Bruins Face Arizona on Thursday in Women's College World Series Opener
May 27, 2008
WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 29
Game 1 10 a.m. Louisiana-Lafayette vs. #1 Florida ESPN
Game 2 12 p.m. Virginia Tech vs. #5 Texas A&M ESPN
Game 3 4 p.m. #6 Arizona State vs. #3 Alabama ESPN
Game 4 6 p.m. #7 Arizona vs. #2 UCLA ESPN
Friday, May 30
Game 5 4 p.m. Winners Games 1 and 2 ESPN2
Game 6 6 p.m. Winners Games 3 and 4 ESPN2
Saturday, May 31
Game 7 9 a.m. Losers Games 1 and 2 ESPN
Game 8 11 a.m. Losers Games 3 and 4 ESPN
Game 9 4 p.m. Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 6 ESPN
Game 10 6 p.m. Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 5 ESPN
Sunday, June 1
Game 11 10 a.m. Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 9 ESPN
Game 12 12 p.m. Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 10 ESPN
Game 13 4 p.m. Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11 (if necessary) ESPN2
Game 14 6 p.m. Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12 (if necessary) ESPN2
Monday, June 2 - Wednesday, June 4
Championship Series (best 2-of-3) All games at 5 p.m. on ESPN2
All Times Pacific (Central Time 2 Hours Ahead)
Gametracker on UCLABruins.com
BRUINS START WORLD SERIES AGAINST ARIZONA
The 10-time NCAA champion and 11-time national champion UCLA Bruins (50-7) open up play at the Women's College World Series Thursday at 6 p.m. PT against Pac-10 rival and two-time defending champion Arizona (41-17) at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. The Bruin-Wildcat contest is the fourth and final game during the opening day of the tournament. All WCWS games will be aired live on ESPN or ESPN2 and Gametracker will be available on UCLABruins.com.
BRUINS IN THE POSTSEASON
UCLA is making its 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 23rd appearance in the College World Series. The Bruins are 159-36 (.815 winning pct.) in NCAA Tournament games and 84-27 (.757) in WCWS contests. A breakdown of UCLA postseason results is available on page 22 of this release.
A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME?
Half of the WCWS field went undefeated during the first two rounds of the postseason, including the Bruins, who along with Alabama, Texas A&M and Arizona State went a perfect 5-0 during Regionals and Super Regionals. Of the 26 previous NCAA champions, 23 came into the WCWS undefeated. Stats and recaps for UCLA Regional and Super Regional games are available on pages 9-14 of this release.
SCORE FIRST AND SCORE OFTEN
UCLA is 43-0 this season when scoring first and 29-0 when scoring in the first inning. The Bruins crossed home plate in their first at-bat on Saturday against Georgia and have scored in their initial trip to the plate three times this postseason (twice vs. Nevada in Regionals). UCLA has scored at least four runs in all five NCAA Tournament games to improve to 33-0 when plating four or more.
The Bruins came from behind in each of their first four postseason games to bring their comeback victory total to 10. Despite scoring first in both contests against Nevada during Regionals, the Bruins fell behind but still came back to record the win. Against Cal State Fullerton in the first postseason contest and Georgia on Saturday, the Bruins surrendered a first-inning home run to see their opponent draw first blood, but UCLA won both games and is now 7-7 when its foe scores the first run.
The Bruins recorded their 50th victory of the season with Sunday's triumph against Georgia, marking the program's 12th 50-win campaign. In the previous 11 occasions where the Bruins have reached the 50-win plateau, they have won the national title five times and reached the championship game four more times.
UCLA's 93 doubles are the third most in program history for a single season, with three Bruins ranking in the top five in doubles for one year. Junior Amanda Kamekona is tied for third on the single-season charts with 17 two-baggers, while freshmen Samantha Camuso and GiOnna DiSalvatore are each tied for fifth with 15 doubles. With three doubles in the postseason and two more last weekend, sophomore Megan Langenfeld moved into double figures in the category with 10. The all-time Bruin record is 108, set in 1999. UCLA also had 102 doubles during the 2002 campaign.
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 12 home runs this season, which is the third fewest total among teams that made the NCAA Tournament. Top-seeded Florida has given up seven home runs, while Massachusetts has surrendered nine.
