UCLA Softball Hosts Los Angeles Regional, Faces Cal State Fullerton Friday
May 13, 2008
LOS ANGELES REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Friday, May 16
Game 1 - #3 Purdue vs. #2 Nevada - 2:30 p.m.
Game 2 - #4 Cal State Fullerton vs. #1 UCLA - 30 minutes after Game 1
Saturday, May 17
Game 3 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 - 3 p.m.
Game 4 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 30 minutes after Game 3
Game 5 - Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 - 30 minutes after Game 4
Sunday, May 18
Game 6 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 - 2:30 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary) - 30 minutes after Game 6
TV: ESPNU (Play-by-Play: Beth Mowins, Analyst: Tracy Warren, Reporter: Melissa Knowles)
Internet: Audio, Gametracker
UCLA HOSTS REGIONAL AT EASTON STADIUM
The UCLA Softball team, seeded second nationally in the NCAA Tournament, opens up postseason play on Friday against Cal State Fullerton in the second Regional game of the day at Easton Stadium. Friday's first contest pits Nevada against Purdue at 2:30 p.m., with the Bruins-Titans tilt starting 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Wolf Pack-Boilermakers game. All games of the Los Angeles Regional will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Beth Mowins, Tracy Warren and Melissa Knowles calling the action. Every contest will feature Gametracker on UCLABruins.com and each Bruin game will have live audio on the UCLA website.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins remained at three in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings and dropped two spots to fifth in the USA Today/NFCA poll.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
All UCLA Softball Regional and Super Regional games will be broadcast live over the internet at UCLABruins.com with Darren Preston at the call. In addition, every contest will feature Gametracker on the UCLA website.
BRUINS IN NCAA REGIONAL PLAY
UCLA is making its 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and holds a record of 154-36 (.811 winning percentage). During the Regional round, the Bruins are 66-8 (.892) and have gone undefeated 16 of 24 times. Since Regional play moved to a four-team format in 2005, the Bruins are 8-3 (.727), advancing to the Super Regionals in 2005 and 2006.
FRIENDLY CONFINES OF EASTON STADIUM
The Bruins will be hosting an NCAA Regional for the fifth straight season and for the 15th time in 24 NCAA Tournaments. UCLA is 38-3 (.927) in 14 previous Regionals at Easton Stadium and 42-4 (.913) overall during postseason games in Westwood (including Super Regionals in 2005 and 2006).
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
Senior Anjelica Selden is in the national Top 15 in four statistical categories, including sixth in earned run average at 0.79. She is seventh in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.53), 10th in strikeouts per seven (10.2) and 12th in fewest walks per seven (1.01). Selden is also tied for 27th with 24 wins. Freshman Donna Kerr is right behind Selden in ERA, placing 11th at 0.93. She is also 11th in fewest hits allowed at 3.71 and 28th in strikeouts per seven at 8.7. Completing the UCLA pitcher trifecta is sophomore Megan Langenfeld, who is tied for 10th with five saves.
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 19th in hitting at .312, fourth with a 1.01 ERA and 12th with a .975 fielding percentage. The only other team that is in the Top 20 in all three categories entering the postseason is 10th-ranked Houston. The Bruins as a team also rank sixth in the nation in winning percentage (.865), 15th in doubles per game (1.62), 37th in slugging percentage (.442) and 46th in scoring (4.83 runs per game).
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
UCLA finished the regular season first in the Pac-10 in earned run average (1.01) and fielding percentage (.975) and second in batting (.312). On offense, the Bruins rank in the top half of the conference in doubles (2nd, 84), slugging percentage (3rd, .442), on base percentage (3rd, .387), triples (T-3rd, 6), sacrifice flies (T-3rd, 9) and hits (4th, 432). In the circle, UCLA is first in opposing batting average (.153) and second in strikeouts (465). On an individual level, senior Anjelica Selden is atop the conference in ERA at 0.79, also placing second in opposing batting average (.146), tied for fourth in wins (24) and saves (2) and fifth in strikeouts (271). Freshman Donna Kerr is third in ERA (0.93) and sophomore Megan Langenfeld is seventh (1.81). Langenfeld is also first in the Pac-10 in saves with five and offensively is third in on base percentage (.473) and tied for ninth in walks (29). Junior Amanda Kamekona is in the Pac-10 Top 10 in six offensive categories, placing fourth in doubles with 16, sixth in total bases (108) and sacrifice hits (10), ninth in slugging at .657, tied for ninth with 42 runs scored and 10th with 11 home runs. Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore ranks third in the conference in batting average at .390 and is one of three Bruin freshmen who are in the Top 10. Samantha Camuso and Katie Schroeder are tied for sixth in average at .366. Full team and individual Pac-10 rankings can be found on page six of this release.
