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12th-Ranked Bruins Head to #11 Oregon to Close Regular Season
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/11/2011

May 11, 2011

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Thursday, May 12
6 p.m. - #12/#15 UCLA at #14/#11 Oregon
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio

Friday, May 13
6 p.m. - #12/#15 UCLA at #14/#11 Oregon
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio

Saturday, May 14
11:30 a.m. - #12/#15 UCLA at #14/#11 Oregon
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio

BRUINS CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON IN OREGON
The defending national champion and 12th-ranked Bruins (32-15, 8-10 Pac-10) travel to #11 Oregon (37-13, 9-9) this weekend in the last conference series of the season. Thursday and Friday's games start at 6 p.m. and Saturday's contest begins at 11:30 a.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.

ON DECK
On Sunday, the Bruins and 63 other teams will learn where their postseason journey begins when ESPNU airs the NCAA Selection Show at 7 p.m. PT. NCAA Regionals run from May 20-22 at 16 campus sites around the country.

BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins remained at 12th in this week's USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll, but dropped one spot to 15th in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings.

BRUINS ON THE WEB
Gametracker will be available for every game this year at UCLABruins.com. In addition, free live audio will be available for every contest for the remainder of the regular season and the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at UCLABruins.com.

NEWS AND NOTES
Senior GiOnna DiSalvatore is UCLA's all-time leader in doubles with 63, breaking the record held by Tairia Mims (59) on April 9 against Stanford. She is one of three Bruins to start in all 47 games and leads the team with 15 two-baggers ... senior Donna Kerr has pitched in nine of the last 10 games and 15 of 18 Pac-10 contests. She is fifth in UCLA history in appearances (117), seventh in strikeouts (706), ninth in innings (564.2) and saves (3) and 10th in wins (63) ... junior Samantha Camuso went 3-for-6 last weekend against Arizona, posting a double on Saturday and a pair of singles on Sunday. She also started her first three career contests at second base ... junior Andrea Harrison leads the Bruins in all three triple crown categories with a .394 batting average, 13 home runs and 45 runs batted in. She has hits in seven of her last nine, batting .393 during the stretch ... freshman Talee Snow leads the Bruins and all Pac-10 players in sacrifice hits with 10. She has recorded hits in eight of her 15 Pac-10 contests ... sophomore Destiny Rodino improved to 2-0 on the season on Sunday against Arizona, tossing five innings and allowing just one run. She retired the side in order twice in the second and fourth innings ... freshman Jessica Hall earned her second save of the season on Sunday with two hitless innings of relief with three strikeouts. She also tossed 3 1/3 frames of shutout relief on Friday ... sophomore B.B. Bates is tied for second on the team with nine multiple-RBI games, giving her 18 for her career. She is also tied for third with 13 multi-hit contests and 30 as a Bruin ... senior Grace Murray has scored in 15 of her 29 games as a pinch-runner ... senior Amy Crawford is tied for second on the team with six hit by pitches ... all 14 of junior Aleah Macon's appearances this season have come in relief. She has two saves this year and five for her career, which is tied for third in UCLA history ... with her 11th home run on Friday against Arizona, Kellie Fox has the second-most homers by a freshman in a single season at UCLA. She surpassed Julie Adams (1996), Claire Sua (2001) and Emily Zaplatosch (2003), who hit 10 in their first years in Westwood. The UCLA freshman record for homers is 20 by Stacey Nuveman in 1997 ... junior Katie Schroeder has a hit in 20 of her last 26 games, batting .368 with two homers, 11 RBI and 21 runs during that stretch. She leads the Bruins with 38 runs scored and eight hit by pitches ... freshman Alyssa Tiumalu is one homer away from joining Fox in double digits after hitting her ninth on Sunday. She went 3-for-8 against the Wildcats, recording a pair of singles on Saturday ... sophomore Devon Lindvall hit her second homer of the season on Sunday and drove in a pair. She has made 22 starts at five different positions (12 in LF, 7 at DP, 1 in CF, 1 in RF, 1 at 1B) ... junior Dani Yudin has hits in nine of her last 14 contests. She posted a pair of singles on Saturday against Arizona, including a run-scoring hit ... Kelly Inouye-Perez earned her 200th-career victory on March 11 against Sacramento State and is 215-64 as the head coach ... the Bruins are 25-0 this season when scoring five runs or more in a game, but 0-12 when being held to two runs or fewer ... UCLA is 27-2 when holding its opponent to three or fewer runs, with the only losses coming to Arizona State (April 16) and California (May 1) ... the Bruins are 22-2 this season when scoring in their first at-bat and 43-3 over the last two years ... UCLA has posted 11 mercy-rule wins, seven shutouts and 12 comeback victories ... the Bruins are 20-1 when leading after five innings (18-1 when leading after six), with the only loss coming to Washington on April 23 ... UCLA is 18-1 when hitting two homers or more in a game (only loss April 23 vs. Washington) ... 114 of the Bruins' 268 runs have been scored via the home run (42.5 percent of their runs) ... UCLA has three or four homers in a game 10 times this season ... the Bruins have five grand slams (Fox and Yudin 2, Harrison 1), 10 three-run homers, 18 two-run shots and 28 solo bombs ... 120 of UCLA's 268 runs have been scored with two outs (44.8%). Harrison leads the way with 23 two-out RBI, followed by Fox with 21 and Bates with 17.

BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Junior Andrea Harrison is in the national Top 50 in two statistical categories, ranking 38th in slugging percentage (.759) and 39th in on base percentage (.512). Senior GiOnna DiSalvatore is 26th in doubles per game at 0.32. As a team, the Bruins are in the Top 30 in five categories, ranking 13th in home runs per game (1.30), 15th in slugging (.522), 21st in doubles per game (1.49), 27th in runs per game (5.70) and 29th in batting average (.311).

BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
The Bruins are in the top half of the Pac-10 in nine offensive categories, ranking first in sacrifice hits (34) and second in on base percentage (.425) and doubles (70). UCLA is also third in walks (207) and hit by pitches (42), tied for third in sacrifice flies (11) and fourth in slugging (.522), runs batted in (254) and home runs (61). Junior Andrea Harrison is in the Pac-10 Top 10 in nine offensive categories, ranking tied for fourth in home runs (13), fifth in slugging (.759) and sixth in on base percentage (.512) and total bases (104). Freshman Talee Snow is first in the league with 10 sacrifice hits, while freshman Kellie Fox is second with eight sac bunts. Senior GiOnna DiSalvatore is tied for fourth with 15 doubles. The full list of Bruins in the Pac-10 Top 10 can be found on page five of this release.

SCOUTING THE OREGON DUCKS
Since dropping its first three Pac-10 series', Oregon has won its last three, sweeping Oregon State and taking 2-of-3 from Arizona and Stanford to improve to 37-13 overall and 9-9 in Pac-10 play. The Ducks are hitting .301 as a team with 65 home runs and 59 stolen bases, averaging 5.5 runs per game. Five players are hitting above .300, led by senior Monique Fuiava, who is tops with a .398 average and 43 runs batted in to go with eight home runs. Freshman Courtney Ceo (.386), senior Kaitlin Vitek (.315), sophomore Samantha Pappas (.308) and freshman Alexa Peterson (.301) are also batting over .300, with each of them posting at least five homers. Pappas is leading the squad with 13 stolen bases, while junior Kelsey Chambers is first with 11 homers. In the circle, sophomore Jessica Moore is 20-8 with a 1.58 earned run average and 174 strikeouts in 163 2/3 innings. Two others have started at least six games, with junior Sam Skillingstad holding a 9-3 record with a 2.08 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 80 2/3 innings and senior Brittany Rumfelt posting a 5-0 mark with a 2.42 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 55 innings. Mike White is in his second season at Oregon and holds a record of 73-34.

THE SERIES: BRUINS VS. DUCKS
The Bruins have dominated the series with the Ducks over the last five years, winning 15 in a row to take a 70-12 all-time lead. UCLA has averaged 7.9 runs per game during its 15-game winning streak, posting double figures in all three contests last year at Easton Stadium (April 30-May 2) in an 11-4 win and a pair of 10-2, mercy-rule triumphs. The Bruins are 33-5 in Eugene and have won six in a row. Oregon's last win in the series was a 3-0 triumph in Westwood on May 12, 2005, while its most recent victory at home was a 2-1 win on April 2, 2005.


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