April 28, 2009
Wednesday, April 29
1 p.m. - #2 UCLA at #4 Washington
Live: Gametracker and Live Audio at UCLABruins.com
BRUINS TRAVEL TO SEATTLE TO FACE WASHINGTON
The second-ranked Bruins (35-8, 10-4 Pac-10) play their final regular-season road game on Wednesday when they face #4 Washington (35-9, 8-6) at 1 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available on UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins open up a six-game homestand to close the regular season this weekend, facing Oregon on Friday (1 p.m.) and Oregon State on Saturday (3 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.).
Saturday's game against Oregon State will be Camper Day, with a large crowd expected. Another big crowd should be expected on Sunday as well against the Beavers on Cancer Awareness Day. Fans wearing pink will receive $2 off a regular-priced ticket.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins remained at second in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls this week. The #2 ranking is the highest UCLA has been ranked this season. The Bruins are a unanimous second behind top-ranked Florida in the USA Softball poll, receiving all 20 second-place votes, and earned 29 of 30 second-place nods in the NFCA rankings.
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 with Darren Preston (home games) and James Ybiernas (road games) at the call.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
UCLA enters this week's play ranked in the top 20 in six statistical categories, including third in fielding percentage (.979). The Bruins are also fifth in home runs per game (1.56) and slugging (.563), sixth in runs per game (6.51), 13th in batting average (.319) and 19th in doubles per game (1.53). Individually, sophomore Katie Schroeder is 15th in on base percentage (.533), 16th in runs per game (1.05), tied for 25th in walks per game (0.67), tied for 26th in home runs (13), 40th in slugging percentage (.739) and 46th in batting average (.410). Junior Kaila Shull ranks tied for first with five sacrifice flies and ninth in RBI per game at 1.16, while sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore is 20th in runs per game (1.03) and tied for 24th in doubles per game (0.33). Senior Amanda Kamekona is fourth in doubles per game at 0.40, while in the circle, junior Megan Langenfeld is tied for 19th with three saves and sophomore Donna Kerr is ninth in strikeouts per seven innings (9.9). All statistics were as of games completed on April 26.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
The Bruins rank in the top three among Pac-10 Conference teams in 12 categories, including first in fielding percentage (.979), hit by pitches (41) and opposing batting average (.179) and second in sacrifice bunts (35). UCLA is third in average (.319), slugging (.563), on base percentage (.414), runs scored (280), runs batted in (265), triples (8), home runs (67) and total bases (653). Individually, sophomore Katie Schroeder ranks third in the Pac-10 in on base percentage (.533), fifth in slugging (.739) and sixth in average (.410), home runs (13), walks (29) and stolen bases (17). Junior Kaila Shull is first in sacrifice flies with five, sixth in RBI (50) and tied for ninth with nine home runs. Senior Amanda Kamekona is tied for second with 17 doubles, while sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore is tied for fifth with 13 two-baggers. Sophomore Monica Harrison and freshman Andrea Harrison are both tied for fourth with seven sacrifice hits. In the circle, junior Megan Langenfeld is first in opposing batting average (.117) and second in earned run average (1.11) and saves (3). Sophomore Donna Kerr is fourth with 200 strikeouts and sixth with 15 wins. Full rankings can be accessed on page six of this release.
