April 7, 2009
Friday, April 10
1 p.m. - #3 Washington at #7 UCLA
Saturday, April 11
1 p.m. - #3 Washington at #7 UCLA
Gametracker and live audio at UCLABruins.com
BRUINS HOST WASHINGTON FOR TWO ON EASTER WEEKEND
The seventh-ranked Bruins (27-8, 2-4 Pac-10) resume their Pac-10 schedule on Friday and Saturday when they host third-ranked Washington (31-5, 4-2) at Easton Stadium. First pitch for both days is at 1 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available for each contest at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins open a seven-game road trip next weekend, traveling to the Oregon schools. UCLA faces Oregon State in Corvallis on Friday, April 17 at 3 p.m. before heading to Eugene to take on Oregon for two contests on Saturday, April 18 (1 p.m.) and Sunday, April 19 (12 p.m.). Gametracker and live audio will be available for each contest at UCLABruins.com.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins dropped two spots in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA rankings. UCLA went from fifth to seventh in the USA Softball poll and from seventh to ninth in the NFCA poll.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
Fans can follow UCLA all season long on UCLABruins.com. Gametracker will be featured for all Bruin contests, as will live audio (except 4/25) with Darren Preston (home games) and James Ybiernas (road games) at the call.
BRUINS ON THE TUBE
The Bruins will appear on television once more during the regular season on April 25 at Arizona State. The game has been changed to a 1 p.m. start to accommodate TV and will be likely shown live.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
UCLA is ranked in the Top 15 nationally in six statistical categories, including second in fielding percentage (.979) and sixth in runs per game (6.40) and slugging (.540). The Bruins are also eighth in doubles per game (1.63), tied for ninth with 45 home runs and 14th in batting average (.315). Individually, junior Kaila Shull is fifth in the nation in RBI per game (1.29), tied for first with five sacrifice flies and 47th with a .733 slugging percentage. Sophomore Katie Schroeder is 16th in on base percentage (.541), tied for 17th in walks per game (0.77) and 18th in runs per game (1.06). Senior Amanda Kamekona is tied for eighth in doubles per game at 0.40 and sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore is 20th in runs per game at 1.03. In the circle, sophomore Donna Kerr is 14th with 191 strikeouts and tied for 27th with 15 wins. Junior Megan Langenfeld is tied for 25th with two saves. All statistics were as of games completed on April 5.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
The Bruins continue to pace Pac-10 Conference teams in fielding percentage, ranking first with a .979 percentage. As a team, UCLA is also second in pitching strikeouts (296), sacrifice bunts (26) and offensive hit by pitches (33), third in batting average (.315), slugging (.540), on base percentage (.417), runs scored (224), runs batted in (210), home runs (45), total bases (499) and walks (135) and fourth in doubles (57) and earned run average (2.69). Individually, junior Kaila Shull is in the Pac-10 Top 10 in nine offensive categories, including first in sacrifice flies with five. She is also fourth in RBI with 45, sixth in slugging (.733), tied for eighth with eight home runs and ninth in batting average at .390. Sophomore Katie Schroeder is ranked in eight categories, including second in on base percentage (.541), tied for fourth with 27 walks, sixth with 15 stolen bases, tied for sixth with nine home runs and eighth in average (.398). Senior Amanda Kamekona is third in doubles with 14, while sophomore Monica Harrison is tied for fourth with six sacrifice bunts. In the circle, junior Megan Langenfeld is fourth with a 1.48 ERA and second with a .130 opposing batting average. Sophomore Donna Kerr is third with 191 strikeouts and fifth with 15 wins.
