Bruins Back Home Against Bakersfield, Then Back on Road at San Diego Classic
Feb. 26, 2008
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Cal State Bakersfield at #4 UCLA
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Los Angeles, Calif.
#4 UCLA vs. James Madison
Friday, Feb. 29
San Diego, Calif.
USD Softball Complex
#4 UCLA at San Diego
Friday, Feb. 29
San Diego, Calif.
USD Softball Complex
#4 UCLA vs. Eastern Michigan
Saturday, Mar. 1
San Diego, Calif.
SDSU Softball Stadium
#4 UCLA at #20 San Diego State
Saturday, Mar. 1
San Diego, Calif.
SDSU Softball Stadium
#4 UCLA vs. Saint Peter's
Sunday, Mar. 2
San Diego, Calif.
USD Softball Complex
BRUINS BACK HOME, BUT THEN BACK ON ROAD
The fourth-ranked Bruins (13-2) return to Easton Stadium to host Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. before heading back out on the road to resume tournament action at the San Diego Classic. UCLA will face James Madison (2 p.m.) and San Diego (4:30 p.m.) on Friday at USD, Eastern Michigan (9 a.m.) and #20 San Diego State (2 p.m.) on Saturday at SDSU and Saint Peter's (11:30 a.m.) on Sunday at USD.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins climbed one spot to fourth in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll and moved up four positions to seventh in the USA Today/NFCA rankings.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
All UCLA softball contests will feature Gametracker, available at UCLABruins.com. In addition, 11 regular-season contests and all games during the NCAA Regional and Super Regional rounds will be broadcast on UCLABruins.com. Darren Preston and Jeff Knox will provide the play-by-play.
SELDEN HITS THE AWARDS TRIFECTA
Senior Anjelica Selden racked up three honors on Tuesday, receiving NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week honors, as well as Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week accolades.Selden had a part in four of the Bruins' five wins at the Palm Springs Classic last weekend, producing a 3-0 record, a 1.27 earned run average, a save and 38 strikeouts in 22 innings.After picking up a save against Massachusetts in UCLA's first game on Friday, Selden followed with a 13-strikeout performance in a two-hitter against 18th-ranked Georgia. On Saturday, Selden did not walk a batter and struck out seven, limiting 10th-ranked Baylor to four hits.On Sunday, in one of her most commanding performances as a Bruin, Selden set a new career high for strikeouts in a seven-inning game with 17 against #2 Northwestern, giving up just four hits. Selden struck out the side three times in the third, fifth and seventh and fanned the final four batters of the game.Selden owns a 7-1 record this season with 78 strikeouts in 52 innings, issuing only four walks. Already UCLA's all-time leader in strikeouts, Selden is just 16 away from becoming the 21st player in Division I history to record 1,200 strikeouts.In addition, Selden earned her second career USA Softball and NFCA National Player of the Week honors. Selden was named USA Softball POW on Mar. 8, 2005 and NFCA POW the following day. Only four other Bruins (Goerl, Andrea Duran, Amanda Freed and Stacey Nuveman) have been multiple NFCA POW's, while two players (Duran and Goerl) have each received a pair of USA Softball POW awards.The Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award is the eighth in Selden's career. She has the second-most POW awards for a Bruin pitcher, behind only the 11 of Goerl.
DISALVATORE NAMED POW FOR SECOND TIME
For the second time in three weeks, freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced on Tuesday.DiSalvatore had eight hits in 12 at-bats for a .667 average, recorded five runs batted in and had a slugging percentage of 1.250 to help the Bruins to a perfect 5-0 record at the Palm Springs Classic. The freshman added six runs scored, two doubles, a triple, her second home run of the season and four walks. Adding in a .765 on base percentage, DiSalvatore's on base plus slugging percentage was 2.015.The freshman went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the first game Friday against Massachusetts, then came up with a big hit in the second game against 18th-ranked Georgia. With the Bruins trailing 2-0 in the fifth, DiSalvatore hit a bases-loaded double to put UCLA on top 3-2 in a game it won 5-2.DiSalvatore went 5-for-6 with four runs scored and two RBI in Saturday's two games against #10 Baylor and #14 Hawai'i. She reached base all four times against Baylor, scoring three times and belting a two-run homer, and also recorded her fourth three-hit game of the year against Hawai'i.DiSalvatore is second on the team with a .545 average and leads the team with seven doubles and 21 runs batted in. She was also named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb. 12.
