SECOND-RANKED BRUINS HOST FOUR GAMES IN FIVE DAYS
UCLA opens a four-game homestand at Easton Stadium on Tuesday against Cal State Northridge at 3 p.m. The Bruins then return to Pac-12 play for an Easter weekend series with Oregon State (Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m.). Free audio and live stats will be available for all four games at UCLABruins.com.
Tickets are available for all four games this week in advance either online or by calling 310-UCLA-WIN or at the Easton Stadium ticket office 90 minutes prior to first pitch. All tickets and seating are general admission, first-come first-serve. A parking pass is required in Lot 11, next to Easton Stadium.
PROMOTIONS AND GIVEAWAYS
2014 UCLA Softball trading cards will be handed out starting with this weekend's Oregon State series. On Thursday, freshmen Robyn Corruth, Jelly Felix, Gabrielle Maurice and Delaney Spaulding will be featured. On Friday, it will be sophomores Allexis Bennett, Kodi Lavrusky and Brittany Moeai, while on Saturday, it will be junior Jessica Amaral and sophomores Paige McDuffee, Mysha Sataraka and Jazmine Sosa.
The Bruins are on the road for five games next week, starting with a doubleheader on Monday, April 21 against Long Beach State at Lakewood’s Mayfair Park. Earlier this season, UCLA was scheduled to take part in the Long Beach Invitational in Lakewood, but the tournament was rained out. Monday’s twinbill starts at 4:30 p.m. and free audio will be available at UCLABruins.com. The Bruins then head to the Bay Area for a three-game series at California (Friday, April 25 at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 27 at 12 p.m.). Free audio will be available for the first two games, while the series finale on Sunday will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins are second in both national polls this week. UCLA gained 12 points in the USA Today/NFCA poll and 20 points in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings. The Bruins were ranked fourth in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, receiving 42 points.
When she started in right field on March 29 against Utah, junior Ally Carda started her sixth different position for the Bruins this season. Carda has made 20 starts in the circle, five at first base, left field and center and two at designated player and right field. Freshman Gabrielle Maurice made a start at second base on April 6 at Oregon, her fourth different starting position (16 in CF, 6 in LF and 1 in RF). Four other Bruins have started three different positions, seniors Jessica Hall (16 at DP, 13 at P, 9 at 1B) and Alyssa Tiumalu (25 in RF, 5 at DP and 3 at 1B), junior Stephany LaRosa (14 at C, 12 at 1B, 5 at DP) and sophomore Brittany Moeai (25 at C, 10 at 1B and 3 at DP).
PUNCHING UNTIL THE END
The Bruins have five (non-mercy rule) walk-off victories this season, the last of which coming in dramatic fashion again rival Arizona on March 16. UCLA relinquished a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh, but scored five times in its half of the seventh on a solo homer by sophomore Mysha Sataraka and a game-winning grand slam from junior Gracie Goulder to finish off an 8-4 victory over the sixth-ranked Wildcats. Four of the five Bruin walk-offs have come against ranked foes, with two of them coming from freshman Delaney Spaulding, who hit an eighth-inning, three-run walk-off homer against #4 Michigan on March 4 and posted a walk-off single versus #13 Oklahoma on Feb. 21. Sophomore Mysha Sataraka recorded a two-run double against #16 Missouri on Feb. 22, while senior Jessica Hall had a walk-off single in the eighth inning versus Robert Morris on Feb. 14.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
As a team, the Bruins enter the week with the third-best earned run average in the nation at 1.35 and the fifth-best slugging percentage at .544. UCLA is also tied for 16th with 47 home runs, 20th in batting average (.322) and 26th in runs per game (6.10). Individually, junior Ally Carda is tied for fifth in victories (21), tied for eighth in shutouts (8) and 13th in ERA (1.27), while freshman Delaney Spaulding is tied for 19th with 32 walks. The full list of Bruins in the national rankings is on page two of this release.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-12 RANKINGS
The Bruins enter the week leading all Pac-12 teams in earned run average (1.35), opposing batting average (.194) and saves (4), also ranking third in strikeouts (272). Offensively, UCLA is first in on base percentage (.447) and hit by pitches (32), second in walks (185) and sacrifice hits (28) and third in slugging (.544) and home runs (47). Junior Ally Carda is second in the conference in ERA (1.27) and wins (21) and third in strikeouts (154), also ranking first offensively in times being hit (12). Freshman Delaney Spaulding is second in stolen bases (15), tied for second in triples (3) and tied for third in on base percentage (.525). The full list of Bruins in the Pac-12 rankings is on page five of this release.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. MATADORS
The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Matadors 40-10, but Cal State Northridge upset UCLA last season on March 6, winning the home meeting 3-2. UCLA had won 18 in a row prior to last year’s loss and is 17-5 at home against Northridge, including a 10-3 victory on April 18, 2012.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. BEAVERS
The Bruins took 2-of-3 last year against the Beavers and are 88-12 all-time versus Oregon State. Last season (May 9-11), the Beavers won the opening game 3-2, but UCLA came back with 4-3 and 8-1 victories. The Bruins hold a 44-4 advantage in games at Easton Stadium, including a 2-of-3 series win in 2012.