BRUINS DIG THE LONG BALL
Stacey Nuveman never did it. Tairia Mims never did it. Julie Adams, Caitlin Benyi, Claire Sua ... nope. On 58 occasions, including four times this year, a UCLA player had hit two home runs in a game. But on Sunday, sophomore Monica Harrison made history by becoming the first Bruin to ever record three homers in a single contest. While the NCAA mark for one contest is four, 39 players coming into the 2009 season had hit three in a game, with Harrison now joining the illustrious list. As a team, the Bruins launched seven homers on Sunday, tying a school record for a single game. UCLA hit seven against Wright State on Feb. 18, 2007. All told, the Bruins hit 11 home runs in their two-game series at Arizona State and have belted 21 in their last seven contests. Sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore became the 58th Bruin to hit two in a game on Saturday. Junior Megan Langenfeld and freshman Andrea Harrison also had two home runs on the weekend, while junior Julie Burney and sophomore Katie Schroeder each had one. The Bruins are third in the Pac-10 in home runs with 67 and fifth in the nation in home runs per game (1.56). With its wins on Saturday and Sunday, UCLA improved to 18-0 this season when hitting at least two homers in a game and have left the yard in 30 of 43 contests. The Bruins, who have already smashed 31 more home runs than all of last year, have gone deep four times in a game on four occasions (UNLV - Feb. 13, South Dakota State - Feb. 15, North Carolina State - Feb. 21, Arizona State - last Saturday). Schroeder leads the way with 13 homers, while Burney, Monica Harrison and junior Kaila Shull each have nine. Eight players have hit at least five home runs this year. 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 NAMED NFCA AND PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Following a great weekend in the desert both at the plate and in the circle, junior Megan Langenfeld was named NFCA National Player of the Week and Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week. Langenfeld hit .600 at the plate with two home runs and went 3-0 in the circle with a 1.65 ERA to help the second-ranked Bruins to a three-game sweep of the Arizona schools. Langenfeld becomes the fifth player in UCLA history to earn both the NFCA and Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in the same week. She joins Stacey Nuveman (three times), Andrea Duran (twice), Caitlin Benyi and Amanda Kamekona. Langenfeld also earned NFCA NPOW honors on April 14 and becomes the fourth Bruin to receive the accolade at least twice in the same season (Amanda Freed, 2000; Nuveman, 2002; Duran, 2006). Her award is the 21st NFCA National Player of the Week honor and the 57th Pac-10 POW accolade in UCLA history. Langenfeld was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 13, 2007 and has also received three Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (May 15, 2007; April 29, 2008; April 14, 2009).
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Washington dropped two of three last weekend in the desert to fall to 8-6 in Pac-10 play and 35-9 overall. The Huskies lost 9-2 to Arizona State on Friday before rebounding on Saturday at Arizona with a 4-1 win. However, the weekend ended on a sour note with an 11-0, five-inning loss to the Wildcats. Washington, which is 9-0 at home this season, is batting .294 as a team with 34 home runs and 58 stolen bases, averaging 5.0 runs per game. Senior Ashley Charters leads the Huskies with a .459 average and 28 stolen bases, tying for the top spot with seven home runs while adding 25 runs batted in. Three others are batting over .300 (Kimi Pohlman, .373; Ashlyn Watson, .364; Morgan Stuart, .308), with Pohlman second in stolen bases with 14 and Watson tops in RBI (29) and tied for the team lead with seven homers. In Pac-10 games, Charters is batting .500 (25-for-50) with two homers, six RBI, 12 runs scored and eight stolen bases, while Pohlman is hitting. 390 (16-for-41) with six stolen bases. As a team, the Huskies are batting just .252 in conference games, averaging 3.2 runs per contest. In the circle, junior Danielle Lawrie leads the way with a 0.78 earned run average, a 26-5 record, 15 shutouts and 325 strikeouts in 215 innings. In conference games, Lawrie is 8-4 with a 1.57 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 84 2/3 innings.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-WASHINGTON
UCLA blanked Washington in each of the first two games between the teams this season in Westwood, winning 2-0 in 11 innings on April 10 and 10-0 in five innings on April 11. In the first contest, a pitcher's duel between junior Megan Langenfeld and Danielle Lawrie, freshman Andrea Harrison won the game on a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th. Langenfeld held the Huskies hitless for the first eight innings, finishing with a one-hitter and eight strikeouts. Lawrie fanned nine, allowing five hits. In game two, Langenfeld tossed the 100th no-hitter in UCLA history, striking out a pair and allowing only one runner to reach on an error. The Bruins jumped all over UW starter Jenna Clifton, scoring four in the second and six in the fifth to invoke the mercy rule. An RBI single by junior Kaila Shull and a three-run bomb by freshman Dani Yudin keyed a four-run second, and in the sixth, senior Amanda Kamekona doubled in two, Shull drove in another and junior Julie Burney hit a three-run homer to end the game. The Bruins will go for their second-straight season sweep of the Huskies, having won five straight against Washington and leading the all-time series 43-21. UCLA won both meetings in Seattle last season (2-1, 4-0) and are 17-11 there all-time.