LEAPING TO CONCLUSIONS
With 2008 being a leap year, February has 29 days and the Bruins will play on that extra day for the fourth time in their history this weekend. UCLA is 5-0 all-time on February 29, sweeping U.S. International in a 1984 home doubleheader, beating Long Beach State in a road twinbill in 1992 and knocking off Long Beach in a single game at Easton Stadium in 2004.
GETTING OFF TO A GREAT START
Scoring first is always a key to a team's success and for the Bruins, scoring in the first inning has proved to be a winning combination. UCLA has crossed home plate in its first at-bat 11 times this season and has won all 11 contests. The Bruins did it three times last weekend in Palm Springs, scoring twice in the first against Massachusetts and Baylor and once against Hawai'i. UCLA has outscored its opponents 25-4 in the first inning and 67-16 in the first four frames. On the flip side, both of the Bruins' losses have come when the opponent scores first. However, UCLA turned the tables in Palm Springs, coming back to win despite falling behind early to Georgia and Northwestern.
SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS
Cal State Bakersfield is in its third year of reclassifying from Division II to Division I. A process which began in 2006, the Roadrunners will be an official D-I program for the 2011 season. Bakersfield is off to a 6-5 start, winning 3-of-4 against San Jose State, going 2-3 at the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic and posting a 1-1 mark at last week's rain-shortened UC Davis Invitational. The lone common opponent between the Bruins and the Roadrunners is Portland State. UCLA beat the Vikings 7-4, while Bakersfield fell 6-5 in eight innings, with both games coming in Las Vegas. Hitting .347 as a team with four home runs and 48 runs scored, the Roadrunners are led by sophomore Kelli Bailey, who has a team-best .486 average with five runs batted in. Bakersfield has five other players hitting over .300. In the circle, sophomore Katie Chavez is 1-1 with a 0.91 earned run average in 15 1/3 innings of work. The bulk of the innings have come from Brittany Johnson, who is 5-2 with a 3.19 ERA in 48 1/3 innings. The Bruins have never faced Cal State Bakersfield.
SCOUTING THE DUKES
James Madison (5-2) opened its season with a 2-2 record at the UNC Greensboro Classic and went 3-0 at the Elon Invitational last weekend, defeating Georgetown, Elon and Binghamton. The Dukes are batting .241 with a home run and 30 runs scored through seven games and are led by sophomore Courtney Simons, who is batting .368 with two RBI. In the circle, juniors Jenny Clohan (1.35 ERA, 2-0, 20.2 IP, 18 K) and Meredith Felts (1.83 ERA, 2-2, 15.1 IP, 19 K) have seen most of the action. The Bruins have never faced the Dukes and have played only two of the eight teams from Colonial Athletic Association (1-0 against Georgia State and 2-1 against Hofstra).
