Fifth-Seeded Bruins Battle With Louisiana-Lafayette in Super Regionals
May 26, 2010
Saturday, May 29
Game 1 - 6 p.m. - Louisiana-Lafayette (V) vs. #5 UCLA (H)
Sunday, May 30
Game 2 - 12:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. - #5 UCLA (V) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (H)
Game 3 - 3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. - Louisiana-Lafayette vs. #5 UCLA (if necessary)
TV - ESPN2/ESPN3.com or ESPNU (Holly Rowe and Garland Cooper)
Gametracker and live audio for all games at UCLABruins.com
BRUINS AND RAGIN' CAJUNS BATTLE IN SUPER REGIONAL
The fifth-seeded Bruins (43-11) host Louisiana-Lafayette (45-16) in the Los Angeles Super Regional this weekend at Easton Stadium. Game 1 of the Super Regional will be on Saturday at 6 p.m. and can be viewed live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. Holly Rowe and Garland Cooper will call all the action. Game times for Sunday are still to be determined. Game 2 of the Super Regional will be at either 12:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. and Game 3 if necessary will take place at 3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. An announcement will be finalized by Friday. Both games on Sunday will also be televised on either ESPNU with the early start times or ESPN2/ESPN3.com with the late start times. Gametracker and live audio will be available for all games at UCLABruins.com.
The winner of the Los Angeles Super Regional advances to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. UCLA or Louisiana-Lafayette will play the winner of the Gainesville Super Regional between #4 Florida and #13 Arizona State on Thursday, June 3 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
UCLA jumped up two spots to fourth in the final regular-season ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings, earning 15 more points. There was no new USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll this week, in which the Bruins were ranked fifth in the final regular-season poll.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
Gametracker will be available for all UCLA softball games this season at UCLABruins.com. In addition, all Regional and Super Regional contests will be broadcast on the UCLA website.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Bruins enter the postseason in the Top 30 nationally in seven statistical categories, including sixth in home runs per game (1.63) and slugging (.579). UCLA is also seventh in batting average (.328), 11th in runs per game (6.57), 16th in doubles per game (1.54), 17th in earned run average (1.93) and 30th in fielding percentage (.971). Individually, senior Megan Langenfeld is in the Top 20 nationally in six categories, ranking second in slugging (1.037) and on base percentage (.650), fourth in batting average (.500), eighth in home runs per game (0.37), 10th in RBI per game (1.14) and 13th in walks per game (0.88). In the circle, junior Donna Kerr is 33rd in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (4.82) and 39th in strikeouts per seven innings (8.5), while sophomore Aleah Macon is 29th with three saves. Offensively, junior Monica Harrison is 16th in sacrifice hits per game (0.29), senior Julie Burney is 33rd in home runs per game (0.30) and junior GiOnna DiSalvatore is 47th in doubles per game (0.30).
MERCY MERCY ME
The Bruins have posted 18 run-rule wins this year and are one shy of the school record for a single season. The 2001 UCLA squad won 19 games by mercy rule. The 2010 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.