LANGENFELD THE PITCHER
Junior Megan Langenfeld became just the fourth player in UCLA history to earn NFCA National Player of the Week honors at least twice in the same season thanks to her performance at the plate and in the circle last weekend at the Arizona schools. More on her hitting prowess later, but in the circle, Langenfeld has been on fire. She enters this week's action having allowed only five earned runs since April 5, posting a 0.72 ERA in her last 48 2/3 innings. Langenfeld has had a part in all nine Bruin victories during the team's current winning streak, going 8-0 with a save. Last weekend, the junior limited the top offense in the nation to only four hits, tying a season high with eight strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Arizona. Langenfeld earned her second win of the weekend on Saturday at Arizona State, holding the Sun Devils to three hits and a run in five innings. She completed the weekend with a five-inning relief stint, giving up two earned runs and five hits to go to 3-0 in the desert. For the season, Langenfeld is 11-0 with a 1.11 earned run average and 74 strikeouts in 88 2/3 innings. She has held opponents to a Pac-10-best .117 batting average. During conference play, Langenfeld is 8-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 56 innings. Her fantastic run began against Arizona on April 5 when she tossed 5 2/3 hitless innings of relief to help the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Wildcats. The following weekend, Langenfeld blanked Washington twice to earn National Player of the Week honors from the NFCA and USA Softball, as well as Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week accolades. The junior limited the Huskies to just one hit in 11 innings on April 10 and threw a five-inning no-hitter a day later for the 100th no-no in UCLA history. In the first game against Washington, Langenfeld fanned eight, tossing eight hitless innings before giving up a leadoff single in the ninth. At one point, she retired 22 in a row and never allowed a runner to get past first base for the entire game. The following afternoon, Langenfeld set down the first 13 batters she faced before a fielding error with one out in the fifth. She clinched the no-hitter when the Bruins scored six times in the bottom of the fifth to invoke the mercy rule. Two weekends ago in Oregon, Langenfeld appeared in all three games, going 2-0 with a save, a 0.54 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings. She picked up victories against Oregon State as a starter (April 17) and Oregon as a reliever (April 19) and recorded a save against the Ducks on April 18. The junior has been nearly unhittable in her seven starts this season, posting a 0.43 ERA, a 6-0 mark and 39 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings, holding opponents to a .080 average. 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 March 27 at Stanford, Langenfeld recorded a save to surpass Lisa Longaker as the all-time saves leader at UCLA. Her save on Saturday at Oregon gives her nine for her career, also posting a save at San Diego State on Feb. 28.
LANGENFELD THE HITTER
Langenfeld was not too shabby at the plate last weekend either, going 6-for-10 (.600) with two home runs and three RBI en route to earning Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. The junior went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer on Saturday at Arizona State and reached in all five plate appearances on Sunday, going 3-for-3 with a solo home run, two singles, a walk and a hit by pitch. Langenfeld has been incredible during Pac-10 play, batting a team-best .435 (20-for-46) with four homers, 12 RBI and seven runs scored. She carries an eight-game hitting streak into this week's action, batting .500 (14-for-28) during that stretch with six runs scored, four home runs and five runs batted in. Since March 28, Langenfeld has raised her batting average 94 points to .313, which ranks sixth on the team. She also has six home runs and 23 runs batted in. The junior has nine multiple-hit games this season, with six of them coming in conference contests. 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 RBI and a pair of walks in the weekend finale. In the two-game set at Oregon (April 18 and 19), Langenfeld went 2-for-4 and 3-for-4 in consecutive games, homering in the weekend finale. She also left the yard on April 17 at Oregon State. Langenfeld has six multiple-RBI games this year, going 3-for-3 with two RBI against Fresno State on Feb. 22 and posting two RBI against Indiana (Feb. 7) and South Dakota State (Feb. 15). In addition to her four homers over the last two weekends, Langenfeld has gone yard against UNLV (Feb. 13) and Maryland (Feb. 22). She has also shined on defense, committing no errors in 121 chances.
