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Third-Seeded Bruins Begin NCAA Tournament Against Southern Utah
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Release:  05/14/2014

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2014 UCLA Softball Media Guide

Los Angeles Regional Tournament Central (links to ticket info, video, audio and live stats)

Friday, May 16
Game 1 - 3 p.m. - Long Beach State vs. Notre Dame
Game 2 - 6 p.m. - Southern Utah vs. #3-seed UCLA

Saturday, May 17
Game 3 - 12 p.m. - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
Game 4 - 3 p.m. - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser
Game 5 - 6 p.m. - Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner

Sunday, May 18
Game 6 - 12 p.m. - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
Game 7 - 3 p.m. - Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser (if necessary)

All Games Broadcast Live on ESPN3.com
Live Audio for All UCLA Games on UCLABruins.com
Live Stats at UCLABruins.com
Twitter Updates: @UCLASoftball

THIRD-SEEDED BRUINS HOST LOS ANGELES REGIONAL
The third-seeded Bruins open up the NCAA Tournament on Friday at Easton Stadium against Southern Utah at 6 p.m. The Los Angeles Regional gets underway at 3 p.m., as Long Beach State takes on Notre Dame. All games will be televised live on ESPN3, while each UCLA contest will have live audio on UCLABruins.com.

ON DECK
The Super Regional round begins next Thursday at eight campus sites. The top eight seeds, including #3 UCLA, are guaranteed to host Super Regionals if they advance through Regionals. Each Super will be a best 2-of-3 series, taking place either Thursday and Friday, Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday. The winner of the Los Angeles Regional will play the winner of the Lexington Regional, which features #14-seed Kentucky, James Madison, DePaul and Ohio.

BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins finished the regular season as the No. 2 team in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball polls. UCLA earned three first-place votes in the NFCA rankings and one first-place nod in the USA Softball poll for the second consecutive week. It is the sixth straight week UCLA has been second in the NFCA rankings and the fifth week in a row at No. 2 in the USA Softball poll. The Bruins were ranked fourth in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, receiving 42 points.

BRUINS IN NCAA REGIONAL PLAY
UCLA is making its 30th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and holds a record of 180-46 (.796 winning percentage). During the Regional round, the Bruins are 81-14 (.853) and have gone undefeated 19 of 29 times. Since Regional play moved to a four-team format in 2005, the Bruins are 23-9 (.719), advancing to the Super Regionals in ‘05, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09 and ‘10. UCLA is hosting an NCAA Regional for the 19th time and is 47-5 (.904) in 18 previous Regionals at Easton Stadium and 56-8 (.875) overall during postseason games in Westwood. The entire UCLA NCAA postseason history is available on page 27 of this release.

BRUIN VERSATILITY
Junior Ally Carda has started six different positions for the Bruins this season, making 27 starts in the circle, 11 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, 20 in left, 16 in center, two at second and one in right. Five other Bruins have started three different positions, seniors Jessica Hall (20 at DP, 19 at P, 9 at 1B) and Alyssa Tiumalu (29 in RF, 11 at 1B and 6 at DP), juniors Stephany LaRosa (23 at C, 13 at 1B, 10 at DP) and Tara Mueller (22 in LF, 6 in CF and 2 in RF) and sophomore Brittany Moeai (31 at C, 11 at 1B and 7 at DP).

PUNCHING UNTIL THE END
The Bruins have won six times this season when trailing in their last at-bat, with the latest instance occurring last Friday at Arizona State. Trailing 5-4 with two outs in the top of the seventh, junior Ally Carda crushed a solo homer to even the game at five. Carda would also go on to hit a go-ahead, two-run bomb in the ninth, as UCLA won 9-5. Carda was also instrumental in the Bruins’ fifth win in their last at-bat. On April 21 in the first game of a doubleheader against Long Beach State, UCLA was trailing 6-5 and down to their last strike when she had a two-run single to give the Bruins the lead, with three more runs also coming across later in the inning in the 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, non-mercy rule 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, 19 of the Bruins’ 48 wins have come when trailing at some point in the game.