Of the 22 runs scored by the Bruins last weekend, 13 of them came home with two outs. UCLA has scored 160 of its 355 runs this season with two outs for a 45.1 percentage. The Bruins have 144 two-out RBI, with an additional 16 runs coming across on errors, wild pitches or passed balls with two down. Senior Megan Langenfeld leads the team with 27 two-out RBI, followed by junior GiOnna DiSalvatore with 24, senior Julie Burney and sophomore Samantha Camuso with 16 each and sophomore Andrea Harrison with 15.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Bruins hit 11 home runs in their three-game Regional sweep last weekend to give them 88 round-trippers on the year. UCLA has hit a home run in 14 of its last 15 contests. The 88 home runs are tied for the second-best, single-season total in UCLA history. The 2003 title-winning team hit 88 homers, with the school record being 95 by the NCAA Champion 1999 squad ... the Bruins are on pace to break the team single-season records for slugging and on base percentages. UCLA is slugging at .578, better than the previous best of .558 in 1999, and have an on base percentage of .426, bettering the .418 mark in 2002. The Bruins are also on pace to break the single-season walks record. UCLA currently has 217 free passes and the record is 223 (2002) ... senior Megan Langenfeld's slugging (1.037) and on base percentages (.650) currently stand as the second-best totals in UCLA history for a single season. Stacey Nuveman holds the benchmark with a 1.045 slugging and a .665 on base percentage ... the Bruins are hitting .333 with runners in scoring position. Leading the way is junior GiOnna DiSalvatore, who is 27-for-55 (.491) with runners in scoring position. Langenfeld is batting .457 (21-for-46) with RISP ... UCLA has 13 comeback victories this season, including two last weekend against San Diego State and Fresno State ... the Bruins are 16-1 when scoring in the first inning ... UCLA is 31-0 when scoring at least six runs, but just 12-11 when scoring five or fewer ... the Bruins are 28-0 when leading after five innings and 22-0 when winning after six ... junior Katie Schroeder, who played in only seven games this season, will not return this year due to a left leg injury. Schroeder hit .364 with a homer and three RBI through the first two weekends of the season. She will apply for a medical redshirt, and if granted, will be a fourth-year junior in 2011.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
UCLA is making its 26th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and holds a record of 167-40 (.807 winning percentage). The Bruins improved to 75-8 (.904) all-time in the Regional round after going undefeated for the 19th time in 26 Regionals. Since the NCAA field expanded to the Super Regional round in 2005, the Bruins are 7-3 (.700), advancing to the Women's College World Series in `05 by defeating Georgia in three games, in `06 by beating South Florida in two contests and in `08 by sweeping Georgia. UCLA lost its first Super Regional last year against Missouri in three games. The Bruins have now hosted Super Regionals five of the last six seasons. UCLA is 54-6 (.900) during postseason games in Westwood (47-3 in Regionals, 7-3 in Super Regionals).
BRUIN PLAYERS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
In 11 postseason games, sophomore Samantha Camuso has hit five home runs after leaving the yard three times last weekend. She is hitting .400 (12-for-30) with 10 runs batted in during the NCAA Tournament. Senior Megan Langenfeld is batting .447 (21-for-47) in the playoffs with three homers and 14 RBI, while freshman B.B. Bates went 3-for-8 (.375) during her first NCAA Tournament weekend. Senior Julie Burney and sophomore Dani Yudin each have three home runs in the postseason. In the circle, Langenfeld is 4-3 with a 1.94 earned run average and 43 strikeouts in 54 innings, while junior Donna Kerr is 2-0 with 18 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.
SCOUTING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS
Louisiana-Lafayette swept the Baton Rouge Regional last weekend, knocking off Texas A&M (5-0) and LSU (1-0) before beating A&M in the Regional Championship game 6-1. The Ragin' Cajuns have won seven in a row after going 4-0 at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament to win the NCAA automatic berth. Louisiana-Lafayette also won the regular-season SBC title with a 19-5 mark. The Bruins and the Ragin' Cajuns have six common opponents, with UCLA going 6-3 and ULL going 5-4. The Bruins went 2-0 against Fresno State, 1-0 against Cal State Fullerton, Florida Atlantic and Texas, 1-2 against Washington and 0-1 against Michigan. The Ragin' Cajuns went 4-0 against conference rival FAU and 1-0 against Fresno, losing to Fullerton, Michigan, Texas and Washington. ULL hit .274 in its Regional last weekend with two homers and three stolen bases, averaging 4.0 runs per game. Junior Gabriele Bridges went 4-for-9 (.444), hitting both of ULL's homers and driving in six runs. Senior Vallie Gaspard and freshman Nerissa Myers both went 4-for-10 (.400). Senior Brittany Cuevas went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 14 innings, while junior Donna Bourgeois tossed a five-hit shutout against LSU, striking out five. Bourgeois and Cuevas have split the duties in the circle this season. Bourgeois is 23-9 with a 1.78 earned run average and 184 strikeouts in 205 innings, while Cuevas is 22-7 with a 2.38 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 197 innings. As a team, Louisiana-Lafayette is batting .302 on the season with 51 homers and 98 stolen bases, averaging 5.5 runs per game. Gaspard is hitting a team-best .420 with 18 RBI and 17 stolen bases. Four others are hitting above .300. Bridges is batting .317 with a team-high 17 homers, sophomore Erikka Murphy is hitting .316 with a team-best 32 stolen bases and sophomore Christi Orgeron is batting .316 with 15 homers and a team-leading 56 runs batted in.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS V. RAGIN' CAJUNS
The Bruins and the Ragin' Cajuns have met six previous times, all in the NCAA Tournament, with UCLA holding a 5-1 advantage. The Bruins have won the last three meetings. The last matchup came in Oklahoma City on May 24, 2003, with the Bruins winning 5-1. In 1997, UCLA was sent to Lafayette for Regionals. The Bruins lost the first game to ULL 4-1 to fall to the loser's bracket, but came back to win their next three of the weekend, beating the Ragin' Cajuns twice on the final day by scores of 9-0 in five innings and 3-0. The first two meetings came at the WCWS in 1993 (1-0) and 1996 (3-2), with the Bruins winning both times.