While the Bruins will miss the friendly confines of Easton Stadium this week, UCLA hopes its newfound home run stroke travels with them to Oklahoma City. The Bruins have 15 homers in their last 12 games, including one in each of their five postseason contests (eight for the tournament). Overall, 23 of UCLA's 36 jacks have come in Westwood, including 10 from junior Amanda Kamekona, who also leads the team in neutral site/away game homers with four. Following an opening weekend (Feb. 8-10) in which the Bruins hit six home runs, UCLA hit a combined 15 bombs from Feb. 15 to Apr. 26, the same amount the Bruins have totaled over the last dozen contests. Hitting a home run has been a good omen for UCLA, which is 22-1 when launching one over the fence. The lone Bruin loss when hitting one out came against Arizona State on May 4.
WINNING THE NAIL BITERS
Great teams win close games and the Bruins have been doing just that, posting a 19-2 record in contests decided by two runs or less. UCLA is 12-1 in one-run games, which includes a 4-3 victory over Nevada in the Regional championship game. The Bruins are 7-1 in two-run contests, winning an extra-inning affair against the Wolf Pack on May 17.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
As of statistics prior to Super Regional play, senior Anjelica Selden is in the national Top 20 in four statistical categories, including tied for 18th in earned run average. She is eighth in fewest hits allowed per seven innings, 13th in strikeouts per seven and 15th in fewest walks per seven. Selden is also tied for 25th in wins. Freshman Donna Kerr is ninth in ERA, 12th in fewest hits allowed and 27th in strikeouts per seven. Completing the UCLA pitcher trifecta is sophomore Megan Langenfeld, who is tied for 10th in 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 in statistics released prior to Super Regional play. The Bruins are 12th in hitting, fourth in ERA and 15th in fielding percentage. The only other teams that are in the Top 20 in all three categories are Alabama, Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bruins as a team also rank sixth in the nation in winning percentage, 16th in doubles per game, 34th in slugging percentage and 40th in scoring.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
Entering the Women's College World Series, UCLA remains in the top spot among all Pac-10 teams in earned run average (1.08) and fielding percentage (.975). The Bruins are also second in batting average at .314. On offense, the Bruins rank in the top half of the conference in doubles (2nd, 93), slugging (3rd, .455), on base percentage (3rd, .390), triples (T-3rd, 6), sacrifice flies (T-3rd, 12), hits (4th, 478), total bases (4th, 691) and sacrifice hits (4th, 48). In the circle, UCLA is first in opposing batting average (.154) and third in strikeouts (512). On an individual level, senior Anjelica Selden is third in the Pac-10 with a 0.98 earned run average, second in opposing batting average (.148) and fifth in strikeouts (308) and wins (28). Freshman Donna Kerr is second in ERA (0.93) and third in opposing batting average (.153), while sophomore Megan Langenfeld is fifth in ERA (1.58) and opposing batting average (.174) and tied for first with five saves. Offensively, Langenfeld is also second in the league in on base percentage (.487), tied for eighth with six hit by pitches and ninth with 34 walks. Junior Amanda Kamekona is in the Pac-10 Top 10 in six offensive categories, placing in a tie for third with 17 doubles and 13 sacrifice hits, sixth in total bases with 124, seventh in slugging (.674), tied for seventh in runs scored with 47 and tied for eighth with 14 home runs. Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore is third in average at .380, with fellow newcomer Samantha Camuso right behind her at .375. Both players are tied for fifth in doubles at 16, with DiSalvatore also sixth in hits (68) and Camuso tied for 10th (63). Senior Krista Colburn ranks tied for second with four sacrifice flies, tied for seventh with 35 walks and eighth with a .448 on base percentage, while freshman Katie Schroeder rounds out the list with a ranking of seventh in average (.369) and eighth in hits (65).
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.
