Feb. 13, 2012
Tuesday, Feb. 14
12 p.m. - #19/#13 UCLA at Loyola Marymount
Online Coverage: Gametracker
Wednesday, Feb. 15
6 p.m. - #19/#13 UCLA at Cal State Fullerton
Online Coverage: Gametracker
BRUINS TRAVEL TO LMU, FULLERTON
Coming off a perfect 4-0 weekend to start the 2012 season, the Bruins begin a seven-game week with two midweek contests at Loyola Marymount on Tuesday at 12 p.m. and at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Gametracker will be available for both contests at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins head to San Diego for the Campbell/Cartier Classic, facing UC Davis (9 a.m.) and Boise State (3 p.m.) on Friday, Feb. 17, UCF (10:30 a.m.) on Saturday, Feb. 18 and UC Santa Barbara (11:30 a.m.) and San Diego State (2 p.m.) on Sunday, Feb. 19. All contests will take place at the SDSU Softball Stadium at San Diego State, with the exception of the Boise State game, which will be played at the USD Softball Complex at the University of San Diego.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins are ranked 13th in the preseason ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, receiving 247 points, and come in at 19th in the initial USA Today/NFCA rankings, earning 235 points. The next polls come out on Tuesday. UCLA is fourth in the preseason Pac-12 rankings, receiving 40 points.
SCOUTING THE LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS
Loyola Marymount began the season at the Aggie Stampede Tournament in Davis, losing to Boise State to open the year, but winning its final four of the weekend, defeating UC Davis twice, Boise State and Nevada. The Lions hit .268 in their first five contests with four home runs and 24 runs scored. Senior Sam Fischer paced LMU with a .500 average (8-for-16), three homers and seven RBI. Junior Danielle Smith batted .368, while junior Skylar Segura hit .313 with two RBI. In the circle, junior Molly Medeiros pitched in all five contests, going 4-0 with a 1.44 earned run average and eight strikeouts in 25 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. LIONS
The Bruins own a 22-1 all-time lead against the Lions and have won three straight overall and six in a row at LMU. Last year, UCLA slipped past the Lions at Easton Stadium 5-4 on April 6, scoring twice in the seventh to win it. B.B. Bates went 4-for-4, while Kellie Fox and Andrea Harrison each had two hits, with Fox driving in Bates with the walk-off winner. The Bruins won a doubleheader at LMU on March 28, 2010 (8-2 and 5-0). The Lions' lone victory in the series was a 4-2 triumph at Easton Stadium on May 19, 2007.
SCOUTING THE CAL STATE FULLERTON TITANS
Cal State Fullerton went 2-3 at the Texas Classic in Austin last weekend, splitting a pair of games with Colorado State and Texas-San Antonio, while losing to Texas. The Titans hit .292 as a team with a home run and 24 runs scored. Freshmen Eliza Crawford and Emily Vizcarra each hit .400, while senior Nicole Johnson batted .385. In the circle, freshman Desiree Ybarra started three of the five games and had a 1-1 record with a 4.42 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 19 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. TITANS
The Bruins and the Titans have met at least once every season since 2001. UCLA holds a 39-32-1 edge all-time and has won four straight, including an 11-2, five-inning victory last March 12 in Lakewood. Harrison went 4-for-4, Bates added three hits and Marti Reed added two hits. Fullerton's most recent victory in the series was a 1-0, eight-inning win at Easton Stadium on March 12, 2008. The Bruins are 14-12 in Fullerton, recording a 6-2 win on Feb. 25, 2009, and have won nine straight at Anderson Family Field.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Bruins have added another player to their roster. Freshman walk-on Kaelin Sprawls, a 5-9, right-handed utility player from Blythe, Calif. (Palo Verde HS), will wear #5 ... UCLA scored in the first inning in all four games last weekend. The Bruins did so 34 times last season, posting a 27-7 record ... the Bruins won the program's 1,400th NCAA game on Saturday against Kentucky. UCLA is 1,400-305-4 in NCAA contests and 1,561-360-4 in its softball history ... senior Katie Schroeder is now tied for ninth in school history with 145 runs scored. Next up on the list are Caitlin Benyi and Tairia Mims (160) ... senior Andrea Harrison is seventh in UCLA history with 41 homers ... Schroeder, junior B.B. Bates and sophomore Kellie Fox each had hits in all four games last weekend ... seniors Samantha Camuso and Dani Yudin had three multiple-hit contests. Yudin added three multi-RBI games, while Camuso had a pair ... sophomore Jessica Hall struck out at least one batter in 10 of her 13 innings last weekend.