Fourth-Ranked Bruins Wrap Up Road Trip in Bay Area
April 23, 2008
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
#4 UCLA at #21 California
Friday, April 25
#4 UCLA at #7 Stanford
Saturday, April 26
Smith Family Stadium
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#4 UCLA at #7 Stanford
Sunday, April 27
Smith Family Stadium
Live: Gametracker, Free Live Video
ROAD TRIP WRAPS UP IN BAY AREA
The fourth-ranked Bruins (38-5, 10-2 Pac-10) finish up their eight-game conference road trip this weekend with three games in the Bay Area. UCLA will face #21 California (36-18, 4-8) on Friday before taking on seventh-ranked Stanford (41-8, 6-6) on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.). Gametracker will be available for all three games at UCLABruins.com and free live audio will be available for both contests against Stanford at GoStanford.com.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
For the first time this season, the Bruins are ranked the same in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA rankings, earning the number four spot in each poll. The Bruins maintained their #4 position in the USA Softball rankings for the second week in a row and moved up one spot from fifth in the NFCA poll. 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.
BURNEY BOMB HIGHLIGHTS UCLA-USA GAME
UCLA became just the fifth team to score against Team USA during its KFC Bound 4 Beijing Tour, courtesy of a two-run home run by sophomore Julie Burney in the second inning, but USA Softball flexed its power with four home runs en route to a 8-2 victory on Tuesday at Easton Stadium.The Bruins had seven hits in the game, with senior Krista Colburn recording a single and a double. Also getting singles were sophomore Megan Langenfeld and freshmen Samantha Camuso, GiOnna DiSalvatore and Monica Harrison, as UCLA had at least one base runner in every inning but the seventh.Senior Anjelica Selden started and allowed four hits, four runs and one walk in 2 2/3 innings with two strikeouts. Langenfeld came in the game in the third and pitched four-plus innings, giving up four runs, five hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Freshman Donna Kerr recorded the final out against Team USA on a foul out, also giving up a walk.Former Bruin Lisa Fernandez pitched 6 2/3 innings in the circle for Team USA (26-1), allowing two runs, seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts. She also doubled in her lone at-bat in the seventh inning. Andrea Duran had a happy homecoming with a 2-for-4, two RBI game that included a home run, while Natasha Watley had an RBI single in the third inning. Also making their returns to Easton Stadium were Tairia Mims Flowers and Stacey Nuveman.Selden retired Team USA in order in the first on three ground outs and the Bruins got the game's first hit in the bottom of the inning on a one-out double by Colburn. In the top of the second, USA Softball jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a homer by Crystl Bustos to left-center.But the lead was short-lived for Team USA, as the Bruins bounced back with two in the bottom of the inning. With one out and Camuso on first, Burney launched a home run over the left-field wall to put UCLA on top 2-1.In the third, Team USA rallied for three runs. Lovie Jung led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Flowers. After Jung moved to third on a ground out to short by Caitlin Lowe, Watley slapped a ball to shortstop and beat out the throw for an infield single, bringing in Jung to tie the score at two. Watley then stole second and Jessica Mendoza belted a homer to straightaway center to put USA Softball up 4-2.Team USA hit another one out in the top of the fourth as Duran led off the inning with a home run to put Team USA ahead 5-2.Langenfeld was strong in relief, but the Team USA bats were too much as they scored three in the seventh. Lowe led off with a homer to right, but Langenfeld retired the next two batters. Fernandez then sparked a rally, doubling to right-center. She was pinch-run for by Laura Berg, and after a walk to Kelly Kretschman, Duran singled to left to plate Berg and make it a 7-2 game. Kretschman closed out the scoring with Team USA's eighth run, coming around to score when Nuveman reached on a fielder's choice.Fernandez was taken out of the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and greeted with a standing ovation. Jennie Finch retired the final batter of the contest for Team USA.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
Senior Anjelica Selden remained in the national Top 25 in five statistical categories, moving up to eighth in the nation in ERA at 0.81. Selden is also seventh in fewest walks per seven innings (0.91), seventh in strikeouts per seven (10.8), 13th in fewest hits allowed (3.64) and tied for 26th with 19 victories. Freshman Donna Kerr is right behind Selden in ERA, placing 12th at 0.90. In addition, Kerr is fourth in the country in fewest hits allowed (3.33) and 29th in strikeouts per seven (8.9). Completing the UCLA pitcher trifecta, sophomore Megan Langenfeld is tied for 15th with four saves. Offensively, senior Krista Colburn is tied for 24th in the nation in walks per game (0.69).
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 10th in hitting at .321, second with a 0.91 ERA and 13th with a .974 fielding percentage. Only four other teams are in the Top 20 in all three categories, #1 Alabama, #2 Florida, #5 Texas A&M and #9 Houston. The Bruins as a team also rank fifth in the nation in winning percentage (.884), 14th in doubles per game (1.65), 37th in slugging percentage (.450) and 38th in scoring (5.09 runs per game).