Sophomore Katie Schroeder had six hits in 11 at-bats last weekend, batting .545 with five runs scored and a two-run homer. Schroeder registered back-to-back, multiple-hit games last Friday at Arizona (2-for-4) and Saturday at Arizona State (3-for-3), scoring three times against the Sun Devils. On Sunday, Schroeder extended her career-long hitting streak to 13 games with a fifth-inning home run. During her hitting streak, the sophomore is batting .457 (21-for-46) with 12 runs scored, eight runs batted in and four home runs. Schroeder joined an elite club on April 17 when she homered at Oregon State, becoming the sixth player in UCLA history to post at least 10 home runs and 10 steals in the same season. Since moving back to the top of the order on April 4 (10 games), Schroeder, who led off for the first four games of the year before moving to the #2 position, is 18-for-38 (.474) with six multiple-hit games, nine runs scored, eight RBI and four home runs. The sophomore leads the Bruins with a .410 average, 13 homers, a .739 slugging percentage, 45 runs scored, a .533 on base percentage, 29 walks and 17 stolen bases. She is also third with 31 runs batted in. Schroeder, who is batting .429 with four homers, eight RBI and a team-best 12 runs scored during Pac-10 play, has three separate hitting streaks of at least seven games this season, reaching safely in seven in a row from March 1-10 and in 11 straight to start the season (Feb. 7-20). Schroeder has 14 multiple-hit games this season, tying for the team lead. Her three-hit game last Saturday was her fourth of the season (Maryland - Feb. 22, San Diego - March 1, Oregon - April 18). Against the Toreros, Schroeder drove in five for one of her eight multi-RBI contests this season. Her career and season high came on Feb. 13 against Northwestern when she had six RBI to become just the 10th player in UCLA history to drive in at least half a dozen runs in a single contest. Schroeder went deep twice in the game and also has home runs against Purdue (Feb. 7), Indiana (Feb. 7), Cal Poly (Feb. 8), Kentucky (Feb. 14), North Carolina State (Feb. 21), Iowa (March 6), Notre Dame (March 10) and Oregon (April 18 and 19). Her home run against Iowa was a walk-off shot in the eighth inning. Schroeder has crossed home plate at least twice in a game 13 times this season and has scored in five of her last six contests.
NO STOPPING THIS SHORTSTOP
Sophomore Monica Harrison started her own exclusive club on Sunday at Arizona State when she became the first UCLA player to hit three home runs in a single game. Harrison reached in all four plate appearances in last weekend's finale, belting solo homers in the third and seventh, a two-run shot in the fifth and walking and scoring in the fourth. She finished the weekend 4-for-8 (.500) with five runs scored. On the year, the sophomore is fifth on the team with a .319 average, tied for second with nine home runs and fourth with 27 runs scored. She is also tied for first with seven sacrifice hits and has driven in 25 runs. Harrison has 10 multiple-hit games this season, with half of them coming during conference play. She has two-hit contests against Stanford (March 27), Arizona State (April 3), Oregon State (April 17) and Oregon (April 18). In the Pac-10 opener against the Cardinal, Harrison tied a career high with four RBI on a three-run homer and an RBI single. The sophomore is hitting .400 (16-for-40) during Pac-10 play with four home runs, eight RBI and nine runs scored. She has reached base in 13 of her 14 conference contests and has hits in five of her last six (.500 average). Harrison tied a career high with three hits at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 25. She posted a 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 six multiple-RBI contests this season, recording three against UNLV and two against both North Carolina State and FIU. One of the slickest-fielding shortstops in the Pac-10, Harrison has committed just four errors in 117 chances (.966 fielding percentage).
Senior Amanda Kamekona carries a five-game hitting streak into Wednesday's game, batting .352 (6-for-17) with four runs scored during that stretch. Kamekona is third on the team with a .344 batting average and 34 runs scored, first with 17 doubles and fourth with 30 runs batted in. During Pac-10 games, the senior is hitting .360 with 11 runs scored and six doubles. Kamekona is fourth on the team with a dozen multiple-hit games, picking up #12 on April 19 at Oregon with a 2-for-4 performance. She has five three-hit games, including a pair during Pac-10 against California (March 28) and Washington (April 11). The senior scored twice in the contest against the Bears and had two runs, two RBI and two doubles against the Huskies. Her other three-hit games came against Utah (Feb. 27), San Diego (March 1) and UC Santa Barbara (March 24). Against the Gauchos, Kamekona had a season-high five RBI with a home run. The senior has eight games with at least two runs batted in this season, which ranks tied for third on the team, posting four against North Carolina State (Feb. 21) on her first career grand slam. She also has three-RBI efforts against Northwestern (Feb. 13) and San Diego (March 1), homering against the Wildcats. Kamekona has a pair of hitting streaks of at least nine games this season, reaching safely in nine straight from March 10-April 5 and in a season-best 11 in a row from Feb. 15-28. During her season-long streak, the senior hit .425 with 12 RBI, 11 runs scored, eight doubles and four home runs, posting five multiple-hit games. Kamekona, who has six homers, 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 28 of the Bruins' 43 games, scoring in seven straight contests from Feb. 21-28. She has scored twice in a contest six times.
