Bruins Host Cal and Stanford, Two Wins From Pac-10 Title
May 6, 2009
Thursday, May 7
1 p.m. - California at UCLA
Friday, May 8
3 p.m. - Stanford at UCLA
Saturday, May 9
12 p.m. - Stanford at UCLA
Gametracker and Live Audio at UCLABruins.com for all three games
BRUINS FINISH UP REGULAR SEASON AGAINST BAY AREA
The second-ranked Bruins (38-9, 13-5 Pac-10), who are two wins away from their 24th 40-win season and their ninth Pacific-10 Conference title, close out the regular season this week against the Bay Area schools at Easton Stadium. UCLA hosts #12 California (34-16, 9-8) on Thursday at 1 p.m. and Stanford (44-6, 13-5), which is second in the NFCA poll and third in the USA Softball rankings, on Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
On Sunday, the NCAA softball selection show will air on ESPNU at 7 p.m. The 30-minute show will detail the 64-team field and list all Regional host sites. NCAA Regional action, which will be played at 16 sites around the country, will be contested over a three-day span from May 14-16 or May 15-17.
PAC-10 TITLE SCENARIOS
The Bruins will claim at least a share of the Pacific-10 Conference title, as well as the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, with two wins this weekend against the Bay Area Schools. UCLA is tied with Stanford atop the Pac-10 standings at 13-5, with Washington one game back at 12-6. Two victories by the Bruins would give them 15 conference wins, which Stanford or Washington could also reach, but UCLA would claim the automatic bid by virtue of its season-series victories over the Cardinal and the Huskies. The Bruins can claim the outright Pac-10 title with a 3-0 record this weekend. They can also win the title outright with two wins and if Washington goes 2-1 or worse and Stanford goes 1-2.
Trading card days continue on Friday with Katie Schroeder, Megan Langenfeld and Dani Yudin. The UCLA band will also be in attendance at Friday's contest. On Saturday, Amanda Kamekona will be honored in a pre-game Senior Day ceremony and will also be featured on that day's trading card.
CANCER AWARENESS JERSEY AUCTION
Sunday was Cancer Awareness Day at Easton Stadium and played in remembrance of 2009 honorary Bruin Cheyenne Broswell, who passed away from brain cancer in March. The Bruins wore special edition jerseys, which are currently being auctioned off at UCLABruins.com. Proceeds from the jerseys will benefit the Forever9Foundation, which was founded in memory of Broswell. Nearly $1000 was raised through generous donations and pledges at Sunday's game.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins remained at second in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, but dropped to third in the USA Today/NFCA rankings after getting leapfrogged by Stanford, which is tied with UCLA for first in the Pac-10 standings. The Bruins have been ranked either second or third in each of the last four polls.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
Fans can follow UCLA all season long on UCLABruins.com. Gametracker will be featured for all Bruin contests, as will live audio with Darren Preston at the call.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
UCLA enters this week's play ranked in the top 20 in six statistical categories, including second in fielding percentage (.979). The Bruins are also fifth in home runs (71) and slugging (.558), seventh in runs per game (6.40), 11th in batting average (.320) and 17th in doubles per game (1.51). Individually, sophomore Katie Schroeder is 18th in runs per game (1.04), tied for 21st in on base percentage (.525), tied for 25th with 14 home runs, tied for 40th in walks per game (0.64) and 44th in slugging (.726). Junior Kaila Shull is tied for second with five sacrifice flies and 10th with 1.13 RBI per game. Senior Amanda Kamekona sits sixth in doubles per game (0.38), while sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore is tied for 22nd with 1.00 runs per game. In the circle, junior Megan Langenfeld is tied for 22nd with three saves, while sophomore Donna Kerr is ninth in strikeouts per seven innings (9.9). All statistics were as of games completed on May 3.
