#2 Bruins Host Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge Before Finals Break
March 11, 2008
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Cal State Fullerton at #2 UCLA
Wednesday, March 12
Los Angeles, Calif.
Live: Gametracker, Audio
Cal State Northridge at #2 UCLA
Thursday, March 13
Los Angeles, Calif.
UCLA HOSTS FULLERTON, NORTHRIDGE BEFORE BREAK
The second-ranked Bruins (25-2) entertain a pair of Big West Conference opponents this week before taking 12 days off for winter quarter finals. UCLA hosts Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Cal State Northridge on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Easton Stadium.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins remained at #2 in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll behind Pac-10 rival Arizona State and improved three positions in the USA Today/NFCA rankings to third. The variance between both polls has been anywhere from three to six this season, but coming off a second-straight 6-0 week, UCLA moved up from sixth and is just behind ASU and Alabama in the NFCA poll. The Bruins received eight first-place votes in the USA Softball poll and are just four points behind Arizona State for the top spot. They also picked up one first-place vote in the 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. The next broadcast will be Wednesday when the Bruins host Cal State Fullerton.
OLYMPIC GAME TICKET UPDATE
The time for getting tickets to the highly-anticipated UCLA-USA Softball game is quickly running out. The game will be played at Easton Stadium on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by calling (310) UCLA-WIN or by logging on to UCLABruins.com. All tickets are general admission and are $20 for adults and $10 for UCLA students and youths 16 and under. More than half of the tickets have been sold since they became available a little less than two weeks ago. The last time the Bruins hosted Team USA in 2004, tickets sold out in a month.
MORE TICKET INFO
Tickets for all UCLA Softball games can now be purchased in advance by calling (310) UCLA-WIN. To secure your seats to our popular Pac-10 weekend games, advance purchase is recommended. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youths 16 and under. UCLA students are free with a Bruin Card ID.
SELDEN NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Senior Anjelica Selden has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season and ninth time in her illustrious career, as announced by the conference on Tuesday. Selden's nine POW awards are the second most for a Bruin pitcher behind only the 11 of Keira Goerl.Selden threw 22 scoreless innings last week, striking out 31 and winning a trio of 1-0 games against UNLV, #24 Virginia Tech and Long Beach State. She has thrown 26 consecutive scoreless innings and has not allowed an earned run in 39 1/3 innings.The Bruins have earned five Pac-10 Player or Pitcher of the Week awards this year (GiOnna DiSalvatore 2, Donna Kerr 1) and increase their all-time total to 102. It is also their third straight Pitcher of the Week award, as Selden earned her first honor this season on Feb. 26 and Kerr picked up the award last Tuesday.The senior opened the week with a one-hitter against a UNLV team which sent #1 Arizona State to its only loss this season. Selden fanned 13, striking out the side in the first and the seventh.An old-fashioned pitchers' duel developed between a couple of All-Americans in Selden and Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher on Friday at the Long Beach State Invitational. But Selden came out on top, throwing her second straight one-hitter while striking out seven. She set down 11 straight at one point, allowing just two base runners on a single and a walk. The free pass was Selden's first in 41 1/3 innings.Selden's string of zeroes continued on Sunday against a Long Beach State squad which is the only team to defeat #5 Florida. She struck out 11 to post her fifth double-figure strikeout game in her last six starts.Selden has 75 strikeouts in her last 43 innings and is 12-1 on the season with a 0.80 earned run average.
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 17 times and has won every contest. The Bruins did it twice last week against Notre Dame and Rutgers and have outscored opponents 38-4 in the first inning. Overall, UCLA is 23-0 when scoring first and 2-2 when its opponent plates the first run.
KERR TOSSES PERFECT GAME
Freshman Donna Kerr pitched the 16th perfect game and 99th no-hitter in UCLA history on March 2 against Saint Peter's. Kerr struck out seven, including the side in the fifth inning, and did it all in a scant 58 minutes. It was the first Bruin perfect game since May 15, 2003 when Keira Goerl and Michelle Turner combined for a six-inning perfecto against Colgate in the NCAA Regionals. It also marked the first no-hitter since March 6, 2005 against Fresno State when a freshman named Anjelica Selden blanked the Bulldogs. The last freshman to toss a perfect game was Goerl on March 6, 2001 against UC Riverside.