DANG LANG ... THE HITTER
After sitting last Friday to rest a left hamstring injury, senior Megan Langenfeld came back in fine fashion on Saturday against San Diego State, going 2-for-2 with a pair of solo homers and two walks. After walking in the first, Langenfeld launched a mammoth home run over the trees in right field to tie the game at one in the third inning. Two innings later, the senior hit a line drive to right that just cleared the wall to give UCLA the lead at 2-1. She would be walked intentionally in her final at-bat. Langenfeld enters Super Regional play leading the team in average (.500), runs batted in (49), slugging (1.037), on base percentage (.650), walks (38) and hit by pitches (10). The senior is also tied for first with 16 home runs, second with 40 runs scored and fourth with 10 doubles. Langenfeld is third on the team with 18 multiple-hit games, posting seven of them during Pac-10 play. She hit a team-best .444 in conference with a team-high 21 walks, notching two-hit games against Oregon State (April 18), Stanford (April 23 and 25), Oregon (April 30 and May 2), California (May 7) and Arizona (May 13). On April 30 against the Ducks, Langenfeld drove in a career-high five on a three-run double and a two-run single. The weekend prior to that, the senior was named Pac-10 and USA Softball National Player of the Week after posting four homers, eight RBI and six runs scored in a three-game sweep of Stanford. Langenfeld tied a career high with two homers and drove in four in both the first and third contests against the Cardinal. Four of Langenfeld's 18 multi-hit games have been three-hit affairs against Cal Poly (Feb. 19 and March 23), Portland State (Feb. 21) and Northwestern (Feb. 27). She drove in multiple runs in all of the games and homered in each contest except against Northwestern, posting four RBI in the February affair with Cal Poly and three RBI in the other three matchups. Langenfeld had five straight, multiple-hit games from Feb. 19-26. She has 15 multi-RBI games, which leads the team. Langenfeld has hitting streaks of eight (Feb. 19-27) and six (Feb. 13-17) games this season and has reached base in all but two games via either a hit, walk or hit by pitch. The senior has scored multiple runs in a game 12 times, including three apiece in both ends of a doubleheader at UCSB and at Stanford on April 23. She has also been walked twice in a game 10 times and at least once in 27 of her 42 contests.