UCLA WELL REPRESENTED ON ALL-PAC-10, ALL-REGION TEAMS
Six Bruins were named to both the All-Pacific-10 and All-Pacific Region teams last Wednesday, while three more players were also honored by the Pac-10.Senior Anjelica Selden was named first team All-Pac-10 for the third time in her career and first team All-Pacific Region for the second time. Joining Selden on the All-Pacific Region first team were sophomore Megan Langenfeld and freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore. Three Bruins, senior Krista Colburn, junior Amanda Kamekona and freshman Samantha Camuso were honored on the All-Pacific Region second team.The six all-region selections for the Bruins are the most since 1999 when six were named. Selden's honor was the fourth time she has been named all-region (2 first team, 2 second team), while Colburn was named all-region for the second straight year.Selden was one of two Bruins to garner first team All-Pac-10 accolades, joined on the team by Kamekona. Receiving second team All-Pac-10 nods were Camuso, Colburn, DiSalvatore and Langenfeld, while freshmen Donna Kerr and Katie Schroeder were each named All-Pac-10 honorable mention.It was Selden's fourth all-conference nod, Colburn's third and Langenfeld's second.The young Bruin squad also earned five All-Freshman team awards from the Pac-10, with Camuso, DiSalvatore, Kerr, Schroeder and Monica Harrison winning the honors.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The two-time defending champions swept through the Hofstra Regional two weeks ago and were taken to a third game by Oklahoma last weekend before beating the Sooners 5-2 in the Super Regional title contest to advance to Oklahoma City. Arizona (41-17) is batting .350 during the postseason with 12 home runs and 34 runs scored in six games. Lauren Schutzler leads the way offensively with a .600 average (9-for-15) in the tournament and is one of four players batting over .400. Callista Balko (.385) and Jenae Leles (.412) each have three homers in the playoffs. In the circle, Taryne Mowatt has tossed all but two innings of the postseason, recording a 1.00 ERA, a 5-1 record and 44 strikeouts in 35 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. WILDCATS
UCLA and Arizona will meet for the 12th time in the Women's College World Series Thursday night, with the Wildcats holding an 8-3 advantage. The two teams that have combined for 18 NCAA titles have met in the championship game five times (excluding 1995 when UCLA's participation was vacated). The Wildcats have won the last six meetings in the WCWS, but still trail the all-time series with the Bruins 63-49. After losing the first game of this season's Pac-10 series to the Wildcats 8-0 (6 inn.) in Tucson on April 12, the Bruins came back with a pair of 2-1 victories on April 13 and May 2 in Westwood. UCLA won the game on a home run in its last at-bat in both contests. On April 13, junior Jennifer Schroeder hit a one-out homer in the top of the seventh to give the Bruins the lead, while on May 2, freshman Monica Harrison hit her first career home run in walk-off fashion in another 2-1 win. The Bruins have won 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Wildcats. Season stats, box scores and recaps for the UCLA-Arizona contests are available on pages 16 and 17 of this release.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State (61-5), which plays Alabama on Thursday night, swept through the first two rounds of the playoffs, hosting both weekends and knocking off #11 Northwestern in Super Regionals. The Sun Devils are batting .350 as a team with six homers and 32 runs scored in five games. Leading the way at the plate is Kaitlin Cochran, who is 6-for-9 (.667) with six runs scored, eight walks, a home run and four RBI. Jackie Vasquez (.538) and Caylyn Carlson (.400) are second and third in average in the postseason, while Mindy Cowles (.385) is tops in the playoffs with three home runs. Katie Burkhart has pitched all but six innings in the circle for ASU, allowing one unearned run in 25 innings with 41 strikeouts.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. SUN DEVILS
Arizona State took the season series from UCLA 2-1, taking a 3-0 decision in Tempe on April 11 and a 5-2 victory in Los Angeles on May 4. On May 3, the Bruins became just the second team this season to blank the Sun Devils in a 5-0 win at Easton Stadium. Senior Anjelica Selden struck out nine in a five-hitter and the Bruins hit three home runs, including two from junior Amanda Kamekona. Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore also hit one out, with all the homers coming off Katie Burkhart. UCLA leads the all-time series 86-21, with the teams having met four times in the postseason. The Bruins swept a home Regional against Arizona State in 1984 and have defeated the Sun Devils twice in the Women's College World Series. Both games were 1-0 contests, with UCLA winning on May 29, 1982 and in nine innings on May 20, 1987.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON TIDE
Like its opponent on Thursday, Alabama is 5-0 in the postseason, with home sweeps during the Regional round and the Super Regional round against Missouri. The Crimson Tide (56-6) are batting .354 during the playoffs and are led by Brittany Rogers, who is hitting an amazing .722 (13-for-18) with eight runs scored, a homer, two RBI and five stolen bases. Jordan Praytor (.500) and Charlotte Morgan (.417) are also batting above .400, with four different players hitting two home runs during the tournament. Alabama has 10 homers as a team and has plated 35 runs in five games. Morgan and Kelsi Dunne have split duties for the Tide in the circle. Morgan (2-0) has not allowed a run in 9 1/3 innings, striking out 10. Dunne, who is 3-0, has a 1.15 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. CRIMSON TIDE
The Bruins have never lost to the Crimson Tide in eight previous meetings. The last matchup came in Oklahoma City on June 3, 2006, which the Bruins won 4-1. The two teams also met at the WCWS in 2000, with UCLA coming out on top 4-1. Overall, the Bruins are 5-0 in the postseason against the Crimson Tide, winning Regional games at Easton Stadium in 1999 (7-0) and twice in 2004 (5-2 in 9 innings and 7-0).