SCOUTING THE TITANS
Cal State Fullerton enters Wednesday's tilt with a record of 12-10-1, going 1-3 in action last week. The Titans lost to Loyola-Chicago and common UCLA opponents Northwestern and Notre Dame, also defeating Rutgers. Overall, Fullerton is 5-4 against teams the Bruins have played, also beating Santa Clara twice, Oklahoma and Santa Clara, while losing to Nevada and Baylor. Offensively, senior Kiki Munoz is leading the team with a .394 average and 12 runs batted in. Senior Katie Gollhardt is second at .329 and is tied for the team lead with three home runs. As a team, the Titans are batting .274 with 14 home runs, averaging 4.4 runs per game. In the circle, freshman Christine Hiner holds a team-low ERA of 1.78, a 6-5 record and 68 strikeouts in 78 2/3 innings. Senior Jessica Doucette has tossed 63 2/3 innings, going 6-4 with a 2.64 ERA and 54 strikeouts.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. TITANS
The Bruins have faced the Titans 67 previous times, the second-most games played by UCLA against a non-conference foe behind the 71 of Long Beach State. Since the series was tied at 31-31-1, the Bruins have won four straight to take a four-game lead. Last March 7 at Fullerton, Julie Burney, Krista Colburn, Jaisa Creps, Megan Langenfeld and Kaila Shull all hit home runs to lead the Bruins to an 8-1 triumph. Anjelica Selden struck out 12 in the victory. UCLA has won each of the last three matchups at Easton Stadium, including a 1-0, 10-inning victory in 2006, to give them a 17-12-1 mark in home games against Fullerton. The Titans' last win against the Bruins was a 2-1 win in 11 innings during NCAA Regional play in Westwood. UCLA later went on to take two in a row from Fullerton to advance to the Super Regionals. In eight games against the Titans, Colburn holds a .385 average (10-for-26) with three runs scored, a home run and four runs batted in. Selden has a 6-1 mark in seven matchups against the Titans, posting a 0.52 earned run average and 82 strikeouts in 54 innings.
SCOUTING THE MATADORS
Cal State Northridge (9-14) is coming off a 2-2 week after sweeping North Dakota in a home doubleheader and dropping two games to a pair of common Bruin opponents in Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. The Matadors have also lost three games to UCLA common foes Oklahoma, UNLV and South Carolina. Offensively, junior Amanda Peek leads the squad with a .508 batting average, three home runs and 16 runs batted in. Three other players, junior Karen Fraggi (.357), sophomore Alexandria Alvarado (.339) and senior Jackie Duree (.310) are also hitting above .300. As a team, the Matadors are batting .260 with eight home runs, averaging 3.6 runs per game. In the circle, senior Mercedes Lovato has seen the bulk of the work, holding a team-best 2.93 earned run average, an 8-8 record and 92 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings. The Bruins are 35-9 all-time against the Matadors, having won 13 in a row in the series. In the last matchup on March 25, 2006 at Northridge, UCLA came away with a 1-0 victory. Krista Colburn drove in the game's lone run in the sixth inning on an RBI single, while Lisa Dodd picked up the victory in the circle. The Bruins are 12-4 at home against the Matadors, winning the last meeting at Easton Stadium in 2003 by a 2-0 score. During their 13-game winning streak, UCLA has outscored Northridge 79-4. The Matadors' last victory against the Bruins was in a doubleheader sweep at Northridge in 1998. Northridge last won at UCLA in 1995 (1-0 in 10 innings).