A GRAND TIME
The grand slams by freshmen Delaney Spaulding and Gabrielle Maurice in game one of an April 26 doubleheader at California 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).

DULY NOTED
The Bruins have posted three double-figure win streaks this season. UCLA began the year with 17 straight wins, won 10 consecutive from March 7-22 and 11 in a row from April 6-27. The last time the Bruins had at least three double-figure win streaks in the same year was in their 2010 National Championship season when they had four ... Thursday’s loss at ASU dropped the Bruins to 12-2 this season in games decided by one or two runs. It is the only time this year UCLA has been blanked and was also the first time the Bruins had lost when allowing two runs or less. UCLA is 38-1 when giving up two runs or less ... UCLA is 25-1 when it doesn’t commit an error ... the Bruins are 41-0 when out-hitting their opponent.

WE’RE GOING STREAKING!
Junior Stephany LaRosa is three contests away from setting a school record for consecutive games reached base. LaRosa has reached base via either a hit, walk or hit by pitch in 36 in a row, which is two shy of the school record held by fellow junior Ally Carda, who reached in 38 straight last season ... sophomore Mysha Sataraka, who saw her career-high, 12-game hitting streak end last Thursday at ASU, has still reached base in 25 in a row ... Sataraka’s 12-game hitting streak was the third longest for a Bruin this season. Carda and freshman Delaney Spaulding have each had 13-game stretches. Carda and Spaulding both have posted at least four different streaks of at least six games this season.

BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
As a team, the Bruins enter the postseason third nationally in slugging percentage (.563), sixth in home runs (73), eighth in batting average (.333), 12th in runs per game (6.57), 19th in earned run average (1.96) and 25th in fielding percentage (.972). Individually, junior Ally Carda is tied for sixth in the nation in wins with 29, tied for 17th in shutouts with nine and 24th with a .524 on base percentage. Junior Stephany LaRosa is 13th in on base percentage (.542), tied for 18th with 41 walks and 22nd in slugging (.787). Freshman Delaney Spaulding is tied for 20th in runs scored (56), senior Jessica Hall is 22nd in strikeouts per seven innings (8.5) and sophomore Mysha Sataraka is tied for 22nd with 16 home runs. The full list of Bruins in the national rankings is on page three of this release.

BRUINS IN THE PAC-12 RANKINGS
The Bruins end the regular season first among all league teams in on base percentage (.453), walks (258), hit by pitches (45) and sacrifice hits (40), also ranking second in slugging (.563) and home runs (73) and third in batting average (.333), runs scored (355), runs batted in (330) and fielding percentage (.972). In the circle, UCLA is tied for first with five saves and second in earned run average (1.96) and opposing batting average (.206) and third in strikeouts (372). Individually, four Bruins are atop the conference in their respective categories. Junior Stephany LaRosa is first with a .542 on base percentage, junior Ally Carda has been hit a conference-high 15 times and is tied for first with senior Jessica Hall with two saves and freshman Gabrielle Maurice is tied for first with eight sacrifice hits. Carda is also second in victories (29) and third in on base percentage (.524) and strikeouts (210), while LaRosa is third in slugging (.787). Freshman Delaney Spaulding is tied for second in stolen bases (17) and third in runs scored (56) and sophomore Allexis Bennett is third in batting average (.446). The full list of Bruins in the Pac-12 rankings is on page five of this release.

THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. THE REGIONAL FIELD
The Bruins have met Friday’s opponent, Southern Utah, four times and have won each meeting. The two teams have not met since March 13, 2007, when UCLA posted a 1-0 victory at Easton Stadium ... UCLA has won all six matchups with Notre Dame, with the last meeting coming on March 10, 2009 at Easton Stadium, a 3-1 Bruin victory ... The Bruins and the 49ers met in a doubleheader in Lakewood on April 21, as UCLA won the twinbill 10-6 and 8-1. UCLA is 70-9 all-time against Long Beach State and 32-1 in games at Easton Stadium.


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