March 22, 2011
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Thursday, March 24
1 p.m. - Ohio at #7/#13 UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio
Sunday, March 27
2 p.m. - Loyola Marymount at #7/#13 UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio
EIGHT-GAME HOMESTAND BEGINS THURSDAY AGAINST OHIO
Following a pair of rainouts on Monday and Wednesday and a loss of four contests, the now eight-game homestand for the defending national champion and seventh-ranked Bruins starts Thursday against Ohio at 1 p.m. UCLA also hosts Loyola Marymount on Sunday at 2 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins continue their homestand and open up Pac-10 play next weekend against Oregon State (April 1-3). Game times are 7 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
After an off week, the Bruins moved up one spot to seventh in this week's USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll. UCLA dropped two positions into a tie for 13th in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings. The Bruins tied Arizona for first in the Pac-10 preseason rankings, with each team receiving four first-place votes and 46 points.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
Gametracker will be available for every game this season at UCLABruins.com. Each contest during the Bruins' eight-game homestand will have live audio on the UCLA website.
NEWS AND NOTES
Kelly Inouye-Perez earned her 200th-career victory on March 11 against Sacramento State and is 203-54 as the head coach ... the Bruins are 13-0 this season when scoring a run in the first inning. Over the last year and a half, UCLA is 34-1 when scoring in its opening at-bat ... the Bruins are 5-0 on Sundays ... UCLA has posted seven mercy-rule wins and six shutouts ... the Bruins have hit two or more homers 11 times and are undefeated ... senior GiOnna DiSalvatore (58 career doubles) is two away from becoming UCLA's all-time leader (Tairia Mims, 59) ... senior Donna Kerr has 17-career, double-figure strikeout games ... junior Andrea Harrison earned her second Pac-10 Player of the Week award this week ... freshman Jessica Hall has pitched in 16 of the Bruins' last 19 games ... sophomore B.B. Bates leads the team with 10 multiple-hit contests ... freshman Kellie Fox has hits in 12 of her last 13 games and in 22 of 25 contests overall ... junior Katie Schroeder is tops on the team with 25 runs scored and 18 walks ... freshman Alyssa Tiumalu held a team-best, 12-game hitting streak from Feb. 18 to March 4.
SCOUTING THE OHIO BOBCATS
Ohio holds a 10-9 record after opening its California swing with a 2-3 record at the San Diego Classic last weekend, beating Harvard and Louisville, while losing to San Diego State, Cal State Northridge and San Diego. The Bobcats will also play a doubleheader at Long Beach State on Wednesday before Thursday's contest. Ohio has played two ranked teams, falling to Michigan twice during the first weekend of the season. The Bobcats are hitting .258 as a team with 12 home runs and 27 stolen bases, averaging 4.1 runs per game. Senior Emily Wethington is the top hitter and pitcher on the team. She is batting .366 to go with two homers and 11 runs batted in, while going 8-3 in the circle with a 3.93 earned run average and 73 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings. Seniors Jordan Paden (.349) and Paige Kemezis (.317) are also each hitting above .300, with sophomore Lauren Gellerman leading the squad with four homers and 15 RBI. Jodi Hermanek is in her third year at Ohio and holds a record of 52-66. The Bruins have never faced the Bobcats.
SCOUTING THE LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS
Loyola Marymount hosted a five-day tournament last weekend, going 4-4 in eight contests to improve to 11-16 on the season. The Lions, who host Ohio State on Tuesday and Canisius on Wednesday, are 0-3 against ranked teams, falling to Tennessee, Texas and Arizona. LMU is batting .272 as a team with 17 home runs, averaging 3.7 runs per game. Sophomore Danielle Smith is one of five hitting .300 or better, batting .391 with seven RBI. Juniors Sam Fischer (.326), Kelly Sarginson (.321) and Kylie Ahlo (.303) and sophomore Olivia Alvarez (.302) are also above .300. Sarginson leads the team with seven homers and 20 RBI, while Fischer is second with four homers and 17 RBI. In the circle, sophomore Molly Medeiros is 6-4 with a 2.44 earned run average and 49 strikeouts in 80 1/3 innings, freshman Stevie Goldstein is 1-4 with a 2.86 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings and sophomore Dana Waldusky is 3-5 with a 3.52 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings. Gary Ferrin is in his 17th year at Loyola Marymount and holds a record of 559-430-1. The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Lions 21-1 and have won two in a row after a doubleheader sweep at LMU last March 28 (8-2 and 5-0). Loyola Marymount's only win was a 4-2 triumph during the 2007 NCAA Regionals at Easton Stadium. The Bruins are 12-1 at home against the Lions.