FIRST IN THE PAC-10 IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
Not only are the Bruins tied for first in the Pac-10 standings, but they also hold the best team batting average, team earned run average and team fielding percentage in conference contests. UCLA is hitting .319 in Pac-10 games, 28 points ahead of second-place Arizona State. In the circle, the Bruins boast a 2.43 ERA, five percentage points ahead of Washington. Defensively, UCLA, which is the second-best fielding team in the nation, is tops at .979 in Pac-10 affairs. As a team, the Bruins are also first in on base percentage (.399), hits (158) and sacrifice bunts (18) in conference games, placing second in slugging (.531), runs scored (100), doubles (21) and home runs (28). In the circle, UCLA is tops in opposing batting average (.176) and third in strikeouts (108). Individually, junior Megan Langenfeld holds the best ERA (1.06) and opposing batting average (.132) in conference games, also placing first with two saves and third with nine wins. At the plate, she is second in batting average (.462) and on base percentage (.547) and sixth in slugging (.712). Senior Amanda Kamekona leads all Pac-10 players in league contests with seven doubles, while sophomore Katie Schroeder is sixth in conference games with a .410 average and fifth with 16 runs scored.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
The Bruins rank in the top three among Pac-10 Conference teams in 14 categories, including first in fielding percentage (.979) and hit by pitches (45) and second in opposing batting average (.175) and sacrifice bunts (38). UCLA is third in average (.320), slugging (.558), on base percentage (.413), runs scored (301), hits (402), runs batted in (284), triples (8), home runs (71), total bases (702) and earned run average (2.21). Individually, sophomore Katie Schroeder ranks tied for third in the Pac-10 in on base percentage (.525), tied for fifth with 14 home runs, sixth in slugging (.726) and stolen bases with 19 and seventh with a .404 batting average. Junior Kaila Shull is tied for first with five sacrifice flies and tied for fifth with 53 runs batted in, while senior Amanda Kamekona is tied for second with 18 doubles. In the circle, junior Megan Langenfeld sits first in opposing batting average (.122) and second in earned run average (0.99) and saves (3), while sophomore Donna Kerr is third in strikeouts with 217 and sixth in wins with 17. Full rankings can be accessed on page six of this release.
BRUINS DIG THE LONG BALL
Stacey Nuveman never did it. Tairia Mims never did it. Julie Adams, Caitlin Benyi, Claire Sua ... nope. On 58 occasions, including four times this year, a UCLA player had hit two home runs in a game. But on April 26 at Arizona State, sophomore Monica Harrison made history by becoming the first Bruin to ever record three homers in a single contest. While the NCAA mark for one contest is four, 39 players coming into the 2009 season had hit three in a game, with Harrison now joining the illustrious list. As a team, the Bruins launched seven homers against the Sun Devils, tying a school record for a single game. UCLA hit seven against Wright State on Feb. 18, 2007. Last weekend, the Bruins hit two home runs against Oregon on Friday and two more against Oregon State on Sunday to bring their season total to 71. UCLA, which has hit 35 more home runs than all of last year, has left the yard 25 times in its last 11 contests. The Bruins are third in the Pac-10 and fifth in the nation in home runs. UCLA improved to 20-0 this season when hitting at least two homers in a game after accomplishing the feat last Friday and Sunday. The Bruins have gone deep four times in a game on four occasions (UNLV - Feb. 13, South Dakota State - Feb. 15, North Carolina State - Feb. 21, Arizona State - April 25). Sophomore Katie Schroeder leads the way with 14 homers, junior Kaila Shull has 10 and junior Julie Burney and sophomore Monica Harrison each have nine. Eight players have hit at least five home runs this year. UCLA set a school record by hitting a home run in 14 consecutive games to start the season. The previous school best was nine, set in 2002 (April 27-May 16) and 2004 (Feb. 20-March 5).
