Feb. 23, 2010
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Cal State Fullerton at #5/#3 UCLA - 2 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26
#5/#3 UCLA vs. Colorado State - 6 p.m.
#5/#3 UCLA vs. #14/#13 Texas - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27
#5/#3 UCLA vs. Baylor - 3 p.m.
#5/#3 UCLA vs. #23/#22 Northwestern - 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28
#5/#3 UCLA vs. #17/#16 Ohio State - 10:30 a.m.
All games at Cathedral City Classic at Big League Dreams Park Wrigley Field; First team listed is home and in third-base dugout
Gametracker at UCLABruins.com for all games, internet radio for games vs. Cal State Fullerton and Baylor
UCLA HOSTS FULLERTON, TRAVELS TO CATHEDRAL CITY CLASSIC
The Bruins (#5 in NFCA poll/#3 in USA Softball poll) begin a big week of competition on Wednesday when they host Cal State Fullerton at 2 p.m. at Easton Stadium. UCLA then travels to the Cathedral City Classic this weekend where it will face three ranked teams. On Friday, the Bruins take on Colorado State (6 p.m.) and #14/#13 Texas (8:30 p.m.). On Saturday, UCLA faces Baylor (3 p.m.) and #23/#22 Northwestern (8 p.m.), closing out the weekend on Sunday against #17/#16 Ohio State at 10:30 a.m. All six games this week will feature Gametracker on UCLABruins.com. There will also be live broadcasts of the Cal State Fullerton and Baylor games on the UCLA website.
The Bruins play a single game at UC Riverside on Wednesday at 2 p.m. before traveling to their final non-conference tournament, the San Diego Classic, next Friday through Sunday. UCLA will take on Fresno State on Friday, UTEP and Long Beach State on Saturday and Buffalo and San Diego State on Sunday.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins jumped up one spot to third in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and also received three first-place votes. In the USA Today/NFCA rankings, UCLA moved up two positions to fifth. The Bruins have gained points in both polls during each of the first two weeks of the regular season. In the Pac-10 preseason poll, the Bruins were 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 contests, as well as select non-conference games, will be broadcast on the UCLA website.
DISALVATORE, KERR SWEEP PAC-10 POW HONORS
The Bruins won a pair of awards on Tuesday, as juniors GiOnna DiSalvatore and Donna Kerr were named Pacific-10 Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after helping UCLA to a 7-0 record last week. It is the third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for DiSalvatore, who received the accolade twice during her freshman season of 2008. It is also the third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award for Kerr, who was named POW once in each of her first two seasons. The Bruins have earned 58 Pac-10 Player of the Week and 54 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors. DiSalvatore hit .682 (15-for-22) with 12 runs batted in, five doubles, two home runs and 11 runs scored last week. She had hits in all seven games, including a pair of 4-for-4 efforts and a 3-for-3 performance. She drove in a run in five contests and scored in five. Kerr tossed 13 shutout innings in three UCLA victories last weekend, striking out 23 and allowing only three hits.
SCOUTING THE TITANS
Cal State Fullerton is 2-8 entering Wednesday's game, having dropped six straight and all five matchups last weekend at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas. The Titans' two victories came against Southern Utah and Wisconsin at the season-opening Kajikawa Classic in Tempe. Fullerton has lost three games to ranked teams, Northwestern, Arizona and Oklahoma. The Titans are hitting .185 as a team with six home runs and four stolen bases, averaging 2.8 runs per game. Sophomore Nicole Johnson leads the offense with a .333 average, while sophomore Trina Harrison has hit three of the team's six home runs. Fullerton has struggled in the circle, posting a team ERA of 6.46. Sophomore Krystal Heinle has started five times and has a 6.00 earned run average, a 1-3 record and 33 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. TITANS
The Bruins and the Titans have played each of the last nine seasons, with UCLA having won the last two meetings and holding a 37-32-1 all-time lead. Last season, the Bruins claimed a 6-2 victory in Fullerton on Feb. 25. Kaila Shull and Dani Yudin each drove in three runs, while Monica Harrison went 3-for-4, as Donna Kerr (10 strikeouts) and Megan Langenfeld (3 K's) combined on a two-hitter. UCLA is 18-13-1 at home against Fullerton, winning the most recent meeting 8-3 at the 2008 Regionals (May 16) at Easton Stadium. The Titans' last win was a 1-0, eight-inning victory in Westwood on March 12, 2008.
