April 28, 2010
Friday, April 30
7 p.m. - #20/#18 Oregon at #5/#6 UCLA
Saturday, May 1
6 p.m. - #20/#18 Oregon at #5/#6 UCLA
Sunday, May 2
12 p.m. - #20/#18 Oregon at #5/#6 UCLA
Gametracker and live audio for all games at UCLABruins.com
BRUINS RETURN HOME TO FACE OREGON
The fifth-ranked Bruins (33-9, 7-5 Pac-10) begin a stretch of six straight contests at Easton Stadium with a three-game series against #18 Oregon (31-10, 7-5) this weekend. Game times are 7 p.m. on Friday, 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins close out the regular-season home schedule with a three-game set against California next weekend (May 7-9). 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
For the second straight week, UCLA rose one spot in both the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings. The Bruins are ranked fifth this week by the NFCA and sixth 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 15 nationally in six statistical categories, including fourth in batting average at .334. UCLA is also sixth in doubles per game (1.67), eighth in slugging (.566), 10th in home runs per game (1.40), 11th in earned run average (1.60) and 12th in runs per game (6.62). Individually, senior Megan Langenfeld is in the Top 30 in eight categories, ranking second in slugging (1.100) and on base percentage (.661), third in batting average (.525) and fourth in home runs per game (0.41). She is also 11th in RBI per game (1.16), 17th in runs per game (1.06), 20th in hit by pitches per game (0.31) and 29th in walks per game (0.75). Junior Donna Kerr is 18th in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (4.09), 35th with six shutouts and 45th in strikeouts per seven (8.6). Also on offense, sophomore Dani Yudin is 26th with three sacrifice flies and 32nd with a .523 on base percentage, senior Julie Burney is 41st in homers per game (0.29) and sophomore Andrea Harrison (0.36) and junior GiOnna DiSalvatore (0.33) rank 15th and 30th, respectively, in doubles per game.
The Bruins have scored 119 of their 278 runs with two outs for a 42.8 percentage. UCLA has 107 two-out RBI, with an additional 12 runs coming across on errors, wild pitches or passed balls with two down. Senior Megan Langenfeld leads the team with 20 two-out RBI, followed by junior GiOnna DiSalvatore (17), senior Julie Burney (15) and sophomores Samantha Camuso (12) and Andrea Harrison (11).
Two Bruin seniors are closing in on 100 career runs batted in. Kaila Shull has 99 RBI at UCLA, while Julie Burney holds 98 runs batted in ... junior Donna Kerr, who posted her 500th career strikeout on Friday against Stanford, is one win away from 50 as a Bruin ... sophomore Andrea Harrison is three hits away from 100 career hits ... Burney and senior Megan Langenfeld are going back and forth for the team home run lead and are also in the UCLA career Top 10 in the category. Langenfeld is ninth with 32 homers and Burney is tied for 10th with 31 ... Langenfeld is six hits shy of 200 and one RBI away from 150 for her career. The senior, who is the all-time UCLA saves leader, also ranks in the Bruin Top 10 in on base percentage (2nd, .498), hit by pitches (2nd, 33), slugging (3rd, .634), walks (3rd, 102), batting average (9th, .372) and runs batted in (T-9th, 141) ... if the season ended today, Langenfeld would record the highest single-season slugging percentage at 1.100. Stacey Nuveman holds the record at 1.045 in 2002. Langenfeld would also post the second-highest output in batting average (.525) and on base percentage (.661). Nuveman holds both records from her 2002 campaign with a .529 average and a .665 on base percentage.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS
