Six Games in Five Days for Second-Ranked Bruins

Feb. 22, 2011

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Wednesday, Feb. 23
2 p.m. - #2/#3 UCLA at Cal State Northridge
Online Coverage: Gametracker

Friday, Feb. 25
3:30 p.m. - #2/#3 UCLA vs. #4/#5 Florida
Online Coverage: Live Audio | Gametracker

6 p.m. - #2/#3 UCLA vs. #6/#6 Oklahoma
Online Coverage: Live Audio | Gametracker

Saturday, Feb. 26
3 p.m. - #2/#3 UCLA vs. #8/#10 Tennessee
Online Coverage: Live Audio | Gametracker

Sunday, Feb. 27
9 a.m. - #2/#3 UCLA vs. Northwestern
Online Coverage: Live Audio | Gametracker

11 a.m. - #2/#3 UCLA vs. Ohio State
Online Coverage: Live Audio | Gametracker

The defending national champion and second-ranked Bruins will play six times this week, starting Wednesday at Cal State Northridge at 2 p.m. UCLA then heads to the prestigious Cathedral City Classic, where it will play three Top 10 teams in the first two days. On Friday, the Bruins take on #4/#5 Florida at 3:30 p.m. and #6/#6 Oklahoma at 6 p.m., while on Saturday they play #8/#10 Tennessee at 3 p.m. Competition closes on Sunday against Northwestern (9 a.m.) and Ohio State (11 a.m.). All games will be played at Big League Dreams Park Wrigley Field (33-700 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234) and Gametracker and live audio will be available at

The Bruins travel to the Campbell/Cartier Classic next weekend on the campus of San Diego State. UCLA will face BYU and Baylor on Friday, March 4 and San Diego State and Cal Poly on Saturday, March 5.

The Bruins fell to second in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll, earning 702 points and 10 first-place votes. UCLA dropped two spots to third in this week's Softball rankings, receiving 452 points and two first-place nods. UCLA tied Arizona for first in the Pac-10 preseason rankings, with each team receiving four first-place votes and 46 points.

Gametracker will be available for every contest this season at All five games at the Cathedral City Classic will be broadcast online at the links above.

The Matadors own a 4-6 record and went 1-4 at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic last weekend, beating Nevada, but losing to Portland State, BYU, Utah State and Hawai'i. Northridge is hitting .231 as a team with seven home runs, averaging 3.9 runs per game. Three players are hitting over .300, led by freshman Madeline Sale, who is batting .375 with two RBI. Junior Samantha Sloniker is hitting .360 with four RBI, while senior Tracy Allen is batting .321 with six RBI and is tied for the home run lead with two. The Matadors have struggled in the circle, posting an 8.92 earned run average while allowing 8.3 runs per game. Freshman Carly Wade has pitched the most, owning a 1-4 mark and a 6.91 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings. Junior Hannah Fraijo is 2-1 with an 8.17 ERA in 24 innings. Former Bruin and Olympian Tairia Flowers is in her first season at Northridge and is joined on the coaching staff by former Bruins Caitlin Benyi and Natasha Watley. UCLA is 38-9 all-time against Northridge and has won 16 in a row, including a pair of victories last weekend at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. The Bruins claimed a 9-0, five-inning win on Feb. 19 and a 7-2 triumph on Feb. 20. UCLA is 14-4 in Northridge, last playing there on March 25, 2006, a 1-0 Bruin victory. The Matadors' last win against the Bruins was a doubleheader sweep at Northridge on April 15, 1998.

The Gators are 9-0 after sweeping nationally-ranked North Carolina in a three-game series in Gainesville last weekend by scores of 3-0, 9-0 and 10-0. Florida is hitting .386 as a team with 20 home runs, averaging 9.1 runs per game. Five players are hitting .400 or better, led by junior Michelle Moultrie, who is batting .536 with a homer, five RBI and five stolen bases. Senior Aja Paculba is hitting .452 and is tied for the team lead with four homers to go with 12 RBI, senior Megan Bush and freshman Kasey Fagan are each batting .450 and sophomore Brittany Schutte is hitting .400. In the circle, the Gators have allowed only three runs in 53 innings, but none by senior Stephanie Brombacher, who is perfect in 31 innings with 35 strikeouts and a 6-0 record. Freshman Hannah Rogers is 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 21 innings. Tim Walton is in his sixth year at Florida and holds a record of 284-67. The Bruins lead the all-time series against the Gators 3-1 and defeated them in the opening game of the 2010 Women's College World Series. UCLA set a school postseason record with 16 runs in a 16-3, six-inning win. The triumph exacted revenge against the Gators, who ended the Bruins' season in 2008 in Oklahoma City by a 2-0 score. UCLA's other two victories came at Easton Stadium in 2002 and 2007.