SCOUTING THE TOREROS
San Diego (3-8) played just once last weekend due to rain at its own tournament, losing to Marshall. The Toreros will play Eastern Michigan in a doubleheader and Oregon in the days prior to this weekend's tournament. USD is hitting .236 as a team with six home runs and 36 runs scored and is led by freshman Celeste Soto, who is batting .360 with two homers and five RBI. Two more players are also hitting above .300 for the Toreros. The pitching has struggled, with sophomores Alyssa Luna and Jennifer Ellenbeck toeing the rubber the most. Luna is 2-2 with a 3.42 earned run average and 19 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings, while Ellenbeck is 0-4 with a 4.97 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 31 innings. UCLA has never lost to San Diego, owning a 5-0 record. The Bruins swept the Toreros in doubleheaders at Easton Stadium in 1999 and 2001 and won in La Jolla in 2000. UCLA has outscored San Diego 26-1 in its five matchups.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Eastern Michigan, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year, opened its season two weeks ago with a 3-2 record at the Longwood Invitational and began its California swing on Monday with a doubleheader loss at Fresno State. The Eagles will play nine times this week, also playing at Riverside before heading to San Diego for their final seven games. Through seven contests, sophomore Jenny Scherer leads the team with a .400 average. The Eagles are hitting .225 as a team with one home run, 18 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. In the circle, freshman Jaclyn Caro has a 1.91 ERA and a 1-1 record in 11 innings, while freshman Kari Chambers has a 2.15 earned run average, a 2-2 record and 15 strikeouts in 26 innings. The Bruins have faced the Eagles only once, winning a 3-0 decision in 1998 in San Diego, and are a perfect 10-0 against teams from the Mid-American Conference.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS
After going 9-1 over its first two weekends, 20th-ranked San Diego State opened play at the Palm Springs Classic with one-run victories over ninth-ranked Arizona and #2 Northwestern. However, the Aztecs dropped their final three decisions of the weekend by a combined four runs, falling to #6 Oklahoma, #18 Georgia and #10 Baylor. San Diego State is batting .270 as a team with three home runs and 23 stolen bases. Senior Tamani Wells (.365, 7 RBI, 6 SB) and junior Tonye McCorkle (.333, 11 RBI) are each batting above .300. Senior Christina Ross owns a 0.55 ERA and a 7-3 mark in the circle, having struck out 62 in 64 innings. The deciding factor in some games for the Aztecs has been their defense, with 19 of their 31 runs allowed this season being unearned. UCLA is 55-2 all-time against San Diego State and have won 48 straight in the series. The Aztecs' lone victories have come in 1977 and 1978. The Bruins are 15-1 at SDSU. The last meeting between the two teams was in NCAA Regional play at Easton Stadium in 2006, a 7-0 victory for UCLA.
SCOUTING THE PEAHENS
Saint Peter's opens its 2008 season this weekend in San Diego after posting a 22-23 record last year. The Peahens return six starters from that team, led by junior Tricia Reingle, who hit .333 last season with three homers and 14 RBI. Reingle also went 7-3 with a 2.41 ERA in the circle. Saint Peter's hit 35 home runs last season, but lost 17 of those bombs to graduation. In the circle, sophomore Jessica LaBovick led the team with a 2.12 earned run average and a 4-3 mark last season. Sunday's game will be the first meeting between UCLA and Saint Peter's. The Bruins have faced just one team from the nine-team Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, defeating Canisius twice.
She may only be a freshman, but GiOnna DiSalvatore is playing like a seasoned veteran through the first three weekends of the season. Following a tournament in Palm Springs in which she went 8-for-12 (.667) with six runs scored and five runs batted in, DiSalvatore earned her second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor in three weeks. The freshman added two doubles, a triple and a home run, also posting a 1.250 slugging percentage and a .765 on base percentage. DiSalvatore raised her season average 45 points to .545, which ranks second on the team. The freshman leads the Bruins with 21 runs batted in, seven doubles and an .886 slugging percentage, is second with 13 runs scored and tied for second with two home runs and a .615 on base percentage. After going 2-for-3 against Massachusetts in Friday's first game, DiSalvatore rallied the Bruins against 18th-ranked Georgia with a bases-clearing double in the fifth to give them a 3-2 lead. It marked DiSalvatore's fourth game-winning RBI this season. On day two, the freshman went 5-for-6 with four runs scored and two RBI, going 2-for-2 with a triple and a home run against #10 Baylor and posting her fourth three-hit game of the season against #14 Hawai'i. DiSalvatore leads the team with eight multiple-hit games and six multiple-RBI contests. Following an opening weekend in which she hit .625 with nine RBI and a 1.063 slugging percentage, DiSalvatore earned her first Pac-10 Player of the Week award. Her biggest hit during that opening weekend came in the bottom of the seventh inning against UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 9. With the Bruins trailing 5-2 and down to their last out, DiSalvatore came up with two aboard and crushed the first pitch she saw over the right-field wall for her first collegiate home run to tie the game, which the Bruins went on to win in extra innings.
