Fourth-Ranked Bruins Head to #20 Washington for Two-Game Set
April 15, 2008
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
#4 UCLA at #20 Washington
Friday, April 18
Husky Softball Stadium
Live: Gametracker, Audio, Video
#4 UCLA at #20 Washington
Saturday, April 19
Husky Softball Stadium
Live: Gametracker, Video
BRUINS HEAD TO PACIFIC NORTHWEST
The fourth-ranked Bruins (36-5, 8-2 Pac-10) continue their eight-game road trip this weekend with a two-game series at #20 Washington (25-14-1, 4-5 Pac-10). Friday's game will begin at 3 p.m., while Saturday's will start at 2 p.m. Gametracker will be available on UCLABruins.com and live audio and video will be featured on GoHuskies.com.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins dropped three spots to fourth in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll, relinquishing the top position it held for three straight weeks. UCLA only dropped one spot to fifth in the USA Today/NFCA rankings, marking just the second time this season there has been only a one position difference between the two polls. Full polls can be seen on page two of this release.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
All UCLA softball home games will be broadcast live over the internet at UCLABruins.com with Darren Preston and Jeff Knox at the call. In addition, every contest will feature Gametracker on the UCLA website.
OLYMPIC GAME SOLD OUT!
The April 22 softball contest between UCLA and Team USA has officially been declared a sellout. The Bruins will take on USA Softball at 6 p.m. at Easton Stadium.
With their win over California on April 6, the Bruins opened Pac-10 Conference action at 7-0 for the first time since 1993. It was the fourth time UCLA has begun league play with seven straight victories. The 1989 and 1991 teams each went 7-0, while the 1993 squad won their first eight contests.
SELDEN, CAMUSO NAMED TOP 25 FINALISTS FOR USA SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Senior pitcher Anjelica Selden and freshman outfielder Samantha Camuso are two of 25 finalists for the 2008 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association on April 9.The award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by players across the country.On May 7, a list of 10 finalists will be named from the 25 players on this list. Two weeks later, the list will be cut to three and those players will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner at the Women's College World Series Party at the Park on May 27.Former UCLA great Stacey Nuveman was the inaugural winner of this award in 2002.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
Senior Anjelica Selden remained in the national Top 25 in five statistical categories, including 12th in the nation with her 0.87 ERA. Selden is also seventh in fewest walks per seven innings (0.82), eighth in strikeouts per seven (10.6), 12th in fewest hits allowed (3.67) and tied for 21st with 18 victories. Freshman Donna Kerr is right behind Selden in ERA, placing 13th at 0.90. In addition, Kerr is fifth in the country in fewest hits allowed (3.33) and 30th in strikeouts per seven (8.9). Completing the UCLA pitcher trifecta, sophomore Megan Langenfeld is tied for 12th with four saves. Offensively, senior Krista Colburn is 18th in the nation in walks per game (0.73).
A WELL-ROUNDED TEAM
Only a select number of teams can claim to be among the nation's best in hitting, pitching and fielding. UCLA is one of those elite teams, ranking in the national Top 20 in batting average, earned run average and fielding percentage. The Bruins are eighth in hitting at .321, third with a 0.96 ERA and 20th with a .974 fielding percentage. Only two other teams are in the Top 20 in all three categories, Houston and North Carolina. The Bruins as a team also rank sixth in the nation in winning percentage (.878), 13th in doubles per game (1.63), 35th in slugging percentage (.450) and 37th in scoring (5.20 runs per game).
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
The Bruins remained 1-2-3 in the Pac-10 in earned run average, batting average and fielding percentage, ranking first with a 0.96 ERA, second with a .321 average and third with a .974 fielding percentage. On offense, the Bruins rank in the top half of the conference in on base percentage (2nd, .398), doubles (T-2nd, 67), triples (T-2nd, 6), sacrifice flies (3rd, 8), hits (4th, 345) and slugging percentage (4th, .450). In the circle, UCLA is first in opposing batting average (.142) and second in strikeouts (381). On an individual level, senior Anjelica Selden and freshmen GiOnna DiSalvatore and Donna Kerr are in the Pac-10 Top 10 in four categories. Selden is second in ERA, fourth in opposing batting average and wins and fifth in strikeouts, while Kerr is third in ERA, second in opposing batting average, eighth in strikeouts and ninth in wins. DiSalvatore is tied for sixth in RBI, ninth in batting average, tied for ninth in doubles and tied for third in triples. Full team and individual Pac-10 rankings can be found on page six of this release.
