22), Colorado State (Feb. 27) and Syracuse (March 7). Harrison has five home runs this season. Her first career bomb was a memorable one. Against San Diego State, the Bruins were trailing 2-0 with one out in the eighth inning, but Harrison tied it up with a two-run shot to send the game into a ninth frame. The freshman has also left the yard against UNLV, Kentucky (Feb. 14) and Maryland.
NO STOPPING THIS SHORTSTOP
Sophomore Monica Harrison continued her hot hitting through the first three weeks of Pac-10 play, holding a .318 average (7-for-22) with one homer and five RBI. Last weekend, Harrison started an 11th-inning rally for the Bruins, leading off with a single and coming around to score on her sister's walk-off home run. She drove in the go-ahead run in the Bruins' 3-2 win over Arizona on April 5 and had a great opening Pac-10 game at Stanford on March 27. Harrison went 2-for-3 with four RBI, which tied a career high. She launched a three-run homer in the second and drove in another run on a single in the seventh. Harrison has reached base in seven of her eight conference contests and has hits in 10 of her last 16 games, batting .311 (14-for-45) during that stretch. On the year, the sophomore is hitting .286 with 19 runs batted in and six home runs, which is tied for third on the team. She is also first on the club with six sacrifice hits and tied for fourth with 21 runs scored. Harrison posted her first career two-homer game against South Dakota State on Feb. 15, tying a personal best with four runs batted in. She has also left the yard against UNLV (Feb. 13), North Carolina State (Feb. 21) and FIU (March 6). She has five multiple-RBI contests this season, recording three against UNLV and two against both North Carolina State and FIU. Harrison has produced at least two hits in a game seven times, going 3-for-4 at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 25. One of the slickest-fielding shortstops in the Pac-10, Harrison has committed just three errors in 97 chances.
The walk from home plate to the dugout must be a lonely one for opposing hitters as 191 people have experienced this season against sophomore Donna Kerr, who notched her eighth double-figure strikeout game of the year on March 24 against UC Santa Barbara. Kerr holds a 15-6 record this season with a 2.99 earned run average in 135 2/3 innings. In the Bruins' Pac-10 opener against Stanford on March 27, Kerr tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out five for her 15th win of the season. During conference play, she has also posted a six-strikeout game against Arizona State (April 3) and a seven-strikeout contest against Arizona (April 4). Kerr set a new career high in strikeouts with 16 against San Diego on March 1. She also had a 15-strikeout game against Northwestern (Feb. 13), 12 against Utah (Feb. 27), 11 versus Notre Dame (March 10) and 10 against Purdue (Feb. 7), Cal Poly (Feb. 8) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25). Kerr received Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors on March 3 after going 4-0 with a 1.91 earned run average and 41 strikeouts in 22 innings from Feb. 25-March 1. Five of Kerr's 15 wins have come against ranked teams (San Diego State - Feb. 8, Northwestern, Alabama - Feb. 20, Fresno State - Feb. 22 and Stanford).
Freshman Dani Yudin belted her third home run of the season last Saturday against Washington, a three-run shot in the second inning that gave the Bruins a 4-0 lead. Yudin has reached base in 11 straight contests dating back to March 8. During that span, she has reached 12 times on eight hits and four walks. She opened Pac-10 play with a 2-for-3 performance against Stanford on March 27. Her single in the second inning keyed a two-out rally that led to three runs, one of which she scored. Yudin is batting .261 (6-for-23) during conference games, posting hits in five of her eight Pac-10 contests. The freshman has four multiple-hit games this season, posting two hits against Indiana (Feb. 7), Maryland (Feb. 22) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25). Against the Titans, Yudin drove in three and hit a home run. Her first career bomb came four days earlier when she belted a three-run jack against North Carolina State (Feb. 21). Yudin also had a two-RBI game at San Diego State on Feb. 28. The freshman is batting .239 on the year with 14 runs batted in this season to go along with a .391 on base percentage and is second on the team with 19 walks.