The accolades keep pouring in for senior Anjelica Selden, who was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season and ninth time in her career on Tuesday. Selden tossed 22 scoreless innings and had 31 strikeouts in three games last week, picking up victories against UNLV, Virginia Tech and Long Beach State. Along with a pair of Pac-10 POW awards, Selden has also been NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week, as well as earning spots on the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List and being named as a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award. Selden became the 21st Division I pitcher to record 1,200 strikeouts for a career on March 1 at San Diego State and enters this week's action with 1,242 as a Bruin. The senior has double-figure strikeout totals in six of her last seven games and has allowed one earned run or fewer in 11 of her 13 starts. Selden opened last week with back-to-back one-hitters against UNLV on Wednesday and Virginia Tech on Friday. She struck out 13 Rebels and seven Hokies before fanning 11 in her weekend finale against Long Beach State on Sunday. Selden has set new personal standards for strikeouts in a five-inning game and a seven-inning contest this season. Against James Madison on Feb. 29, Selden punched out 14 in a five-inning game, while on Feb. 24, she struck out 17 in a seven-inning affair. Selden holds a ridiculous 19-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, issuing only seven walks compared to 136 strikeouts. On the season, Selden leads the team with a 12-1 record and 136 strikeouts, posting a slim 0.80 earned run average while holding opponents to a .133 batting average. With her strikeout milestone having been reached, Selden is on the verge of another as she approaches 100 career victories. With 93 wins as a Bruin, the senior is just seven away from becoming the 33rd Division I pitcher to post 100 victories. Selden's victory against Long Beach State also tied her with current assistant coach Lisa Fernandez for fourth on UCLA's all-time wins list. Next up is B'Ann Burns in third with 96 wins.
Speaking of pitchers who are baffling opposing batters, let me introduce you to freshman Donna Kerr. It is a pretty good bet that hitters from Northwestern don't want to face any UCLA pitching for the rest of the year. After Anjelica Selden fanned 17 Wildcats at the Palm Springs Classic on Feb. 24, Kerr nearly equaled that total with a career-high 15 strikeouts in a two-hit shutout victory over the eighth-ranked team in the nation on Sunday. The freshman is in the middle of an amazing stretch in which she has allowed just one earned run in her last 38 1/3 innings (0.18 ERA) with 55 strikeouts while tossing her first career perfect game against Saint Peter's on March 2. Kerr set down all 15 Peahens she faced, striking out seven to throw the 16th perfect game and 99th no-hitter in Bruin history. The perfecto capped off a great week, as she threw 15 scoreless innings, struck out 21 and allowed only two hits to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors. Leading the team with a 0.61 earned run average and five shutouts, Kerr is second on the team with a 9-1 record and 86 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings. She has given up one earned run or fewer in 10 of her 11 starts. Along with shutouts of Saint Peter's and Northwestern, Kerr has also blanked San Diego (Feb. 29) and ranked teams Missouri (Feb. 15) and Hawai'i (Feb. 23).
HERE WE GO, KATIE SCHRO!
To get an offensive going you need to have production at the very top of the lineup and that is what the Bruins have with leadoff hitter Katie Schroeder. The freshman hit .529 (9-for-17) last week, drawing four walks and scoring two runs. She reached base in every game and had a hit in four of the six contests. Against #24 Virginia Tech on Friday at the Long Beach State Invitational, Schroeder started a two-out rally in the third by taking a walk and came around to score two batters later, with that run proving to be the game winner in the 1-0 win. The freshman had her second four-hit game of the season with three singles and a double against Rutgers on Saturday and added another multiple-hit contest against Long Beach State with three singles Sunday. Schroeder has 10 multiple-hit games on the season, which ranks her second on the team. The freshman raised her season average 41 points last week to .365, which is good for fourth on the club. Along with her hits, Schroeder has also had a good eye at the plate, drawing walks in five of her last seven games.
CAPTAIN CLUTCH CLEANING UP
Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore continues to clean up in the fourth spot of the order and produced her team-leading sixth game-winning RBI last Friday in a 3-2 victory over Notre Dame at the Long Beach State Invitational. DiSalvatore drove in all three runs against the Irish, including the go-ahead score in the top of the seventh on an RBI double to plate senior Krista Colburn. The freshman added a 2-for-4 performance with an RBI triple against Rutgers on Saturday and finished the week 7-for-21 (.333) with four runs batted in. Already a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, DiSalvatore leads the team with a .429 average, 30 runs batted in and a .667 slugging percentage. She is also tied for the top spot with 10 doubles and two triples, tied for third with two home runs and solo third in runs scored with 18. DiSalvatore has 11 multiple-hit games this season and eight multi-RBI contests, which both are tops on the squad. Two of her three four-RBI games came during the season-opening Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. She finished the tourney 10-for-14 (.714) with nine RBI, five runs scored and four doubles to earn her first Pac-10 Player of the Week award. Two weeks later at the Palm Springs Classic, DiSalvatore hit .667 (8-for-12) with six runs scored and five runs batted in to received her second Pac-10 POW nod.