Oregon, which hosts Portland State in a doubleheader on Wednesday, lost its second straight Pac-10 series last weekend, dropping two of three at Arizona State. The Ducks won on Saturday 7-4, but fell 10-3 on Friday and 3-0 on Sunday. Oregon started its Pac-10 schedule at 5-1, but are 2-4 over the last two weekends. During conference play, the Ducks are batting .296 as a team with 12 home runs and six stolen bases, averaging 4.3 runs per game. Five different Ducks are hitting over .300, led by sophomore Kelsey Chambers' .389 average to go with four home runs and 13 runs batted in. Senior Neena Bryant is batting .342 with three homers and five RBI and freshman Samantha Pappas is hitting .310 with two homers and 12 RBI. In the circle, freshman Jessica Moore is 3-4 in league with a 2.12 earned run average and 49 strikeouts in 43 innings, while sophomore Samantha Skillingstad is 4-1 with a 3.44 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings. Overall, Pappas is tops on the team with a .429 batting average, 11 home runs, 42 RBI and nine stolen bases. Freshman Allie Burger is also hitting above .400 at .403 with 23 RBI and six steals, while Chambers is batting .353 with eight homers and 35 runs batted in. As a team, the Ducks are hitting .325 this season with 44 homers and 37 steals, averaging 5.2 runs per game. Moore is 13-6 in the circle with a team-low 1.33 ERA and 176 strikeouts in 132 innings. Skillingstad is 11-4 with a 2.02 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS V. DUCKS
The Bruins have won 12 straight against the Ducks and hold a 67-12 all-time lead in the series. UCLA has swept Oregon in each of the last four seasons, with the Ducks' last victory coming on May 12, 2005 at Easton Stadium (3-0) in a year in which they swept the Bruins. Last year, UCLA posted 9-2 and 6-0 wins in Eugene on April 18 and 19 and an 8-0, six-inning triumph at Easton on May 1. The Bruins are 28-7 at home against the Ducks. UCLA has two pitchers who have yet to allow an earned run during their careers against Oregon. Megan Langenfeld is 3-0 with two saves and 18 strikeouts, having allowed only one unearned run in 20 innings. Donna Kerr is 2-0 and has given up no runs and only four hits while striking out 23 in 15 2/3 innings. Offensively, GiOnna DiSalvatore is 7-for-17 (.412) with four runs batted in, Langenfeld is 7-for-22 (.318) with a homer and six RBI, Kaila Shull is 8-for-26 (.308) with two home runs and seven RBI and Julie Burney is 7-for-23 (.304) with a homer and eight runs batted in.
DANG LANG ... THE HITTER
Senior Megan Langenfeld earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after posting four home runs, eight runs batted in and six runs scored in a three-game sweep of Stanford last weekend. Langenfeld tied a career high with two homers and four RBI in both the Friday and Sunday contests. She leads the Bruins in batting average (.525), home runs (13), slugging (1.100), walks (24), hit by pitches (10) and on base percentage (.661). The senior is also second with 37 runs batted in, tied for first with 34 runs scored and fourth with seven doubles. Langenfeld has 13 multiple-hit games this season, which ranks fourth on the team. She had three over the last two weekends, also going 2-for-4 on April 18 at Oregon State. Four of her multi-hit 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 11 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 10 times, including three apiece in both ends of a doubleheader at UCSB and at Stanford on Friday.
DANG LANG ... THE PITCHER
Langenfeld tossed eight scoreless innings of relief against Stanford last weekend, earning a win and a save, which in part along with her hitting prowess helped her receive USA Softball National Player of the Week honors. On Saturday, Langenfeld threw three hitless innings of relief to record a save, striking out one. She retired nine of the 10 batters she faced. On Sunday, the senior came in the game in the second inning and pitched five shutout frames, fanning two and giving up five hits and a walk in a victory. Langenfeld has yet to allow a run in 10 innings of Pac-10 play and is 5-1 overall on the year with two saves, a 0.92 earned run average and 35 strikeouts in 53 innings. She made her first appearance in the circle in three weeks on April 16 at Oregon State and tossed a pair of 1-2-3 innings of relief. Langenfeld's other four wins have come against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Northwestern (Feb. 27) and Long Beach State (March 26). She pitched five shutout innings and struck out four against the Lady Vols and fanned a half dozen in six shutout frames against Davis. Langenfeld's most impressive performance this season may have come in back-to-back games on Feb. 14. The senior threw a career-high 13 innings in a hard-luck, 4-2 loss to Michigan. 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.