SCOUTING THE GATORS
The tournament's top seed, which is making its first appearance at the Women's College World Series, is 5-1 in the postseason, going 3-1 during the Regional round and sweeping California last weekend at home. Florida (67-3) is batting .291 as a team and is led by Aja Paculba, who is hitting .471. Two others, Francesca Enea (.444) and Kim Waleszonia (.435) are also hitting above .400. The Gators have six home runs and 28 runs scored in six playoff games. Stacey Nelson has thrown all but one inning of the postseason, recording a 0.34 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings. The Bruins are 2-0 all-time against the Gators, with both meetings coming at Easton Stadium. UCLA defeated Florida 11-1 on March 3, 2002 and beat them again on the same date last season, a 10-2 triumph in six innings.
SCOUTING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS
Louisiana-Lafayette, one of two unseeded teams to make the Women's College World Series, won on the road during the first two rounds of the tournament, winning the LSU Regional and the Houston Super Regional. The Ragin' Cajuns (51-13) are hitting .335 as a team in the postseason with seven home runs and 30 runs scored in six games. Leading the way is Vanessa Soto, who is batting .500 with four runs scored, two homers and eight RBI. Gabriele Bridges is second on the club with a .412 playoff average. Donna Bourgeois is 2-0 in the circle with a 1.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in 14 innings in the tournament, while Ashley Brignac is 3-0 with a 2.47 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. The Bruins are 5-1 against the Ragin' Cajuns all-time, with each meeting coming in the NCAA Tournament. The only UCLA loss came in Regional play in 1997 at Lafayette, but the Bruins won a pair of elimination games to advance to the WCWS. UCLA is 3-0 in Oklahoma City against ULL, winning 1-0 in 1993, 3-2 in 1996 and 5-1 in the teams' last meeting in 2003.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
Two-time NCAA champion Texas A&M is undefeated in postseason play at 5-0, winning both its Regional and Super Regional (vs. Stanford) at home. The Aggies (54-7) are batting .291 in the tournament with six home runs and 27 runs scored. Erin Glasco and Megan Gibson are each batting .385 (5-for-13) with two RBI and are two of four Aggies batting over .300 in the playoffs. Gibson also does it in the circle, as the Player of the Year candidate, is 5-0 with a 0.80 ERA and 47 strikeouts, tossing all 35 innings of the postseason. UCLA holds a 9-8 advantage against Texas A&M all-time, with seven of the matchups coming in the Women's College World Series. The Aggies hold a 4-3 edge in those meetings, including a title game victory in 1987. Three years earlier, UCLA won the 1984 championship against Texas A&M. In the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 10, 2007 in Tempe, the Aggies claimed a 5-4 victory. Prior to that, the Bruins had won three straight.
SCOUTING THE HOKIES
Virginia Tech (49-17) is the other unseeded team in the WCWS, and like Louisiana-Lafayette, won the first two rounds on the road. The Hokies claimed the Knoxville Regional and won a pair of elimination games last weekend at Michigan to earn their first trip to Oklahoma City. Virginia Tech, the only team in OKC to lose twice in the postseason, is batting .179 as a team with five home runs and 17 runs scored in seven games. Misty Hall is the lone player batting above .300 at .348 with two home runs and five RBI. Player of the Year candidate Angela Tincher holds a 0.93 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings of work. The Bruins and the Hokies met for the first time on March 7 at the Long Beach State Invitational. A pitcher's duel between senior Anjelica Selden and Tincher went the way of the Bruins 1-0. Selden tossed a one-hitter and fanned seven to out duel Tincher's three-hit, 15-strikeout performance. Senior Krista Colburn went 2-for-3, driving in the game's lone run in the third inning.