BRUINS AT THE CATHEDRAL CITY CLASSIC
UCLA has won 12 in a row at the Cathedral City Classic, going 5-0 in both 2008 and 2009. The Bruins have taken part in every Classic since its inception in 2004. Named the Palm Springs Classic for its first five years, the Bruins are 25-3 (.893), posting a 4-0 mark in 2004 and 5-0 records in `06, `08 and `09.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
Colorado State improved to 4-5 on the season after going 3-1 at last weekend's Hotel Encanto Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M. The Rams beat Missouri State, Sam Houston State and North Texas last weekend, while losing to Drake. Colorado State is hitting .263 as a team with five home runs and four stolen bases, averaging 3.8 runs per game. Senior Rebecca Penland leads the squad with a .538 average (14-for-26) and 11 runs batted in. Sophomores Jenna Krogh (.387) and Allison Majam (.308) are also above a .300 average, with Majam leading the team with a pair of homers. The Rams have struggled to a 5.07 team ERA. Sophomore Kelli Eubanks has a team-best 3.67 earned run average, a 3-2 record and 41 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. The Bruins are 6-0 against the Rams all-time, with four of the matchups coming on neutral turf. The teams met last season at the San Diego Classic (Feb. 27), with UCLA posting a 4-0 victory. GiOnna DiSalvatore and Kaila Shull each went 3-for-3, while Andrea Harrison drove in two runs. Whitney Baker struck out 12 in six innings of one-hit ball.
SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS
Texas is one of a few unbeatens left in the country, bringing an 11-0 record into this weekend's play. The Longhorns went 5-0 at the Marriott Houston Classic, defeating Purdue, Texas-San Antonio, Louisiana-Lafayette, Iowa State and Houston. The Longhorns are hitting .293 as a team with 18 home runs and 12 stolen bases, averaging 5.1 runs per game. Junior Raygan Feight and sophomores Courtney Craig and Lexy Bennett lead the team with three home runs apiece. Craig is tops in average at .412 and stolen bases (4), while four others are also batting above .300. In the circle, freshman Blaire Luna is 5-0 with a 0.46 earned run average and 45 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings. Senior Erin Tresselt is 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 19 innings, while freshman Kim Bruins is 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings. UCLA is 8-3 all-time against Texas, but the Longhorns won the last meeting 1-0 on Feb. 9, 2007 in Tempe, Ariz. The Bruins are 7-2 in neutral-site contests and last defeated the Longhorns 2-0 at the 2006 Women's College World Series (June 3).
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Baylor went 4-1 at its own tournament last weekend, beating Texas-Arlington, Tulsa, Wichita State and Central Arkansas, to improve to 6-4 on the season. During the opening weekend, the Bears went 1-3 against ranked competition, falling once to Ohio State, twice to Louisville and beating Houston. Baylor is batting .297 as a team with nine home runs and 31 stolen bases, averaging 5.2 runs per game. Senior Nicole Wesley leads the squad with a .421 average and six stolen bases, while junior Jordan Vannatta is batting .407 with a team-best three home runs and 11 runs batted in. Five other players are batting over .300. In the circle, freshman Courtney Repka is 5-2 with a 1.04 earned run average and 22 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings, while sophomore Whitney Canion is 1-2 with a 1.59 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 22 innings. The Bruins are 2-0 against the Bears, winning 9-0 in five innings at the 2004 Palm Springs Classic (Feb. 20) and 6-1 at the 2008 Classic (Feb. 23).
