May 4, 2011
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Friday, May 6
7 p.m. - #11/#13 Arizona at #12/#14 UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio
Saturday, May 7
6 p.m. - #11/#13 Arizona at #12/#14 UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio
Sunday, May 8
12 p.m. - #11/#13 Arizona at #12/#14 UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio
FINAL REGULAR-SEASON HOMESTAND PITS WCWS FINALISTS
The defending national champion and 12th-ranked Bruins (31-13, 7-8 Pac-10) face #11 Arizona (37-13, 8-7 Pac-10) in a three-game series this weekend at Easton Stadium. Friday's game starts at 7 p.m., followed by a Saturday contest at 6 p.m. and a Sunday tilt at 12 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
PACKED HOUSE, BIG CEREMONIES FOR FINAL WEEKEND
Sellout crowds are expected all weekend long for the UCLA-Arizona series. Less than 200 tickets remain for each of this weekend's games and they can only be purchased on gameday at Easton Stadium. Ticket booths and gates open 90 minutes prior to first pitch and all seats are general admission and first-come, first-served. Friday's game will be televised on tape delay by Fox Sports Net. Steve Physioc and former Bruin Amanda Freed will be on the call. The first airing of the game will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. on FSN Prime Ticket. It will re-air many times throughout the weekend. On Saturday, UCLA softball will retire the #9 jersey of three-time All-American Lisa Longaker in a pre-game ceremony. And on Sunday, five Bruin seniors, Amy Crawford, GiOnna DiSalvatore, Monica Harrison, Donna Kerr and Grace Murray, will be honored prior to the game in their final regular-season home contests at Easton.
The Bruins finish up the regular season in Eugene with a three-game series at Oregon. The early weekend series begins on Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. contest on Friday, May 13 and an 11:30 a.m. first pitch on Saturday, May 14. All three games will feature Gametracker and live audio at UCLABruins.com. On Sunday, May 15, 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.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins dropped four spots to 12th in this week's USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll and fell three positions to 14th 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 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 62, breaking the record held by Tairia Mims on April 9 against Stanford. She is one of four Bruins to start in all 44 games and leads the team with 14 two-baggers ... senior Donna Kerr has pitched in seven straight games and 13 of 15 Pac-10 contests. She is tops on the squad in ERA (2.11), strikeouts (151) and innings pitched (133) ... junior Samantha Camuso broke out of an 0-for-24 stretch with an RBI double on Friday at California. She added another single on Saturday and is batting .128 (5-for-39) ... junior Andrea Harrison has hits in six straight games after going 5-for-10 (.500) in the Cal series. Her three-hit contest on Friday was her 15th multiple-hit game of the season (second on the team) and 51st of her career ... 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 ... freshman Jessica Hall leads the Bruins with 15 wins this year. The last UCLA freshman to lead the team in victories was Anjelica Selden in 2005 ... sophomore B.B. Bates has hits in five of her last seven contests. She is tied for second on the team with nine multiple-RBI games and tied for third with 13 multi-hit contests ... 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 ... after hitting her 10th home run on April 21 versus Washington, Kellie Fox became the fifth UCLA freshman to reach double figures in homers. She equals the 10 hit by Julie Adams (1996), Claire Sua (2001) and Emily Zaplatosch (2003). The UCLA freshman record for homers is 20 by Stacey Nuveman in 1997 ... junior Katie Schroeder has a hit in 19 of her last 24 games. She holds a .388 batting average during that stretch with two homers, 11 RBI and 21 runs scored ... freshman Alyssa Tiumalu is third on the team with a .594 slugging percentage and tied for third with eight homers. She left the yard in back-to-back games against Washington (April 22-23) ... junior Dani Yudin has hits in eight of her last 11 contests. She is batting .256 and is tied for third on the team with 25 walks ... Kelly Inouye-Perez earned her 200th-career victory on March 11 against Sacramento State and is 214-62 as the head coach ... the Bruins are 24-0 this season when scoring five runs or more in a game, but 0-10 when being held to two runs or fewer ... UCLA is 26-2 when holds its opponent to three or fewer runs, with the only losses coming to Arizona State (April 16) and California (May 1) ... in both wins against Washington (April 21-22), the Bruins scored in their first at-bat, running their record to 21-1 this season when accomplishing the feat and 42-2 over the last two years ... UCLA has posted 11 mercy-rule wins, seven shutouts and 11 comeback victories ... the Bruins are 19-1 when leading after five innings (17-1 when leading after six), with the only loss coming to Washington on April 23 ... UCLA is 17-1 when hitting two homers or more in a game (only loss April 23 vs. Washington) ... 110 of the Bruins' 261 runs have been scored via the home run (42.1 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, 17 two-run shots and 26 solo bombs ... 118 of UCLA's 261 runs have been scored with two outs (45.2%). Harrison leads the way with 22 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 four statistical categories, ranking 31st in slugging (.791), tied for 32nd in on base percentage (.521), tied for 45th in home runs (13) and tied for 49th in runs batted in per game (1.00). Senior GiOnna DiSalvatore is tied for 29th in doubles per game at 0.32. As a team, the Bruins are in the Top 25 in five categories, ranking 13th in home runs per game (1.32), 14th in slugging (.528), tied for 19th in doubles per game (1.50), 21st in runs per game (5.93) and 25th in batting average (.316).
