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12th-Ranked Bruins Travel to #5 Arizona State
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/03/2012

April 3, 2012

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Thursday, April 5
7 p.m. - #13/#12 UCLA at #7/#5 Arizona State
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio | Live Updates
TV: Fox Sports Arizona

Friday, April 6
7 p.m. - #13/#12 UCLA at #7/#5 Arizona State
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio | Live Updates

Saturday, April 7
12 p.m. - #13/#12 UCLA at #7/#5 Arizona State
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio | Live Updates
TV: Fox Sports Arizona

BRUINS TRAVEL TO ARIZONA STATE FOR THREE-GAME SET
The 12th-ranked Bruins (25-7, 2-1 Pac-12) head to Tempe for a three-game series against #5 Arizona State (32-4, 4-1). Game times are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m. Gametracker and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.

ON DECK
UCLA has a busy week with six games in six days against quality competition next week. The Bruins first host #14 Stanford in a three-game series at Easton Stadium, with a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 10 (5 p.m.) and a single contest on Wednesday, April 11 (12 p.m.). UCLA then heads to Seattle to face fourth-ranked Washington on Friday, April 13 (6 p.m.), Saturday, April 14 (4 p.m.) and Sunday, April 15 (12 p.m.). Gametracker and free audio will be available for all six games at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.

BRUINS IN THE POLLS
For the second straight week, the Bruins moved up in both national polls. UCLA went from 14th to 12th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings, earning 44 more points. The Bruins moved up one spot from 14th to 13th in this week's USA Today/NFCA poll, receiving five additional points.

BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Through games played on April 1, the Bruins are the nation's leader in batting average at .376 and slugging percentage at .629. UCLA is eight points ahead of second-place Texas in batting average and 35 points ahead of second-place Alabama in slugging. The Bruins are also in the Top 15 in four other categories, ranking second in runs per game (7.75), fifth in doubles (56), sixth in home runs (49) and tied for 11th in triples (10). Individually, freshman Stephany LaRosa is in the Top 50 in five categories, ranking tied for 14th in runs batted in (38), 23rd in batting average (.436), tied for 26th in home runs (10), 27th in slugging (.809) and tied for 27th in triples (3). Junior B.B. Bates is 25th in slugging (.812), tied for 26th in home runs (10) and 40th in batting average (.426), while senior Katie Schroeder is tied for 12th in runs scored (38), 19th in on base percentage (.538) and tied for 41st in batting average (.423). Senior Samantha Camuso is tied for 27th in triples (3) and 34th in slugging (.788), senior Dani Yudin is 24th in on base percentage (.538) and tied for 29th in walks (26) and sophomore Jessica Hall is tied for eighth in saves (3).

NEWS AND NOTES
Along with their Pac-12-best .376 batting average (through April 1), the Bruins are also first in the conference in slugging (.629), on base percentage (.456), hits (331), doubles (56) and total bases (554). The full listing of UCLA team and individual standings in the Pac-12 is available on page five of this release ... UCLA saw its season-best, 12-game winning streak snapped on Sunday ... the Bruins are 20-0 this season when scoring at least six runs (have won 87 straight when scoring 6+) and 16-0 when limiting their opponent to two runs or fewer ... the Bruins are 15-0 when leading after five innings and 14-0 when leading after six. Since 2008, UCLA is 137-1 when ahead after five (only loss vs. Florida, 2/25/11) and 126-1 when ahead after six (Washington, 4/23/11) ... UCLA is 9-0 when it doesn't make an error in a game ... the Bruins are 18-3 when hitting a home run ... 24 of the Bruins' 49 home runs have been solo shots. 17 of the 49 have been leadoff homers. The third inning has been the best for homers, as the Bruins have 14 ... senior Katie Schroeder is in the UCLA career top 10 in five categories, ranking third in runs scored (178) and stolen bases (45), fourth in walks (105) and hit by pitches (28) and eighth in batting average (.372). Senior Andrea Harrison is listed six times, coming in at fourth in slugging (.654), fifth in home runs (47), tied for sixth in runs batted in (167), seventh in total bases (415) and tied for seventh in doubles (45) and hit by pitches (17). Senior Dani Yudin is fifth in walks (104) and tied for seventh in hit by pitches (17) and on base percentage (.442), while senior Samantha Camuso is 10th in slugging (.590) ... freshman Ally Carda has earned a win and produced a pair of hits in the same game five times (Loyola Marymount, Fordham, Pittsburgh, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly) ... Camuso has two separate hitting streaks of seven and one of five ... sophomore Talee Snow has set a career high by reaching base in 13 straight games, recording hits in 10 of those contests ... freshman Stephany LaRosa had nine of her 10 home runs and 28 of her team-high 38 RBI during the month of March ... sophomore Jessica Hall is just 12 strikeouts away (103) from surpassing last year's total of 114 ... Harrison played in her 200th-career game on Saturday against Oregon State ... junior B.B. Bates has hits in 16 of her last 17 games (seven in a row) and RBI in six straight ... sophomore Kellie Fox holds a six-game hitting streak, in which she is batting .526 (10-for-19) with five RBI ... Schroeder has reached base in 30 of 32 contests ... Yudin has drawn a walk in 20 of her 32 games and reached base in 28 contests.

SCOUTING THE ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
The Sun Devils are 4-1 in Pac-12 play (32-4 overall) after splitting a doubleheader at Oregon last Saturday (L, 3-0 and W, 7-4). Sunday's series finale in Eugene was rained out. Arizona State swept rival Arizona in Tempe to open conference play (March 23-25). The defending national champions are hitting .340 as a team with 53 home runs and 45 stolen bases, averaging 7.4 runs per game. Sophomore Alix Johnson leads the club with a .463 batting average and nine doubles to go with five home runs, 23 runs batted in and five stolen bases. Senior Katelyn Boyd is the team leader in homers (14), RBI (39), walks (30) and steals (16), placing second in average (.448), while sophomore Bailey Wigness is third with a .429 average to go with six steals and 12 RBI. Freshman Elizabeth Caporuscio is just under the .400 mark at .384 with 11 homers and 35 RBI. Freshman Haley Steele has heated up in Pac-12 play, as the .272 season hitter is 8-for-16 (.500) with two homers and eight RBI. In the circle, senior Hillary Bach is 15-0 with a 1.13 earned run average and 64 strikeouts in 87 innings. Sophomore Mackenzie Popescue is 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings, while sophomore Dallas Escobedo is 12-3 with a 2.44 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 94 2/3 frames.

THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. THE SUN DEVILS
UCLA leads the all-time series with Arizona State 89-28 and is 39-13 in games played in Tempe, but the Sun Devils won two of three against the Bruins last season in the desert (April 15-17). A first-inning grand slam for Kellie Fox held up in UCLA's 4-1 victory in the series opener, but they would be the last runs to cross home plate for the visitors, as Arizona State won 2-0 and 5-0 to win the weekend. After the Bruins had won 11 in a row in the series from 2003 to 2006, the Sun Devils have claimed 11 of the last 16, including five of six.


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