March 18, 2010
Sunday, March 21
1 p.m. - #5 UCLA at CSU Bakersfield (DH)
Tuesday, March 23
1 p.m. - #5 UCLA at Cal Poly (DH)
Gametracker at UCLABruins.com
BRUINS TRAVEL TO BAKERSFIELD, CAL POLY FOR TWINBILLS
After 11 days off from game action, the fifth-ranked Bruins return to the field for a pair of doubleheaders, traveling to CSU Bakersfield on Sunday and Cal Poly on Tuesday. Both twinbills start at 1 p.m. and Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins play five times over three days next weekend, hosting Long Beach State in a single game on Friday, March 26 at 2 p.m. before welcoming UNLV to Easton Stadium for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 27 at 1 p.m. UCLA closes out the weekend with a twinbill at Loyola Marymount on Sunday, March 28 at 12 p.m.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
After dropping two spots to seventh in last week's USA Today/NFCA rankings, the Bruins moved back up to fifth in this week's poll. UCLA maintained its position of sixth in this week's 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.
SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS
CSU Bakersfield is 9-10 and hosts Cal State Northridge in a doubleheader on Saturday before welcoming the Bruins to town. The Roadrunners have won seven of their last nine, with their two losses coming by only one run. As a team, Bakersfield is batting .300 with seven home runs and 10 stolen bases, averaging 5.4 runs per game. Junior Ryane Petersen leads the Roadrunners with a .410 batting average, four home runs and 21 runs batted in. Five others are also batting over .300. Senior Kelli Bailey is hitting .383 with a homer and nine RBI, while senior Kristen Archuleta is batting .328 with two home runs and 14 runs batted in. In the circle, Bakersfield owns a 3.96 team earned run average. Sophomore Sammy Rodriguez leads the squad with a 2.19 ERA, a 6-4 record and 51 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings. Senior Shawna Truan is next best with a 2-4 mark, a 5.83 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 30 innings. The Bruins and the Roadrunners played for the first time on Feb. 27, 2008 at Easton Stadium, with UCLA prevailing 3-0. Samantha Camuso had three hits, Megan Langenfeld added two and Monica Harrison had an RBI. In the circle, Donna Kerr and Langenfeld combined on a two-hitter.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
Cal Poly (8-8) travels to the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic this weekend before entertaining the Bruins on Tuesday. The Mustangs went 3-2 at their Mustang Classic last weekend, beating CSU Bakersfield and Sacramento State twice, while losing two times to Iowa State. Cal Poly is hitting .244 as a team with eight home runs and three stolen bases, averaging 3.1 runs per game. Senior Krysten Cary leads the team with a .326 batting average, three home runs and eight RBI. Junior Anna Cahn is second with a .325 average to go with a homer and seven RBI, while sophomore Nora Sobczak is batting .306 with two RBI and two stolen bases. Cahn is also the ace in the circle for Cal Poly, leading the squad with a 1.36 earned run average, a 5-3 record and 41 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings. Senior Helen Pena is 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings. The Bruins won their 15th in a row over the Mustangs with an 8-0, five-inning victory on Feb. 19 at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. All eight runs came on homers, as Megan Langenfeld went 3-for-3 with a grand slam, Samantha Camuso belted a three-run homer and Julie Burney invoked the mercy rule with a solo shot. Aleah Macon allowed only two hits and struck out six. UCLA leads the all-time series 22-3 and is 3-1 in San Luis Obispo. The Bruins swept a doubleheader in 2007 and split a twinbill in `97. The 1-0 victory on April 6, 1997 was Cal Poly's last win in the series.