DANG LANG ... THE PITCHER
Langenfeld did not pitch last weekend, but did earn both Bruin victories in the last series of the regular season at Arizona. She struck out a season-high eight on May 13 and pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief for the win on May 15. Making her first start since Feb. 27, the senior allowed five runs, 10 hits and three walks in eight frames in the May 13 extra-inning victory. Two days later, she came in the game in relief and struck out three, giving up two runs, five hits and two walks. Langenfeld is 10-1 with three saves on the year with a 1.29 earned run average and 56 strikeouts in 87 innings. She was a perfect 6-0 in Pac-10 play with two saves, posting a 1.43 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 44 innings. The senior pitched 17 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings to open conference action from April 16 to May 7, earning wins against Stanford (April 25), Oregon (April 30) and California (May 7 and 8), to go along with saves versus Stanford (April 24) and Oregon (May 2). Langenfeld pitched at least three innings of scoreless relief in four of those games, tossing three hitless innings on April 24 at Stanford, five shutout frames the next day against the Cardinal, 4 1/3 scoreless innings on April 30 versus Oregon and 5 2/3 shutout innings on May 8 against Cal. Her four victories during non-conference play came against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Northwestern (Feb. 27) and Long Beach State (March 26). She pitched five shutout innings and struck out four against the Lady Vols and fanned a half dozen in six shutout frames against Davis. The senior also struck out six against Northwestern and fanned seven against Ohio State on Feb. 28. Langenfeld's most impressive performance this season may have come in back-to-back games on Feb. 14. She threw a career-high 13 innings in a hard-luck, 4-2 loss to Michigan. She allowed only one earned run and six hits while striking out six in a 182-pitch effort. Langenfeld 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.
Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore hit her ninth homer of the season on Friday against Saint Mary's and finished Regional play with a pair of hits in eight at-bats. She had three walks on Sunday against Fresno State and drove in what proved to be the game-winning run on a single in the sixth. DiSalvatore is second on the team with a .392 batting average, 47 runs batted in and a .458 on base percentage. She leads the Bruins with 46 runs scored, 16 doubles and eight game-winning RBI, is tied for second with 23 walks, fourth in slugging (.648) and fifth in homers. DiSalvatore ended the regular season by earning her second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and fourth of her career after going 7-for-9 (.778) with a home run, four RBI, three runs scored, two doubles and three walks in a series victory at Arizona. DiSalvatore had multiple hits in all three games, going 2-for-3 with a double on May 13, 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a solo home run on May 14 and 3-for-3 with a two-run single and a double on May 15. Since taking over the leadoff spot in the lineup 18 games ago, DiSalvatore is hitting .452 with six homers, 23 RBI, 17 runs scored, five doubles, an .855 slugging and a .528 on base percentage. She has hits in 15 of 18 games and at least a pair of base knocks in 10 of those contests. The junior also has at least one RBI in 13 of the 18 games and multiple RBI eight times. DiSalvatore posted three-hit contests against Stanford (April 23) and Oregon (April 30), adding two-hit affairs against Oregon State (April 16 and 18), Stanford (April 25) and Oregon (May 1 and 2). In the RBI department, she had three against OSU (April 16) and Oregon (May 2) and two versus OSU (April 17 and 18), Oregon (May 1) and Cal (May 7). DiSalvatore had five home runs during Pac-10 play, hitting .425 with a team-best 21 RBI and seven doubles. She left the yard in three straight games against Oregon (May 1 and 2) and Cal (May 7), also homering at OSU on April 17. The junior is tied for the team lead with 20 multiple-hit games, with 12 of them coming during Pac-10. She is also tied for second with 13 multiple-RBI contests, producing eight in conference. DiSalvatore had a career-high, 10-game hitting streak from April 16 to May 7, batting .475 (19-for-40) with four homers, 17 RBI and 12 runs scored. She has two other hitting streaks of at least seven games this season, reaching safely in seven in a row from March 23-28 (.455 BA) and nine straight from Feb. 14-24 (.586 BA). In the midst of her February streak, she 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 on Feb. 23, hitting .682 with 12 runs batted in and two homers in seven games. She has scored multiple runs in a game nine times, including three runs on five occasions.