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN BEARS
After getting rained out on Friday against Arizona, California (34-16, 9-8) split a pair of games over the weekend at home against Arizona State. The Bears won the Saturday contest 4-2 before falling 7-3 in the weekend finale. The loss on Sunday snapped Cal's four-game, Pac-10 winning streak. The Golden Bears are batting .273 as a team this season with 50 home runs and 137 stolen bases, averaging 5.0 runs per game. Sophomore Valerie Arioto leads the team with a .352 batting average, 10 home runs and 34 runs batted in. She is also one of four players with at least double figures in steals at 15 and is 14-6 in the circle with a 2.18 earned run average and 163 strikeouts in 144 1/3 innings. Freshman Jamia Reid is also hitting above .300 at .333, adding six homers, 24 RBI and a team-high 41 stolen bases. Junior Shannon Thomas is second with 30 steals, while freshman Elia Reid is third with 26 swipes. Junior Marissa Drewrey has pitched the most for Cal, posting a 2.32 ERA and a 20-10 mark in 183 2/3 innings, while striking out 211. During conference action, the Golden Bears are batting .285 with 18 home runs and 23 stolen bases, averaging 4.8 runs per game. Six players are hitting over .300 in Pac-10 contests, led by junior Vernae Sevilla, who is batting .368. Jamia Reid is hitting .346 with nine steals, while Arioto is batting .346 with a team-best four homers and 13 RBI. The pitching has not been as good in Pac-10 for Cal. Arioto leads the way with a 3.71 ERA, a 4-5 record and 52 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings, while Drewrey is 5-3 with a 4.61 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 44 innings.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-CALIFORNIA
The Bruins dropped both matchups with the Golden Bears in Berkeley earlier this season, dropping a 7-6 decision on March 28 and a 9-5 game on March 29. UCLA had 11 runs and 17 hits over the two games, but left 23 on base. Junior Megan Langenfeld had a great series, going 5-for-6 (.833) with six runs batted in. She set a career high with four RBI in the first game, going 3-for-4, and went 2-for-2 with two RBI in the second contest. Senior Amanda Kamekona (4-for-8) and freshman Andrea Harrison (2-for-4, 4 walks) each hit .500. Kamekona went 3-for-4 in the opening game and junior Julie Burney hit a three-run homer in the Sunday matchup. The Bruins didn't fare well in the circle, allowing 16 runs in 12 innings. UCLA still leads the overall series 75-21, pulling off a sweep last season. The Bruins, who won 2-1 and 5-0 at Easton Stadium last year, are 35-6 all-time at home against California. The Golden Bears' most recent win at Easton came in 2007 (3-1).
BRUINS OUTGROWLING THE BEARS
Junior Megan Langenfeld has pummelled California pitching over her three seasons, holding a .636 average (14-for-22) with two home runs and 13 runs batted in. As a freshman, she went 4-for-8 (.500) with two homers and four RBI, and as a sophomore, Langenfeld was 5-for-8 (.625) with three runs batted in. In the two games earlier this year against the Bears, the sophomore went 5-for-6 (.833) with six runs batted in. Langenfeld holds a 1.53 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings in the circle against the Bears. Senior Amanda Kamekona has also had great success against Cal in her two years at UCLA, posting a .438 average with seven hits in 16 at-bats. She has one home run, four runs batted in and has scored four times. Sophomore Katie Schroeder is 6-for-14 (.429) with five runs scored.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
Weather permitting, Stanford (44-6, 13-5) plays Washington in Seattle on Thursday before heading to Westwood for a showdown for the Pac-10 crown with UCLA. The only team as hot as the Bruins are the Cardinal, who have won six straight Pac-10 games, sweeping the Oregons and the Arizonas over the last two weekends. Stanford knocked off Arizona State 4-0 last Friday before winning 4-3 and 2-1 last weekend against Arizona. The Cardinal are hitting .299 as a team with 39 home runs and 58 stolen bases, averaging 5.4 runs per game. Two players are hitting over .400, led by junior Alissa Haber, who is batting .450 with eight home runs, 24 runs batted in and a team-best 18 stolen bases. Freshman Ashley Hansen leads Stanford with 48 RBI and holds a .406 average and four home runs. Junior Shannon Koplitz (.326) and senior Maddy Coon (.302) are also hitting above .300, with junior Rosey Neill belting a team-best nine home runs. In the circle, senior Missy Penna is 31-4 with a 1.35 ERA and 310 strikeouts in 244 1/3 innings. She is backed up by sophomore Ashley Chinn, who is 13-2 with a 1.91 earned run average and 96 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings. In Pac-10 games, the Cardinal are batting .260 with 13 home runs and 19 stolen bases, averaging 4.0 runs per game. Haber (.377) and Hansen (.348) are both batting above .300. Penna holds a 2.28 ERA, a 12-3 mark and 143 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-STANFORD
The Bruins handed the Cardinal their only home loss of the season with a 7-4 victory on March 27. Senior Amanda Kamekona, sophomores GiOnna DiSalvatore and Monica Harrison and freshman Dani Yudin all had two-hit contests, with Harrison driving in four runs, including three on a home run. Sophomore Donna Kerr earned the win, allowing two runs and one hit in 5 1/3 innings with five strikeouts. Junior Megan Langenfeld picked up the save to become the school's all-time leader in that category. The Bruins, after sweeping Stanford last year, have won four straight over the Cardinal to increase their series advantage to 48-14. Stanford's last win against UCLA was a 4-1 triumph in 2007 at Easton Stadium. The Bruins are 20-8 all-time against the Cardinal at home.
