Friday, Feb. 14
10 a.m. - Western Kentucky (V) vs. UC Davis (H)
12:30 p.m. - Western Kentucky (V) vs. Robert Morris (H)
3:30 p.m. - UC Davis (V) at #12/#13 UCLA (H)
6 p.m. - Robert Morris (V) at #12/#13 UCLA (H)
Online: Live Audio and Stats
Saturday, Feb. 15
10 a.m. - Western Kentucky (H) vs. UC Davis (V)
12:30 p.m. - Western Kentucky (V) at #12/#13 UCLA (H)
3:30 p.m. - Robert Morris (V) at #12/#13 UCLA (H)
6 p.m. - Robert Morris (V) vs. UC Davis (H)
Online: Live Stats
BRUINS HOST STACY WINSBERG MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
The 12th-ranked Bruins open their home schedule by hosting the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament this weekend at Easton Stadium. UCLA faces UC Davis (3:30 p.m.) and Robert Morris (6 p.m.) on Friday, Western Kentucky University (12:30 p.m.) and Robert Morris (3:30 p.m.) on Saturday and UC Davis (12 p.m.) and Loyola Marymount (2:30 p.m.) on Sunday. All games will feature live stats on UCLABruins.com and updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball. In addition, free live audio will be available for Friday’s games only on UCLABruins.com.
This weekend, portions of the northbound 405 Freeway will be shut down due to the "Jamzilla" construction project. Traffic heading that direction, including up to and past the exits for the UCLA campus, will be impacted. During the day, two northbound lanes will remain open on the 405. Lanes will begin to close between 10-11 p.m. each night starting on Friday, with full closures taking place from Wilshire Boulevard to Moraga Drive on Friday and Saturday nights and Moraga Drive to Getty Center Drive on Sunday night. Affected ramps will be closed as early as 7 p.m. Full closures will last around five hours each evening, with lanes re-opening between 5-7 a.m. the next morning.
Tickets for this weekend's tournament will be available at the Easton Stadium ticket booth on the day of the game, starting 90 minutes prior to first pitch. Tickets may also be purchased online. All seats are general admission, first-come first-served.
The Bruins head to the prestigious Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City next weekend, facing three ranked teams. UCLA takes on seventh-ranked and defending national champion Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 21 (6 p.m.) before a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday (#14 Missouri, 2:30 p.m. and Maryland, 5 p.m.) and Sunday (#8 Nebraska, 8:30 a.m. and New Mexico, 2 p.m.).
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
UCLA moved up four spots to 12th in this week’s USA Today/NFCA rankings, earning 125 additional points from the preseason poll. The Bruins remained at 13th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, receiving 42 more points. The Bruins were ranked fourth in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, receiving 42 points.
HONORING STACY WINSBERG
This weekend’s tournament honors former UCLA softball player Stacy Winsberg. Winsberg was a four-year letterwinner with the Bruins (1982-85) and played for three national championship teams (‘82, ‘84, ‘85). She was also a two-time ASA All-American and played internationally in the Tri-National Tournament and the Japan Cup in 1985. Winsberg lost her battle with cancer in December 2001, and beginning with the 2002 edition, this tournament has been named in her honor. A ceremony honoring Winsberg, which will include members of her family, will be held prior to the UCLA-Western Kentucky game on Saturday.
WINSBERG TOURNAMENT HISTORY
In the previous 12 years of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, the Bruins hold a 49-6 record. UCLA went undefeated in the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions, while losing once in 2003, ‘05, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09 and last season, when the Bruins defeated Wright State twice and McNeese State before ending the tournament with an extra-inning loss to Texas A&M to snap a 20-game Winsberg Tournament winning streak.
DEBBIE DOOM TO HAVE JERSEY RETIRED ON SATURDAY
This Saturday prior to the Bruins’ game against Robert Morris, UCLA softball will retire the #17 of Debbie Doom, the sixth jersey retired in the program’s history.
Doom, a three-time All-American, was also a three-time National Champion for the Bruins in 1982, 1984 and 1985 and the tournament Most Valuable Player in ‘82. Doom was a four-time All-Region selection and ranks in the UCLA Top 10 in seven pitching categories, including second in shutouts (66), third in strikeouts (952), tied for third in earned run average (0.29) and seventh in wins (73). Doom is also first in school history with six perfect games and fourth with eight no-hitters.