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern is 5-5 on the season and holds a 1-3 mark against ranked competition, beating California last weekend at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, while falling to Arizona, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma. The Wildcats ended their stay in Vegas with three straight wins against Cal, UNLV and Utah. Northwestern is batting .225 as a team with 14 home runs and 12 stolen bases, averaging 5.0 runs per game. Sophomore Adrienne Monka (.429) and senior Emily Haug (.407) are 1-2 in hitting, while junior Michelle Batts leads the squad with five home runs and 11 runs batted in. In the circle, junior Jessica Smith is 3-0 with a 1.62 earned run average and 13 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings, while senior Lauren Delaney is 2-3 with a 2.10 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings. The Bruins and the Wildcats have played each of the last four seasons, with UCLA holding an 11-3 all-time advantage and a four-game winning streak. Last season, the Bruins won an offensive slugfest 16-10 in Las Vegas (Feb. 13). Katie Schroeder hit two homers and drove in six, while Andrea Harrison also had two RBI, as Donna Kerr struck out 15. UCLA is 3-0 against Northwestern at the Classic, winning in 2004 (5-1), 2007 (8-6) and 2008 (6-2). The Bruins are 8-1 in neutral-site contests against the Wildcats.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State went 2-3 last weekend at the Stetson Tournament in DeLand, Fla., beating the host squad and Rhode Island but losing three times to Alabama. The Buckeyes, who are 6-4 entering this weekend's play, beat ranked teams Louisville and Baylor during their opening tournament. Ohio State is hitting .281 as a team with 13 home runs and nine steals, averaging 3.9 runs per game. Senior Sam Marder leads the squad with a .462 average, eight home runs and 13 RBI, while senior Courtney Pruner is second with a .438 average, two homers and six runs batted in. Four others are hitting over .300. In the circle, freshman Melanie Nichols is 2-0 with a 1.25 earned run average and 23 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings, while senior Megan Miller is 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 22 innings. The Bruins are 6-0 all-time against the Buckeyes, with three of the meetings coming at neutral sites. In the last matchup, the Bruins won 4-1 at the 2006 Palm Springs Classic (Feb. 24). UCLA has outscored Ohio State 34-1 in its six wins.
MERCY MERCY ME
The Bruins set a school record on Saturday when they posted their fifth-straight, mercy-rule victory against UC Davis (8-0 in six innings). The streak began on Wednesday 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 Friday, 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 last weekend. Eight of the Bruins' 10 victories this season have been run-rule wins. In fact, UCLA has played just two seven-inning contests against Georgia (Feb. 14) and Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20). The Bruins' lone loss was a 13-inning affair to Michigan on Feb. 14.
Megan Langenfeld is off to a torrid start in her last season at UCLA, leading the Bruins with a .586 batting average, 1.172 slugging percentage and .700 on base percentage, tying for the top spot with five homers and seven walks and ranking second with 17 runs batted in. Langenfeld has hits in 10 of 11 games, starting the season with a six-game hitting streak. She ended last weekend with four-consecutive, multiple-hit games and drove in at least two runs in three contests. The senior went 3-for-3 with a grand slam against Cal Poly on Friday and then had a pair of hits in both ends of a Saturday doubleheader with UC Davis and Cal State Northridge. She scored twice, drove in two and had a home run against the Matadors. On Sunday against Portland State, Langenfeld had her second, three-hit game of the weekend with three RBI, two runs scored and a homer. During the Stacy Winsberg Tournament, she went 10-for-14 (.714) with three home runs and 10 runs batted in. Langenfeld also has two-RBI efforts against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), Tennessee (Feb. 13) and in the first game of last Wednesday's doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara, where she went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. In the circle, Langenfeld is 2-1 with a 0.27 earned run average and 19 strikeouts in 26 innings. Half of those innings came against Michigan on Feb. 14 when she tossed a career-high 13 in a hard-luck, 4-2 loss. She allowed only one earned run and six hits while striking out six in a 182-pitch effort. The senior 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. Langenfeld's two wins came against Tennessee (Feb. 13), when she pitched five shutout innings and struck out four, and against UC Davis (Feb. 20), when she tossed six shutout frames with six strikeouts.
