April 21, 2010
Friday, April 23
7 p.m. - #6/#7 UCLA at #10/#11 Stanford
Saturday, April 24
1 p.m. - #6/#7 UCLA at #10/#11 Stanford
Sunday, April 25
12 p.m. - #6/#7 UCLA at #10/#11 Stanford
Gametracker and live audio for all games at UCLABruins.com
BRUINS FINISH UP SIX-GAME ROAD TRIP AT STANFORD
The sixth-ranked UCLA softball team (30-9, 4-5 Pac-10) concludes its six-game road trip with a series at #10 Stanford. Game times are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins are back at Easton Stadium next weekend to open a six-game homestand, starting with three contests against #16 Oregon. Game times are 7 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday. All three contests will feature Gametracker and live audio on UCLABruins.com.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
UCLA rose one spot in both the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings. The Bruins are ranked sixth this week by the NFCA and seventh by USA Softball. In the Pac-10 preseason poll, UCLA was 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 and postseason contests will be broadcast on the UCLA website.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Bruins rank in the Top 20 nationally in six statistical categories, including eighth in batting average at .328. UCLA is also ninth in earned run average (1.60), 10th in slugging (.549), 13th in runs per game (6.44) and homers per game (1.31) and 15th in doubles per game (1.62). Individually, junior Donna Kerr is 21st in the nation in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (4.12), 42nd in shutouts (5) and 49th in strikeouts per seven (8.4). Senior Julie Burney is 48th in the country in runs batted in per game (0.97), junior GiOnna DiSalvatore is the 36th toughest player to strikeout (1 K every 18 at-bats) and sophomore Andrea Harrison is 17th in doubles per game (0.36). Senior Megan Langenfeld would rank in the nation's top five in three statistical categories, but is not eligible for having not played in at least 75% of the Bruins' contests. Langenfeld will get to 75% if she plays on Friday night. The senior would be second in on base percentage (.650), fourth in batting average (.507) and fifth in slugging (.959), to go along with a ranking of 23rd in hit by pitches per game (0.31), 34th in home runs per game (0.31), tied for 36th in RBI per game (1.00) and 47th in runs per game (0.97).
The Bruins have scored 111 of their 251 runs with two outs for a 44.2 percentage. Seven of the 10 runs scored in the Bruins' victory on Sunday at Oregon State were scored with two down. UCLA has 99 two-out RBI, with an additional 12 runs coming across on errors, wild pitches or passed balls with two down. Senior Megan Langenfeld and junior GiOnna DiSalvatore lead the team with 17 two-out RBI apiece, followed by senior Julie Burney (15) and sophomore Samantha Camuso (12).
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
After winning four of its first five Pac-10 contests, Stanford has dropped the last four, including a three-game sweep at Arizona last weekend. The Friday and Sunday contests were one-run setbacks (3-2 and 5-4). Senior Shannon Koplitz has paced the Cardinal with a .400 (10-for-25) average during conference play with a homer and five RBI, while senior Alissa Haber is hitting .333 (9-for-27) with two RBI, eight walks and three steals. As a team, Stanford is hitting only .218 with four homers, 16 stolen bases and 3.0 runs per game during Pac-10 play. In the circle, freshman Teagan Gerhart has started seven of the nine conference contests and is 4-3 with a 2.93 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings. Junior Ashley Chinn is 0-2 with a 4.59 earned run average and 11 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. Haber leads the way offensively for the season with a .450 average to go along with five homers, 25 runs batted in and 14 stolen bases. Four others are also hitting over .300, including freshman Jenna Rich, who leads the team with 11 home runs and 38 runs batted in. Stanford is hitting .312 overall with 29 homers and 59 stolen bases, averaging 5.5 runs per game. Gerhart has been the workhorse for the Cardinal in the circle, posting a 22-6 record, a 1.67 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 188 1/3 innings. Chinn is 6-3 with a 3.05 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings, while Rich is 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA and eight strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS V. CARDINAL
The Bruins have swept the Cardinal in each of the last two seasons to own a six-game winning streak and a 50-14 all-time record against Stanford. Last year, UCLA won 7-4 in Palo Alto on March 27 and closed the regular season with 1-0 and 8-0 (6 innings) victories on May 8 and 9 at Easton Stadium to clinch the Pac-10 title. The Bruins are 25-5 all-time at Stanford, winning the last three in a row. The Cardinal's last victory in the series came on May 6, 2007 at Easton Stadium (4-1), while their most recent win at home against the Bruins was a 6-4 triumph on April 20, 2007. Offensively, sophomore Samantha Camuso had a great three-game series against Stanford in 2009, going 6-for-10 (.600) with a run batted in. Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore is 7-for-17 (.412) with four RBI in six contests against the Cardinal, while sophomores Andrea Harrison (3-for-8, .375) and Dani Yudin (2-for-4, .500) were also successful in their first appearances versus Stanford last season. In the circle, junior Donna Kerr is 3-0 with a 0.88 earned run average and 12 strikeouts in 16 innings against the Cardinal, while senior Megan Langenfeld sports a 3-1 mark, two saves and a 1.04 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 27 innings.