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
With a solid weekend defensively, the Bruins moved to the top spot in the Pac-10 in fielding with a .974 percentage. UCLA maintained its lead in earned run average at 0.91 and remained second in batting average at .321. On offense, the Bruins rank in the top half of the conference in triples (T-2nd, 6), on base percentage (3rd, .398), hits (3rd, 364), doubles (3rd, 71), sacrifice flies (3rd, 8) and slugging percentage (4th, .450). In the circle, UCLA is first in opposing batting average (.147) and second in strikeouts (403). On an individual level, senior Anjelica Selden is in the Pac-10 Top 10 in five categories, including first in earned run average at 0.81. 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 38-1 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 34-0 when crossing home plate first and just 4-5 when the opponent scores the initial run. The Bruins also improved to 23-0 when scoring in their first at-bat, a feat accomplished again in Saturday's win at Washington. In addition, UCLA moved to 14-0 when hitting a home run, as junior Amanda Kamekona added to that streak with her team-leading eighth jack in Friday's win against the Huskies.
WINNING THE NAIL BITERS
Great teams win close games and the Bruins have been doing just that, posting a 14-1 record in contests decided by two runs or less. UCLA took another nail biter on Friday with a 2-1 victory at Washington, improving to 9-1 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 GOLDEN BEARS
California went 1-2 in last week's action against rival Stanford, dropping both games in Palo Alto before winning a 1-0 decision in Berkeley on Sunday on a walk-off home run by sophomore Bernice Masaniai in the seventh. All four of the Bears' Pac-10 wins have come at home and they are 8-3 overall at Levine-Fricke Field this season. California has struggled to a .201 average in Pac-10 play and has been led in conference by junior Gina Leomiti, who is batting .320 with two home runs and three RBI. Leomiti is third overall on the team in average at .322, also posting six homers and 37 runs batted in. Leading the way on the season is freshman Sanoe Kekahuna, who is tops on the squad in average (.340), homers (7) and RBI (43). In the circle, sophomore Marissa Drewrey is 24-11 on the season with a 1.65 earned run average and 238 strikeouts in 233 1/3 innings. She has all four wins in Pac-10 play for Cal, having started 10 of 12 games and posting a 2.12 ERA in league action.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. GOLDEN BEARS
The Bruins swept both games against the Golden Bears on Cal's trip to Westwood on April 5 and 6, winning 2-1 and 5-0, to move their all-time lead in the series to 74-19. Freshman Donna Kerr tossed six no-hit innings and the Bruins held on for a one-run victory in the first contest. In game two, junior Amanda Kamekona hit a three-run homer and senior Anjelica Selden fanned 13 in a five-hit complete-game effort. UCLA is 26-11 all-time at Cal and has won four in a row at Levine-Fricke Field. Last year, the Bruins recorded an 11-0, five-inning victory and a 5-3 triumph.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
After dropping its first four Pac-10 games, Stanford won six straight league contests before losing last weekend's finale against California. The Cardinal took care of the Golden Bears in Palo Alto, winning the first two games 4-3 in eight innings and 5-1. Stanford recorded its 41st win of the season on Tuesday with a 7-3 home victory against San Jose State. The Cardinal are batting just .219 in league play, but have three players hitting above .300, led by Rosey Neill. The sophomore is hitting .343 in Pac-10 with three home runs and six RBI. Overall, she leads the squad with 17 home runs and 47 RBI, batting .381. Sophomore Alissa Haber, who is batting .317 during conference play, leads the team with an overall .396 average. In the circle, junior Missy Penna has started 11 of the team's 12 Pac-10 games and is 6-5 with a 1.41 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings. Overall, Penna is 28-7 with a 1.02 earned run average and 298 strikeouts in 232 1/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. CARDINAL
The Bruins moved to 45-14 overall against the Cardinal with a 3-1 victory at Easton Stadium on April 4. Alissa Haber hit a leadoff homer in the first for Stanford, but the Bruins rallied for one in the second and two in the third. Sophomore Megan Langenfeld tossed 3 2/3 innings of hitless relief, striking out four to earn the victory. UCLA is 22-5 all-time at Stanford, but has dropped three in a row at Smith Family Stadium. Last season, the Bruins lost 6-4 in their lone game at Stanford.