CHOPPING DOWN THE TREES
Sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore has enjoyed facing Stanford pitching in her first two seasons in blue and gold, posting a .545 average (6-for-11) with two runs batted in and three runs scored. She went 4-for-9 (.444) last season and was 2-for-2 in the first matchup this year on March 27. Senior Amanda Kamekona holds a .429 average (6-for-14) against the Cardinal, hitting .400 (4-for-10) last year and going 2-for-4 earlier this season. In the circle, sophomore Donna Kerr is 2-0 in two starts with a 1.40 ERA and eight strikeouts in 10 innings, while junior Megan Langenfeld is 2-1 with two saves in five appearances against the Cardinal. She also has a 1.40 earned run average with 17 strikeouts in 20 innings.
Sophomore Katie Schroeder posted hits in all three games last weekend and still resides at the top spot on the team in batting average at .404. Schroeder went 4-for-9 (.444) last weekend against the Oregon schools, scoring four times and hitting her team-best 14th home run of the season on Sunday against Oregon State. She finished the weekend with a 2-for-2 performance against the Beavers for her 15th multiple-hit game, which is first on the club. Schroeder also leads the squad with 49 runs scored, a .726 slugging percentage, 30 walks, a .525 on base percentage and 19 stolen bases. She is tied for fourth with 32 runs batted in and enters this week's play third in UCLA history in on base percentage (.476) and sixth in batting average (.381). The sophomore has hits in 16 of her last 17 contests and is batting .431 (25-for-58) with 16 runs scored, nine runs batted in and five homers during that stretch. Since moving back to the top of the order on April 4 (14 games), Schroeder, who led off for the first four games of the year before moving to the #2 position, is 22-for-50 (.440) with 13 runs scored, nine RBI and 10 homers. Schroeder had her career-long, 13-game hitting streak snapped against Washington last Wednesday. She has posted three separate hitting streaks of at least seven games this season, reaching safely in seven in a row from March 1-10 and in 11 straight to start the season (Feb. 7-20). Schroeder, who is hitting .410 with five home runs, nine RBI, six stolen bases and a team-best 16 runs scored during Pac-10 play, has seven multiple-hit games during conference action. She has a pair of three-hit performances during Pac-10 at Oregon (April 18) and at Arizona State (April 25), adding three-hit games against Maryland (Feb. 22) and San Diego (March 1). Against the Toreros, Schroeder drove in five for one of her eight multi-RBI contests. Her career and season high came on Feb. 13 against Northwestern when she had six RBI to become just the 10th player in UCLA history to drive in at least half a dozen runs in a single contest. Schroeder went deep twice in the game and also has home runs against Purdue (Feb. 7), Indiana (Feb. 7), Cal Poly (Feb. 8), Kentucky (Feb. 14), North Carolina State (Feb. 21), Iowa (March 6), Notre Dame (March 10), Oregon State (April 17), Oregon (April 18 and 19) and Arizona State (April 26). Her home run against Iowa was a walk-off shot in the eighth inning. Schroeder has crossed home plate at least twice in a game 14 times this season, scoring three times at Arizona State on April 25. She has scored in eight of her last 10 games. Schroeder joined an elite club with her home run at Oregon State on April 17, becoming the sixth player in UCLA history to post at least 10 home runs and 10 steals in the same season.