SCORING = WINNING
Sounds simple enough, right? Well it really holds true for the Bruins, who are 36-1 when scoring at least one run and have been shutout in four of their five losses. The only setback in which the Bruins scored was in a defeat to Illinois (Feb. 16) when UCLA didn't score until the seventh inning. Scoring first of course has been the key, as UCLA is 32-0 when crossing home plate first and just 4-5 when the opponent scores the initial run. The Bruins also improved to 22-0 when scoring in their first at-bat, a feat accomplished again in Sunday's win at Arizona. In that victory over the Wildcats, UCLA moved to 13-0 when hitting a home run, thanks to junior Jennifer Schroeder's game-winner in the seventh inning.
WINNING THE NAIL BITERS
Great teams win close games and the Bruins have been doing just that, posting a 13-1 record in contests decided by two runs or less. UCLA took another nail biter on Sunday with a 2-1 victory at Arizona, improving to 8-1 in one-run games. The Bruins are also a perfect 5-0 in two-run contests. The lone loss for UCLA in a one-run affair was on March 12 in a 1-0, eight-inning setback against Cal State Fullerton.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Washington (25-14-1) has dropped three of its last four Pac-10 games to fall to 4-5 in league play, but did upset #1 Arizona State 3-0 on Sunday to snap a three-game skid. Prior to their win over the Sun Devils, the Huskies lost 5-4 in eight innings at Arizona on Friday and 7-2 on Saturday at Arizona State. Washington is batting just .257 with one home run and nine stolen bases in nine conference games. Sophomore Amanda Fleischman leads the Huskies during Pac-10 play with a .407 average, while freshmen Morgan Stuart and Jace Williams are batting .360 in league. Overall, Williams holds the top spot in average at .411, also placing tied for third with five home runs and second with 30 RBI. Stuart and junior Alicia Blake are tied for the team lead with six home runs, with Stuart adding a team-high 35 runs batted in. In the circle, freshman Aleah Macon leads the team with a 1.92 ERA overall and a 2.62 earned run average in Pac-10 play. Macon, who is 14-7 overall, has won all four league games. Senior Caitlin Noble has an overall ERA of 2.60 with an 11-7 record, but is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA in Pac-10 contests.
BRUINS VS. HUSKIES: ROUND ONE
Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to score sophomore Julie Burney, as the top-ranked Bruins defeated #24 Washington 7-6 on April 2 at Easton Stadium.The Bruins improve to 32-3 overall with the win and 4-0 in Pac-10 play, while the Huskies fall to 22-11-1 and 1-2 in league action.Senior Anjelica Selden allowed just one hit and struck out seven in three innings of relief, earning the win to improve to 16-2 on the season. Freshman Donna Kerr started and gave up six runs (three earned), five hits and one walk in five innings, fanning five.Freshman Samantha Camuso had two of the six hits for the Bruins, who benefited from 10 walks by Washington pitchers. Senior Krista Colburn drew three walks, while Burney and sophomore Megan Langenfeld had two apiece.Washington jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a first-inning run. With one out, Marnie Koziol laid down a bunt single and stole second. A walk to Jace Williams and a hit by pitch of Morgan Stuart loaded the bases for Alicia Blake, who lifted a scoring fly ball to center field to plate Koziol and put the Huskies ahead.Huskies starter Aleah Macon pitched three innings of shutout ball before unraveling in the fourth. Colburn drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third when junior Amanda Kamekona's sacrifice attempt was dropped at first base by Williams to put runners at the corners. One out later, Langenfeld walked to load the bases and Camuso singled up the middle to plate Colburn and Kamekona to give the Bruins a 2-1 advantage.Freshman Monica Harrison followed with a double to the left-center field gap, bringing in Langenfeld to make it a 3-1 game. A walk to Burney reloaded the bases and sophomore Kaila Shull brought in two with a single to right-center to score Camuso and Harrison. UCLA added its sixth run of the inning in the next at-bat, as freshman Katie Schroeder hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Burney.The 6-1 lead would be short-lived however, as the Huskies clawed back for five in the top of the fifth. Washington