Senior Megan Langenfeld posted her 11th multiple-hit game of the season on Sunday at Oregon State with a 2-for-4 performance and continues to lead the Bruins with a .507 batting average, .959 slugging percentage and .650 on base percentage. Langenfeld also tops the team in walks (21) and hit by pitches (9) and is second with nine home runs and 28 runs scored and fourth with 29 runs batted in. The 11 multi-hit contests place her fourth on the team. Four of those games have been three-hit affairs against Cal Poly (Feb. 19 and March 23), Portland State (Feb. 21) and Northwestern (Feb. 27). She drove in multiple runs in all of the games, posting four RBI in the February contest with Cal Poly and three RBI in the other three matchups, and also left the yard in both games against Cal Poly and versus Portland State. Langenfeld, who had five straight, multiple-hit games from Feb. 19-26, also had two-hit contests against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20), Colorado State (Feb. 26), CSU Bakersfield (March 21) and Long Beach State (March 26). She has nine multi-RBI games, which is second on the team. Langenfeld drove in a pair in the first two games of the season on Feb. 13 against Florida Atlantic and Tennessee and also has two-RBI contests against UCSB, Northridge and UC Riverside (March 3), homering in all but the Tennessee game. She has added solo home runs against Texas (Feb. 26) and Baylor (Feb. 27). Langenfeld has hitting streaks of eight (Feb. 19-27) and six (Feb. 13-17) games this season and has reached base in all but one game via either a hit, walk or hit by pitch. The senior has scored multiple runs in a game nine times, including three apiece in both ends of a doubleheader at UCSB. In the circle, Langenfeld is 4-1 with a 1.09 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 45 innings. She made her first appearance in the circle since March 26 on Friday at Oregon State, throwing a pair of 1-2-3 innings of relief in the fourth and fifth. 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 four wins have come against Tennessee, UC Davis, Northwestern and Long Beach State. She pitched five shutout innings and struck out four against the Lady Vols and fanned six in six shutout frames against UC Davis.
Sophomore Andrea Harrison had two more multiple-hit games last weekend at Oregon State and has a pair of hits in eight of her last 15 contests. She went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI on Friday and 2-for-5 with two RBI and another two-bagger on Sunday. The team leader in multi-hit games with 14, all two-hit affairs, as well as doubles with 13, is also third in batting average (.355), home runs (8) and slugging (.661) and fifth with 28 runs batted in and 24 runs scored. Harrison has produced hitting streaks of 11 and 10 games this season. She hit .459 (17-for-37) during her 11-game streak, which ran from March 21 to April 10, with six home runs, 14 runs batted in, 10 runs scored and six multiple-hit games. Harrison had four home runs in a three-game span on March 28 and April 9. She went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a homer in the first game of a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount (March 28) and posted a pair of solo bombs, her first career, two-homer contest, in the nightcap. On April 9, the sophomore went 2-for-4 with another home run. She has also left the yard against Long Beach State (March 26), CSU Bakersfield (March 21), Baylor (Feb. 27) and Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19). Harrison has driven in multiple runs in a game eight times, which is tied for third on the team. She notched a season-best three in the second game of a twinbill against UNLV on March 27. Harrison also had two-RBI contests against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Northridge, CSU Bakersfield and Long Beach State. The sophomore drove in runs in seven straight games from March 26 to April 10 (12 total). Harrison hit safely in 10 straight from Feb. 19-27, batting .417 (15-for-36) with six runs batted in and a pair of home runs. She has scored two runs in a game seven times this season.
Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore will look forward to her final appearance against Oregon State next season and looks to ride her momentum from last weekend into this week's three-game series at Stanford. DiSalvatore, who hit leadoff in all three games last weekend, went 5-for-12 (.417) with seven RBI and a home run against OSU and continued her success against the Beavers, now holding a .478 career average with 15 RBI. She went 2-for-4 with three RBI on Friday, hit a two-run homer on Saturday and went 2-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday. For the season, DiSalvatore is second on the team with a .365 average, 12 home runs and 31 runs batted in. She also leads the Bruins with 31 runs scored and has added four home runs and 14 walks. DiSalvatore has produced hitting streaks of nine (Feb. 14-24) and seven (March 23-28) this season, tying a career high with her nine-game streak. 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 12 multiple-hit games, which is third on the team. She went 4-for-4 with three RBI, three runs and a homer against Portland State (Feb. 21), added a three-hit contest with three runs scored against UNLV (March 27) and has posted two-hit affairs against Tennessee (Feb. 13), Texas (Feb. 26), Northwestern (Feb. 27), Cal Poly (March 23), Washington (April 3) and Arizona State (April 10). DiSalvatore has eight multi-RBI contests, which is tied for third on the squad, recording three RBI and a home run against Texas and two RBI against Tennessee and Long Beach State (March 26). She has also scored three times in a game on four occasions and two times twice.