LANGENFELD THE PITCHER
Junior Megan Langenfeld took a partial rest from her pitching duties last weekend, appearing in only one game. But she was her usual magnificent self in that contest, tossing four shutout innings of relief against Oregon State on Saturday to earn her 12th victory of the season. Langenfeld lowered her team-best ERA to 0.99 and is 12-1 with 77 strikeouts in 98 2/3 innings. She has held opponents to a Pac-10 best .122 batting average. During conference play, the junior is 9-1 with two saves, a 1.06 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 66 innings. Since April 5, Langenfeld has allowed only five earned runs (11 contests), going 9-1 with a save and posting a 0.59 ERA in 59 2/3 innings. Her impressive streak began against Arizona when she pitched 5 2/3 innings of hitless relief, striking out six to earn the win. On April 10 against Washington, Langenfeld tossed 11 innings of one-hit ball, tying a season high with eight strikeouts. She no-hit the Huskies for eight innings before surrendering a single in the ninth. The junior would get her first career no-hitter the following day when she faced just one over the minimum to complete the 100th no-no in UCLA history. For her efforts against Washington, she was named NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week, as well as Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. Langenfeld tied a season high with eight strikeouts at Arizona on April 24, limiting the nation's top offense to only four hits. She also posted seven strikeouts at Oregon State on April 17. Langenfeld has been nearly unhittable in her eight starts this season, posting a 0.37 ERA, a 6-1 mark and 42 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings. She struck out eight for the first time this season in her initial start against San Diego State on Feb. 8. Against Maryland on Feb. 22, the junior fanned six and had a perfect game through six innings before surrendering a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. On March 27 at Stanford, Langenfeld recorded a save to surpass Lisa Longaker as the all-time saves leader at UCLA. Her save on April 18 at Oregon gives her nine for her career. She also posted a save at San Diego State on Feb. 28.
LANGENFELD THE HITTER
Langenfeld remains the best Bruin hitter during Pac-10 play, posting a .462 batting average (24-for-52) with four home runs, 14 runs batted in and nine walks. She only had five official at-bats last weekend, but had hits in four of them, scoring twice and driving in two runs. Langenfeld also walked four times and laid down a pair of sacrifice bunts against the Oregon schools. Since March 28, the junior has raised her batting average 112 points to .331, which ranks fifth on the team. She has six home runs and 25 runs batted in. Langenfeld has hits in 10 of her last 12 games, batting .529 (18-for-34) with seven RBI, four home runs and eight runs scored during that stretch. She had a season-best, eight-game hitting streak snapped at Washington last Wednesday. Langenfeld has 10 multiple-hit games this season, with seven of them coming in conference contests. She went 3-for-4 with two RBI last Sunday against Oregon State and has three-hit affairs against California (March 28), Oregon (April 19) and Arizona State (April 26). She had a great two-game series at Cal (March 28-29), driving in a career-high four runs in the opener and going 2-for-2 with two RBI and a pair of walks in the weekend finale. Langenfeld also has two-hit games against Oregon (April 18) and Arizona State (April 25). Two weekends ago in the desert, the junior went 6-for-10 (.600) with two homers and three RBI en route to earning Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Four of her six home runs have come in conference (Oregon State - April 17, Oregon - April 19 and Arizona State - April 25 and 26). She also has home runs against UNLV (Feb. 13) and Maryland (Feb. 22). Langenfeld has seven multiple-RBI games this year, driving in a pair of runs on six occasions. The junior enters this week's play fifth on UCLA's career leaders list in on base percentage at .453. Along with all of her accolades at the plate and in the circle, she has also shined on defense, committing no errors in 129 chances.
Sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore probably can't wait until next spring when the Bruins face the Oregon schools again. But for now, she will look to keep her momentum going into the final weekend of the regular season. DiSalvatore had two hits and two RBI in all three games last weekend to raise her season batting average to .343, which is fourth on the team and her RBI total to 33, which ranks third. The sophomore also scored a run in all three games to give her 44, which is second on the team. DiSalvatore has hits in eight of her last 10 games, boasting a .438 average (14-for-32) with 10 RBI and 11 runs scored. She is hitting .347 in Pac-10 play with 12 runs batted in and 14 runs scored. Half of her 14 multiple-hit contests have come during conference action, posting two-hit games at Stanford (March 27), Oregon State (April 17), Oregon (April 18) and Arizona State (April 25) to go with the three last weekend. DiSalvatore's career and season high in hits came on March 8 against Longwood when she went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI, a double and two triples. She also has three-hit games against Michigan (Feb. 14) and Colorado State (Feb. 27). DiSalvatore has left the yard five times this year, including twice against Arizona State on April 25 for her first career two-homer game. The sophomore has also hit home runs against Michigan, Kentucky (Feb. 14) and Simon Fraser (Feb. 17). In the runs department, DiSalvatore has scored in eight of the last 10 games. She has scored two runs in a game 11 times and three runs twice, scoring at least twice in five straight contests from Feb. 13-17. DiSalvatore has driven in multiple runs 11 times, which is tied for second on the team. She has three-RBI efforts against Michigan, Kentucky, Simon Fraser, Utah (Feb. 27) and Arizona State (April 25). DiSalvatore had a career-best, nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 27 to March 8 in which she hit .552 (16-for-29) with eight RBI, 10 runs scored, five doubles and two triples.
Opposing pitchers better look out. Amanda Kamekona has found her home run stroke. The lone Bruin senior heads into Senior Weekend with a full head of steam after going 5-for-11 (.455) with two home runs, six RBI and four runs scored last weekend. Kamekona, who had not homered since March 24 against UC Santa Barbara, left the yard on Friday against Oregon, finishing the game 2-for-4 with three RBI. After going 1-for-3 with a run and a double on Saturday against Oregon State, Kamekona went deep again on Sunday, going 2-for-4 with three more runs batted in and two runs scored. Kamekona has eight home runs on the season to go with a .345 average, which is third on the squad and 36 RBI, which ranks second. She also leads the team with 18 doubles and is three away from tying Lyndsey Klein for the UCLA single-season record with 21. Kamekona is tied for second on the team with 10 stolen bases and ranks third in runs scored with 38 and slugging percentage at .600. On the career leaders list, Kamekona enters this weekend at third in slugging at UCLA at .634. During conference action, she is batting .359 with seven doubles, two home runs, nine RBI and 15 runs scored. Six of the senior's 14 multiple-hit games have come during Pac-10 play. Kamekona had three-hit games at California (March 28) and against Washington (April 11) to go with four two-hit contests. She also had three-hit performances against Utah (Feb. 27), San Diego (March 1) and UC Santa Barbara. Against the Gauchos, Kamekona had a home run and five RBI, which is a season high and is one of her 10 multi-RBI games. She had four RBI against North Carolina State on Feb. 21 on her first career grand slam and has driven in three against Northwestern (Feb. 13) and San Diego. Kamekona homered against the Wildcats and has also left the yard against South Dakota State (Feb. 15), Alabama (Feb. 20) and Maryland (Feb. 22). Kamekona has a pair of hitting streaks of at least nine games this season, reaching safely in nine straight from March 10-April 5 and in a season-best 11 in a row from Feb. 15-28. During her season-long streak, the senior hit .425 with 12 RBI, 11 runs scored, eight doubles and four home runs, posting five multiple-hit games. In the runs department, Kamekona has touched home plate in 31 of the Bruins' 47 games, scoring in seven straight contests from Feb. 21-28. She has scored twice in a contest seven times.
Sophomore Donna Kerr hurled a pair of one-hit gems last weekend, allowing no earned runs and striking out 17 in 12 innings. Kerr won her 16th and 17th games of the season and stands at 17-6 with a 2.65 ERA and 217 strikeouts in 153 1/3 innings. On Friday against Oregon, the sophomore fanned eight and allowed only two walks, while on Sunday against Oregon State, she struck out nine, giving up no walks and an unearned run. Over her last four outings (three starts), Kerr has yielded only one unearned run and two hits over 17 2/3 innings, striking out 26. The sophomore joined an exclusive group on April 27 against Arizona State when she became the 10th different pitcher in UCLA history to record at least 200 strikeouts in a single season. Her 200th punchout came in the bottom of the sixth inning against Jessica Mapes. Kerr fanned the side in that inning to post the 19th 200-strikeout season by a Bruin hurler. The sophomore has three wins during Pac-10 play, with the first coming at Stanford on March 27. She tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out five. During conference play, she has also posted six-strikeout games against Arizona State (April 3) and Oregon (April 19) and a seven-strikeout performance against Arizona (April 4). Kerr, who has eight double-figure strikeout games, set a new career high with 16 against San Diego on March 1. She also had a 15-strikeout game against Northwestern (Feb. 13), 12 against Utah (Feb. 27), 11 versus Notre Dame (March 10) and 10 against Purdue (Feb. 7), Cal Poly (Feb. 8), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25) and UC Santa Barbara (March 24). Kerr received Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors on March 3 after going 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 22 innings (Feb. 25-March 1.)