loaded the bases on a hit by pitch of Dani Stuart, a single by Amanda Fleischman and a fielding error by Harrison that allowed Bailey Stenson to reach. The Bruins got the first out of the inning when Koziol grounded out to third, with Burney coming home to retire Stuart. But Williams followed with a single to left to plate Fleischman and make it a 6-2 game.Another single, this time by Morgan Stuart, brought in Stenson and Koziol to cut the deficit to 6-4. A Blake groundout scored Williams to make it 6-5 as Stuart advanced to third. The Huskies would even the game at six when Stuart scored on a wild pitch.The Bruins had a chance in the fifth to get the lead back, but left the bases loaded. With one out, DiSalvatore singled to center, and following another out, Camuso singled to center and Harrison walked to load the bases. But Caitlin Noble retired Burney on a foul out to end the threat.In the seventh, the Huskies had a golden chance to move ahead, but could not capitalize. Stenson singled up the middle to lead off and stole second. Koziol then struck out, but reached first on a passed ball, as Stenson moved over to third. However, Selden shut down the Huskies, striking out Williams and Morgan Stuart and inducing Blake into a foul out to end the inning.After a scoreless top of the eighth for the Huskies, the Bruins won it in the bottom of the inning thanks to some wildness in the circle. Burney led off with a walk and was moved over to second on a bunt by Shull. Following another walk to Schroeder which put two aboard, Washington took out Noble in the circle and brought starter Macon back in. Macon walked the first batter she faced in Colburn to load the bases, but got Kamekona to foul out for the second out of the frame. However, DiSalvatore recorded her ninth game-winning RBI in very easy fashion, taking four wide ones to send the Bruins to the victory.Macon allowed six runs (four earned), four hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. Noble picked up the loss, pitching four innings and giving up one run, two hits and five walks with one strikeout.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. HUSKIES
With their victory over Washington on April 2, the Bruins improved to 39-21 all-time against the Huskies. UCLA has dropped four of its last five in Seattle, including an 8-3 setback last April 25. The Bruins' only win during that stretch was a 6-0 win on April 14, 2006. UCLA however still holds a 15-11 record at Washington.
ONE TO 100
In a year where UCLA is celebrating 100 NCAA Championships, senior Anjelica Selden is just one away from that magic number in career wins. Selden earned her 99th victory in Sunday's win at Arizona and will become the 34th Division I pitcher to post 100 victories with her next triumph. It has been a milestone campaign for the two-time All-American, who has moved into second at UCLA in wins and appearances this season after coming into the year second in complete games and innings pitched. Selden became the 15th Division I pitcher to reach 1,300 strikeouts on April 6 against California. With 1,314 career punch outs, Selden now stands 14th on the all-time list. Selden leads the Bruins with a 0.87 ERA, an 18-3 record and 208 strikeouts in 137 1/3 innings, recording her team-best 16th complete game against Arizona on Sunday. The senior moved up to second in the Pac-10 in ERA and is 12th in the nation. Selden is also in the Top 25 in the country in fewest walks allowed per seven innings (7th, 0.82), strikeouts per seven (8th, 10.6), fewest hits allowed (12th, 3.67) and wins (T-21st, 18). UCLA's all-time strikeout leader set a new personal best for a seven-inning game with 17 against Northwestern on Feb. 24 and also set a career high for punch outs in a five-inning game in her very next contest with 14 against James Madison on Feb. 29. Selden has nine double-figure strikeout games this season and 63 for her career. Selden has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on three occasions (Feb. 26, March 11 and April 1), giving her 10 POW awards for her career. She stands one behind Keira Goerl's 11 POW accolades, the most for any Bruin pitcher. One of the most decorated pitchers in UCLA history has also been bestowed with National Player of the Week awards from the NFCA and USA Softball (Feb. 26). Last week, Selden received more plaudits after she was named a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year and Lowe's Senior CLASS awards.