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 (32) and second in on base percentage (.430), doubles (66) and hit by pitches (41). UCLA is also third in walks (197) and sacrifice flies (11) and fourth in slugging (.528), runs batted in (247) and home runs (58). Junior Andrea Harrison is in the Pac-10 Top 10 in 10 offensive categories, ranking fourth in slugging (.791) and tied for fourth in home runs. A pair of freshmen are 1-2 in sacrifice hits, as Talee Snow leads the conference with 10 and Kellie Fox is second with seven. Senior Donna Kerr and junior Aleah Macon are both tied for fourth with two saves apiece. The full list of Bruins in the Pac-10 Top 10 can be found on page five of this release.
SCOUTING THE ARIZONA WILDCATS
The Wildcats snapped a five-game losing streak on Sunday with a 7-6 victory at home against Oregon to move to 37-13 overall and 8-7 in Pac-10 play. Arizona had lost the first two games of the series with Oregon and was swept in Tucson for the first time by rival Arizona State the previous weekend. The Wildcats are hitting .331 as a team with 70 home runs and 34 stolen bases, averaging 6.5 runs per game. Six players are hitting .300 or better, led by senior Brittany Lastrapes, who is batting .439 with 11 home runs and 37 runs batted in. Senior Lauren Schutzler (.414) and junior Karissa Buchanan (.404) are also above .400 and have six and a team-best 10 stolen bases, respectively. At .300 or better are sophomore Brigette Del Ponte (.338), junior Kristen Arriola (.321) and senior Stacie Chambers (.308). Chambers leads the team with 17 homers and 62 RBI, while Del Ponte is second with 15 homers and 54 RBI. In the circle, sophomore Kenzie Fowler paces the squad with a 1.66 earned run average, a 21-6 record and 176 strikeouts in 156 1/3 innings. But she has missed the last 6 1/2 games after getting injured in the dugout by a foul ball on April 17. Freshman Shelby Babcock has seen the bulk of the action of late and is 16-6 with a 3.97 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 151 2/3 innings. Arizona has also used Lastrapes, senior Victoria Kemp and sophomore Baillie Kirker in the circle over the last two weekends. Mike Candrea is in his 26th year at Arizona and holds a record of 1266-272-2.
THE SERIES: BRUINS VS. WILDCATS
The Bruins and the Wildcats met for the seventh time (`91-'93, `95, `97, `01, `10) in the Women's College World Series Championship game or series last year, with UCLA winning two games to none to claim its 12th national and 11th NCAA title. The Bruins posted a 6-5, eight-inning victory on a walk-off homer by Megan Langenfeld and routed the Wildcats in game two by a score of 15-9. The teams met three times during the regular season in Tucson, with UCLA posting 6-5 (8 innings) and 6-4 wins in the first and last games of the May 13-15 series. Arizona took the middle contest 5-3. The Bruins lead the all-time series 70-51 (35-18 in Westwood) and have won six of the last seven and 18 of the last 22 since 2004. The teams split their last meeting at Easton Stadium on April 4-5, 2009, with Arizona claiming a 9-2 win on April 4 and UCLA triumphing 3-2 the following afternoon.