DRIVING THEM IN
Junior Kaila Shull had hits in all three games last weekend and increased her team-leading RBI total to 53 with a solo home run on Friday against Oregon and a two-run double on Saturday against Oregon State. Shull's 53 RBI are the most for a Bruin since 2003 when Tairia Mims finished the year with 70. The junior ranks second on the team in home runs with 10, average (.364) and slugging (.679), third in doubles (10) and first with five sacrifice flies. Shull has hits in nine of her last 11 games, batting .323 (10-for-31) with eight RBI and seven runs scored during that stretch. She is tied for second on the team with 14 multiple-hit games. Shull had three-hit affairs against Colorado State (Feb. 27), FIU (March 6) and Syracuse (March 7) to go along with 11 two-hit games, including a 2-for-3, two RBI, two run effort against Washington on April 11. She is also first on the team with 15 multiple-RBI contests. Shull tied a career high with four RBI against San Diego State (Feb. 8) and Simon Fraser (Feb. 17). In the game against SDSU, she hit a walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning and against Simon Fraser, the junior tied a career best with two home runs. Shull had three straight games with three RBI against Fresno State (Feb. 22), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25) and Utah (Feb. 27), belting home runs in the latter two, and has since added three-RBI efforts against FIU and UC Santa Barbara (March 24), homering against the Gauchos. Shull also has homers against Longwood (March 8), Notre Dame (March 10) and Oregon (April 19). The junior had a season-long, eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 22-March 6, going 13-for-25 (.520) with 15 runs batted in. Defensively, the catcher holds a .997 fielding percentage with just one miscue in 336 chances.
NO STOPPING THIS SHORTSTOP
Sophomore Monica Harrison started her own exclusive club on April 26 at Arizona State when she became the first UCLA player to hit three home runs in a single game. Harrison reached in all four plate appearances against the Sun Devils, belting solo homers in the third and seventh, a two-run shot in the fifth and walking and scoring in the fourth. On the year, she is sixth on the team with a .312 average, tied for third with nine home runs and fourth with 27 runs scored. She is also second with seven sacrifice hits and has driven in 25 runs. Harrison has 10 multiple-hit games this season, with half of them coming during conference play. She has two-hit contests against Stanford (March 27), Arizona State (April 3), Oregon State (April 17) and Oregon (April 18). In the Pac-10 opener against the Cardinal, Harrison tied a career high with four RBI on a three-run homer and an RBI single. The sophomore is hitting .367 (18-for-49) during Pac-10 play with four home runs, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored. She has reached base in 16 of her 18 conference contests and has hits in seven of her last 10 (.407 average). Harrison tied a career high with three hits at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 25. She posted a two-homer game against South Dakota State on Feb. 15, tying a personal best with four runs batted in. She has also left the yard against UNLV (Feb. 13), North Carolina State (Feb. 21) and FIU (March 6). She has six multiple-RBI contests this season, recording three against UNLV and two against both North Carolina State and FIU. One of the slickest-fielding shortstops in the Pac-10, Harrison has committed just four errors in 134 chances (.970 fielding percentage).
JB AT 3B
Junior Julie Burney continues to carry a big bat at the plate during Pac-10 play, picking up three more hits last weekend, including a 2-for-3 performance against Oregon State on Sunday. Her RBI double against the Beavers marked her ninth extra-base hit in Pac-10 action, which is tied for the team lead. Of Burney's 12 conference hits, four are doubles and five are home runs. The junior has a trio of three-run jacks against California (March 29), Washington (April 11) and Oregon (April 18), as well as a two-run bomb at Oregon State (April 17) and a solo shot at Arizona State (April 26). Burney is batting .276 on the year with 28 RBI and nine home runs, which is tied for third on the team. She has eight multi-RBI contests, tying a career high with four against Oregon on April 18. She also had four against South Dakota State on Feb. 15 thanks to her first career grand slam. In addition, Burney has homered against UNLV (Feb. 13), Massachusetts (Feb. 21) and Longwood (March 8). The junior has produced multiple hits nine times, notching a season-high three at San Diego on March 1.