BRUINS DIG THE LONG BALL
The Bruins have gone three straight games without a home run, but still rank third among Pac-10 teams and tied for ninth in the nation in bombs with 45. UCLA has just two homers in its last seven games and its current homerless streak is the second longest this season (4 games - Feb. 27-March 1). The Bruins have already hit nine more home runs than all of last year. Sophomore Katie Schroeder leads the way with nine, junior Kaila Shull has eight and senior Amanda Kamekona and sophomore Monica Harrison have six apiece. Every Bruin regular has belted at least two home runs this season. The Bruins have hit a home run in 23 of their 35 games this year and at least two in a game 12 times. They hit a season-best four home runs in wins against UNLV (Feb. 13), South Dakota State (Feb. 15) and North Carolina State (Feb. 21). UCLA set a school record by hitting a home run in 14 consecutive games to start the season. The previous school best was nine, set in 2002 (April 27-May 16) and 2004 (Feb. 20-March 5).
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Washington swept the Arizona schools last weekend to improve to 4-2 in Pac-10 play and 31-5 overall. The Huskies no-hit Arizona in a 6-0 victory last Friday before defeating Arizona State 11-3 in five innings on Saturday and 3-2 on Sunday. Ashley Charters, the team's leading hitter, belted a walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh in the weekend finale to secure the three-game sweep. Charters is batting .462 with six home runs, 22 runs batted in and a team-high 24 stolen bases. Senior Ashlyn Watson leads the club with seven home runs and 29 runs batted in, batting .382. Two other players, freshman Kimi Pohlman (.375) and sophomore Morgan Stuart (.344) are also batting above .300. As a team, the Huskies are hitting .312 with 31 home runs and 50 stolen bases, averaging 5.6 runs per game. Through the first six Pac-10 contests, the Huskies are batting .306 with three homers and 11 stolen bases, averaging 4.8 runs per game. Charters is batting .565 (13-for-23) in conference, while Pohlman is hitting .421 (8-for-19). Both have four stolen bases. In the circle, four-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Danielle Lawrie leads the way. The junior has tossed every inning during Pac-10 Conference play and overall on the year is 22-3 with a 0.57 earned run average and 267 strikeouts in 170 2/3 innings.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-WASHINGTON
UCLA swept the season series with Washington last season to improve to 41-21 all-time against the Huskies. The Bruins are 17-9 at home against Washington, but have split the last eight with the Huskies at Easton Stadium. Last year in Westwood on April 2, the Bruins benefitted from 10 Washington walks, the last of which to GiOnna DiSalvatore with the bases loaded gave UCLA a 7-6, eight-inning victory. Samantha Camuso and Kaila Shull each drove in a pair. In the first game in Seattle on April 18, DiSalvatore and Katie Schroeder each had two hits and senior Amanda Kamekona homered to help the Bruins to a 2-1 win. UCLA finished the sweep one day later with a 4-0 victory. Megan Langenfeld tossed five innings of one-hit ball, striking out five to earn the win, and also had a two-run single at the plate. The Huskies last beat the Bruins on April 25, 2007 in Seattle (8-3) and most recently won in Westwood on April 7, 2007 by an 8-6 score.
Senior Amanda Kamekona had hits in all three games last weekend to extend her hitting streak to nine. Kamekona is batting .424 (14-for-33) during the streak with six runs batted in, seven runs scored and four doubles. She scored runs in both games against Arizona and stole a pair of bases in Saturday's contest. On the season, Kamekona is third on the team with a .350 batting average, 28 runs scored, a .610 slugging percentage and eight stolen bases, first with 14 doubles and 43 hits, second with 28 runs batted in and tied for third with six home runs. She is batting a team-best .409 during Pac-10 play. Kamekona's current nine-game hit streak is just two shy of her season-best mark of 11 that she set from Feb. 15-28. During that stretch, the senior hit .425 with 12 RBI, 11 runs scored, eight doubles and four home runs. She had multiple-hit games five times during the streak, including a 3-for-4 effort against Utah (Feb. 27). On the year, Kamekona is tied for third on the squad in multiple-hit and multiple-RBI contests. Four of her multi-hit games have been three-hit affairs (San Diego, March 1; UC Santa Barbara, March 24; California, March 28). The senior had a season-high five RBI and a home run in the first game of a doubleheader against UCSB and totaled four on her first career grand slam on Feb. 21 against North Carolina State. Kamekona also had three RBI against Northwestern (Feb. 13), belting her first home run of the year versus the Wildcats, and drove in three at San Diego. She has also left the yard against South Dakota State (Feb. 15), Alabama (Feb. 20) and Maryland (Feb. 22). In the runs department, Kamekona has touched home plate in 24 of the Bruins' 35 games, scoring in seven straight contests from Feb. 21-28. She has scored twice in a contest four times.