One day after recording her 20th multiple-hit game of the season on Friday, sophomore Andrea Harrison hit a walk-off, bases-loaded single on Saturday to give the Bruins a 4-3 victory over San Diego State. Harrison hit a high chopper off the glove of the Aztec first baseman to score freshman B.B. Bates and send UCLA into the Regional Championship game. The sophomore is third on the team with a .351 batting average, 13 home runs and a .661 slugging percentage. She is also second with 14 doubles and fourth with 42 runs batted in. Harrison is tied for the team lead in multi-hit games after producing a pair of singles against Saint Mary's on Friday, and is also fourth with 12 multiple-RBI contests. The sophomore earned her first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on May 3 after going 6-for-11 (.545) with four home runs and eight runs batted in a three-game sweep of Oregon. Harrison tied career highs with two homers and four RBI on May 1 and 2. She scored three times and equaled a personal best with three hits on May 1 and followed that up with a pair of two-run homers the next afternoon. Five of Harrison's multi-RBI games came during Pac-10 play, as she drove in a pair in three straight contests against Oregon State (April 18) and Stanford (April 23 and 24). Eight of her 19 multi-hit contests came in conference. She had three hits at Stanford (April 23) and two versus Arizona State (April 9), OSU (April 16 and 18), Cal (May 7) and Arizona (May 13), homering against ASU (April 9) and Stanford (April 24). The sophomore has produced hitting streaks of 11 and 10 games this season. She hit .459 (17-for-37) during her career-high, 11-game streak, which ran from March 21 to April 10, with six home runs, 14 runs batted in, 10 runs scored and six multiple-hit games. Harrison had four home runs in a three-game span on March 28 and April 9. She went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a homer in the first game of a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount (March 28) and posted a pair of solo bombs, her first career, two-homer contest, in the nightcap. Harrison plated three runs in the second game of a doubleheader against UNLV on March 27 and has added nine more contests with two RBI. The sophomore drove in runs in seven straight games from March 26 to April 10 (12 total). Harrison hit safely in 10 straight from Feb. 19-27, batting .417 (15-for-36) with six runs batted in and a pair of home runs. She has scored multiple runs in a game nine times this season.
There is something about the NCAA Tournament that agrees with redshirt sophomore Samantha Camuso. After hitting two homers in the 2008 postseason as a freshman, Camuso left the yard in all three games last weekend. She reached base in all four plate appearances on Friday against Saint Mary's, going 2-for-2 and tying a season high with four RBI on a three-run homer and an RBI double. She also scored two runs and was hit by a pitch. Camuso hit a solo home run on Saturday against San Diego State and belted a two-run bomb on Sunday against Fresno State. The redshirt sophomore is hitting .307, ranking fourth on the team with 11 home runs and fifth with 39 runs batted in and 21 walks. Camuso had been in a 1-for-22 slump heading into the postseason, but went 4-for-8 (.500) with three homers and seven RBI during the Regional round. She produced her 11th multiple-hit game against Saint Mary's and her first since a 2-for-3 effort at Stanford on April 25. Camuso also homered in the first game of the Stanford series on April 23. During non-conference play, Camuso posted three hits in the first game of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield on March 21 and also has two-hit contests against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19), Colorado State (Feb. 26), Texas (Feb. 26), Fresno State (March 5), UTEP (March 6) and Long Beach State (March 26). The redshirt sophomore has nine multiple-RBI games this season, driving in a pair on April 18 at Oregon State. Camuso knocked home four runs in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB. She has added three-RBI contests against Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly (Feb. 19) and two-RBI affairs versus Florida Atlantic, Texas and UTEP. Camuso has homered in all of her multi-RBI games with the exception of the UTEP and Oregon State contests. She has also belted solo jacks against Colorado State and Washington (April 2). The sophomore has scored twice in a game five times.