JELLY ON A ROLL
A milestone is within reach this weekend for senior Anjelica Selden, who is just 16 strikeouts away from becoming the 21st player in Division I history to record 1,200 strikeouts for a career. After posting 38 strikeouts last weekend in Palm Springs, UCLA's all-time strikeout leader has 1,184 as a Bruin. Selden hit the awards trifecta on Tuesday, being named NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week, as well as Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. It is the second time Selden has received NFCA and USA Softball POW honors (2005) and the eighth Pac-10 POW award of her career. Selden went 3-0 with a save and a 1.27 ERA at the Palm Springs Classic last weekend. After recording a save against Massachusetts in the first game on Friday, the senior struck out 13 in a two-hitter against 18th-ranked Georgia. On Saturday, Selden limited #10 Baylor to just four hits, while striking out seven in a 6-1 victory. But the senior saved her best for last against #2 Northwestern on Sunday, setting a career mark for strikeouts in a seven-inning game with 17. She gave up just four hits and one unearned run to improve to 7-1 on the season. Selden is second on the team with a 1.35 earned run average and has 78 strikeouts to just four walks in 52 innings of work. After passing Keira Goerl on the all-time strikeout list on Apr. 29 of last season, Selden will attempt to climb the list in several other categories this year. She entered 2008 second in complete games and innings pitched and moved into second in appearances at the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, trailing Goerl in all three categories. Although she will not likely reach first in wins (a category led by Goerl), Selden is on pace to surpass four former Bruins to gain second on the list. Nationally, Selden is 12 victories away from being the 33rd member of the 100-win club for Division I.
Speaking of pitchers who are baffling opposing batters, let me you introduce you to freshman Donna Kerr. The San Diego native will be returning to her hometown this weekend after an outstanding performance at the Palm Springs Classic. Kerr went 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 13 innings last weekend. Against Massachusetts on Friday, the freshman allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out seven in six innings of work. One night later against the 14th-ranked team in the nation, Kerr stifled the Hawai'i bats, throwing a one-hitter and striking out eight. Allowing just two baserunners the entire game, Kerr set down the final 12 batters in order to improve to 5-1 on the season. The freshman has a team-best 0.88 earned run average, which ranks her third in the Pac-10, and has 42 strikeouts in 40 innings of work. Along with her shutout of Hawai'i, Kerr has the other UCLA shutout this season, a 4-0 blanking of then-#22 Missouri (Feb. 15.)
Freshman Samantha Camuso continued her torrid hitting to start the season last weekend, going 5-for-12 (.417) at the Palm Springs Classic with three runs batted in and four walks. Camuso had hits in four of the five games and drove in three. Her best day came on Saturday when she went a combined 3-for-7 with three runs batted in against #10 Baylor and #14 Hawai'i. Camuso went 2-for-4 with two RBI against the Lady Bears and drove in another run against the Rainbow Wahine. Camuso is hitting .348, which is fourth on the team, is second with 15 RBI and tied for second with two home runs. Camuso hit UCLA's first homer of the season against Oklahoma on Feb. 8 and then hit a grand slam the next day against Santa Clara. She went 4-for-4 with seven runs batted in against the Broncos and touched home plate five times to set a new school record for runs scored in a single game. Camuso would have tied another single-game record with her seven RBI, but she was eclipsed by teammate Amanda Kamekona's eight runs batted in.
KC AT THE BAT
There are three things in life you can be certain of: death, taxes and Krista Colburn in the UCLA softball starting lineup. Colburn has never missed a start for the Bruins, extending her consecutive games streak to 189 with five more starts last weekend. The All-American is one of eight Bruins hitting above .300, with Colburn posting a .341 average, ranking her fifth on the team. She has added a team-high 10 walks to go along with 11 runs scored (4th), four doubles (T-3rd) and three sacrifice hits (T-1st). Colburn registered her 47th-career multiple-hit game on Saturday against 10th-ranked Baylor, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. She also scored the go-ahead run in Friday's 5-2 victory over #18 Georgia.