Freshman Samantha Camuso helped the Bruins walk off with a win on Sunday, driving in freshman Grace Murray on an RBI double to propel UCLA to a 1-0, eight-inning victory over Long Beach State. Camuso had five hits in 15 at-bats last week at the Long Beach State Invitational for a .333 average to go along with three runs scored, three doubles and three runs batted in. On the year, the freshman is second on the team with a .405 average and 25 runs batted in, tied for first with 10 doubles and tied for third 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.
You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Not only a line from the movie 'Bull Durham', but something that sophomore Megan Langenfeld is able to do equally well. Langenfeld is third on the team with a .375 batting average, is 4-0 with a 0.65 earned run average in the circle and is one of the top fielding first baseman in the nation. The multi-talented sophomore went 2-0 and tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts last week. Langenfeld came in against Notre Dame in relief on Friday and retired the final five batters she faced to earn the win. The following day, the sophomore fanned seven in five innings and allowed just two hits to pick up her second straight victory. At the plate, Langenfeld hit a monstrous home run against #8 Northwestern on Sunday, a shot which landed over the center-field fence approximately 250 feet away from home plate. The home run was Langenfeld's third of the season, which puts her second on the team. She is also second on the club in walks with 13 and fourth in runs batted in with 15.
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's consecutive starts streak reached the 200 mark on Sunday against Northwestern and now stands at 201 heading into this week's play. The All-American is fifth on the team with a .354 batting average, first in walks with 16 and second in runs scored with 20. Colburn started last weekend with a 2-for-3 effort against #24 Virginia Tech on Friday at the Long Beach State Invitational, driving in the game's lone run on a single in the third. She would score twice in each of the next two contests, including the game-winning run against Notre Dame in the seventh. Colburn has nine multiple-hit games this season (52 for her career) to go along with four multi-RBI contests (29 career).
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. Kamekona is one of six Bruins hitting above .300 with a .329 average, holding the top spot with 24 runs scored and seven sacrifice hits and placing third with 19 runs batted in, seven doubles and 11 walks. Along with being handy with the bat, she is also a force once she gets on base, tying for the team lead with seven stolen bases. Kamekona finished last week strong with hits in each of the last three games, going 5-for-18 (.278) in six games. Of Kamekona's 19 RBI, eight came in a Feb. 9 contest against Santa Clara, which set a UCLA single-game record. Breaking the old mark of Julie Marshall, who had seven RBI in a game against Oregon on April 17, 1999, Kamekona had a two-run homer, a two-run double, a three-run double and a sacrifice fly against the Broncos.
NEWS AND NOTES
Freshman Grace Murray returned to her hometown of Lakewood last weekend and made her season debut on the base paths. Coming into her first collegiate game as a pinch-runner in the seventh inning of a 9-0 win against Rutgers, Murray scored the Bruins' ninth run of the contest. Then on Sunday, the pinch-runner again scored the last run of a contest, this time the game winner on an RBI double by freshman Samantha Camuso in a 1-0, eight-inning victory over Long Beach State ... the race for the stolen base lead is heating up between junior Amanda Kamekona and freshman Lauren Mirabal, who each have seven swipes. Although she has had far less chances to steal while playing only as a pinch-runner, Mirabal has been successful on all seven of her attempts and has scored more than half the time she has come into a game (10 runs in 18 games). Kamekona tied Mirabal for the top spot with two stolen bases last week ... sophomore Kaila Shull has hits in her last four games after posting an RBI double in her lone appearance last week against Rutgers on Saturday. While she is still hitting only .184 on the season, Shull has raised her average 104 points during her modest four-game hitting streak in which she is 5-for-13 (.385).
SELDEN NOMINATED FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Anjelica Selden has been selected as a nominee for the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award is given to the nation's outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I softball.Selden is one of 30 nominees who along with their resumes as elite college softball players also excel in the classroom and make an impact in their respective communities. The award, presented to NCAA Division I student-athletes each year in eight sports, focuses on the 'Four C's' of classroom, character, community and competition.An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfill their entire athletic eligibility and pursue their degree. Since that time, Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, has expanded the award to include other NCAA sports and the award has developed into the nation's premier tribute to college seniors.From the list of 30 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in late March. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote that will include coaches, media and fans. The award winner will be announced and recognized at the 2008 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.