SECOND-RANKED BRUINS HONOR SENIORS, HOST STANFORD
The second-ranked Bruins host Senior Weekend at Easton Stadium this weekend as Stanford comes to Westwood for a three-game series. Friday’s game, which will be televised on Pac-12 Networks, will start at 7 p.m. Saturday’s ESPNU contest begins at 3 p.m., while Sunday’s game, which will air on ESPN, will start at 12 p.m. Live stats will also be available for all three games at UCLABruins.com. Seniors Jessica Hall and Alyssa Tiumalu will be honored prior to Sunday's game in a ceremony beginning around 11:45 a.m.
Tickets for Friday and Saturday's games are still available and it is recommended fans currently without tickets buy them in advance, either online or by calling 310-UCLA-WIN. Tickets will also be available the day of the game at the Easton Stadium ticket office 90 minutes prior to first pitch. All seats are general admission, first-come first-served. Gates open 90 minutes prior to first pitch. Approximately 100 tickets remain for Saturday's contest. In the event seats become available during the course of the game, every effort will be made for fans to purchase tickets, however nothing is guaranteed. Sunday's game is sold out.
UCLA travels to Arizona State next weekend for a three-game series (Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m., Friday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 10 at 3:30 p.m.). All three games will air live on Pac-12 Networks. On Sunday, May 11, the Bruins will learn where their postseason begins when ESPNU airs the NCAA Selection Show at 7 p.m.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins remained the unanimous No. 2 team in this week’s USA Today/NFCA poll, picking up all 32 second-place nods. It is the fourth straight week UCLA has been second in the NFCA rankings. In this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, the Bruins are second for the third week in a row, but dropped two points in the balloting. The Bruins were ranked fourth in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, receiving 42 points.
Junior Ally Carda has started six different positions for the Bruins this season, making 24 starts in the circle, eight at first base, six in left field, five in center, three at designated player and two in right field. Freshman Gabrielle Maurice has started at four different spots, 16 in center, 14 in left, two at second and one in right. Five other Bruins have started three different positions, seniors Jessica Hall (17 at DP, 17 at P, 9 at 1B) and Alyssa Tiumalu (27 in RF, 8 at 1B and 5 at DP), juniors Stephany LaRosa (18 at C, 13 at 1B, 9 at DP) and Tara Mueller (22 in LF, 6 in CF and 1 in RF) and sophomore Brittany Moeai (30 at C, 11 at 1B and 6 at DP).
PUNCHING UNTIL THE END
The Bruins have won five times this season when trailing in their last at-bat, with the latest instance occurring on April 21 in the first game of a doubleheader against Long Beach State. Trailing 6-5 and down to their last strike, junior Ally Carda had a two-out, two-run single to give the Bruins the lead, with three more runs also coming across later in the inning to give UCLA a 10-6 win. The Bruins were also down to their last out at Hawai’i on Feb. 7, but scored one in the seventh and six in the eighth, eventually winning 7-2. On Feb. 14, UCLA scored once in the seventh and once in the eighth on a walk-off single by senior Jessica Hall to post a 3-2 victory over Robert Morris. On Feb. 22, sophomore Mysha Sataraka recorded a two-run double against Missouri to walk off with another win. On March 16, the Bruins were down 4-3 against Arizona going to the bottom of the seventh, but a Sataraka solo homer and a walk-off, grand slam by junior Gracie Goulder clinched an 8-4 win. In addition to the three regulation walk-off wins against Robert Morris, Missouri and Arizona, UCLA has also sent its opposition off the field on Feb. 21 against Oklahoma on a walk-off single by freshman Delaney Spaulding and on March 4 versus Michigan on an eighth-inning, three-run walk-off homer from Spaulding. All told, the Bruins have 11 comeback wins this season, including another on Sunday at California.
A GRAND TIME
The grand slams by freshmen Delaney Spaulding and Gabrielle Maurice in game one of last Saturday’s doubleheader were the fifth and sixth of the season for the Bruins. The six grand slams are the second most in one year in school history. The 1999 National Championship team produced nine grannies. Junior Ally Carda has three grand slams (UC Davis, Feb. 16; Loyola Chicago, March 7; Oregon State, April 18), while junior Gracie Goulder had a walk-off granny on March 16 versus Arizona. The single-season record is three by B.B. Bates (2013), Julie Marshall (1999) and Stacey Nuveman (1999).
Winners of 11 in a row, the Bruins are riding their third, double-figure winning streak of the season. UCLA began the year with 17 straight wins and then won 10 consecutive from March 7-22. The last time the Bruins had such a stretch was in their 2010 National Championship season when they had four, double-figure win streaks ... the Bruins are 12-1 this season in games decided by one or two runs ... UCLA has limited its opponents to three runs or less 38 times, all Bruin victories ... the Bruins have 11 comeback victories this season ... UCLA is 22-0 when it doesn’t commit an error ... the Bruins are 38-0 when out-hitting their opponent.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING!
Junior Stephany LaRosa has reached base in a career-high 30 straight games, the fourth-longest mark in UCLA history. LaRosa’s teammate, junior Ally Carda, holds the school record with 38 straight games reaching base via either a hit, walk or hit by pitch, which was set last season. Stacey Nuveman and Natasha Watley both reached in 32 in a row ... sophomore Mysha Sataraka and freshman Delaney Spaulding are each riding nine-game hitting streaks. It is a career-high stretch for Sataraka, who has also reached base in 19 in a row, while it is Spaulding’s fourth different streak of at least six games. The freshman had a 13-game streak from Feb. 7-23.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
As a team, the Bruins enter the week second nationally in slugging percentage (.573), seventh in home runs (64) and ninth in batting average (.337). UCLA is also 12th in earned run average (1.73) and 14th in runs per game (6.54). Individually, junior Ally Carda is tied for fifth in wins (25) and tied for 13th in shutouts (8). Sophomore Mysha Sataraka is tied for 18th in homers (15), junior Stephany LaRosa is 20th in on base percentage (.532), freshman Delaney Spaulding is tied for 20th in runs scored (50) and senior Jessica Hall is 21st in strikeouts per seven innings (8.8). The full list of Bruins in the national rankings is on page three of this release.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-12 RANKINGS
Entering the week, the Bruins are first among all league teams in on base percentage (.454), walks (223), hit by pitches (39) and sacrifice hits (37), also ranking second in slugging (.573) and home runs (64). In the circle, UCLA is first with five saves, second with a 1.73 earned run average and third with a .202 opposing batting average and 338 strikeouts. Individually, senior Jessica Hall and junior Ally Carda are tied for first with two saves, while freshman Gabrielle Maurice is tied for first with eight sacrifice hits. Carda is also second in wins (25) and third in strikeouts (186), and is first offensively in times being hit with 13. Freshman Delaney Spaulding is second in runs scored (50) and stolen bases (16), junior Stephany LaRosa is second with a .532 on base percentage and sophomore Mysha Sataraka is third with 15 home runs. The full list of Bruins in the Pac-12 rankings is on page five of this release.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. CARDINAL
The Bruins lead the all-time series 57-19, but the Cardinal won last year’s set at Stanford (March 28-30). UCLA won the middle game, 8-5 in eight innings, while the Cardinal claimed the opener (5-1) and rubber game (2-0). In the most recent meeting at Easton Stadium (April 10-11, 2012), the Bruins won the series. Stanford triumphed in game one 11-9, but UCLA came back with 12-4 (5 innings) and 5-2 victories. The Bruins are 25-11 all-time at home against the Cardinal.