Los Angeles Super Regional Tournament Central (links to ticket info, video, audio and live stats)
Saturday, May 24
Game 1 - 5 p.m. - #14-seed Kentucky (V) vs. #3-seed UCLA (H)
Game 2 - 12 p.m. - #3-seed UCLA (V) vs. #14-seed Kentucky (H)
Game 3 - 3 p.m. - #14-seed Kentucky (V) vs. #3-seed UCLA (H) (if necessary)
All Games Broadcast Live on ESPNU
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V - Designated Visiting Team; H - Designated Home Team
THIRD-SEEDED BRUINS HOST LOS ANGELES SUPER REGIONAL
The third-seeded Bruins entertain #14-seed Kentucky in the Los Angeles Super Regional, which begins on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Easton Stadium. The best 2-of-3 series continues on Sunday at 12 p.m., with the if necessary game to be played Sunday at 3 p.m. All contests will be aired live on ESPNU, with free audio and live stats available at UCLABruins.com.
The Women’s College World Series begins Thursday, May 29 in Oklahoma City, with the winners of the eight Super Regionals all playing on the first day. The winner of the Los Angeles Super Regional will face the winner of the Lafayette Super Regional, which features #6-seed Louisiana-Lafayette and #11-seed Arizona.
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 SUPER REGIONAL PLAY
In the 10th year of the Super Regional format, the Bruins are making their sixth Super Regional appearance (2005, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 and ‘14). UCLA has a 9-3 (.750) record in Super Regionals, advancing to the Women’s College World Series in ‘05, ‘06, ‘08 and ‘10, and going 2-0 in 2006 (USF), 2008 (Georgia) and 2010 (Louisiana-Lafayette). The Bruins won the final two games in ‘05 against Georgia after dropping the opener, while losing in three to Missouri in ‘09. UCLA, making its 30th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, is 183-46 (.799 winning percentage) following last weekend’s Regional sweep. With the Bruins’ 3-0 record last weekend, they are now 84-14 (.857) in the Regional round and have gone undefeated 20 of 30 times. UCLA is 59-8 (.881) overall during NCAA Tournament games in Westwood. The entire UCLA NCAA postseason history is available on page 31 of this release.
ZERO TIMES TWENTY EQUALS ZERO
The 20 scoreless innings thrown by Bruin hurlers last weekend marked the first time UCLA had thrown three shutouts in the Regional round since the current four-team format started in 2005. Including this year’s Regional, the Bruins have tossed three shutouts in a row 11 times during the NCAA Tournament, as well as four straight blankings six times. The school record is six shutouts in a row during the 1987 Tournament. The last time the Bruins had three shutouts in a row was in their National Championship season of 2010. UCLA also had four straight blankings during that campaign.
Junior Ally Carda has started six different positions for the Bruins this season, making 30 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, 23 in left, 16 in center, two at second and one in right. Five other Bruins have started three different positions, seniors Jessica Hall (23 at DP, 19 at P, 9 at 1B) and Alyssa Tiumalu (29 in RF, 14 at 1B and 6 at DP), juniors Stephany LaRosa (26 at C, 13 at 1B, 10 at DP) and Tara Mueller (22 in LF, 6 in CF and 5 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 May 9 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’ 51 wins have come when trailing at some point in the game.
A GRAND TIME
Senior Jessica Hall’s third-inning grand slam on Saturday against Notre Dame was the seventh for the Bruins this season, which are the second most in one year in school history. The 1999 National Championship team produced nine grannies. Prior to Hall’s granny, freshmen Gabrielle Maurice and Delaney Spaulding each had grand slams in the first game of an April 26 doubleheader at California. 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).
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 ... the Bruins are 13-2 this season in games decided by one or two runs ... UCLA is 41-1 when giving up two runs or less ... the Bruins are 27-1 when they don’t commit an error ... UCLA is 44-0 when out-hitting its opponent ... the Bruins are 4-0 in extra innings.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING!
With her first-inning single last Sunday, junior Stephany LaRosa set a school record by reaching base in her 39th straight game, breaking the mark of 38 set last season by fellow junior Ally Carda ... sophomore Mysha Sataraka, who saw her career-high, 12-game hitting streak end May 8 at Arizona State, has reached base in 28 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 Super Regional round third nationally in slugging percentage (.558), eighth in batting average (.332) and home runs (76), 14th in earned run average (1.86), 15th in runs per game (6.51) and 23rd in fielding percentage (.972). Individually, junior Ally Carda is tied for fifth in victories (31), tied for 18th in shutouts (9), tied for 27th in on base percentage (.523), tied for 29th in hit by pitches (15) and runs scored (55) and 30th in earned run average (1.64). Junior Stephany LaRosa is 12th in on base percentage (.539) and tied for 12th in walks (45), senior Jessica Hall is 22nd in strikeouts per seven innings (8.5), freshman Delaney Spaulding is tied for 25th in runs scored (57) and sophomore Mysha Sataraka is tied for 27th in home runs (16). The full list of Bruins in the national rankings is on page three of this release.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-12 RANKINGS
The Bruins enter the Super Regional round first among all Pac-12 teams in on base percentage (.453), walks (275), hit by pitches (46) and sacrifice hits (45), also ranking second in slugging (.558) and home runs (76) and third in batting average (.332), runs scored (371), runs batted in (343) and fielding percentage (.972). In the circle, UCLA is first with six saves and a .202 opposing batting average, ranking second in earned run average (1.86) and third in strikeouts (388). Individually, six Bruins are atop the conference in their respective categories. Junior Ally Carda is tied for first in wins (31) and saves (2) and solo first offensively in times being hit (15). Senior Jessica Hall and sophomore Paige McDuffee are also tied for the top spot in saves, junior Stephany LaRosa is first with a .539 on base percentage, while freshmen Gabrielle Maurice and Delaney Spaulding are tied for first with nine sacrifice hits. LaRosa is also second in walks (45), Spaulding is tied for second in stolen bases (18), Carda is third in strikeouts (219) and sophomore Allexis Bennett is third with a .432 batting average. The full list of Bruins in the Pac-12 rankings is on page five of this release.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. WILDCATS
The Bruins have won all four meetings with Kentucky, including a three-game sweep in 2012 at Easton Stadium (Feb. 9-11) by scores of 7-1, 12-0 (5 innings) and 6-2. UCLA hit .379 in the series with three home runs, including one by Stephany LaRosa, who went 3-for-9 with a pair of RBI. Ally Carda, who had two hits and four RBI at the plate, picked up a pair of wins, striking out seven in seven innings with a 2.00 earned run average, while Jessica Hall allowed only one unearned run in 10 innings of work, striking out nine to pick up a win and a save, as the Bruin pitchers limited Kentucky to a .123 batting average. UCLA also posted a 9-6 victory in Las Vegas on Feb. 14, 2009.