AULD LANG SYNE
You know you have a great hitting team when you are batting .483 and that only places you third on the squad. That is where you will find sophomore Megan Langenfeld, who is also tied for second on the team with two home runs and second alone with eight walks. After missing the first four games of the Palm Springs Classic last weekend with an injury, sophomore Megan Langenfeld returned to the lineup on Sunday against second-ranked Northwestern, going 1-for-2 with a sacrifice hit. Langenfeld has hits in four straight games and has posted five multiple-hit contests this season. Three of those five games came during the opening weekend of play at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, when Langenfeld went 8-for-15 (.533) with six runs scored and four RBI. Langenfeld hit her first home run of the season that weekend against Santa Clara on Feb. 9 and jacked her second one out on Feb. 15, a three-run shot that proved to be the game winner against South Carolina.
She may only be 5-foot-2, but junior Amanda Kamekona packs a big punch with her bat, leading the Bruins with four home runs through the first three weekends. Kamekona hit a pair last weekend at the Palm Springs Classic, going yard in back-to-back games against 14th-ranked Hawai'i and #2 Northwestern. Her solo shot in the first inning against the Rainbow Wahine on Saturday proved to be the only run the Bruins needed in a 3-0 victory. The following afternoon, Kamekona gave UCLA some insurance runs with a two-run home run to cap off a five-run fourth inning. Kamekona went 5-for-15 (.333) with five runs, three RBI and three walks in the desert. She raised her season average to .313, leads the team with 16 runs scored and five stolen bases, is second with five doubles and third with 14 runs batted in. Eight of those RBI came in the Bruins' 27-1 rout of Santa Clara on Feb. 9. The eight RBI set a new single-game school record, besting the previous mark of seven set by Julie Marshall.
TAKING A BITE OUT OF THE COMPETITION
Freshman Monica Harrison came up with some clutch hits last weekend at the Palm Springs Classic, driving in a pair of game-winning runs as the Bruins recorded a perfect 5-0 record. Munch, as she is affectionately known as by her teammates, started the weekend strong with a 2-for-3, two RBI effort against Massachusetts, driving in what proved to be the game winner on a single in the sixth. The freshman added another two-hit game in Friday's nightcap against Georgia to finish the afternoon 4-for-6. On Saturday against Baylor, Harrison was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score UCLA's second run in a 6-1 victory over the Lady Bears. Harrison is one of eight players batting over .300, hitting at a .310 clip with four runs scored and four RBI.
JB AT 3B
Sophomore Julie Burney picked a good time to hit her first home run of the season, launching a two-run shot which proved to be the game winner in a 6-2 victory over second-ranked Northwestern on Sunday. It was a great ending to a successful weekend for Burney, who had four hits in 14 at-bats with three runs batted in. The sophomore drove in her first run of the weekend on Friday against 18th-ranked Georgia on an RBI double in the sixth. After posting two hits in a win over #14 Hawai'i on Saturday, Burney came up big against the Wildcats. With the Bruins trailing 2-1, Burney jacked a two-run homer to left to put UCLA on top. The home run kick-started a five-run inning for the Bruins. On the season, Burney is batting .267 with five runs batted in and five walks.
Junior Jennifer Schroeder got into the home run act last weekend at the Palm Springs Classic, belting her first career homer in the Bruins' 3-0 victory over #14 Hawai'i on Saturday. Schroeder had hits in each of the final three games of the weekend, driving in a run on a sacrifice fly against #10 Baylor in the first game on Saturday and recording an RBI double against #2 Northwestern on Sunday. She also came up big with two sacrifice hits against #18 Georgia on Friday. Schroeder's biggest attribute, however, is her ability to catch a great game. The junior caught four of the Bruins' five wins last weekend and has yet to make an error in 102 times handling the ball.
HERRERA OUT INDEFINITELY
The softball gods can be cruel and that was no more evident on Feb. 16 when senior Ashley Herrera suffered a dislocated left ankle sliding into third base in the seventh inning against Illinois. Herrera, who redshirted her true senior season last year after suffering a torn left ACL in the first game, was off to a torrid start, batting .586 (17-for-29) with 10 runs scored and four stolen bases. After having surgery on her ankle on Feb. 19, Herrera is out indefinitely.
The UCLA-Arizona game in Tucson on Apr. 12 has been changed to a 3 p.m. start to accommodate live television on Fox Sports Net. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m.