Junior Kaila Shull has been named one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award and continues to lead the Bruins in runs batted in with 45. She also leads the squad with five sacrifice flies and a .733 slugging percentage, is second in average (.390) and home runs (8) and third with eight doubles and a .430 on base percentage. The UCLA cleanup hitter had singles against Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Saturday, driving in a run against the Wildcats. Shull has hits in eight of her last 12 games, batting .351 (13-for-37) during that stretch with 13 RBI and three home runs. She had a season-long, eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 22-March 6, going 13-for-25 (.520) with 15 runs batted in. The team leader in multiple-hit games with 13 and multi-RBI contests with 12, Shull has a trio of three-hit performances this year. She went 3-for-3 against Colorado State (Feb. 27), FIU (March 6) and Syracuse (March 7), also posting two hits in 10 more games. Shull tied a career high with four RBI against San Diego State (Feb. 8) and Simon Fraser (Feb. 17). In the game against SDSU, she hit a walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning and against Simon Fraser, the junior tied a career best with two home runs. Shull had three straight games with three RBI against Fresno State (Feb. 22), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25) and Utah (Feb. 27), belting home runs in the latter two, and has since added three-RBI efforts against FIU and UC Santa Barbara (March 24), homering against the Gauchos. Shull also has homers against Longwood (March 8) and Notre Dame (March 10). Defensively, the catcher holds a .996 fielding percentage after making her first error of the season on Sunday. Along with making just one miscue in 258 chances, Shull has committed only one passed ball behind home plate.
Sophomore Katie Schroeder moved back to the top of the order last weekend and it immediately paid dividends, as she produced a pair of two-hit games. Schroeder had a great two-game set against Arizona, going 2-for-4 with a run scored on Saturday and 2-for-3 with two RBI on Sunday. She carries a five-game hitting streak into this weekend's games, batting .467 (7-for-15) with four runs scored. Hitting .389 in conference games, Schroeder leads the Bruins overall with a .398 batting average, nine home runs, 37 runs scored, 27 walks, a .541 on base percentage and 15 stolen bases. She is also second in runs batted in (25) and slugging (.699). Schroeder is one homer away from becoming the sixth Bruin to post at least 10 home runs and 10 steals in the same season. Yvonne Gutierrez (1992), Christie Ambrosi (1999), Lyndsey Klein (2000), Natasha Watley (2003) and Andrea Duran (2006) are all members of the exclusive club. Schroeder got her ninth jack on March 10 against Notre Dame with a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning. The homer extended Schroeder's hitting streak to seven games, marking the second time this season she had hit safely in at least seven straight. The sophomore had an 11-game hitting streak to start the season in which she batted .457 (16-for-35) with six home runs, 13 RBI and 15 runs scored. Six of Schroeder's nine homers came during the opening two weekends. She left the yard in each of her first three games against Purdue (Feb. 7), Indiana (Feb. 7) and Cal Poly (Feb. 8). She then went deep twice against Northwestern on Feb. 13, recording a career-high six runs batted in to become just the 10th player in UCLA history to drive in at least half a dozen runs in a single contest. The sophomore also has homers against Kentucky (Feb. 14), North Carolina State (Feb. 21) and Iowa (March 6), belting a walk-off shot in the eighth inning against the Hawkeyes. Schroeder has crossed home plate twice 11 times this season. Along with scoring the runs, Schroeder has been driving them in, posting six multiple-RBI games. The sophomore drove in five on March 1 at San Diego and has two-RBI games against Indiana, Simon Fraser (Feb. 17) and Iowa. She also has 10 multiple-hit efforts, going 3-for-4 against Maryland on Feb. 22 and 3-for-4 against San Diego.