GETTING ON BASE ANY WAY SHE CAN
Sophomore Dani Yudin has hits in four straight and nine of her last 12 as she enters the Stanford series with a .345 batting average, which is fourth on the team. Yudin is second on the squad with 17 walks and a .486 on base percentage and fifth with a .600 slugging percentage, adding three home runs, 14 runs batted in and five doubles. She had a hit and a walk in each of the first two games of the Oregon State series last weekend and reached base in all five plate appearances on Sunday, going 2-for-2 with an RBI single, a double and three walks. Along with her current four-game hitting streak, Yudin has also walked in four straight. The sophomore hit home runs in back-to-back games in the first two Pac-10 series', belting a two-run shot at Washington on April 3 and a solo homer against Arizona State on April 9. Yudin also went 2-for-3 in the conference opener versus the Huskies, singling home the lone Bruin run in the sixth inning of a 1-0 victory on April 1. Yudin has three multiple-hit contests, going 2-for-3 against Fresno State (March 5) with a pair of runs batted in, which was the first of two multi-RBI games this year. The sophomore had RBI in each of her first three games of the season and hit her first homer of the year against UC Davis on Feb. 20.
Junior Donna Kerr earned a pair of victories last weekend against Oregon State to improve to 15-5 on the season. Kerr leads the Bruins in wins, strikeouts (137), innings pitched (113.2), appearances (22), games started (20), complete games (9), shutouts (5) and opponents batting average (.164), also holding a 1.97 earned run average. On Friday, the junior posted three shutout innings in a mercy-rule victory on her 21st birthday. She closed out the weekend with eight strikeouts in a complete-game effort on Sunday. Kerr blanked Washington in the Pac-10 opener on April 1, striking out eight in a four-hitter. The shutout marked part of a stretch in which the junior didn't allow an earned run in 30 straight innings from March 23 to April 2. Kerr has been a part of nine of the Bruins' 14 shutouts, including solo blankings against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19), North Carolina (March 10), CSU Bakersfield (March 21) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). Kerr has struck out at least eight batters in 10 of her 20 starts, including a season-best 11 against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13) and Northridge. She also fanned 10 at Loyola Marymount, nine against Georgia (Feb. 14), Portland State (Feb. 21) and CSU Bakersfield and eight apiece against Fresno State (March 5) and North Carolina. 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.
BAKER COOKING IN THE CIRCLE
Redshirt junior Whitney Baker recorded her first win of the 2010 season on Saturday at Oregon State, tossing five shutout innings and striking out four in a two-hit masterpiece. Baker retired the last seven batters she faced, as well as 13 of the last 14. The junior holds a 1.08 ERA, a 1-1 record and seven strikeouts in 13 innings. Baker made her season debut two weekends ago against Arizona State. She retired all three batters she faced in the seventh inning on April 9, striking out one. The junior came back two days later to earn the start against the Sun Devils and tossed a complete game with two strikeouts, allowing two runs and eight hits. Baker, who has been ravaged by injuries throughout her 3 1/2 years as a Bruin, has played in just 32 games at UCLA.
THE MOOSE IS LOOSE
Sophomore Samantha Camuso produced her seventh multiple-RBI game of the season on Sunday at Oregon State and is third on the team with 30 runs batted in. Camuso is batting .343, which is fifth on the squad, with seven homers, a .610 slugging percentage and a .435 on base percentage, which all rank fourth on the team. She has added 19 runs scored and 16 walks, which ties her for third on the team. The sophomore hit her seventh home run of the season on April 2 at Washington and has also left the yard against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19), Cal Poly (Feb. 19), Colorado State (Feb. 26) and Texas (Feb. 26). Camuso knocked home four runs in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB. She also had three RBI against Northridge and Cal Poly and two against FAU, Texas and UTEP (March 6). The sophomore has nine multiple-hit contests, including a three-hit affair in the first game of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield on March 21. Camuso produced two-hit affairs against FAU, UCSB, Northridge, Colorado State, Texas, Fresno State (March 5), UTEP and Long Beach State (March 26). The sophomore has scored twice in a game four times and has reached base in all but five of her contests this season. She also leads the team with a pair of triples, reaching third base against Fresno State and Arizona State (April 9).