SCORE FIRST AND SCORE OFTEN
The Bruins completed the regular season with a perfect 40-0 record when scoring first. UCLA has also scored in the first inning 26 times this season and has never lost. The Bruins moved their mark to 26-0 when plating a run in their first at-bat after scoring in the first inning on Saturday at Oregon State. UCLA is also undefeated when scoring at least four runs (28-0). On the flip side, UCLA is 42-1 this season when holding its opponent to two runs or less. The only setback for the Bruins came on March 12 in a 1-0 home loss to Cal State Fullerton.
KEEPING THEM IN THE PARK
As the old saying goes, it's hard to defend a home run. Well, Bruin pitchers have been doing a great job of making sure their defense doesn't have to look at softballs sailing over the wall. UCLA hurlers have allowed just 10 home runs this season, which puts the Bruins in a tie for third in the nation for fewest homers allowed. Top-seeded Florida has given up seven home runs, while Massachusetts has surrendered eight.
WINNING THE NAIL BITERS
Great teams win close games and the Bruins have been doing just that, posting a 17-2 record in contests decided by two runs or less. UCLA is 11-1 in one-run games, with the only loss coming to Fullerton (1-0) on March 12. The Bruins are 6-1 in two-run contests, with the lone blemish coming on Friday at Oregon State.
LEADERS OF THE PAC
The Bruins finished first in the Pac-10 in terms of winning conference Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, garnering nine honors. Leading the way was three-time Pitcher of the Week Anjelica Selden, with the senior winning the award on Feb. 26, March 11 and April 1. Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore twice earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors (Feb. 12 & 26), while junior Amanda Kamekona (May 6) and freshman Samantha Camuso (April 8) also received the award. The Bruins had three different hurlers earn Pitcher of the Week honors, with freshman Donna Kerr picking up the award on March 4 and sophomore Megan Langenfeld winning on April 29. Arizona State was second with six POW's and Stanford was third with five.
SCOUTING THE TITANS
Cal State Fullerton enters the playoffs with a 27-26-1 record after finishing fifth in the Big West Conference with an 11-10 league mark. The Titans have faced all three teams in the Los Angeles Regional, losing at home to Nevada 5-4 on Feb. 9 and beating Purdue in Fullerton 5-0 on Feb. 29, while also besting UCLA 1-0 at Easton Stadium on March 12. Fullerton is 12-9 against common UCLA opponents and is 8-12-1 against the tournament field. Offensively, the Titans, who are making their 24th NCAA Tournament appearance, are led by Kiki Munoz. The senior is batting a team-best .406, is tied for the team lead with seven home runs and second with 29 RBI. Junior Lauren Lupinetti is tied with Munoz with seven homers and is tops in RBI at 33. As a team, the Titans are hitting .268 with 33 home runs and 22 stolen bases. In the circle, freshman Christine Hiner has started 26 games and senior Jessica Doucette has made 25 starts. Doucette has a team-low 2.21 earned run average, a 13-12 record and 131 strikeouts in 174 innings, while Hiner has a 14-13 mark, a 2.58 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 173 2/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. TITANS
Cal State Fullerton upset UCLA 1-0 in eight innings on March 12, but the Bruins still lead the all-time series 35-32-1. The Titans' victory snapped a four-game Bruin winning streak. Jessica Doucette tossed a four-hitter and Torrie Anderson's sacrifice fly in the eighth to score Ari Cervantes, who was placed on second to start the inning under the international tiebreaker rule, won it for Fullerton. Senior Anjelica Selden fanned nine in a two-hitter for UCLA. The Bruins are 17-13-1 all-time at home against the Titans and have met Fullerton 15 previous times in the NCAA Tournament, holding an 11-4 edge. The last time the two teams met in the playoffs was in Regional play in 2005 at Easton Stadium. Fullerton shocked UCLA with a 2-1, 11-inning victory on the second day of competition, but the Bruins came back to win twice on the final day with 6-0 and 3-1 triumphs. The teams have also met in Regional action in 1988 (2-0 UCLA in Westwood), 1993 (2-0 UCLA in Westwood) and 1996 (2-1 UCLA in Fullerton). On five occasions, UCLA and Fullerton have played in the College World Series, with the Bruins owning a 3-2 advantage.
