Bruins Host Tar Heels Before Winter Finals Break
March 9, 2010
Wednesday, March 10
2 p.m. - #18 North Carolina vs. #6 UCLA
Gametracker and live audio at UCLABruins.com
BRUINS HOST TAR HEELS BEFORE WINTER FINALS BREAK
In their last game before they tackle winter quarter finals, the sixth-ranked Bruins host #18 North Carolina on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Easton Stadium. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins are back on the field on Sunday, March 21 when they travel to CSU Bakersfield for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. UCLA then plays three more doubleheaders prior to the start of Pac-10 play at Cal Poly (March 23), at home against UNLV (March 27) and at Loyola Marymount (March 28), as well as a non-conference home contest against Long Beach State on March 26.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins dropped one spot to sixth in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings and two spots to seventh in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll. In the Pac-10 preseason poll, the Bruins were third (with one first-place vote), behind Washington and Arizona.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
Gametracker will be available for all UCLA softball games this season at UCLABruins.com. In addition, all Pac-10 contests, as well as select non-conference games, will be broadcast on the UCLA website.
SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS
Since starting the season 1-3, North Carolina brings a 14-game winning streak into a Tuesday matchup at Cal State Fullerton before facing the Bruins on Wednesday. During their streak, the Tar Heels have impressive victories over nationally-ranked Stanford and Northwestern. North Carolina has been in California since last Friday, going 5-0 at the DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton last weekend. Senior Danielle Spaulding is the top hitter and pitcher for the Tar Heels. She leads the squad with a .352 batting average, five home runs, 17 runs batted in, an 0.83 earned run average and 106 strikeouts in 59 innings. Senior Christine Knauer is second on the squad with a .341 average to go with a team-high 17 stolen bases. Three others, sophomores Constance Orr (.310) and Ally Blake (.302) and senior Anna Roberts (.300) are hitting .300 or above. As a team, the Tar Heels are batting .270 with 11 home runs and 34 stolen bases, averaging 4.8 runs per game. Also in the circle, senior Amber Johnson has a team-best 8-2 record with a 1.06 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings. The Bruins and the Tar Heels will be facing each other for the first time on Wednesday.
Having led the team in batting average for most of the season, senior Megan Langenfeld now finds herself at the top spot in earned run average at 1.00. In the circle, she is 3-1 with 32 strikeouts in a team-high 42 innings. Offensively, Langenfeld is batting .556 with a team-best eight home runs, 24 runs batted in, 21 runs scored, 1.222 slugging percentage, .683 on base percentage, 55 total bases and 12 walks. She is also tied for the team lead with six doubles and has been hit a team-high six times. Langenfeld, who missed both games at the San Diego Classic after getting hit on the right elbow at UC Riverside last Wednesday and is day-to-day, has hits in 15 of her 17 games. She started the season with a six-game hitting streak (Feb. 13-17) and then posted an eight-game streak from Feb. 19-27. Her seven multiple-hit games are tied for the team lead. The senior has three-hit games against Northwestern (Feb. 27), Portland State (Feb. 21) and Cal Poly (Feb. 19), as well as four more two-hit contests. Langenfeld had a streak of five-straight, multi-hit games from Feb. 19-26. In the RBI department, the senior leads the team with eight multi-RBI games. Her season high came against Cal Poly when she had four thanks to a grand slam. She also had three RBI against Northwestern and Portland State. Langenfeld hit her team-leading eighth homer of the season at UC Riverside and has also left the yard against Baylor (Feb. 27), Texas (Feb. 26), Portland State, Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17) and Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13). The senior has scored multiple runs in a game seven times, including three apiece in both ends of a doubleheader at UCSB. She has reached base in all 17 of her games via either a hit, walk or hit by pitch. In the circle, Langenfeld tossed a career-high 13 innings in a hard-luck, 4-2 loss against Michigan on Feb. 14. She allowed only one earned run and six hits while striking out six in a 182-pitch effort. The senior threw 23 more pitches later in the day when she tossed a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts against Georgia for her first save of the season. Langenfeld's three wins have come against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20) and Northwestern. She pitched five shutout innings and struck out four against the Lady Vols and fanned six in six shutout frames against UC Davis.
Sophomore Samantha Camuso enters Wednesday's game against North Carolina on a five-game hitting streak, posting hits in all three contests last week, including a pair of two-hit games at the San Diego Classic. Camuso went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI triple against Fresno State on Friday and went 2-for-2 with a run and a two-run double against UTEP on Saturday. The sophomore is second on the team with a .423 batting average, an .846 slugging percentage, six home runs and 11 walks and tied for second with 22 runs batted in. Camuso is 7-for-15 (.467) during her five-game streak, which started at the Cathedral City Classic. She hit a pair of home runs on Feb. 26 against Colorado State and Texas, recording two-hit games in both contests. The sophomore also had hits in the final two games of the weekend against Northwestern (Feb. 27) and Ohio State (Feb. 28). In her first game back after redshirting last season with a shoulder injury, Camuso went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a home run against Florida Atlantic on Feb. 13. She has also left the yard against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19) and Cal Poly (Feb. 19). She has six multiple-RBI games, which is third on the team. She drove in four in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB and three apiece in back-to-back games against Northridge and Cal Poly. Camuso has hits in 15 of her 19 games, with seven of them being multiple-hit contests (all two-hit games), which is tied for first on the squad.
Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore is one of four Bruins batting over .400, coming into Wednesday's game with a .406 average and 18 runs batted in, which both rank fourth on the team. DiSalvatore is also tied for first with six doubles, second with 20 runs scored and tied for fourth with three homers. The junior tied a career high with a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 14-24. In the midst of that streak, DiSalvatore put her name alongside Olympian Natasha Watley when she had nine consecutive hits. After posting a hit in her last at-bat against Georgia on Feb. 14, DiSalvatore went 7-for-7 in a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 17. In game one, she went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and followed that up with a 4-for-4 effort in the nightcap with a career-high six runs batted in on a two-run double, an RBI double and a three-run homer. DiSalvatore ran her consecutive hits streak to nine with a first-inning RBI single against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20), which tied her with Watley. She fell just one short of the school record of 10 consecutive hits held by Lisa Fernandez and Stacey Nuveman. For her efforts, DiSalvatore was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the third time in her career on Feb. 23, hitting .682 with 12 runs batted in and two homers in seven games. The junior has six multiple-hit games, which is tied for third on the club. She went 4-for-4 with three RBI, three runs and a homer against Portland State (Feb. 21), also posting two-hit contests against Tennessee (Feb. 13), Texas (Feb. 26) and Northwestern (Feb. 27). Her third homer of the season came against the Longhorns. DiSalvatore has four multi-RBI contests, recording three against Texas and two against Tennessee. She has also scored three times in a game on three occasions and two times twice.
MACON THEM MISS
Sophomore Aleah Macon tossed her second complete-game shutout of the season on Saturday against UTEP, allowing only five hits and two walks while striking out five to improve to 5-1 on the season. Macon holds a 1.03 earned run average, which is second on the team, to go along with 50 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings. The sophomore appeared in all three games last week, tossing an inning of relief last Wednesday at UC Riverside and earning her first save as a Bruin on Friday against Fresno State. She won each of her first four starts as a Bruin, collecting victories against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal Poly (Feb. 19), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24) and Colorado State (Feb. 26). She allowed an unearned run with nine strikeouts at UCSB, tossed five shutout innings with six strikeouts against Cal Poly, fanned nine in 5 1/3 frames while only giving up an unearned run against Fullerton and struck out eight with just one earned run allowed against Colorado State. The sophomore has limited opponents to a .183 batting average and leads the team with four complete games and two solo shutouts.
Junior Donna Kerr earned her team-leading seventh win of the season on Friday against Fresno State, striking out eight and allowing three runs, three hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings. Kerr is 7-1 on the season with a 1.96 earned run average and a team-high 62 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings. The junior has struck out at least eight in five of her eight starts, fanning a season-best 11 vs. Florida Atlantic on Feb. 13 and Cal State Northridge on Feb. 19. She also has nine-strikeout contests against Georgia (Feb. 14) and Portland State (Feb. 21). Kerr won each of her first six starts of the season, tossing a one-hitter in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts against #13 Texas on Feb. 26. She also beat UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), allowing only one hit with three strikeouts in three innings. Kerr received the third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award of her career on Feb. 23 after tossing 13 scoreless innings with 23 strikeouts in wins over UCSB, CSUN and Portland State. She allowed only one hit in all three of those appearances. Kerr has held opponents to a team-best .133 batting average and has been a part of four of the Bruins' seven shutouts.
HOT BAT FOR THE HOT CORNER
Senior Julie Burney had her second four-RBI game in a five-day span on Feb. 24 against Cal State Fullerton and is tied for second on the team with 22 runs batted in. Burney drove in a run in eight straight games from Feb. 17-24, with six of those contests being multiple-RBI outputs. She had four against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 20, going 2-for-3 with her first career two-homer game. Burney also had three-RBI efforts against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17) and UC Davis (Feb. 20) and her seven multiple-RBI contests on the season are second on the team. The senior has two three-hit games against UCSB and Fullerton and a pair of two-hit contests against Cal State Northridge and Baylor (Feb. 27). She had a career-high, nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 14-24 in which she batted .538 (14-for-26) with five homers and 20 runs batted in. Burney's five home runs are third on the team. She left the yard in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB, as well as against Cal Poly (Feb. 19) and UC Davis. Burney is hitting .333 on the season with four doubles and a .650 slugging percentage.
Sophomore Dani Yudin had three hits in two games at last weekend's San Diego Classic and drove in runs in each plate appearance to help the Bruins to a pair of wins. Yudin had two RBI singles against Fresno State on Friday, plating runs in the fourth and fifth innings, with the latter proving to be the game-winning score. The following day against UTEP, she came through again with an RBI single in the third. That hit and her second RBI against Fresno were both with two outs. Yudin has appeared in only 12 games, but has seven RBI, driving in runs in both games of a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), as well as against UC Davis (Feb. 20) and Colorado State (Feb. 26). She homered against UC Davis and the run batted in against Colorado State was also a game-winning RBI. Yudin is 7-for-17 in limited action for a .412 batting average. She also has a .706 slugging percentage and a .524 on base percentage.