Andrea Harrison had hits in all three games last weekend and brings a .299 batting average into this weekend's action. She has seven home runs and 32 runs batted in, which is tied for fourth on the squad. The freshman is also tops on the squad with eight sacrifice hits. Harrison loved her first career trip to Tempe a couple weeks ago, going 3-for-8 with two home runs and six RBI in the two-game set against Arizona State last weekend. Harrison had a three-run homer in the second inning on April 25 and drove in the Bruins' ninth run in the fifth to set a career high with four RBI. One day later, Harrison belted a two-run bomb in the sixth inning. The freshman is tied for second with 11 multiple-RBI contests, recording three of them during Pac-10 play. She posted a walk-off, two-run homer against Washington's Danielle Lawrie on April 10 that gave the Bruins a 2-0 win in 11 innings. Harrison has a pair of three-RBI games against UNLV (Feb. 13) and Longwood (March 8). The freshman had a season-long, eight-game hitting streak from March 28-April 17, hitting .391 (9-for-23) with three runs scored, three RBI and five walks. Harrison has 13 multiple-hit games, with all of them two-hit affairs, including three consecutive, two-hit games against San Diego State (Feb. 8), UNLV and Northwestern (Feb. 13). Harrison first career homer was a memorable one. Against San Diego State, the Bruins were trailing 2-0 with one out in the eighth inning, but Harrison tied it up with a two-run shot to send the game into a ninth frame. The freshman has also left the yard against UNLV, Kentucky (Feb. 14) and Maryland (Feb. 22).
NEWS AND NOTES
The Bruins are 12-1 on Fridays this season, with the only loss coming to Arizona State on April 3. They will be playing their first Thursday game of the year this week and are 10-4 on Saturdays ... UCLA is 25-1 this season when scoring six runs or more (March 28 at California) ... the Bruins are 28-2 when scoring first and 10-7 when their opponent gets on the board first ... UCLA has won 69 straight games when leading after the fifth inning. The last loss was April 7, 2007 against Washington ... the Bruins were no-hit last Wednesday at Washington for the first time since May 9, 1998 against Arizona when Nancy Evans accomplished the feat at Easton Stadium in a 2-0 victory ... UCLA won its 1,300th NCAA game on Sunday against Arizona State. Since NCAA softball began in 1982, the Bruins are 1,303-273-4 (.826 winning percentage). UCLA was 161-55 in seven seasons at the AIAW level (1975-81) ... UCLA has allowed only 19 runs in its 13 conference wins and has surrendered 33 in its five losses ... freshman Dani Yudin missed the last two games with an injured right foot, but will likely return this weekend. Yudin is batting .218 this season in 42 starts with three home runs and 18 runs batted in. She is second on the team with 21 walks ... redshirt sophomore Whitney Baker made her 15th start of the season against Oregon State on Saturday, allowing three runs and four hits in three innings in a no-decision. She is 9-2 this season with a 3.10 earned run average and 69 strikeouts in 61 innings ... sophomore Amy Crawford has started 18 games in right field, making 36 appearances at that position this season. Crawford, who when Megan Langenfeld is in the circle is playing right, is 3-for-23 (.130) at the plate with eight runs scored ... sophomore Grace Murray scored her 14th run of the season on Sunday against Oregon State. She has crossed home plate in 11 of her last 21 pinch-running appearances ... sophomore Lauren Mirabal is tied with Murray with 14 runs scored after crossing home plate on Sunday. She is 10-for-13 on stolen bases this season and 18-for-21 for her career ... freshman Marti Reed started both games against Oregon State last weekend at designated player. Reed has made five starts this year and is 3-for-16 (.188) at the plate, recording a hit on Saturday. She has also scored nine runs.