SCOUTING THE WOLF PACK
Nevada, which is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, was the regular-season champion of the Western Athletic Conference with a 16-2 record, but lost the league's automatic bid to Louisiana Tech, falling in the WAC Tournament championship game. The Wolf Pack are 12-4 against the NCAA Tournament field and 14-9 against common UCLA opponents. Nevada lost to UCLA 10-1 in five innings on Feb. 8 in the season opener for both teams, but won at Cal State Fullerton 5-4 on Feb. 9. The Wolf Pack are hitting .317 as a team with 42 home runs and 54 stolen bases. Seven regulars are hitting above .300, led by freshman Noelle Micka, who is batting .396 with a team-best seven homers and 38 runs batted in. In the circle, three pitchers have thrown at least 16 games. Senior Richelle Villescas has a team-low 2.01 ERA, a 7-0 record and 30 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings, sophomore Katie Holverson has a 2.27 ERA, a 20-6 mark and 203 strikeouts in 194 innings and senior Jordan McPherson is 15-10 with a 2.54 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 146 1/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. WOLF PACK
The Bruins improved to 10-3 all-time against the Wolf Pack with their 10-1, five-inning win to open the 2008 season on Feb. 8 at Easton Stadium. Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore went 2-for-3 with four RBI, while three other Bruins also had two-hit games. The Wolf Pack, who made five errors, were held to four hits and received a sacrifice fly from Danielle Patrick in the second for her team's lone run. The Bruins are a perfect 5-0 all-time at home against the Wolf Pack, outscoring Nevada 46-2.
SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
Like its Friday opponent Nevada, Purdue will be making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament after going 34-21 overall and 9-9 in Big Ten Conference action (fifth place). The Boilermakers were 5-14 against NCAA Tournament teams and 5-7 against common UCLA opponents. Purdue faced one team in the Los Angeles Regional, falling at Cal State Fullerton 5-0 on Feb. 29. The Boilermakers are batting .274 as a team with 32 home runs and 29 stolen bases and are led by junior Katie Miller, who holds a team-best .346 average. Three others are also batting over .300, including junior Candace Curtis (.333), who leads the squad with 11 home runs and 39 runs batted in. In the circle, junior Dana Alcocer has started 29 games and freshman Suzie Rzegocki has started 26. Rzegocki has a team-low 2.49 ERA, a 15-8 record and 121 strikeouts in 160 innings, while Alcocer is 18-13 with a 3.31 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 186 1/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. BOILERMAKERS
UCLA has faced Purdue twice before, winning both games at Easton Stadium on March 2, 2002 as part of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. The Bruins claimed 4-2 and 3-0 decisions.
JELLY ON A ROLL
Having already surpassed the 1,200 and 1,300 strikeout milestones this season, senior Anjelica Selden is on the verge of reaching the 1,400 mark, as she enters the postseason with 1,377 career strikeouts. The senior moved into ninth place on the all-time Division I list after fanning 22 in 15 2/3 innings last weekend at the Oregon schools. Selden is about to surpass Georgia Tech's Jessica Sallinger (1,398) for eighth place and will soon become just the eighth D-I pitcher to record 1,400 strikeouts for her career. Selden registered her 11th double-figure strikeout game of the season and the 65th of her career last Thursday at Oregon, setting down 13 in a one-hit performance. She came back with eight strikeouts on Saturday against Oregon State in a three-hitter to earn her second victory of the weekend. On the year, Selden leads the team and the Pac-10 with a 0.79 earned run average. She is also tops on the Bruins with a 24-3 record and 271 strikeouts in 186 1/3 innings of work. The senior has a team-best six shutouts on the season, including one against Pac-10 champion Arizona State on May 3, which marked only the second time the Sun Devils had been shutout this season. She has also blanked NCAA Tournament teams Virginia Tech (March 7), Long Beach State (March 9) and California (April 6), posting double figures in strikeouts against Long Beach and Cal. In the national rankings, Selden is sixth in ERA. She is also seventh in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.53), 10th in strikeouts per seven (10.2), 12th in fewest walks per seven (1.01) and tied for 27th in wins. Along with her milestone strikeout totals, the two-time All-American earned her 100th career victory on April 18 at Washington to become the 34th D-I hurler to accomplish that feat. Selden enters the postseason with a career record of 105-35. UCLA's all-time strikeout leader is second in school history in wins, complete games (121) and innings pitched (965). She is also second in appearances with 159 and will move into first on that list with three more games pitched to pass Keira Goerl's mark of 161. Selden set a new personal best for strikeouts in 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. It marked two of four straight double-figure strikeout games for Selden, who fanned 57 in 28 innings of work during that stretch. Selden has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on three occasions this season (Feb. 26, March 11 and April 1), giving her 10 POW awards for her career. She stands one behind 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). In addition, Selden is a Top 10 finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and was a Top 25 finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award.
