4:30 p.m. - #5/#5 UCLA vs. #6/#4 Michigan
7 p.m. - #5/#5 UCLA vs. Long Beach State
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Games at Mayfair Park in Lakewood (5720 Clark Ave.)FIFTH-RANKED UCLA HEADS TO LONG BEACH INVITATIONAL
The fifth-ranked Bruins travel to Lakewood for the Long Beach Louisville Slugger Invitational this weekend for five games. UCLA takes on #4 Michigan (4:30 p.m.) and Long Beach State (7 p.m.) on Friday, Louisville (2 p.m.) and Northwestern (7 p.m.) on Saturday and Illinois (11:15 a.m.) on Sunday. All games will be played at Mayfair Park in Lakewood (5720 Clark Ave.). All contests will feature free audio and live stats at UCLABruins.com, in addition to live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.
The Bruins entertain #4 Michigan at Easton Stadium on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the first of 14 UCLA games televised on Pac-12 Networks this season. The Bruins then host the UCLA/CSUN Invitational, with 14 games in three days at Easton. UCLA will play in six of those contests, facing UNLV (5 p.m.) and Loyola Chicago (7:30 p.m.) on Friday, March 7, Loyola Chicago (2:30 p.m.) and Charleston Southern (5 p.m.) on Saturday, March 8 and Bakersfield (2:30 p.m.) and Georgetown (5 p.m.) on Sunday, March 9.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins are up to fifth in both national polls this week, moving up from eighth in the USA Today/NFCA rankings and up from ninth in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. UCLA received 106 additional points in the NFCA poll and one first-place vote, and 93 more points in the USA Softball rankings. The Bruins were ranked fourth in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, receiving 42 points.
NEWS AND NOTES
Kelly Inouye-Perez recorded the 300th victory of her head coaching career on Feb. 8 at Hawai’i ... the Bruins’ 16-0 start marks the eighth time in program history that they have won at least 15 straight games to open a season. The most recent occasion was in 2004 when UCLA recorded wins in its first 25 in a row and went on to win the National Championship ... in 16 games, the Bruins have already attempted 33 stolen bases, coming up with a steal 22 times. All of last year, UCLA had 38 steals in 49 attempts ... through three weeks of play, the Bruin pitchers lead all Pac-12 teams in earned run average (0.59), opposing batting average (.140) and strikeouts (124). UCLA is also first in the conference offensively in drawing walks (76) and hit by pitches (13) ... junior Ally Carda tossed the first no-hitter of her career against Delaware on Feb. 6 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 ... Carda, who did not allow an earned run in 43 1/3 straight innings until giving up a homer to #11 Nebraska on Sunday, has started games at five different positions this season at pitcher, first base, left field, center and designated player ... sophomore Brittany Moeai has hits in seven of her last nine games, recording RBI in five of them. Moeai had a career-high four RBI against New Mexico on Sunday with a three-run double and a bases-loaded hit by pitch ... junior Stephany LaRosa hit two homers for the sixth time in her career against UC Davis on Feb. 14, also tying a career high with five RBI. In a position switch to catcher and first base this season after playing third base as a freshman and shortstop as a sophomore, LaRosa has yet to commit an error in 123 opportunities along with only one passed ball ... sophomore Mysha Sataraka ended the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on a roll, recording seven hits, nine RBI and five runs over the last four games of the weekend. The Pac-12 Player of the Week had the walk-off, two-run double versus #16 Missouri on Friday, went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer and a career-high five RBI against Maryland on Saturday and added two hits and two RBI versus #11 Nebraska on Sunday ... senior Jessica Hall, who has still not allowed an earned run this year in 27 innings, has at least seven strikeouts in a game four times this season. She recorded the fifth double-figure strikeout contest of her career against Robert Morris on Feb. 15 when she fanned 10 ... junior Tara Mueller reached base in all five games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, recording a pair of hits against both Maryland on Saturday and #11 Nebraska on Sunday. She also singled versus #13 Oklahoma on Friday and had the first two RBI of her career with a pair of bases-loaded walks against New Mexico on Sunday ... junior Gracie Goulder has started all 76 games she has played in at UCLA at second base. She had RBI in each of the last three games of the weekend, including a run-scoring single against #11 Nebraska ... senior Alyssa Tiumalu had hits in six of her last eight at-bats of the weekend, tying a career high with three hits and three RBI against New Mexico on Sunday. She had two hits, including a two-run triple earlier in the day versus #11 Nebraska ... sophomore Paige McDuffee struck out a career-best nine against Robert Morris on Feb. 14. She has thrown eight-inning complete games twice this year versus Hawai’i (Feb. 7) and RMU ... freshman Delaney Spaulding has reached base in all 16 games this season, despite seeing her 13-game hitting streak come to an end against New Mexico on Sunday. Spaulding has scored a run in 13 of 16 games, including the last six, driving in runs in 10 contests.
SCOUTING THE LOUISVILLE SLUGGER INVITATIONAL FIELD
The Bruins lead the all-time series with Michigan 9-7-1, but the Wolverines have won three in a row. The last matchup came in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on March 2, 2012, as Michigan claimed a 5-3 victory ... UCLA has won five in a row against Long Beach State and leads the overall series 68-9. Last year at this tournament, the Bruins won 6-3 on March 8 ... the Bruins traveled to the Louisville Regional a year ago and defeated the host team 19-2 in five innings on May 18 to eliminate the Cardinals from postseason contention. UCLA has won both meetings all-time against Louisville ... UCLA has claimed six straight victories over Northwestern to take a 13-3 lead in the all-time series. The last meeting between the two teams was on Feb. 27, 2011 in Cathedral City, with the Bruins winning 5-4 in eight innings on a walk-off, two-run homer by Alyssa Tiumalu ... the Bruins have met Illinois just once, with the Fighting Illini recording a 6-2 victory on Feb. 16, 2008 in Las Vegas.