SELDEN A FINALIST FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Senior Anjelica Selden has been named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Nationwide balloting began April 10 and concludes on May 9 at www.seniorclassaward.com to determine this year's winner.Fan balloting will be combined with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. The winner will be announced and presented with the award at the Opening Ceremonies of the NCAA Women's College World Series on May 27. The Lowe's All-Senior All-America Team, based on final results of the balloting, will also be recognized.An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award has developed into the nation's premier tribute to college seniors. The award, which launched in 2001 with college basketball, is now in its second year for softball.The finalists were chosen from a list of 30 candidates based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. These four primary areas of criteria include: classroom, community, character and competition.The idea of an award to salute collegiate seniors was conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as Honorary Chairman. It was inspired by the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional. The Senior CLASS Award was formed to honor senior student-athletes who fulfill their entire collegiate athletic eligibility, earn a college degree and give back to their community.
Donna Kerr continues her remarkable freshman campaign and enters this week's play second on the team with a 0.90 ERA, a 13-2 record and 129 strikeouts in 101 innings. Kerr resides in the Pac-10 Top 10 in four categories, placing third in ERA, second in opposing batting average (.140), eighth in strikeouts and ninth in wins. She is also 13th in the nation in ERA, fifth in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.33) and 30th in strikeouts per seven (8.9). One of Kerr's biggest highlights of the season came on March 2 in her hometown of San Diego when she tossed her first career perfect game against Saint Peter's. 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. Kerr has four double-figure strikeout games, including a season-high 15 in a two-hit shutout of nationally-ranked Northwestern on March 9. That game marked the first of three straight double-figure strikeout contests for Kerr, who had 36 over a 19-inning span. The freshman has five solo shutouts and has given up one earned run or fewer in 14 of her 17 starts. Along with the perfect game against Saint Peter's and the shutout of Northwestern, Kerr has also blanked San Diego (Feb. 29) and ranked teams Missouri (Feb. 15) and Hawai'i (Feb. 23).
Freshman Samantha Camuso has moved into the team lead in batting average and earned her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor last Tuesday after recording six hits in 13 at-bats (.462) in four Bruin victories. Camuso is hitting .383, which ranks her sixth among Pac-10 players. She is also tied for the top spot on the team in doubles with 12 and triples with two, solo second with 31 runs batted in and a .567 slugging percentage and tied for third with two home runs. Camuso has 12 multiple-hit contests and seven multi-RBI games this season, tying her for third on the club in each category. The freshman has four game-winning RBI, including a walk-off winner on March 9 against nationally-ranked Long Beach State on a double in the eighth. Eight days before that, Camuso had another game-winner, driving in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to help UCLA beat ranked San Diego State. The freshman hit both of her home runs during the opening weekend, including a two-run shot against nationally-ranked Oklahoma on Feb. 8 for UCLA's first homer of the season. One day later, Camuso added a grand slam 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 RBI.
It's not too often you see a closer in softball, since most teams have their pitcher's go the distance each time they take the ball. But when you have the benefit of three solid pitchers as the Bruins do, a change of pace late in the game can baffle opposing hitters. So to go along with all of her hitting success, add closer to sophomore Megan Langenfeld's repertoire. Langenfeld has four saves on the season, which not only ties her for 12th in the nation and first in the Pac-10, but also equals the single-season UCLA record for saves (Christa Williams-1997). Adding in a save from last season, Langenfeld has five for her career, which places her in a tie for second with B'Ann Burns on the Bruins' all-time list. Langenfeld has a perfect 5-0 record with a 1.37 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings. She has only five walks on the season and had an amazing stretch of 111 straight batters without issuing a free pass. Another impressive feat was Langenfeld's 27 2/3 scoreless innings streak, which ran from Feb. 27 to April 5. At the plate, Langenfeld is fourth on the team with a .354 average, first with a .488 on base percentage (second in Pac-10), second in walks with 24 and home runs with four and fourth with 25 runs batted in and a .535 slugging percentage. Langenfeld compiled a team-best eight-game hitting streak from March 8-28 in which she posted a .455 average (10-for-22). She also drove in a run in six straight games from March 13-30, including a pair of RBI in three of those contests, to give her seven multiple-RBI games.