JELLY ON A ROLL
This year's Women's College World Series may be brought to you by the letter 'K', as the top four active strikeout pitchers in Division I will descend upon Oklahoma City. One of those hurlers is senior Anjelica Selden, who became the eighth player in D-I history to surpass the 1,400-strikeout mark last weekend during Super Regionals. UCLA's all-time strikeout leader got the milestone punchout in the fifth inning on Saturday against Georgia's Victoria Sanders. Selden concluded the weekend with 21 strikeouts and enters the WCWS with 1,414 for her career. After surrendering a leadoff homer to Megan Wiggins in the top of the first on Saturday, Selden did not allow a run the rest of the weekend, giving up six hits total and walking nobody in 14 innings. The senior fanned 11 on Saturday in a four-hitter and followed that up with another double-figure performance with 10 in a two-hit shutout in the Super Regional clincher on Sunday, giving her 13 double-figure strikeout games this season and 67 for her career. In five postseason starts, Selden has 37 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings, with a 4-0 record and a 2.22 ERA. Selden is joined in Oklahoma City by Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher (3rd all-time, 2,121 K's), Arizona State's Katie Burkhart (7th all-time, 1,616) and Arizona's Taryne Mowatt (17th all-time, 1,254), with the quartet combining for 6,405 strikeouts over the last four seasons. In 10 appearances in the Women's College World Series, Selden owns a 1.23 ERA, three shutouts and 93 strikeouts in 74 innings. On the year, the senior is tops on the team with a 28-3 record, 25 complete games and seven shutouts to go along with a 0.98 ERA. Selden has a team-best 308 strikeouts, marking the third time she has surpassed the 300-strikeout total in a season during her illustrious career. Selden moved into the top spot on the Bruin pitching charts in appearances with her start against Nevada in the Regional championship on May 18 and is just 24 2/3 innings away from becoming the school's all-time leader in innings pitched. Prior to the beginning of the postseason, Selden was named first team All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10, marking the fourth straight year she has been named to the All-Region and All-Pac-10 squads. One of Selden's seven shutouts this season came against Arizona State on May 3, which marked only the second time the Sun Devils had been shutout this year. She has also blanked 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 (as of last week), Selden is tied for 18th in ERA. She is also eighth in fewest hits allowed per seven innings, 13th in strikeouts per seven, 15th in fewest walks per seven and tied for 25th 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 World Series with a career record of 109-35. The senior set a new personal best for strikeouts in a seven-inning game with 17 against Northwestern on Feb. 24 and posted a career high for punchouts 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. 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.
Sophomore Megan Langenfeld followed up a 5-for-10 performance in Regionals with a 2-for-4 weekend during Super Regional play and leads the Bruins in hitting in the NCAA Tournament with a .500 average. Langenfeld has seven hits in 14 at-bats, to go along with a team-best five walks, recording hits in all five games and bringing a seven-game hitting streak into the Women's College World Series. She is 9-for-19 (.474) during her hitting streak with four doubles, eight RBI and six walks. Langenfeld has driven in at least one run in four straight and six of seven, including a pair in a May 17 game against Nevada and last Saturday's Super Regional against Georgia. Langenfeld's two-run double in the first inning against the Bulldogs in Game 1 was all the offense the Bruins needed in a 6-1 victory. On the year, Langenfeld is batting .352 and ranks first on the team in on base percentage at .487. She is also second in home runs (5) and walks (34), third in RBI (41) and fourth in doubles (10). Langenfeld will get on base any way she can, whether it be via the hit, walk or hit by pitch. The sophomore has been hit six times this season, and when adding in eight HBP's from last year, Langenfeld is already fifth on the UCLA list in hit by pitches with 14. The sophomore leads the Bruins with 12 multiple-RBI contests and has 24 for her career. Langenfeld has been just as impressive in the circle this year, setting a school single-season record with five saves and posting an 8-2 record with a 1.58 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings. Langenfeld's best performance in her young career came on May 17 against Nevada. The sophomore tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings of relief with a career-high 10 strikeouts to help UCLA to a 6-4 victory over the Wolf Pack. She scattered just six hits and did not walk a batter, finishing the Regional with 8 2/3 scoreless innings after a 1-2-3 frame against Cal State Fullerton on May 16. The sophomore 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. That save on April 26 at Stanford was her fifth to set the new single-season mark and gave her six as a Bruin. She is one behind the all-time school mark of seven set by Lisa Longaker. Langenfeld was named second-team All-Pac-10 for the second straight year and earned her initial first-team All-Region accolade after receiving a second-team nod in her freshman campaign.