On Sunday, the Bruins spelled relief L-A-N-G-E-N-F-E-L-D. Down 2-0 to Arizona in the second, junior Megan Langenfeld tossed 5 2/3 innings of hitless relief, striking out six as UCLA came back to win 3-2. She retired 17 of the 18 batters she faced, only giving up a third-inning walk and setting down the final 13 batters of the game. It has been a great start to Pac-10 play for Langenfeld, who during the opening weekend became the school's all-time saves leader and then drove in six runs in two games against California. On March 27 at Stanford, Langenfeld pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief to earn her second save of the year and eighth of her career to surpass Lisa Longaker for first on UCLA's all-time list. The next day at Cal, Langenfeld did it with her bat, going 3-for-4 with a career-high four runs batted in. She singled in three straight at-bats in as many innings, driving in a pair on base knocks in the third and fourth. In the weekend finale, Langenfeld got the Bruins on the board with an RBI single in the first, delivering again in the fifth with another RBI base hit. She reached in all four plate appearances, walking in her other two at-bats. With the 5-for-6 performance in Berkeley, Langenfeld raised her season average 47 points. On the year, she is hitting .253 with two home runs and 18 runs batted in. Langenfeld has five multiple-hit games this season, going 3-for-3 with two RBI against Fresno State on Feb. 22. The junior also had two-hit games against Cal Poly (Feb. 8) and UNLV (Feb. 13), homering against the Rebels. In the circle, Langenfeld is 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. While 13 of her 15 appearances have been in relief, Langenfeld has been solid in her two starts, allowing no earned runs in 7 1/3 innings while striking out eight against San Diego State on Feb. 8 and throwing six perfect innings against Maryland on Feb. 22. Langenfeld settled for a one-hitter against the Terps, fanning six and also hitting a homer at the plate. On the defensive side of things, Langenfeld has yet to commit an error in 103 chances.
NO STOPPING THIS SHORTSTOP
Sophomore Monica Harrison continued her hot hitting through the first two weeks of Pac-10 play, going 3-for-8 last weekend and driving in the go-ahead run in the Bruins' 3-2 win over Arizona on Sunday. Tied at two in the third, Harrison clutched up with two outs, singling in Amanda Kamekona to give the Bruins the lead. Harrison is batting .375 in six league games and got off to a great start to her Pac-10 campaign on March 27 at Stanford. She went 2-for-3 with four RBI, which tied a career high. Harrison launched a three-run homer in the second and drove in another run on a single in the seventh. She has reached base in all six conference contests and has hits in nine of her last 14 games, batting .333 (13-for-39) during that stretch. On the year, the sophomore is hitting .293 with 19 runs batted in and six home runs, which is tied for third on the team. She is also first on the club with six sacrifice hits and fourth with 20 runs scored. Harrison posted her first career two-homer game against South Dakota State on Feb. 15, tying a personal best with four runs batted in. She has also left the yard against UNLV (Feb. 13), North Carolina State (Feb. 21) and FIU (March 6). She has five multiple-RBI contests this season, recording three against UNLV and two against both North Carolina State and FIU. Harrison has produced at least two hits in a game seven times, going 3-for-4 at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 25. One of the slickest-fielding shortstops in the Pac-10, Harrison has committed just three errors in 85 chances.