A C-NOTE FOR JELLY
In a year where UCLA is celebrating 100 NCAA Championships, senior Anjelica Selden got to that magic number last weekend by recording her 100th career victory against Washington on Friday. Selden struck out 14 in the complete-game three-hitter, allowing just an unearned run and one walk to become the 34th Division I pitcher to post 100 victories. The senior finished up the weekend by throwing two more scoreless innings on Saturday to earn her second save of the season. 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 1,331 career punch outs, Selden now stands 13th on the all-time list. Selden leads the Bruins with a 0.81 ERA, a 19-3 record and 225 strikeouts in 146 1/3 innings, recording her team-best 17th complete game against Washington on Friday. The senior moved into first place in the Pac-10 in ERA and is eighth in the nation. Selden is also in the Top 25 in the country in fewest walks allowed per seven innings (7th, 0.91), strikeouts per seven (7th, 10.8), fewest hits allowed (13th, 3.64) and wins (T-26th, 19). 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 10 double-figure strikeout games this season and 64 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.
Playing in her final games as a Bruin in her home state last weekend, Washington native Krista Colburn had a fantastic series, going 5-for-8 with two runs scored in two UCLA victories. The senior recorded her second three-hit game of the season on Friday with three singles and came back with another multiple-hit effort on Friday, going 2-for-4 while scoring twice and driving in a run. Colburn raised her season batting average to .361, which is fourth on the team. She is also hitting .394 in Pac-10 play, which is second among league players in conference games. Colburn leads the team in walks with 29, placing her seventh in the Pac-10 and tied for 24th in the nation with 0.69 walks per game. She is also second on the club with 32 runs scored and second in on base percentage at .480. Her on base percentage ranks her fifth in the Pac-10. The All-American 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. She has five multiple-hit games during Pac-10 play to give her 14 this season and 57 for her career. The 14 multiple-hit contests is good for third on the team. Colburn has also been sharp on the defensive side of things, having not made an error in 47 chances this season.
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 15th 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. But on Saturday at Washington, Langenfeld got the ball from the start and was in command, tossing five scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and one walk with five strikeouts. The victory moved Langenfeld's record to a perfect 6-0. She is third on the team with a 1.20 ERA and has 44 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings. The sophomore has only six 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 fifth on the team with a .349 average, first with a .481 on base percentage (fourth in Pac-10), second in walks with 25 and home runs with four and fourth with 27 runs batted in. 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. Langenfeld had two more RBI on Saturday at Washington to move her into a tie for the team lead with eight multi-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 posted her 14th and 15th multiple-hit games of the season last weekend at Washington, going 2-for-4 in both contests to raise her team-best average to .381. The freshman is tied for the team lead in multi-hit contests and multi-RBI games with eight. She also leads the club with 38 runs batted in and is tied for third in runs scored (24) and homers (2), tied for second in doubles (12) and third in slugging (.545) and on base percentage (.439). A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, DiSalvatore ranks in the conference Top 10 in four categories, including fifth in average and tied for seventh in RBI and doubles. 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.
HERE WE GO, KATIE SCHRO!
Freshman Katie Schroeder extended her hitting streak to seven games with hits in both victories last weekend at Washington. Schroeder is 10-for-22 (.455) with three runs scored in her last seven games, giving her the second-longest hitting streak on the team this season behind Megan Langenfeld's eight-game streak. She is tied for the team lead with 15 multiple-hit contests after recording number 15 on April 18 at Washington, finishing last weekend 3-for-7. Schroeder is third on the squad with a .370 batting average and is tied for third with 24 runs scored and third solo 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.
Freshman Samantha Camuso earned her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on April 8 after recording six hits in 13 at-bats (.462) in four Bruin victories over Washington, Stanford and California. Camuso enters this week's play second on the team with a .373 average, which ranks her ninth among Pac-10 players. She is also tied for second in RBI with 31, tied for third with 12 doubles and two home runs and second with a .548 slugging percentage. Camuso has 12 multiple-hit contests and seven multi-RBI games this season. 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.
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 12th in the nation in ERA, fourth in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.33) and 29th 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).
She may only be 5-foot-2, but junior Amanda Kamekona packs a big punch with her bat, leading the Bruins with eight home runs. Her latest bomb came on Friday at Washington, as she hit a solo shot in the fifth inning that proved to be the game-winning RBI. Kamekona has been in the habit lately of driving in the game-winning run, recording five of the last six for the Bruins, including both last weekend to give her seven game-winners on the year. Her RBI double in the first inning on Saturday held up as the only run UCLA needed in its 4-0 win over the Huskies. Kamekona also had three straight game-winners on April 4-6 against Stanford and California, hitting a three-run homer in the third inning against Cal on April 6 that proved to be the difference in a 5-0 victory. The junior has hit four of the last six UCLA home runs, including two against Cal State Northridge on March 13 to set a career high. Kamekona is batting .301 on the season, holding the top spot with 34 runs scored and 10 sacrifice hits, tying for the team lead with eight stolen bases and placing tied for second with 31 runs batted in. Of Kamekona's 31 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.