Doom joins Lisa Fernandez (#16, 1995), Dot Richardson (#1, 1999), Sue Enquist (#6, 2000), Gina Vecchione (#2, 2007) and Lisa Longaker (#9, 2011) in the right-field rafters of Easton Stadium.
In addition, the 1982, 1984 and 1985 National Championship squads will be recognized throughout Saturday afternoon and it will also be the Bruins’ cancer awareness day.
ALYSSA TIUMALU NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Alyssa Tiumalu was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday after an outstanding weekend in Hawai’i which saw her hit .615 with nine runs batted in and two home runs in helping the Bruins to a perfect 5-0 record.
Tiumalu was named the Most Valuable Player of the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic, recording hits in all five games with eight in 13 at-bats. She also had RBI in four contests. The senior added two doubles, two runs scored and two walks, posting a 1.231 slugging percentage and an on base of .688.
The senior started the tournament with a pair of hits and two RBI against Delaware on Thursday, reaching in all three plate appearances. She plated the Bruins’ fifth run on a double in the first and drove in UCLA’s seventh tally in the second on a single.
On Friday, she had four hits and two homers in a doubleheader. Tiumalu belted a three-run homer and drew a pair of walks against Hampton. The senior came back later in the evening to record three hits and two RBI versus Hawai’i, including what proved to be the game-winning score in extra innings. After recording a single in the fourth and a double in the sixth, Tiumalu launched a two-run homer in the eighth to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead in a game they would win 7-2.
Tiumalu concluded her MVP weekend with hits against Delaware and Hawai’i on Saturday. Her lone hit versus the Rainbow Wahine in the tournament championship game was a big one, as she drove in a pair of insurance runs on a two-out single in the fifth to put UCLA up 4-1.
It is the second Pac-12 Player of the Week honor for Tiumalu, who also earned the award during her freshman season of 2011 (March 1). The Bruins have received 68 Pac-12 Player of the Week awards all-time.
CARDA AND LAROSA NAMED TO POY WATCH LIST
Juniors Ally Carda and Stephany LaRosa have been named to the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List, as announced by ASA/USA Softball on Jan. 29.
In its 13th year, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, given by the National Governing Body for softball in the United States, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Previous recipients of the award include former Bruin Stacey Nuveman, the winner of the inaugural accolade in 2002.
The pre-season Watch List includes 24 seniors, 20 juniors and six sophomores. Freshmen can be considered for the award once they have competed at the collegiate level. The Top 25 finalists for the award will be announced on April 9. While an athlete does not have to be on the Watch List to be considered for the Top 25, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 finalists.
The Top 10 finalists will be announced on May 7 and the Top 3 finalists will be announced on May 21. On May 27, prior to the start of the 2014 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed.
Carda was named First Team NFCA All-Region and All-Pac-12 in 2013 after posting a .339 batting average, 18 home runs and 50 runs batted in at the plate and a 23-10 record, a 2.30 earned run average and 217 strikeouts in 206 2/3 innings in the circle. She was first on the team in wins, ERA and strikeouts, second in homers, third in RBI and fourth in average and was also second in walks (31), slugging (.695) and on base percentage (.447), tied for second in hit by pitches (5), third in total bases (123) and tied for first in sacrifice flies (2).
LaRosa was named NFCA All-Region Second Team and All-Pac-12 First Team a year ago after recording a .370 batting average and 52 runs batted in, which were both second on the squad, and 15 home runs, which was third. She was also first with 74 hits and four triples, second with 52 runs scored, 138 total bases and 11 doubles and third with a .690 slugging and a .445 on base percentage. LaRosa started all 60 games at shortstop and tied for 47th nationally in both home runs and triples.