The Sooners (11-1) are coming off a 5-0 weekend at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. Oklahoma knocked off New Mexico State twice, as well as Southern Utah, Sam Houston State and Louisiana-Monroe. During the opening weekend in Tempe, Ariz., the Sooners run-ruled Arizona and fell 4-3 to Arizona State. Oklahoma is hitting .399 as a team with 23 home runs, averaging 9.4 runs per game. Sophomore Jessica Shults is tearing the cover off the ball, leading the squad with a .538 average, nine homers and 29 RBI. Four others are hitting above .400, including freshmen Destinee Martinez (.476, 8 RBI, 4 SB) and Brittany Williams (.467, 7 HR, 19 RBI). Sophomore Keilani Ricketts is a dual threat for Oklahoma. In the circle, she is 5-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 30 innings, while at the plate, she is hitting .435 with three homers and 10 RBI. Sophomore Michelle Gascoigne has pitched the second most for Oklahoma and is 3-1 with a 2.71 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings. Patty Gasso is in her 17th year at Oklahoma and holds a record of 785-251-2. The Bruins are 7-2 all-time against the Sooners, but lost the last meeting at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in 2008. After UCLA had defeated Oklahoma 6-1 in Donna Kerr's first collegiate start on Feb. 8, the Sooners bounced back with a 7-0 victory two days later. UCLA is 4-1 in neutral-site matchups with Oklahoma.

The Lady Vols continue their West Coast swing this weekend, bringing in a 9-2 record after a 4-2 mark in Las Vegas. Tennessee beat Cal Poly, Boise State, SIU Edwardsville and Southern Utah, while falling to UNLV and Stanford. Tennessee is hitting .428 as a team with 18 homers and 25 stolen bases, averaging 10.3 runs per game. Every starter is hitting .375 or better, led by junior Shelby Burchell, who leads the team with a .538 average, four homers and 17 RBI. Sophomores Raven Chavanne (.500, 2 HR, 10 RBI) and Kat Dotson (.464, 2 HR, 16 RBI) are tied for the team lead with seven stolen bases. In the circle, junior Cat Hosfield is 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings, freshman Ellen Renfroe is 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 24 innings and her sister and sophomore Ivy Renfroe is 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings. Co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly are in their 10th season at the helm of Tennessee and have a record of 474-152-2. The Bruins lead the all-time series 6-3 and beat the Lady Vols last season 11-1 in six innings on Feb. 13 in Clermont, Fla. Tennessee's most recent triumph was a 6-1 victory at the 2007 Cathedral City Classic. All nine meetings have been at neutral sites.

The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 4-3 mark after going 1-1 during a rain-shortened San Diego Classic. Northwestern bested UC Davis, but lost to Washington. During the opening weekend in Tempe, Ariz., the Wildcats also lost to nationally-ranked teams Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Northwestern is hitting .309 as a team with three homers and 15 stolen bases, averaging 5.9 runs per game. Sophomore Emily Allard leads the team with a .560 average and seven stolen bases. Four others are hitting above .300, including junior Adrienne Monka, who is batting .389 with two homers and nine RBI. Sophomore Meghan Lamberth is 4-0 in the circle with a 3.17 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings, while senior Jessica Smith has pitched a team-high 22 1/3 innings with 17 strikeouts, an 0-3 mark and a 4.39 ERA. Kate Drohan is in her 10th year at Northwestern and holds a 338-160-1 record. The Bruins are 12-3 all-time against the Wildcats and have won five straight, including a 10-5, eight-inning victory last year in Cathedral City. The Bruins are 9-1 against the Wildcats in neutral-site matchups. Northwestern's last win was a 3-1, eight-inning victory in Oklahoma City in 2006.

The Buckeyes, nationally ranked to start the season, have struggled to a 4-6 record. Ohio State went 2-3 last weekend at the South Alabama Tournament in Mobile, beating Southeastern Louisiana and Evansville, but falling to UT-Chattanooga, South Alabama and Tennessee-Martin. The Buckeyes are hitting .289 as a team with 10 homers, averaging 5.3 runs per game. Junior Alicia Herron is batting .469 with two homers, eight RBI and five stolen bases, while senior Dee Dee Hillman is hitting .424 with four RBI and five steals. In the circle, freshman Kasie Kelly is 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 36 innings, while senior Karisa Medrano is 1-4 with a 5.25 ERA and nine strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings. Linda Kalafatis is in her 15th year at Ohio State and holds a record of 497-304. The Bruins are 6-1 all-time against the Buckeyes, with Ohio State posting its first win last year in Cathedral City by a 7-0 score. UCLA's last win was a 4-1 triumph in Cathedral City in 2006. The Bruins are 3-1 in neutral-site contests against the Buckeyes.

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