You know you've accomplished something when you can put your name alongside that of Olympian Natasha Watley. That is what GiOnna DiSalvatore did last week when she had nine consecutive hits, as the junior hit .682 for the week and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the third time in her career on Tuesday. After posting a hit against Georgia (Feb. 14) during the last game of the opening weekend, DiSalvatore went 7-for-7 in a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. In game one, she went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a double and a walk and followed that up with a 4-for-4 effort in the nightcap. She had a career-high six RBI on a two-run double, an RBI double and a three-run homer. At last weekend's Stacy Winsberg Tournament, DiSalvatore extended her hitting streak to eight games with hits in all five contests. She ran her consecutive-hits streak to nine with a first-inning single against Cal State Northridge on Friday, which tied her with Watley. DiSalvatore fell just one short of the school record of 10 consecutive hits held by Lisa Fernandez and Stacey Nuveman. After producing single hits in the first four games of the tournament, the junior had her second 4-for-4 effort of the week against Portland State on Sunday. She scored three runs and drove in three on a three-run homer in the first inning. DiSalvatore has four multiple-hit and three multi-RBI games, including a 2-for-3, two-RBI performance against Tennessee on Feb. 13. On the year, she is second on the team with a .529 batting average, 12 runs scored and a .579 on base percentage, first with six doubles, third with an .822 slugging percentage and fourth with 14 runs batted in.
Another year, another Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award for Donna Kerr. The junior earned her third career POW honor after tossing 13 scoreless innings with 23 strikeouts in three Bruin wins last week. Kerr allowed only one hit in all three of her appearances, starting the week with three scoreless innings and three strikeouts at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. On Friday against Cal State Northridge, the junior pitched five shutout innings and tied a season high with 11 strikeouts. Kerr closed out the weekend with five more shutout frames and nine strikeouts against Portland State. Kerr is 5-0 on the season with a 0.61 earned run average and 43 strikeouts in 23 innings. During the opening weekend, the junior pitched four shutout innings while striking out 11 against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13) and fanned nine in six innings against Georgia on Feb. 14. Kerr has held opponents to a .104 batting average. Just two weeks into the season, she is tied for first among Pac-10 pitchers in wins and fourth in strikeouts.
TOUCHING `EM ALL
Senior Julie Burney had her own personal home run derby last week, leaving the yard five times, including four at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. Burney had hits and RBI in all seven games last week, batting .500 (10-for-20) with five home runs and 16 runs batted in. The senior opened the weekend with a 3-for-3 effort in the first game of a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. She scored twice, drove in three and hit her first homer of the season. Burney had a pair of RBI in each of her next two games, the nightcap of the UCSB twinbill and against Cal State Northridge on Friday, and then hit her second homer of the week versus Cal Poly later Friday night. Saturday was a big night for Burney, who hit three home runs and drove in seven in a doubleheader with UC Davis and Northridge. Against the Aggies, she hit a three-run homer, and came back in the following game against the Matadors with a solo jack and another three-run shot. She finished the weekend 1-for-4 with an RBI against Portland State to extend her hitting streak to a career-best eight games. Burney has hits in 10 of 11 games this season and RBI in eight of 11. Her 18 runs batted in lead the team and her five home runs are tied for first. She is also third with a .406 batting average and second with a .938 slugging percentage.
After missing last season with a shoulder injury, sophomore Samantha Camuso is picking up right where she left off, hitting .379 through the first two weeks of the season with four home runs and 15 runs batted in, which rank third on the team. Two of her home runs came last Friday at the Stacy Winsberg Tournament, as she went deep against Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly. She drove in three in both contests. Camuso began the week with a 2-for-2, four-RBI effort in the first game of a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara. She homered and also walked twice. The sophomore began the season with hits in each of her first three games, going 2-for-2 with two RBI and a home run against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13) and 1-for-3 with an RBI against Tennessee (Feb. 13). Camuso has started all 11 games at either first base or designated player. She is tied for first on the team with seven walks, third with a .500 on base percentage and fourth with a .793 slugging percentage.
MACON THEM MISS
Sophomore Aleah Macon has added some depth to the pitching staff and holds a 0.44 earned run average, a 2-0 record and 23 strikeouts in 16 innings through the first two weeks of the season. Macon made her first start as a Bruin on Wednesday in the second game of a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara. She allowed an unearned run and two hits while striking out a season-high nine to earn her first win at UCLA. Two days later, she tossed five shutout innings and fanned six to improve to 2-0. Macon allowed her first earned run against Cal State Northridge on Saturday, but still struck out three in three innings of relief. The sophomore made her UCLA debut in Clermont, Fla. two weeks ago and allowed no earned runs and struck out five in two innings of relief. Macon has limited opponents to a .105 batting average.