Having led the team in batting average for most of the season, senior Megan Langenfeld now finds herself at the top spot in earned run average at 1.00. In the circle, she is 3-1 with 32 strikeouts in a team-high 42 innings. Offensively, Langenfeld is batting .556 with a team-best eight home runs, 24 runs batted in, 21 runs scored, 1.222 slugging percentage, .683 on base percentage, 55 total bases and 12 walks. She is also tied for the team lead with six doubles and has been hit a team-high six times. Langenfeld, who has missed the last three games after getting hit on the right elbow at UC Riverside on March 3 and is day-to-day, has hits in 15 of her 17 games. 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 seven multiple-hit games are tied for the team lead. The senior has three-hit games against Northwestern (Feb. 27), Portland State (Feb. 21) and Cal Poly (Feb. 19), as well as four more two-hit contests. Langenfeld had a streak of five-straight, multi-hit games from Feb. 19-26. In the RBI department, the senior leads the team with eight multi-RBI games. Her season high came against Cal Poly when she had four thanks to a grand slam. She also had three RBI against Northwestern and Portland State. Langenfeld hit her team-leading eighth homer of the season at UC Riverside and has also left the yard against Baylor (Feb. 27), Texas (Feb. 26), Portland State, Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17) and Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13). The senior has scored multiple runs in a game seven times, including three apiece in both ends of a doubleheader at UCSB. She has reached base in all 17 of her games via either a hit, walk or hit by pitch. In the circle, Langenfeld 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. The senior 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. Langenfeld's 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 has hits in 15 of her 20 games this season and brings a .400 batting average into Sunday's twinbill, which is second on the team. She is also second in slugging percentage (.800) and walks (11), tied for second with six homers and third with 13 runs scored and 22 runs batted in. Camuso had a pair of two-hit games at the San Diego Classic. She went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI triple against Fresno State on March 5 and went 2-for-2 with a run and a two-run double against UTEP on March 6. Camuso hit .467 (7-for-15) during her recent five-game hitting streak, which started at the Cathedral City Classic. She hit a pair of home runs on Feb. 26 against Colorado State and Texas, recording two-hit games in both contests. The sophomore also had hits in the final two games of the weekend against Northwestern (Feb. 27) and Ohio State (Feb. 28). In her first game back after redshirting last season with a shoulder injury, Camuso went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a home run against Florida Atlantic on Feb. 13. She has also left the yard against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19) and Cal Poly (Feb. 19). She has six multiple-RBI games, which is third on the team. She drove in four in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB and three apiece in back-to-back games against Northridge and Cal Poly. Camuso is tied for first on the team with seven multiple-hit contests, which are all two-hit games.
HOT BAT FOR THE HOT CORNER
The sixth home run of the season by senior Julie Burney proved to be the only run the Bruins needed in their 1-0 victory over North Carolina last Wednesday. Her two-out, solo homer on a 3-2 pitch in the second inning gave UCLA a lead it would hold on to for the remainder of the game. It was Burney's first home run since she recorded her first career, two-homer contest against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 20. The senior hit four home runs over three games on Feb. 19 and 20, also leaving the yard against Cal Poly (Feb. 19) and UC Davis (Feb. 20). Burney's first home run of the season came in the first game of a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 17, when she also went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. It began a stretch of eight straight games in which Burney drove in at least one run, with six of those contests being multiple-RBI affairs. Burney had four against Northridge and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), three against UC Davis and two versus Northridge (Feb. 19) and in the second game of the twinbill at UCSB. Burney is batting .339 this season and is second on the team with 23 runs batted in and seven multiple-RBI games. She also has four doubles, 10 runs scored and a .694 slugging percentage. The senior has two three-hit games against UCSB and Fullerton and a pair of two-hit contests against Cal State Northridge and Baylor (Feb. 27). She 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.
Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore enters Sunday's doubleheader fourth on the team with a .388 batting average and 18 runs batted in. The junior is also tied for first with six doubles, second with 20 runs scored and tied for fourth with three homers. 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 six multiple-hit games, which is tied for third 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.
Junior Donna Kerr earned her team-leading eighth win of the season last Wednesday against North Carolina, tossing a one-hitter while striking out eight. Kerr is 8-1 on the season with a 1.66 earned run average and 70 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. After winning each of her first six starts of the season, the junior has also won her last two, beating Fresno State on March 5. She struck out eight while allowing three runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings. Kerr has struck out at least eight in six of her nine starts, fanning a season-best 11 vs. Florida Atlantic on Feb. 13 and Cal State Northridge on Feb. 19. She also has nine-strikeout contests against Georgia (Feb. 14) and Portland State (Feb. 21). Kerr tossed a one-hitter in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts against #13 Texas on Feb. 26 and also beat UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), allowing only one hit with three strikeouts in three innings. 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, CSUN and Portland State. She allowed only one hit in all three of those appearances. Kerr has held opponents to a team-best .119 batting average and has been a part of five of the Bruins' eight shutouts.
MACON THEM MISS
Sophomore Aleah Macon tossed her second complete-game shutout of the season on March 6 against UTEP, allowing only five hits and two walks while striking out five to improve to 5-1 on the season. Macon holds a 1.03 earned run average, which is second on the team, to go along with 50 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings. The sophomore appeared in all three games two weeks ago, tossing an inning of relief on March 3 at UC Riverside and earning her first save as a Bruin on March 5 against Fresno State. She won each of her first four starts as a Bruin, collecting victories against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal Poly (Feb. 19), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24) and Colorado State (Feb. 26). She allowed an unearned run with nine strikeouts at UCSB, tossed five shutout innings with six strikeouts against Cal Poly, fanned nine in 5 1/3 frames while only giving up an unearned run against Fullerton and struck out eight with just one earned run allowed against Colorado State. The sophomore has limited opponents to a .183 batting average and leads the team with four complete games.