Andrea Harrison is quickly proving why she was one of the most highly-touted freshmen entering the collegiate game this year. Harrison is one of five Bruins batting over .300, entering this weekend's play at .324. She is also tied for fourth on the team with 23 runs batted in. Harrison has hits in five straight games and 10 of 12, batting .406 (13-for-32) with five RBI since March 7. On March 28 and 29 at California, Harrison reached base in six of her nine plate appearances on two singles and four walks, also laying down a sacrifice bunt in another at-bat. She is second on the team in both multiple-hit games with 11 and multi-RBI contests with eight. All of her multiple-hit contests have been two-hit affairs, including three consecutive, two-hit games against San Diego State (Feb. 8), UNLV (Feb. 13) and Northwestern (Feb. 13). Harrison has a pair of three-RBI games against UNLV and Longwood (March 8). She also has two-RBI efforts against San Diego State, Northwestern, Simon Fraser (Feb. 17), Maryland (Feb. 22), Colorado State (Feb. 27) and Syracuse (March 7). Harrison has four home runs this season. Her first career bomb was a memorable one. Against San Diego State, the Bruins were trailing 2-0 with one out in the eighth inning, but Harrison tied it up with a two-run shot to send the game into a ninth frame. The freshman has also left the yard against UNLV, Kentucky (Feb. 14) and Maryland.
The walk from home plate to the dugout must be a lonely one for opposing hitters as 191 people have experienced this season against sophomore Donna Kerr, who notched her eighth double-figure strikeout game of the year on March 24 against UC Santa Barbara. Kerr holds a 15-6 record this season with a 2.99 earned run average in 135 2/3 innings. In the Bruins' Pac-10 opener against Stanford on March 27, Kerr tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out five for her 15th win of the season. During conference play, she has also posted a six-strikeout game against Arizona State last Friday and a seven-strikeout contest against Arizona on Saturday. Kerr set a new career high in strikeouts with 16 against San Diego on March 1. She also had a 15-strikeout game against Northwestern (Feb. 13), 12 against Utah (Feb. 27), 11 versus Notre Dame (March 10) and 10 against Purdue (Feb. 7), Cal Poly (Feb. 8) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25). Kerr received Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors on March 3 after going 4-0 with a 1.91 earned run average and 41 strikeouts in 22 innings from Feb. 25-March 1. Five of Kerr's 15 wins have come against ranked teams (San Diego State - Feb. 8, Northwestern, Alabama - Feb. 20, Fresno State - Feb. 22 and Stanford).
Freshman Dani Yudin had hits in each of the Arizona games last weekend and has reached base in nine straight contests dating back to March 8. Over her last nine, Yudin has reached 10 times on seven hits and three walks to raise her batting average to .241. She opened Pac-10 play with a 2-for-3 performance against Stanford on March 27. Her single in the second inning keyed a two-out rally that led to three runs, one of which she scored. One day later, she reached base on a leadoff single in the fifth against Cal and also got on via a walk in the weekend finale. The freshman has four multiple-hit games this season, posting two hits against Indiana (Feb. 7), Maryland (Feb. 22) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25). Against the Titans, Yudin drove in three and hit a home run. Her first career bomb came four days earlier when she belted a three-run jack against North Carolina State (Feb. 21). Yudin also had a two-RBI game at San Diego State on Feb. 28. Yudin has 11 runs batted in this season to go along with a .394 on base percentage and is second on the team with 18 walks.
BAKER COOKING WITH GAS
Redshirt sophomore Whitney Baker brings an 8-2 overall record into this weekend's action, holding a 2.87 earned run average and 61 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings. The junior has won eight of her 12 starts, including victories in six consecutive appearances from Feb. 17 to March 8. At the San Diego Classic (Feb. 27-March 1), Baker had two of her best games of the season, striking out a career-high 12 over six innings in a one-hit performance against Colorado State (Feb. 27) and fanning 10 in a complete-game, three-hit victory against #12 Missouri (March 1). Baker has also picked up wins against Indiana (Feb. 7), UNLV (Feb. 13), Simon Fraser (Feb. 17), North Carolina State (Feb. 21), FIU (March 6) and Longwood (March 8). The junior has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of her 12 starts. On March 12, the NCAA granted Baker another year of eligibility after she applied for a medical hardship waiver for her 2008 season. Baker tossed only three innings during her true sophomore campaign due to injuries. She began this season as a junior on the roster, but will be referred to as a redshirt sophomore for the remainder of the season.
