Softball Starts Second Half Sunday in San Luis Obispo
March 22, 2007
BRUINS RESUME SCHEDULE FOLLOWING EXAMS >>
UCLA will have had 12 days between games when the Bruins return to the competition diamond on Sunday in San Luis Obispo.
UCLA runs an academic quarter schedule, and the unusually long break between games is precipitated by winter quarter final exams, which will conclude on Saturday, March 24.
The Bruins will play three non-conference games coming out of the break for final exams, Sunday's doubleheader at Cal Poly and a March 27 tilt at Easton Stadium against UCSB before opening Pac-10 play against Arizona State at home on March 30.
UCLA SWEEPS THROUGH WEEK BEFORE FINALS >>
Prior to taking a 12-day break for final exams, UCLA closed strong with wins in its last 10 games prior to the break.
That stretch of games has seen the Bruins pound 13 home runs distributed among seven players. All of UCLA's starting hitters had a batting average of at least .250 during the streak, and the Bruins pitchers have combined for a team ERA of 0.89 with 78 strikeouts and just 14 walks.
Freshman Whitney Baker has worked her way back into the pitching roation after struggling with off-season injuries. During UCLA's most recent 10 games, Baker is second on the team in innings pitched (21.2) and strikeouts (32) only to junior ace Anjelica Selden (24.1 IP/37 K).
COLBURN LEADS BRUIN OFFENSE>>
Junior OF Krista Colburn had big shoes to fill at the top of the UCLA lineup this season. She follows in the footsteps of many of UCLA's recent great players, including Andrea Duran (2005-06), Caitlin Benyi (2004-05), Natasha Watley (2001-03) and Amanda Freed (2000-01).
Colburn has responded to the challenge, leading the Bruins in batting average (.435), at-bats (92), hits (40), triples (2)and stolen bases (5) while turning in a .505 on-base percentage and .663 slugging percentage through 28 games.
The Pac-10's leader in sacrifice hits a year ago, Colburn currently has two sac bunts on the year and has 13 walks and 20 RBI to her credit.
SLUGGERS KEEP BRUINS ON TOP >>
UCLA is dominating the Pac-10 standings for batting average (.343), slugging percentage (.579) and on-base percentage (.441), leading the conference in all three categories.
The domination is plain in the individual standings as well, as the Bruins have three of the top-10 individual batting averages in the Pac-10 with Krista Colburn ranked fourth (.435), Megan Langenfeld eighth (.403) and Jodie Legaspi 10th (.392).
UCLA has five of the top-10 sluggers in the league with Kaila Shull leading the way with a .747 slugging percentage to rank fourth, followed by Langenfeld (.722/5th), Lisa Dodd (.707/6th), Colburn (.663/8th) and Legaspi (.662/9th).
Legaspi, Langenfeld, Colburn and Dodd are also in the conference top-10 in on-base percentage through games of March 18.
DODD AT TOP OF HOMER HEAP >>
Senior 2B/P Lisa Dodd homered in three of UCLA's last six games, giving her a team-high eight home runs on the season thus far. Dodd is tied for second in the Pac-10 standings with Washington's Dena Tyson. That pair trails only Oregon's Ann Marie Topps who has 13 home runs on the year but has played an additional five games to this point in the season.
Dodd also appears in the Pac-10's statistical standings in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBI (27/7th), total bases (58/t8th) and walks (17/t8th).
WALK LIKE A LEGASPI >>
Senior shortstop Jodie Legaspi is hitting cleanup for the Bruins in 2007. Although she is ranked on Pac-10 statistical top-10 lists in six categories, perhaps the most surprising is that her highest rank is in walks with 23 through 28 games played this season. Legaspi ranks second in that particular category, just four walks behind Cal's Morgan Siegel who has played in 34 more games through March 18.
Other than walks, Legaspi appears on the Pac-10 lists for on-base percentage (3rd), runs scored (31/6th), doubles (8/t5th), slugging percentage (9th) and batting average (10th).
INTRODUCING NO. 11, Lauren Wilmoth! >>
The Bruins have added a player to their 2007 roster with women's soccer defender Lauren Wilmoth joining the team just prior to the start of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament on March 2.
Wilmoth was a starting defender on UCLA's College Cup team in the fall of 2006. Entering Tuesday's game against Southern Utah, Wilmoth has appeared in eight games, all as a pinch runner, scoring four runs.Wilmoth is currently wearing the No. 11 jersey that belongs to Ashley Herrera.
LOOK OUT LEFTIES! >>
Bruin hitters have been plunked 13 times this season with two freshmen left-handers leading the way. Megan Langenfeld has been plunked five times this season including twice in UCLA's March 10 contest against Canisius, while classmate Kaila Shull has been hit four times, including twice against Florida on March 3.
With senior lefty Whitney Holum having one HBP on her stat line, 10 of the 13 Bruins hit by a pitch this season have been left-handed batters.
HERRERA RECOVERING FROM ACL SURGERY, SCHROEDER HAS KNEE SCOPED >>
Senior Ashley Herrera had successful surgery to repair her torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on Friday, March 9. The injury was suffered in the sixth inning of UCLA's season-opening game against Texas on Feb. 9, a 1-0 UCLA loss.
Herrera will miss the remainder of the 2007 season. She plans to apply to the Pacific-10 Conference for a medical hardship and use her final season of eligibility in 2008.
Junior IF/DP Jennifer Schroeder had surgery on her right knee on Tuesday, March 8. The exploratory scope debrided synovial tissue and the posterior horn of her meniscus. She is currently rehabilitating from the surgery and her return to the lineup is yet to be determined.