WELCOME TO THE HIT PARADE
Junior Monica Harrison brings a five-game hitting streak into Wednesday's affair with North Carolina and holds a .305 batting average with 15 runs scored, which is third on the squad. Harrison's streak began with an RBI single against Northwestern on Feb. 27 and continued with a 2-for-3 effort against Ohio State the next day. Last Wednesday at UC Riverside, the junior went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles. She had a single and scored a run in both victories at the San Diego Classic against Fresno State and UTEP. Harrison has five multiple-hit games this season, producing two against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20) and Portland State (Feb. 21). When the junior gets on base, she usually comes in to score, having crossed home plate in 12 of 20 games this season, including twice in three contests. Harrison, who holds the single-game, school-record with three home runs in a game, hit her first of the year against Tennessee.
Sophomore Andrea Harrison had a hit, a run and an RBI in both games of the San Diego Classic last weekend and brings a .344 batting average into Wednesday's game with two home runs and 11 runs batted in. Harrison went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored against UTEP last Saturday to give her hits in 16 of 20 contests this season. Six of those 16 games have been two-hit affairs, with her six multi-hit contests tying her for third on the team. Harrison has two-hit games against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), Texas (Feb. 26) and Baylor (Feb. 27). The sophomore drove in two, scored twice and homered against Northridge and also left the yard against Baylor. Harrison's other two-RBI contest came in the first game of a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 17. Harrison had a team- and career-high 10-game hitting streak from Feb. 19-27 in which she hit .417 (15-for-36) with six runs batted in and a pair of home runs. She is also tied for third on the team with five doubles.
Freshman B.B. Bates had her nine-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday against UTEP, but she still has hits in 17 of 20 contests and holds a .304 batting average. She has added two home runs, nine runs batted in, 12 runs scored, nine walks and a team-best five stolen bases. Bates hit .387 (12-for-31) during her hitting streak (Feb. 21-March 5) with eight runs batted in, four runs scored and a pair of homers. She hit her first two collegiate home runs in consecutive games against Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24) and Colorado State. She had two hits and three RBI against Fullerton and a pair of hits and runs batted in against Colorado State. Bates has two more two-hit contests to her credit against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17) and Fresno State (March 5). The freshman scored a run in eight of nine games from Feb. 17-26 and had her first, two stolen-base game against UC Davis on Feb. 20.
GOING, GOING, GONE
Freshman Charlotte Dolan had a breakout weekend at the Cathedral City Classic, posting hits in all four games she appeared in, while belting home runs in three consecutive contests. Dolan's tear began against Texas on Feb. 26 when she hit her first collegiate home run. The next night, the freshman left the yard twice against Baylor and Northwestern. Both of Dolan's homers on Feb. 27 were three-run shots. Her bomb against Baylor got the Bruins on the board in the sixth inning, while her shot against Northwestern broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth. She added a double against the Wildcats for her first multiple-hit game. Dolan also posted hits against Ohio State (Feb. 28) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24) to give her a five-game hitting streak. Dolan, who fouled a ball off her left foot against Northwestern, missed all three games last week with the injury and is listed as day-to-day. She is batting .304 with three homers and seven runs batted in. Dolan also has a .739 slugging percentage, which ranks fourth on the squad.
Senior Kaila Shull had a clutch, two-out hit against UTEP last Saturday, driving in a pair of runs on a single in the bottom of the second that put the Bruins on the board in a game they eventually went on to win 6-0. Shull has seven hits in 33 at-bats this season (.212) with six runs scored and five runs batted in. She homered, drove in two and scored twice in the first game of the season against Florida Atlantic on Feb. 13. Shull also had an RBI and a pair of doubles against Portland State on Feb. 21. The senior has shown patience at the plate with six walks and also leads the team with six sacrifice hits.
NEWS AND NOTES
Junior Katie Schroeder has missed the last 13 contests with a left calf injury. She had hits in five of her first seven games of the season, including a trio of two-hit contests. Schroeder, who is batting .364 with a homer and three RBI, is listed as day-to-day ... junior Grace Murray has appeared in 18 of 20 games as a pinch-runner. She has scored in nine of those contests and has stolen a pair of bases ... freshman Devon Lindvall, who has made some spectacular plays in center field in Schroeder's absence, collected her first collegiate hit on a single to left in the third inning of Friday's game against Fresno State.
MERCY MERCY ME
The Bruins set a school record on Feb. 20 when they posted their fifth-straight, mercy-rule victory against UC Davis (8-0 in six innings). The streak began on Feb. 17 when UCLA swept both ends of a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara by scores of 14-0 in five innings and 11-1 in six. On Feb. 19, the Bruins continued the streak with a 9-0, five-inning win against Cal State Northridge and an 8-0, five-inning triumph against Cal Poly. UCLA had recorded four-consecutive, mercy-rule wins on several occasions prior to setting the new mark. Nine of the Bruins' 16 victories this season have been run-rule wins.