If you're looking for a game-winning RBI, look no further than GiOnna DiSalvatore. The freshman has a team-best nine, including one against Washington on April 2. DiSalvatore picked that one up in easy fashion, drawing a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Bruins a 7-6 victory. It marked the third straight game-winning RBI for DiSalvatore, who drove in the first runs in shutout victories against Oregon on March 29 and 30. DiSalvatore leads the team in runs batted in with 37 and is second with a .373 average. She is also third in runs scored (24) and slugging percentage (.540) and tied for third in doubles (11) and home runs (2). A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, DiSalvatore ranks in the conference Top 10 in four categories, including tied for sixth in runs batted in and ninth in batting average. DiSalvatore claimed her first Player of the Week award after an opening weekend in which she went 10-for-14 (.714) with nine RBI, five runs scored and four doubles at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. DiSalvatore hit her first career home run on Feb. 9 against UC Santa Barbara, a three-run, two-out shot in the bottom of the seventh that tied the game and sent it to extra innings before UCLA won it in the eighth. It was the first of numerous heroic efforts for DiSalvatore, who broke a 2-2 tie with a bases-clearing double in the fifth in a 5-2 win over nationally-ranked Georgia on Feb. 22, which led to her second POW award. She also drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on an RBI double in a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame on March 7.
KC AT THE BAT
Senior Krista Colburn has been a constant force in the Bruin lineup during her final year at UCLA, seeing her average above the .340 mark for most of the season. As she returns to her home state for the final time of her collegiate career this weekend, the native of Mukilteo, Washington is fifth on the team with a .342 average, also leading the squad in walks with 29. With an average of 0.73 walks per game, Colburn sits 18th in this week's NCAA rankings. In terms of team placement, Colburn is second with 30 runs scored and a .472 on base percentage. Colburn is in the Pac-10 Top 10 in three categories, including sixth in walks and ninth in on base percentage. She became the 20th member of UCLA's 200-hit club when she doubled in the fifth inning of the March 28th Pac-10 opener against Oregon State. Colburn has three multiple-hit games during Pac-10 play to give her 12 this season and 55 for her career.
HERE WE GO, KATIE SCHRO!
Freshman Katie Schroeder had hits in all three games last week to extend her hitting streak to five and move into third place on the team with a .367 batting average. Schroeder is batting .467 (7-for-15) over her last five contests, scoring twice. The freshman has four multiple-hit games in her last 12, including a three-hit effort against California on April 6. Schroeder has a team-best 14 multiple-hit games this season and is also fourth in runs scored with 23 and third with 15 walks and six stolen bases. Twice this season, Schroeder has posted four-hit games, going 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored against Santa Clara on Feb. 9 and 4-for-5 against Rutgers on March 8. On March 25 in a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara, Schroeder posted back-to-back three-hit performances, completing the twinbill 6-for-9 with three runs scored.
She may only be 5-foot-2, but junior Amanda Kamekona packs a big punch with her bat, leading the Bruins with seven home runs. Her latest bomb came on April 6 against California, a three-run shot in the third inning that proved to be the difference in a 5-0 victory. Kamekona tallied the game-winning RBI in all three contests two weekends ago to give her five game-winners on the year. The junior has hit three of the last five UCLA home runs, including two against Northridge on March 13 to set a career high. Kamekona is one of six Bruins batting above .300 with a .305 average, holding the top spot with 33 runs scored and 10 sacrifice hits, tying for the team lead with eight stolen bases and placing third with 29 runs batted in. Of Kamekona's 29 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.