DRIVING THEM IN
Junior Kaila Shull drove in her 50th run of the season on her ninth home run on April 19 at Oregon. The 50 RBI are the most for a Bruin since 2003 when Tairia Mims finished the year with 70. Shull ranks tied for second on the team in home runs, solo second in average (.369) and slugging (.677), third in on base percentage (.420) and doubles (9) and first with five sacrifice flies. Shull had a six-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday, but batted .389 during the stretch (7-for-18) with five RBI and six runs scored. She is tied for the team lead with 14 multiple-hit games. Shull had three-hit affairs against Colorado State (Feb. 27), FIU (March 6) and Syracuse (March 7) to go along with 11 two-hit games, including a 2-for-3, two RBI, two run effort against Washington on April 11. She is also first on the team with 14 multiple-RBI contests. 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 .997 fielding percentage with just one miscue in 314 chances. She has committed only one passed ball behind home plate.
Sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore posted her first career two-homer game on Saturday at Arizona State, finishing the weekend 4-for-9 (.444) with three runs scored and three RBI. She had hits in all three games, starting the Bruins' rally at Arizona on Friday by doubling in the sixth and coming around to score the first run of the game. DiSalvatore reached in all three plate appearances on Saturday, belting a two-run homer in the first, a solo shot in the second and drawing a walk in the fourth. The sophomore is fourth on the team with a .331 average, second with 13 doubles, 41 runs scored and a .430 on base percentage, third with a .598 slugging percentage and tied for fifth with 27 RBI. DiSalvatore has hits in five of her last six, batting .421 (8-for-19) with four RBI and eight runs scored during that stretch. She has scored in five of the last six games and 11 times in her 11 Pac-10 contests. The sophomore has a .306 average in league games with two homers and six runs batted in. DiSalvatore 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 eight more two-hit contests to give her 11 multiple-hit games this season. DiSalvatore has driven in multiple runs eight times and three runs on five occasions against Michigan, Kentucky (Feb. 14), Simon Fraser (Feb. 17) and Utah (Feb. 27). She has scored at least twice in a game 13 times, including two runs or more in five straight contests from Feb. 13-17. DiSalvatore has also recorded homers against Michigan, Kentucky and Simon Fraser.
JB AT 3B
Junior Julie Burney continues to carry a big bat at the plate during Pac-10 play, posting two more extra-base hits last weekend. Burney had a double against Arizona on Friday and hit a solo home run at Arizona State on Sunday. Eight of Burney's nine hits during conference action are of the extra base variety and she leads the team with 14 RBI in Pac-10 contests. After hitting a three-run homer at Cal on March 29, Burney belted another three-RBI jack on April 11 at Washington, ending the game in UCLA's mercy-rule win. The homer against the Huskies was the first of three straight games where she left the yard, hitting a two-run bomb at Oregon State (April 17) and a three-run long ball at Oregon (April 18). She also had an run-scoring single against the Ducks to tie a career high with four runs batted in. Burney is batting .276 this season, tying for second on the team with nine home runs and placing tied for fifth with 27 RBI. She has also homered against UNLV (Feb. 13), South Dakota State (Feb. 15), Massachusetts (Feb. 21) and Longwood (March 8). Burney has eight multiple-RBI contests, which is tied for third on the team. She had four against South Dakota State thanks to her first career grand slam. The junior has produced multiple hits in eight games, notching a season-high three at San Diego on March 1.