HOT BAT FOR THE HOT CORNER
Senior Julie Burney had hits in all three contests last weekend and brings an eight-game hitting streak into Super Regional play. Burney hit her 16th homer of the season on Sunday against Fresno State and added singles on Friday and Saturday, scoring three times against Saint Mary's. She also drew two walks on the weekend. Burney is batting .314, tying for the team lead in homers and ranking third with 44 runs batted in. She is also second with a .667 slugging percentage and tied for third with 23 walks. Burney is batting .360 (9-for-25) during her current hitting streak that is one shy of her career high. The senior has hit at least one home run in seven straight weekends. Burney homered against Arizona State (April 9), Oregon State twice (April 16 and 17), Stanford (April 24), Oregon (May 1), California (May 9) and Arizona (May 13). Her home run against Arizona was a go-ahead shot in the top of the eighth inning of an eventual 6-5 victory. Burney is second on the team with 13 multiple-RBI games. Six of those contests came during her career-high, nine-game hitting streak (Feb. 14-24) in which she batted .538 (14-for-26) with five homers and 20 runs batted in. Burney drove in a run in each of the last eight games of her hitting streak. She had four RBI against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), recording her first career, two-homer contest against the Matadors. The senior has added three-RBI games against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17, Game 1), UC Davis (Feb. 20) and UNLV (March 27) and has driven in a pair against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), UCSB (Feb. 17, Game 2), Northridge (Feb. 19), CSU Bakersfield (March 21) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). Burney has nine multiple-hit games, going 3-for-3 against UCSB and Fullerton and posting two-hit contests against Northridge, Baylor (Feb. 27), UNLV, LMU, Stanford (April 24) and Oregon (May 1). Burney has scored multiple runs five times, including three at Oregon State on April 16.
YUDIN GOING YARD
Sophomore Dani Yudin had a couple of firsts on Friday against Saint Mary's, posting her first career two-homer and three-hit game in the Regional opener. Yudin had a two-run shot and a solo bomb to go along with a single. Her three RBI also tied a career high. The sophomore is batting .324 on the year with eight homers and 23 runs batted in. She is also fourth with 22 walks and third in on base percentage (.442). Yudin has a home run in each of the last three weekends. She went yard on May 7 against California, going 2-for-4 against the Golden Bears, and also hit a home run and went 2-for-4 with two RBI at Arizona on May 13. The sophomore had hits in 14 of the Bruins' 21 Pac-10 games, producing multiple hits in six of them. Yudin had two hits against Washington (April 1), Oregon State (April 18), Stanford (April 23) and Oregon (April 30). She has eight multiple-hit games this season, going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in against Fresno State on March 5. Yudin has five games with multiple runs batted in. She had three RBI on a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly at Stanford on April 24 and drove in a pair on a two-run bomb on April 3 at Washington. Five of Yudin's six regular-season homers came during Pac-10 play, as she also left the yard against Arizona State (April 9). Her first home run of the season came against UC Davis on Feb. 20. Yudin hit .345 during conference action with five homers and 11 RBI. The sophomore had a career-high, eight-game hitting streak from April 11-30, posting a .579 average (11-for-19) with four RBI, six runs scored and nine walks.
MACON THEM MISS
Sophomore Aleah Macon returned to the circle last weekend and produced two wins and a save in UCLA's Regional sweep. Macon made her first appearance since March 28 on Friday against Saint Mary's after being ineligible for a violation of team rules. She struck out three in 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn her third save of the season. Macon started the final two games of the weekend, fanning five and giving up three runs (two earned), eight hits and two walks on Saturday against San Diego State. On Sunday against Fresno State, the sophomore tied a career high and set a season best with 12 strikeouts, allowing two runs (one earned), six hits and three walks while giving up just her first home run of the season. Macon holds a team-low 0.92 earned run average to go along with a 10-1 record and three saves. She has 95 strikeouts in 76 innings and has held opponents to a .196 batting average. In her last game prior to her ineligibility, Macon struck out 11 in a complete-game victory at Loyola Marymount on March 28, giving up one earned run. The run allowed against LMU snapped a 23-inning scoreless streak that spanned from March 6-28. The sophomore has given up one earned run or fewer in all but two of her 19 appearances this season. Macon has four shutouts, blanking Cal Poly (Feb. 19), UTEP (March 6), CSU Bakersfield (March 21) and UNLV (March 27). The sophomore has six games with at least seven strikeouts this season. She fanned nine against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), eight against Colorado State (Feb. 26) and seven against UNLV. Macon has also recorded saves against Fresno State (March 5) and Cal Poly (March 23).