She may only be 5-foot-2, but junior Amanda Kamekona packs a big punch with her bat, leading the Bruins with 11 home runs and a .647 slugging percentage. Kamekona is riding a team-best 11-game hitting streak into the postseason, batting .410 (16-for-39) with four home runs, nine runs batted in, nine runs scored, four doubles and an .821 slugging percentage during that stretch. She has scored at least one run in each of the last five games and has RBI in four of the last five. Last weekend, Kamekona drove in the game-winning run in both victories to give her nine on the season, with seven of those game-winning RBI coming during Pac-10 play. The junior also had two more doubles last weekend to give her a team-best 16, which puts her in a tie for fourth on UCLA's single-season doubles list. Kamekona was named NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week on May 6 after going 6-for-10 with three home runs and five RBI against the Arizona schools two weekends ago. All three homers came against Arizona State, including a pair off All-American hurler Katie Burkhart in a 5-0 win on May 3. Kamekona drove in four in that game with a solo homer and a three-run shot to give her nine multiple-RBI contests this season, which is tied for second on the club. Having hit six of UCLA's last 11 home runs, Kamekona has moved into 10th in the Pac-10 in dingers. Along with leading the team in homers, slugging and doubles, Kamekona, who is batting .329, is first in runs scored (42) and sacrifice hits (10), tied for first in stolen bases (8) and second in runs batted in (38) and game-winning RBI (9). Of Kamekona's 38 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.
GiONNA ONNA FIRE
Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore moved back into the top spot on the team in batting average after going 7-for-11 (.636) with two runs scored, three RBI and two doubles at the Oregon schools last weekend. DiSalvatore had a pair of three-hit games at Oregon State to give her seven on the year and increase her team lead in multiple-hit contests to 19. The freshman has hits in 11 of her last 13 heading into the postseason, producing a .432 average, five runs scored, four doubles and five RBI during that span. Along with leading the team in average, DiSalvatore is first with 42 runs batted in and 10 game-winning RBI. Her 10th game-winner came on a solo home run in the second inning, her third jack of the year, that gave the Bruins the only run they would need in a 5-0 victory over Arizona State on May 3. DiSalvatore is tied for third on the team in runs scored (29), tied for second in doubles (15) and solo second in slugging (.561). A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, DiSalvatore ranks in the conference Top 10 in four categories, including third in average and tied for fifth in hits (64) 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!
One of the hottest Bruin bats of late has been the one carried by freshman Katie Schroeder, who has hits in 14 of her last 15 games. Schroeder had a seven-game hitting streak from April 5-19 in which she batted .455 (10-for-22), and after a hitless game on April 25, the freshman has at least one hit in each of her last seven contests. Schroeder is batting .391 (9-for-23) during her current seven-game hitting streak and .396 during the last 15 contests. The freshman has four multiple-hit games over the last 15 to give her 17 multi-hit contests this season, which is second on the squad. Last weekend, Schroeder went 4-for-11 at the Oregon schools with three runs scored, two RBI and two doubles. She is tied for second on the team with a .366 batting average and tied for sixth among Pac-10 players. Schroeder is also tied for third on the team with 29 runs scored, tied for first with eight stolen bases and solo third with 18 walks. 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 twin bill 6-for-9 with three runs scored. She also has three-hit efforts against Long Beach State (March 9) and California (April 6).