She may only be 5-foot-2, but junior Amanda Kamekona packs a big punch with her bat, leading the Bruins with 14 home runs and a .674 slugging percentage. Kamekona saw her career and team-best 14-game hitting streak come to an end on Saturday against Georgia, but she came back with a big hit on Sunday, a two-run homer in the seventh for her third home run of the postseason. Kamekona is hitting .393 over her last 16 games with seven home runs, 16 RBI and 14 runs scored. She has scored at least one run in nine of the last 10 games and has RBI in eight of the last 10. Kamekona, who is batting .353 with seven RBI during the postseason, was on fire during Regionals two weekends ago, going 5-for-11 (.455) with four runs scored, two homers and five RBI. The junior transfer from Cal State Fullerton hit a pair out against her former team on May 16, belting a two-run shot in the third and a solo bomb in the sixth, marking the third time this year she has hit two homers in a game. Kamekona also went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI on May 17 against Nevada and 1-for-3 with a run and RBI in the Regional final against the Wolf Pack on May 18. Along with leading the team in homers and slugging while holding a .332 batting average, the second team All-Region and first team All-Pac-10 selection is tops in runs scored (47), doubles (17) and sacrifice hits (13), tied for the team lead with 45 RBI and eight steals and second in game-winning RBI with nine. Seven of Kamekona's nine game-winners came during Pac-10 play, including two during the final weekend of the regular season. The junior's double total of 17 also ties her for third on UCLA's single-season two-baggers 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 (May 2-4). 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 has 11 multiple-RBI contests this season, which is second on the team, to go along with 16 multi-hit games. Of Kamekona's 45 RBI, eight came in a Feb. 9 contest against Santa Clara, which set a UCLA single-game record and broke the old mark of Julie Marshall, who had seven RBI in a game against Oregon on April 17, 1999.
Freshman Samantha Camuso has lived up to the Slammin' Sammy moniker during the postseason, belting a pair of home runs to go along with a .467 tournament average. Camuso has seven hits in 15 at-bats with a .933 slugging percentage, scoring four times and driving in three runs. After going 5-for-10 with three runs and three RBI in Regional play, the freshman had two hits in five at-bats with three walks last weekend against Georgia. One of Camuso's two home runs during the postseason was a game-winner, with her sixth-inning bomb in the Regional Championship against Nevada on May 18 giving the Bruins a 4-3 lead. She also had a solo home run against the Wolf Pack one day earlier and opened the Regional with a 2-for-3 performance against Cal State Fullerton on May 16. Camuso is one of three Bruins to start all 57 games this season and is third on the team with a .375 average, second with a .565 slugging percentage, tied for second with 16 doubles, tied for third with four home runs and fourth with 36 runs batted in. Camuso, who garnered second team All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 honors, has 18 multiple-hit games this season, which is third on the team. She also has eight multi-RBI games and six game-winning RBI. Camuso 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. All four of Camuso's home runs have come at Easton Stadium, with her first two of the season coming 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 Amanda Kamekona's eight RBI.