JB AT 3B
Junior Julie Burney jumpstarted the Bruin offense on Sunday against Arizona, starting a two-out rally in the second inning with a double and later coming around to score UCLA's first run. Burney hit her fifth home run of the season on March 29 against California, belting a three-run shot in the fifth inning. The bomb snapped an 0-for-11 drought and gave Burney her fifth multiple-RBI game this season. The junior's career high in RBI came on Feb. 15 against South Dakota State when she had four thanks to her first career grand slam. She also had two-RBI contests against Massachusetts (Feb. 21), Fresno State (Feb. 22) and Longwood (March 8), homering against UMass and Longwood. Burney's first jack of the season came at UNLV on Feb. 13. The junior has produced multiple hits in seven games, notching a season-high three at San Diego on March 1. She also has two-hit contests against Indiana (Feb. 7), Cal Poly (Feb. 8), Michigan (Feb. 14), South Dakota State, Fresno State and Notre Dame (March 10). On the year, Burney is batting .263 with 16 runs batted in and 16 runs scored. Along with her prowess at the plate, Burney has been just as steady at third base, committing just two errors in 114 chances at the hot corner.
Sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore ranks fourth on the team with a .333 batting average, second with 33 runs scored and 11 doubles and tied for fourth with 23 runs batted in. DiSalvatore missed last weekend's games due to an academic situation. Her status for this weekend against Washington will be updated later in the week. DiSalvatore recently had a career-best, nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 27 to March 8 in which she hit .552 (16-for-29) with eight RBI, 10 runs scored, five doubles and two triples. The sophomore posted her first career four-hit contest against Longwood on March 8, scoring three times, driving in two and falling a homer shy of a cycle with a single, a double and two triples. She also has three-hit games against Michigan (Feb. 14) and Colorado State (Feb. 27) and five more two-hit contests to give her eight multiple-hit games this season. In the RBI department, DiSalvatore has driven in multiple runs seven times and three runs on four occasions against Michigan, Kentucky (Feb. 14), Simon Fraser (Feb. 17) and Utah (Feb. 27). She has also scored at least twice in a game 10 times, including two runs or more in five straight contests from Feb. 13-17. DiSalvatore has recorded three home runs this year against Michigan, Kentucky and Simon Fraser. She is first on the team in triples with three, third with 17 walks and a .433 on base percentage and fourth with a .588 slugging.
INOUYE-PEREZ REACHES 100 WINS
Third-year head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez won her 100th career game on Feb. 22 against Maryland. Inouye-Perez accomplished the feat in just 129 games. Sue Enquist, as co-head coach with Sharron Backus, reached her 100th win in 1990 after 109 games. Backus reached the 100-win mark in 1980 after 132 contests.
NEWS AND NOTES
Three Bruins saw time at new positions last weekend. Sophomore Amy Crawford played first base on Friday and Sunday, making two putouts against Arizona State and four against Arizona. Freshman Dani Yudin played right field during the third inning of Friday's contest, while sophomore Donna Kerr also played in right for the last 5 2/3 innings of Sunday's game. Neither Yudin or Kerr saw a ball come their way ... Crawford has started 12 games this season, including all three last weekend. She has reached base 11 times in 32 plate appearances on two singles, a double, four walks and four hit by pitches ... freshman Marti Reed had a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning of Saturday's game against Arizona. Her other hit came on Feb. 15 against South Dakota State when she made her first collegiate start at designated player ... sophomore Grace Murray scored her 10th run of the season on Sunday against the Wildcats. She has crossed home plate in seven of her last 13 pinch-running appearances ... sophomore Lauren Mirabal was caught stealing for just the second time this season against Arizona State on Friday, but has still swiped 9-of-11 in 2009 and 17-of-19 in two years.