Andrea Harrison loved her first career trip to Tempe, going 3-for-8 with two home runs and six RBI in the two-game set against Arizona State last weekend. Harrison had a three-run homer in the second inning on Saturday and drove in the Bruins' ninth run in the fifth to set a career high with four RBI. On Sunday, Harrison belted a two-run bomb in the sixth inning for her seventh home run of the season. The freshman enters this weekend's action one of seven Bruins batting over .300 at .303, is second with 32 runs batted in and tied for first with seven sacrifice hits. Harrison is also second with 11 multiple-RBI contests, recording three of them during Pac-10 play. She posted a walk-off, two-run homer against Washington's Danielle Lawrie on April 10 that gave the Bruins a 2-0 win in 11 innings. Harrison has a pair of three-RBI games against UNLV (Feb. 13) and Longwood (March 8). The freshman had a season-long, eight-game hitting streak from March 28-April 17, hitting .391 (9-for-23) with three runs scored, three RBI and five walks. Harrison is third on the team with 13 multiple-hit games. All of her multiple-hit contests have been two-hit affairs, including three consecutive, two-hit games against San Diego State (Feb. 8), UNLV and Northwestern (Feb. 13). Harrison first career homer 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 (Feb. 22).
Sophomore Donna Kerr joined an exclusive group on Sunday when she became the 10th different pitcher in UCLA history to record at least 200 strikeouts in a single season. Her 200th punchout came in the bottom of the sixth inning against Arizona State's Jessica Mapes. Kerr fanned the side in that inning to post the 19th 200-strikeout season by a Bruin hurler. Kerr holds a 15-6 record with a 2.87 earned run average in 141 1/3 innings. She tossed two hitless innings of relief on Sunday, giving up only a walk with her three strikeouts. Kerr made her first start since April 5 against Oregon (April 19), pitching 3 2/3 innings and allowing no hits and three walks while striking out six. Kerr's last victory came in the Bruins' Pac-10 opener against Stanford on March 27. The sophomore 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, who has eight double-figure strikeout games this season, set a new career high 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), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25) and UC Santa Barbara (March 24). 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).
BAKER COOKING WITH GAS
Redshirt sophomore Whitney Baker tallied her ninth win of the season on April 18 at Oregon, striking out seven in 4 1/3 innings and allowing three hits and two runs. She is 9-2 on the season with a 2.90 earned run average and 68 strikeouts in 58 innings. The junior has won nine of her 14 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). 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.
Freshman Dani Yudin came up big in the top of the sixth inning against Arizona last Friday, recording a two-run single that gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead in a game they eventually won 2-1. Yudin has seven RBI during Pac-10 play, with all of them coming over the last three weekends. On April 11 against Washington, the freshman hit a three-run homer in the second inning for her third bomb of the season. One week later, Yudin drove in two runs on a single in the seventh inning to cement a 9-2 UCLA victory at Oregon. The freshman has 18 runs batted in this season, batting .219 with 21 walks, which is second on the team. She opened conference 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. 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.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Bruins won their 1,300th NCAA game on Sunday against Arizona State. Since NCAA softball began in 1982, UCLA is 1,300-272-4 (.826 winning percentage). The Bruins were 161-55 in seven seasons at the AIAW level (1975-81) ... during their current nine-game winning streak, the Bruins have outscored their opposition 59-11 ... UCLA has allowed only 15 runs in its 10 conference wins and have surrendered 30 in its four losses ... the Bruins have scored 157 of their 280 runs in the first, second and sixth innings, accounting for 56% of their runs ... sophomore Amy Crawford has started 17 games in right field, making 34 appearances at that position this season. Crawford, who when Megan Langenfeld is in the circle is playing right, has also played three games at first base against Arizona State (April 3), Arizona (April 5) and Oregon State (April 17). At the plate, she is 3-for-23 (.130) with eight runs scored, four walks and three stolen bases ... sophomore Grace Murray scored her 12th run of the season on April 17 at Oregon State. She has crossed home plate in nine of her last 18 pinch-running appearances. Murray also played in the field for the first time in her collegiate career against Oregon State, making one putout in right ... sophomore Lauren Mirabal stole her 10th base of the season on April 10 against Washington. Mirabal, who has scored 13 runs as a pinch-runner this season, is 18-for-21 in stolen bases for her career ... freshman Marti Reed had a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning of an 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-10 (.200) with eight runs scored.