Sophomore Andrea Harrison had a pair of RBI in each of the first two games of the Stanford series and hit a home run on Saturday to give her nine on the year, which is third on the team. Harrison, who went 4-for-9 (.444) with four RBI against the Cardinal, is fourth on the team with a .362 batting average and tied for fourth with 32 runs batted in. The sophomore is also tied for first with 14 doubles and second with a .677 slugging percentage. Harrison posted her first three-hit game of the season on Friday and has a pair of three-hit contests for her career, with both coming against Stanford. She leads the Bruins with 15 multiple-hit games and has at least a pair of hits in nine of her last 18 contests. Harrison added a pair of two-hit games two weekends ago at Oregon State on April 16 and 18, driving in a couple in the series finale. The sophomore 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 against Arizona State. 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 10 times, which is 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 is enjoying her view from the top, carrying a .440 batting average (11-for-25) with nine RBI, five runs scored and three doubles in six games in the leadoff spot. She had hits in all three contests at Stanford and carries a six-game hitting streak into this weekend's action. DiSalvatore went 3-for-4 on Friday with two runs scored and 2-for-5 on Sunday. She is third on the team with a .374 batting average and 33 runs batted in, tied for first with 34 runs scored and 14 doubles and fourth with a .426 on base percentage. In her first weekend in the leadoff role at Oregon State, DiSalvatore went 5-for-12 with seven runs batted in. She went 2-for-4 with three RBI on April 16, hit her fourth homer of the year, a two-run shot, on April 17 and went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the series finale. 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 14 multiple-hit games, which is tied for second 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 fourth 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 multiple runs in a game seven times, including three runs on four occasions.
AHEAD OF THE PAC
Sophomore Dani Yudin holds a career-high, seven-game hitting streak and has been the best hitter for the Bruins during Pac-10 play. Yudin is 13-for-27 (.481) in league action with three home runs, eight runs batted in and a team-best 11 walks. She holds the second-best batting average among all conference players during Pac-10 action and is tied for first with a .634 on base percentage. Yudin went 2-for-3 on Friday against Stanford and had three RBI on a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly on Saturday. Overall, the sophomore is second on the team with a .377 batting average, 20 walks and a .523 on base percentage and fourth with a .656 slugging percentage. She also has four home runs, 17 runs batted in and a team-best three sacrifice flies. Yudin is hitting .600 (9-for-15) during her current seven-game streak with four RBI, five runs scored and nine walks. She has hits in nine of her last 10 and walks in six of her last seven. Yudin has four multiple-hit games, including back-to-back, two-hit affairs at Oregon State (April 18) and Stanford last Friday. The sophomore went 2-for-3 on April 1 at Washington, driving in the lone run in the sixth inning of a 1-0 victory, also going 2-for-3 with two RBI against Fresno State on March 5. Yudin has three home runs during Pac-10 play, hitting a two-run shot on April 3 at Washington and a solo bomb on April 9 against Arizona State. 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 surpassed the 500-career strikeout mark on Friday against Stanford and is one win shy of 50 as a Bruin. Kerr blanked the Cardinal in a mercy-rule victory, striking out eight and giving up just one hit. She retired eight in a row at one point, and after hitting a batter, set down the final seven of the game. Kerr leads the Bruins in wins (16-5), strikeouts (147), innings pitched (119.2), appearances (24), games started (22), complete games (10), shutouts (6) and opponent batting average (.163), also holding a 1.93 earned run average. The junior 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 10 of the Bruins' 15 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 11 of her 22 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), North Carolina and Oregon State (April 18). 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.
HOT BAT FOR THE HOT CORNER
Senior Julie Burney hit her 12th home run of the season on Saturday at Stanford and continues to lead the Bruins in runs batted in with 39. Burney is second in homers and is batting .311 with 25 runs scored and six doubles. She is also third in slugging (.664) and walks with 18. The senior has four home runs during the last three weekends of Pac-10 play, hitting two-run shots against Arizona State (April 9) and Oregon State (April 17) and a solo homer against the Beavers on April 16. 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) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). 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), Bakersfield and Loyola Marymount. Burney has seven multiple-hit games, going 3-for-3 against UCSB and Fullerton and posting two-hit contests against Northridge, Baylor (Feb. 27), UNLV, LMU and Stanford (April 24). Burney has scored multiple runs in a game four times, including three at Oregon State on April 16.