HOT BAT FOR THE HOT CORNER
Senior Julie Burney hit a pair of home runs last weekend at Oregon State and now holds the team lead with 11 homers and 38 runs batted in. Burney ranks second with a .679 slugging percentage and has also added 23 runs scored, six doubles, 16 walks and six hit by pitches. The senior hit a solo homer and scored three times on Friday, belted a two-run bomb on Saturday and walked three times on Sunday. Burney is tops on the team with 12 multiple-RBI games. Six of those contests came during her career-high, nine-game hitting streak (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. 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. The senior has added three-RBI games against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17, Game 1), UC Davis (Feb. 20) and UNLV (March 27) and has driven in a pair against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), UCSB (Feb. 17, Game 2), Northridge (Feb. 19), CSU Bakersfield (March 21), Loyola Marymount (March 28) and Arizona State (April 9). She left the yard for the first time this season in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB and has also homered against Cal Poly (Feb. 19), UC Davis, North Carolina (March 10), CSU Bakersfield, Loyola Marymount and Arizona State. Burney has six multiple-hit games, going 3-for-3 against UCSB and Fullerton and posting two-hit contests against Northridge, Baylor (Feb. 27), UNLV and LMU.
Freshman B.B. Bates has hits in four of her last five contests and brings a .333 batting average into this weekend's three-game series at Stanford. She is fourth on the team with 25 runs scored and first with five stolen bases, adding two home runs, 18 runs batted in and 12 walks. Bates has 13 multiple-hit games this season, which ranks second on the club. She went 2-for-3 on Saturday against Oregon State and scored in all three contests in Corvallis. Two of Bates' 13 multiple-hit contests are three-hit affairs, as she went 3-for-4 in the first game of doubleheaders against UNLV (March 27) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). The freshman also had a pair of hits in the second game of both twinbills and has added two-hit contests against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), Colorado State (Feb. 26), Fresno State (March 5), Long Beach State (March 26), Arizona State (April 11) and in both games of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield on March 21. Bates had a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 21 to March 5, batting .387 (12-for-31) with eight runs batted in, four runs scored and a pair of homers. The freshman has driven in multiple runs in four games, knocking home three and hitting her first collegiate home run against Cal State Fullerton. She left the yard in her very next game and had two RBI against Colorado State. Bates also drove in a pair in the first game of a doubleheader against UNLV and the second game of a nightcap at LMU. The freshman has scored two runs in a game five times and had her first, two stolen-base contest against UC Davis on Feb. 20.
HITTING IN THE TWO HOLE
Junior Monica Harrison posted her ninth multiple-hit game and fourth multi-RBI contest on Sunday at Oregon State, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of runs batted in. She reached base in all three games, walking twice on Friday and posting a walk and a hit on Saturday. Harrison is batting .300 with two home runs and 15 runs batted in. The junior is third on the team with 27 runs scored and eight doubles and leads the team with nine sacrifice hits. Harrison has a pair of three-hit games to her credit against UC Riverside (March 3) and CSU Bakersfield (March 21), driving in a season-high three against the Roadrunners. The junior also had two-hit games against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Portland State (Feb. 21), Ohio State (Feb. 28), Cal Poly (March 23) and UNLV (March 27). Harrison 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. She has three games with a pair of RBI, recording two in back-to-back affairs against Long Beach State (March 26) and UNLV. The junior hit her first home run of the year against Tennessee and also left the yard against Bakersfield. She has scored twice in a game five times.
Senior Kaila Shull has hits in four of the six Pac-10 games she has played in and is batting .200 on the year with a home run and seven RBI. Shull drove in a run in both her games against Oregon State last weekend, going 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI single on Friday and posting a sacrifice fly on Sunday. She had singles in the last two games of the Washington series and against Arizona State on April 9. Shull has a two-hit game to her credit against Portland State (Feb. 21) and has driven in a pair of runs twice against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13) and UTEP (March 6), homering against FAU ... freshman Charlotte Dolan drove in a pair of runs on Friday against Oregon State on a bases-loaded walk and an RBI single to give her 11 runs batted in on the season. The freshman is batting .227 with three home runs, leaving the yard in successive games against Texas (Feb. 26), Baylor (Feb. 27) and Northwestern (Feb. 27). Four of the five games in which Dolan has recorded RBI have been multi-RBI contests. She had three against Baylor and Northwestern, also notching her first two-hit game against the Wildcats, and had two against Loyola Marymount (March 28) ... junior Grace Murray has appeared in the seventh-most games this season for the Bruins, coming off the bench as a pinch-runner in 34 contests. Murray has scored 17 runs, which is eighth on the team. She scored on Friday and Sunday at Oregon State and has crossed home plate in five of her last seven contests ... sophomore Marti Reed singled and scored on Sunday at Oregon State. Reed has three hits in 18 at-bats this season for a .167 average, scoring seven times and driving in four runs.
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. Of the Bruins' 30 victories, 14 of them have come by mercy rule.