The third part of the freshman trio that is at the top of the Bruin hit list is Samantha Camuso, who is tied with Katie Schroeder for second with a .366 average. Camuso is one of three Bruins to start all 52 games this season and is tied for second with 15 doubles, fourth with 33 runs batted in and third with a .529 slugging percentage. The freshman sits in the Pac-10 Top 10 in a pair of categories, placing in a tie for sixth in average and a tie for fifth in doubles. Camuso has 15 multiple-hit games this season, which is third on the team, recording five of those contests during Pac-10 play. The freshman had a great two-game series at Stanford at the end of April, going 5-for-7 with two doubles and an RBI in two Bruin victories over the Cardinal. Camuso added another two-hit effort against Arizona State on May 4 and had a pair of base knocks against both Washington (April 2) and California (April 6). She also has seven multi-RBI games and five game-winning RBI. She had 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. Camuso earned her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on April 8 after going 6-for-13 (.462) in four Bruin victories over Washington, Stanford and California. The freshman has two home runs on the season, hitting them both during the opening weekend. Her first career jack came against nationally-ranked Oklahoma on Feb. 8 for UCLA's first homer of the year. One day later, Camuso added a grand slam against Santa Clara. She went 4-for-4 with seven RBI 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 runs batted in, but she was eclipsed by teammate Amanda Kamekona's eight RBI.
KC AT THE BAT
One of the most patient hitters in the history of UCLA softball, senior Krista Colburn, the team leader in walks, enters the postseason tied for third in the Bruin record books for most free passes. Colburn has 96 walks at UCLA, which ties her with Claire Sua and Jodie Legaspi. Only two Bruins, Stacey Nuveman and Emily Zaplatosch have drawn at least 100 walks in their Bruin careers. Colburn has been issued 32 free passes this season, which puts her in a tie for sixth among Pac-10 players and marks the second straight year she has had at least 30 walks (35 in 2007). She is fifth on the team with a .333 average and second in on base percentage (.448), runs (37) and game-winning runs scored (9). Colburn scored both game-winners last weekend in victories over Oregon and Oregon State, getting driven in both times by junior Amanda Kamekona. The senior has touched home plate at least once in six of the last 10 games. On April 27, Colburn hit her 18th career homer and first of the season in the Bruins' 4-1 victory over Stanford. It was the first home run for Colburn since May 11, 2007 at Arizona State. Last month in Seattle, the Washington native had a fantastic series, going 5-for-8 in two Bruin victories. Colburn had her second three-hit game of the season on April 18 and came back with another multiple-hit effort one day later against the Huskies, going 2-for-4 while scoring twice and driving in a run. 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 places her in a tie for fourth on the team. Colburn has also been sharp on the defensive side of things, having not made an error in 64 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 earned her second career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor on April 29 after posting a 0.00 ERA in 9 1/3 innings and picking up a win and a save against the Bay Area schools. On April 25 at California, the sophomore pitched a four-hitter, allowing two unearned runs while striking out six. One day later at Stanford, Langenfeld relieved freshman Donna Kerr in the fifth and tossed 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief, striking out three to record her fifth save of the year. Langenfeld's save set a new UCLA single-season record and gave her six as a Bruin. She is just one behind the all-time school mark of seven set by Lisa Longaker. Langenfeld, who is 7-2 on the year, enters this week first in the Pac-10 in saves and tied for 10th in the country. She is third on the team and seventh in the conference with a 1.81 ERA and has 57 strikeouts in 58 innings. The sophomore had an impressive scoreless innings streak of 27 2/3, which ran from Feb. 27 to April 5. At the plate, Langenfeld is hitting .336, placing first with a .473 on base percentage (third in Pac-10), second in walks (29) and home runs (5) and third in runs batted in (35). The sophomore drove in runs in both games at Oregon State last weekend to give her a team-best 16 RBI during Pac-10 play. Langenfeld compiled an 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 leads the team with 10 multiple-RBI contests this season.
Donna Kerr continues her remarkable freshman campaign and enters postseason play second on the team with a 0.93 ERA, a 14-2 record and 132 strikeouts in 105 2/3 innings. Kerr resides in the Pac-10 Top 10 in four categories, placing third in ERA and opposing batting average (.153) and 10th in strikeouts and wins. She is also 11th in the nation in ERA and fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.71) and 28th in strikeouts per seven (8.7). Kerr has been a part of 10 shutouts this season, tossing five solo blankings. One of those shutouts 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 NCAA Tournament squad 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. Along with the perfect game against Saint Peter's and the shutout of Northwestern, Kerr has also blanked San Diego (Feb. 29), Missouri (Feb. 15) and Hawai'i (Feb. 23).
Senior Ashley Herrera has started six straight games at third base since making her return to the Bruins' lineup on May 2. The senior missed 38 games after suffering a dislocated left ankle while sliding into third base against Illinois on Feb. 16. Through the first eight games of the season, Herrera was 17-for-29 (.586). Coming into postseason play, the senior is batting .400 with 10 runs, five sacrifices and five steals, swiping her first base since Feb. 15 last Thursday at Oregon.
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