Freshman B.B. Bates posted her third, three-hit game of the year on Sunday against Stanford, going 3-for-4 with three RBI, which also marked her second, three-RBI contest. Bates, who had a two-run double and an RBI single in the series finale, is batting .338 with two home runs and 21 runs batted in. She is third on the team with 26 runs scored and first with six stolen bases. Bates has hits in six of her last eight, including two-hit contests against Arizona State (April 11) and Oregon State (April 17). The freshman is tied for second on the team with 14 multiple-hit contests. She had a pair of three-hit affairs in the first game of doubleheaders against UNLV (March 27) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). Bates 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) 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 five 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.
BAKER COOKING IN THE CIRCLE
Redshirt junior Whitney Baker recorded her second win of the season on Saturday at Stanford, tossing four innings and striking out three while allowing three runs and five hits. Baker is 2-1 on the year with a 2.06 earned run average and 10 strikeouts in 17 innings. She picked up her first victory of the season on April 17 at Oregon State, hurling 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. Baker made her season debut against Arizona State on April 9. She retired all three batters she faced in the seventh inning, 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 34 games at UCLA.
HITTING IN THE TWO HOLE
Junior Monica Harrison had a pair of multiple-hit contests at Stanford last weekend and brings a .303 batting average into this weekend's Oregon series. Harrison is third on the team with 31 runs scored and 10 doubles and first with nine sacrifice hits, adding two home runs, 17 runs batted in and 12 walks. She has 11 multi-hit games, with three of them coming in the last two weekends. Harrison had two hits, two RBI and two runs in back-to-back games on April 18 at Oregon State and last Friday at Stanford, adding another two-hit contest on Sunday. The junior has a pair of three-hit contests to her credit against UC Riverside (March 3) and CSU Bakersfield (March 21), driving in a season-high three against the Roadrunners. She 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 five multiple-RBI games, 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 six times.
Sophomore Samantha Camuso hit her eighth home run of the season on Friday at Stanford and is fourth on the team in that category to go along with 32 RBI, which is tied for fourth on the squad. Camuso is batting .339 with 20 runs scored, 17 walks and a .609 slugging percentage. The redshirt sophomore has seven multiple-RBI games this season, driving in a pair on April 18 at Oregon State. Camuso knocked home four runs in the first game of a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 17. She has added three-RBI contests against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19) and Cal Poly (Feb. 19) and two-RBI affairs versus Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), Texas (Feb. 26) and UTEP (March 6). Camuso has homered in all of her multi-RBI games with the exception of the UTEP and Oregon State contests. She has also belted solo jacks against Colorado State (Feb. 26) and Washington (April 2). The sophomore has 10 multiple-hit contests, adding another two-hit game at Stanford on Sunday. Camuso posted three hits in the first game of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield on March 21 and also had two-hit contests 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 also leads the team with a pair of triples, reaching third base against Fresno State and Arizona State (April 9).
The Bruins posted their first multi-stolen base game since Feb. 27 when freshman B.B. Bates and junior Amy Crawford swiped bases on Sunday at Stanford. Prior to Sunday's game, UCLA had not attempted a stolen base since March 27 and had not been successful since March 21. The Bruins are 19-of-23 on stolen bases this season ... UCLA has made just two errors in its last seven games to raise its fielding percentage to .970 on the season. Prior to the current seven-game stretch, the Bruins had made seven errors in the previous five contests ... senior Kaila Shull has hits in five of the eight Pac-10 games she has had at-bats 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 two weekends ago, going 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI single on April 16 and posting a sacrifice fly on April 18. She had singles in the last two games of the Washington series and against Arizona State on April 9 and Stanford on April 23. 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 has three RBI over her last three games to give her 12 on the season. Dolan had an RBI single on Saturday at Stanford and drove in a pair at Oregon State on April 16 on a bases-loaded walk and an RBI single. The freshman is batting .234 with three home runs, leaving the yard in successive games against Texas (Feb. 26), Baylor (Feb. 27) and Northwestern (Feb. 27). Four of the six 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 37 contests. Murray has scored 19 runs, which is eighth on the team. She scored on Saturday and Sunday at Stanford and has crossed home plate in six of her last nine contests.
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' 33 victories, 16 of them have come by mercy rule.