JB AT 3B
Junior Julie Burney gave the Bruins their ninth mercy-rule victory of the season last Saturday when she hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to cap a 10-0 win. The bomb was Burney's sixth of the season, which is tied for third on the team. The junior has a pair of three-run homers during Pac-10 play, hitting her first at California on March 29. Burney has six multiple-RBI contests, with her career high coming on Feb. 15 against South Dakota State when she had four thanks to her first career grand slam. She also had two-RBI contests against Massachusetts (Feb. 21), Fresno State (Feb. 22) and Longwood (March 8), homering against UMass and Longwood. Burney's first jack of the season came at UNLV on Feb. 13. The junior has produced multiple hits in seven games, notching a season-high three at San Diego on March 1. She also has two-hit contests against Indiana (Feb. 7), Cal Poly (Feb. 8), Michigan (Feb. 14), South Dakota State, Fresno State and Notre Dame (March 10). On the year, Burney is batting .260 with 19 runs batted in and 18 runs scored. Along with her prowess at the plate, Burney has been just as steady at third base, committing just three errors in 123 chances at the hot corner.
Sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore ranks fifth on the team with a .315 batting average, second with 33 runs scored and 11 doubles and tied for fifth with 23 runs batted in. DiSalvatore recently had a career-best, nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 27 to March 8 in which she hit .552 (16-for-29) with eight RBI, 10 runs scored, five doubles and two triples. The sophomore posted her first career four-hit contest against Longwood on March 8, scoring three times, driving in two and falling a homer shy of a cycle with a single, a double and two triples. She also has three-hit games against Michigan (Feb. 14) and Colorado State (Feb. 27) and five more two-hit contests to give her eight multiple-hit games this season. In the RBI department, DiSalvatore has driven in multiple runs seven times and three runs on four occasions against Michigan, Kentucky (Feb. 14), Simon Fraser (Feb. 17) and Utah (Feb. 27). She has also scored at least twice in a game 10 times, including two runs or more in five straight contests from Feb. 13-17. DiSalvatore has recorded three home runs this year against Michigan, Kentucky and Simon Fraser. She is first on the team in triples with three, third with 17 walks and a .417 on base percentage and fourth with a .556 slugging percentage.
BAKER COOKING WITH GAS
Redshirt sophomore Whitney Baker brings an 8-2 overall record into this weekend's action, holding a 2.87 earned run average and 61 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings. The junior has won eight of her 12 starts, including victories in six consecutive appearances from Feb. 17 to March 8. At the San Diego Classic (Feb. 27-March 1), Baker had two of her best games of the season, striking out a career-high 12 over six innings in a one-hit performance against Colorado State (Feb. 27) and fanning 10 in a complete-game, three-hit victory against #12 Missouri (March 1). Baker has also picked up wins against Indiana (Feb. 7), UNLV (Feb. 13), Simon Fraser (Feb. 17), North Carolina State (Feb. 21), FIU (March 6) and Longwood (March 8). The junior has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of her 12 starts. On March 12, the NCAA granted Baker another year of eligibility after she applied for a medical hardship waiver for her 2008 season. Baker tossed only three innings during her true sophomore campaign due to injuries. She began this season as a junior on the roster, but will be referred to as a redshirt sophomore for the remainder of the season.
INOUYE-PEREZ REACHES 100 WINS
Third-year head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez won her 100th career game on Feb. 22 against Maryland. Inouye-Perez accomplished the feat in just 129 games. Sue Enquist, as co-head coach with Sharron Backus, reached her 100th win in 1990 after 109 games. Backus reached the 100-win mark in 1980 after 132 contests.
NEWS AND NOTES
Sophomore Amy Crawford has started 14 games this season, including the last five contests in right field. She has reached base 11 times in 32 plate appearances on two singles, a double, four walks and four hit by pitches. Crawford also made her collegiate debut at first base two weekends ago against Arizona State (April 3), playing there again two games later against Arizona ... sophomore Grace Murray scored her 11th run of the season last Saturday against Washington. She has crossed home plate in eight of her last 15 pinch-running appearances ... sophomore Lauren Mirabal stole her 10th base of the season last Friday against Washington and is 10-for-12 on the year. Mirabal, who has scored 12 runs as a pinch-runner this season, is 18-for-20 in stolen bases for her career ... freshman Marti Reed had a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning of a April 5 game against Arizona. Her other hit came on Feb. 15 against South Dakota State when she made her first collegiate start at designated player. Reed is 2-for-9 (.222) with seven runs scored and a .417 on base percentage this year.