Sophomore Dani Yudin had three hits in two games at the San Diego Classic and drove in runs in each plate appearance to help the Bruins to a pair of wins. Yudin had two RBI singles against Fresno State on March 5, plating runs in the fourth and fifth innings, with the latter proving to be the game-winning score. The following day against UTEP, she came through again with an RBI single in the third. That hit and her second RBI against Fresno were both with two outs. Yudin has appeared in only 13 games, but has seven RBI, driving in runs in both games of a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), as well as against UC Davis (Feb. 20) and Colorado State (Feb. 26). She homered against UC Davis and the run batted in against Colorado State was also a game-winning RBI. Yudin is 7-for-18 in limited action for a .389 batting average. She also has a .667 slugging percentage and a .522 on base percentage.
WELCOME TO THE HIT PARADE
Junior Monica Harrison extended her hitting streak to a career-best six last Wednesday with a single against North Carolina and enters Sunday's games with a .306 batting average and 15 runs scored, which is third on the squad. Harrison's streak began with an RBI single against Northwestern on Feb. 27 and continued with a 2-for-3 effort against Ohio State the next day. On March 3 at UC Riverside, the junior went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles. She had a single and scored a run in both victories at the San Diego Classic against Fresno State and UTEP. Harrison has five multiple-hit games this season, producing two hits against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20) and Portland State (Feb. 21). When the junior gets on base, she usually comes in to score, having crossed home plate in 12 of 21 games this season, including twice in three contests. Harrison, who holds the single-game, school-record with three home runs in a game, hit her first of the year against Tennessee.
Sophomore Andrea Harrison had a hit, a run and an RBI in both games of the San Diego Classic and brings a .328 batting average into Sunday's doubleheader with two home runs and 11 runs batted in. Harrison went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored against UTEP on March 6 for her sixth, two-hit game of the season, tying her for third on the team. Harrison had two-hit games against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), Texas (Feb. 26) and Baylor (Feb. 27). 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. She is also tied for third on the team with five doubles.
Freshman B.B. Bates had her nine-game hitting streak snapped on March 6 against UTEP, but she still has hits in 17 of 21 contests and holds a .292 batting average. She has added two home runs, nine runs batted in, 12 runs scored, nine walks and a team-best five stolen bases. Bates hit .387 (12-for-31) during her hitting streak (Feb. 21-March 5) with eight runs batted in, four runs scored and a pair of homers. She hit her first two collegiate home runs in consecutive games against Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24) and Colorado State. 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). The freshman scored a run in eight of nine games from Feb. 17-26 and had her first, two stolen-base game against UC Davis on Feb. 20.
GOING, GOING, GONE
Freshman Charlotte Dolan had a breakout weekend at the Cathedral City Classic, posting hits in all four games she appeared in, while belting home runs in three consecutive contests. Dolan's tear began against Texas on Feb. 26 when she hit her first collegiate home run. The next night, the freshman left the yard twice against Baylor and Northwestern. Both of Dolan's homers on Feb. 27 were three-run shots. Her bomb against Baylor got the Bruins on the board in the sixth inning, while her shot against Northwestern broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth. She added a double against the Wildcats for her first multiple-hit game. Dolan also posted hits against Ohio State (Feb. 28) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24) to give her a five-game hitting streak. Dolan, who fouled a ball off her left foot against Northwestern, has missed the last four games with the injury and is listed as day-to-day. She is batting .304 with three homers and seven runs batted in. Dolan also has a .739 slugging percentage, which ranks third on the squad.
Senior Kaila Shull had a clutch, two-out hit against UTEP on March 6, driving in a pair of runs on a single in the bottom of the second that put the Bruins on the board in a game they eventually went on to win 6-0. Shull has seven hits in 34 at-bats this season (.206) with six runs scored and five runs batted in. She homered, drove in two and scored twice in the first game of the season against Florida Atlantic on Feb. 13. Shull also had an RBI and a pair of doubles against Portland State on Feb. 21. The senior has shown patience at the plate with seven walks and also leads the team and all Pac-10 players with six sacrifice hits.
NEWS AND NOTES
Junior Katie Schroeder has missed the last 14 contests 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, who is batting .364 with a homer and three RBI, is listed as day-to-day ... junior Grace Murray has appeared in 19 of 21 games as a pinch-runner. She has scored in nine of those contests and has stolen a pair of bases ... freshman Devon Lindvall, who has made some spectacular plays in center field in Schroeder's absence, collected her first collegiate hit on a single to left in the third inning of a March 5 game against Fresno State.
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. Nine of the Bruins' 17 victories this season have been run-rule wins.