NEWS AND NOTES
Kelly Inouye-Perez recorded the 300th victory of her head coaching career in last Saturday’s win over Hawai’i ... the Bruins posted their first-ever undefeated road trip to Hawai’i in their fourth trip to the islands. UCLA is now 17-3 all-time in Hawai’i ... the Bruins attempted 20 steals during the opening weekend with 14 successful stolen bases. All of last year, UCLA had 38 steals in 49 attempts ... through one week of play, the Bruin offense leads all Pac-12 teams in walks (33) and stolen bases (14) and is tied for first in sacrifice hits (5). In the circle, UCLA is first in opposing batting average (.098) and second in earned run average (0.44) ... junior Ally Carda tossed the first no-hitter of her career against Delaware last Thursday and the fourth for the Bruins over the last two seasons (Jessica Hall, two and Paige McDuffee, one). It was the sixth season-opening, no-hitter in UCLA history and the first since Keira Goerl in 2002 ... after reaching base in a school-record 38 games last year and 49 of her last 50 to end the season, Carda reached base in all five contests last weekend to make it 54 out of 55 ... Carda was also one of three Bruins to start at least two different positions last weekend. The junior started twice in the circle and once apiece at first base, left field and designated player. Sophomore Brittany Moeai was the starting catcher and first baseman twice, also starting a game at DP, while junior Stephany LaRosa caught three games and was at first twice ... in the return to her hometown, sophomore Mysha Sataraka had RBI in all five games last weekend, leaving the yard twice to give her 11 homers for her career ... Hall was the lone Bruin pitcher not to allow a run last weekend, tossing 12 scoreless innings while striking out 16 ... junior Gracie Goulder has started all 65 games she has played in at UCLA at second base ... freshman Delaney Spaulding led the Bruins with nine runs scored last weekend, crossing home plate in all five games. She also stole a team-best five bases.
BRUINS IN THE UCLA CAREER CHARTS
3. Sue Enquist .401
4. Stephany LaRosa .396
5. Jennifer Brundage .390
1. Stacey Nuveman .945
2. Stephany LaRosa .735
3. Tairia Mims .719
On Base Percentage
4. Katie Schroeder .476
5. Stephany LaRosa .462
5. Jennifer Brundage .462
5. Donna Kerr 124
6. Jessica Hall 122
1. Megan Langenfeld 12
2. Jessica Hall 9
SCOUTING THE UC DAVIS AGGIES
UC Davis (1-5) won its season opener against Arkansas last Friday at the UNLV Sportco Kick-Off Classic, but dropped its next four to UNLV, San Diego, #16 Baylor and #3 Washington by a combined score of 42-8. On Tuesday, the Aggies fell 8-5 at home to Pacific and also host Sacramento State on Wednesday before traveling south for the weekend. UC Davis is hitting .239 as a team with four home runs and nine stolen bases, averaging 3.0 runs per game. Senior Kimberly Pena (.444) and freshman Lauryn Saunders (.412) are each hitting over .400, with Saunders adding two homers. Freshman Dana Cruse has a team-low 2.86 earned run average with five strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings, while freshman Andrea Reynolds has tossed a team-high 17 frames, posting a 5.35 ERA and seven strikeouts in 17 innings. Karen Yoder is in her 10th year as UC Davis’ head coach and has a record of 197-298-1 along with a career mark of 343-410-2 in 14-plus seasons as a head coach. The Bruins have won both matchups with the Aggies, including a 7-1 victory in San Diego on Feb. 17, 2012 in the last meeting.
SCOUTING THE ROBERT MORRIS COLONIALS
Robert Morris, out of Moon Township, Pa. and a member of the Northeast Conference, went 4-0 last weekend at the CSU Dome Tournament, beating Canisius, Bowling Green, Bucknell and host Cleveland State. The Colonials are hitting .264 with a home run and four stolen bases, averaging 4.3 runs per game. Sophomore Haileigh Stocks is 7-for-13 (.538) with two RBI, while junior Samantha Santillo went 5-for-10 during the opening weekend. Junior Nicole Sleith tossed 14 scoreless innings last weekend in two victories with 18 strikeouts, while senior Geena Badolato was 1-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11 innings. Craig Coleman is in his 24th year as the head coach at Robert Morris and has a record of 586-497-5. The Bruins and the Colonials have met once before in Tampa, Fla., with UCLA recording a 6-2 victory on March 12, 1994.
SCOUTING THE WESTERN KENTUCKY LADY TOPPERS
Western Kentucky University, from Bowling Green, Ky. and the Sun Belt Conference, went 3-1-1 last weekend. The Lady Toppers beat Liberty, Mississippi and Georgetown at the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament before losing to the host team and tying them through six innings due to a travel curfew. WKU hit .254 with two home runs and three stolen bases, averaging 4.2 runs per game. Senior Olivia Watkins had nine hits in 17 at-bats (.529), while freshman Andie Martin batted .364 with a homer and six RBI. Freshman Hannah Miniard did not allow a run in seven innings of work, striking out six, but senior Emily Rousseau tossed 23 of the 32 frames last weekend in a pair of wins, posting a 1.52 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 23 innings. Amy Tudor is in her first year at WKU and has a record of 175-174-1 in seven-plus seasons as a head coach. The Bruins have never faced the Lady Toppers.