GiONNA ONNA FIRE
First team All-Pacific Region and second team All-Pac-10 selection GiOnna DiSalvatore is coming off an outstanding weekend during Super Regionals against Georgia, going 3-for-7 (.429) with three RBI, a home run and two runs scored. The freshman had a big hit on Saturday in Game 1, belting her fourth homer of the season to left field to help the Bruins to a 6-1 victory over the Bulldogs. On Sunday, after many hard hit foul balls and then seeing Georgia intentionally walk Megan Langenfeld in front of her in the fourth inning, DiSalvatore made the Bulldogs pay with an RBI single which proved to be the game-winning run in the 6-0 win. It marked the freshman's team-best 11th game-winning RBI and her second this season against Georgia. In three games against the Bulldogs, DiSalvatore went 4-for-9 with six runs batted in. The freshman is second on the team with a .380 average, tied for the top spot in RBI with 45 and first with 20 multiple-hit games. She is also tied for second in doubles with 16, tied for third with four home runs and solo third with a .559 slugging percentage and 10 multi-RBI contests. DiSalvatore has hits in 14 of her last 18 games heading into the WCWS, posting a .390 average with eight RBI, two homers and five doubles during that stretch. She has seven multiple-hit games over the last 18 contests, including a pair of three-hit games against Oregon State on May 9 and 10. A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, DiSalvatore claimed her first POW 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 18 of her last 20 games heading into the College World Series. The freshman saw her season-best 10-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday, but is still batting .397 over her last 20 contests with 12 runs scored, seven RBI, four doubles and 10 walks. Schroeder went 5-for-10 during Regional play two weekends ago and is 6-for-15 (.400) in the postseason with four runs scored, four RBI and five walks. The freshman drove in the game-tying run in the seventh inning and the go-ahead score in the ninth to help the Bruins to a 6-4 victory over Nevada on May 17. In addition to her two-hit game against the Wolf Pack, Schroeder had a pair of hits against Cal State Fullerton on Friday, giving her 19 multiple-hit contests, which is second on the team. Schroeder, who was named to the honorable mention All-Pac-10 team and the All-Pac-10 Freshman squad, is fourth on the team with a .369 average and third with 33 runs, 23 walks and a .443 on base percentage. She is also tied for the top spot with eight 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 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).
KC AT THE BAT
One of the most patient hitters in the history of UCLA softball, senior Krista Colburn enters her final trip to the Women's College World Series on a seven-game hitting streak and just one walk shy of 100 for her career. Colburn has 99 walks as a Bruin and has collected 35 free passes over each of the last two seasons. Only two Bruins, Stacey Nuveman and Emily Zaplatosch, have drawn at least 100 walks in their Bruin careers. Colburn's team-best 35 walks this year ties her with herself for sixth on the UCLA single-season list. The senior carries a .335 average into this week's action and is batting .350 (7-for-20) with seven runs scored, three RBI and four walks during her current hitting streak. Colburn has scored a run in each of the last six games, including two against Georgia in the Super Regional clincher on Sunday. Colburn is second on the team with 43 runs scored and a .448 on base percentage. She can also get the bunt down, tying for second with eight sacrifice hits, including one in each of the last three contests. Colburn, who was named second team All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10, hit her second home run of the season and 19th of her career on May 16 against Cal State Fullerton, a two-run shot in the sixth inning. She also had a sacrifice fly in that game to post her seventh multi-RBI contest of the season and the 32nd of her career. Colburn hit her first home run of the year on April 27 at Stanford. 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 14 multiple-hit games this season and 57 for her career. Colburn has also been sharp on the defensive side of things, having not made an error in 68 chances this season.
Senior Ashley Herrera continued her great production at the bottom of the order during Super Regionals, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and two walks against Georgia. After drawing a pair of walks in Game 1, Herrera went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Super Regional clincher, recording singles in the fifth and sixth. The senior has started 11 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). The senior is 5-for-14 (.357) in the postseason with three runs scored and holds the top spot in average overall at .390 with six sacrifice hits and five stolen bases on the year. Herrera has eight multiple-hit contests to give her 22 for her career.
Freshman Monica Harrison drove in her first career postseason run on Sunday against Georgia, doubling home freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore for the Bruins' final run in their 6-0 Super Regional-clinching victory. Harrison was also a spark plug for UCLA against Nevada on May 17. With the Bruins down by a run in the seventh, Harrison had a one-out single and came around to score the game-tying run. Two innings later, the freshman singled to lead off the ninth and plated the go-ahead score, as the Bruins went on to win 6-4. Harrison, who has seven multiple-hit games this season, is batting .240 with a home run, 16 RBI and seven doubles ... Junior Jennifer Schroeder, who calls and catches a great game behind the plate, got her bat going on Sunday against Georgia, belting her third home run of the season. The solo shot in the sixth inning gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead. Schroeder has started 45 games behind the plate this season and has committed just two errors in 434 chances for a .995 fielding percentage ... A pair of Bruin pinch-runners got into the stat sheet last weekend during Super Regionals. Freshman Lauren Mirabal, the first runner off the bench, scored the Bruins' third run on Saturday against Georgia. She has appeared in four postseason contests, scoring in two of them. The second pinch-runner off the bench, freshman Amy Crawford, got into her first tournament game on Saturday against Georgia and stole her first career base in the fifth inning.