Junior Donna Kerr picked up her 18th victory of the season on Friday against Saint Mary's, striking out nine and allowing four runs, four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Kerr leads the Bruins with an 18-7 record and is also first on the team in appearances (31), games started (29), complete games (10), shutouts (6), innings (145.1) and strikeouts (177), adding a 2.41 earned run average while holding opponents to a team-best .188 batting average. Kerr has struck out at least nine in two of her last three starts. She fanned 10 on May 14 at Arizona for her fourth double-figure strikeout game of the season. Kerr started 15 of the Bruins' 21 games during Pac-10 play, earning wins against Washington (April 1), Oregon State (April 16 and 18), Stanford (April 23) and Oregon (May 2). She blanked the Huskies in the conference opener, striking out eight in a four-hitter. Kerr also threw three scoreless frames in the win over OSU, fanned eight in a one-hit, five-inning complete game at Stanford and earned her 50th career victory against Oregon. The shutout at Washington marked part of a stretch in which the junior didn't allow an earned run in 30 straight innings from March 23 to April 2. Kerr has been a part of 10 of the Bruins' 15 shutouts, including solo blankings against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19), North Carolina (March 10), CSU Bakersfield (March 21) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). Kerr has struck out at least eight batters in 13 of her 29 starts, including a season-best 11 against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13) and Northridge. She also fanned 10 at Loyola Marymount, nine against Georgia (Feb. 14), Portland State (Feb. 21) and CSU Bakersfield and eight apiece against Fresno State (March 5), North Carolina and Oregon State (April 18). 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 (Feb. 17), Cal State Northridge and Portland State. She allowed only one hit in all three of those appearances.
SWINGING A HOT STICK
Senior Kaila Shull belted her fifth home run of the season, a two-run homer, on Friday against Saint Mary's. She also walked on Friday and drew a free pass on Sunday against Fresno State. Shull is batting .250 with five homers and 14 runs batted in. She has scored 24 runs, drawn 17 walks and is second on the team with seven sacrifice hits. Shull closed out the regular season with a pair of two-hit games at Arizona on May 13 and 15. She had an RBI single in the May 13 game and had a double and a single in the finale. The senior hit .333 during Pac-10 play with three home runs, seven runs batted in, 13 runs scored and seven walks. Shull had hits in 11 of the 17 Pac-10 games she had at-bats in. She homered in three straight against Oregon (April 30 and May 2) and California (May 7), going 1-for-2 with three runs scored, two RBI and two walks in the first contest with the Ducks, 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the second game and 2-for-3 against Cal. Her two multiple-hit games at Arizona give her five on the season, as she also went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI against Portland State on Feb. 21. Shull hit her first home run of the year in the season opener against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), driving in a pair. She also had two RBI against UTEP on March 6. The senior has scored runs in eight of her last 12 games (12 runs total).
Freshman B.B. Bates had hits in all three games last weekend, producing a double and a walk on Friday, while recording a single and a run scored on Saturday and Sunday. Bates is fourth on the team with 34 runs scored and a .328 batting average, adding three home runs, 27 runs batted in and a team-best six stolen bases. Bates helped the Bruins steal victory from the jaws of defeat on May 8 when she hit a walk-off, three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to give UCLA a 3-1 victory over California. Bates is fourth on the team with 16 multiple-hit games. She had at least two hits and an RBI in three straight games from April 25 to May 1, going 3-for-4 with three RBI at Stanford (April 25), 2-for-4 with an RBI against Oregon (April 30) and 2-for-3 with two RBI the following evening versus the Ducks. Bates has hits in 14 of her last 20, including two-hit contests against Arizona State (April 11) and Oregon State (April 17). She had a pair of three-hit affairs in the first game of doubleheaders against UNLV (March 27) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). Bates also had a pair of hits in the second game of both twinbills and has added two-hit contests against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), Colorado State (Feb. 26), Fresno State (March 5), Long Beach State (March 26) and in both games of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield on March 21. Bates had a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 21 to March 5, batting .387 (12-for-31) with eight runs batted in, four runs scored and a pair of homers. The freshman has driven in multiple runs in seven games, knocking home three and hitting her first collegiate home run against Cal State Fullerton. She left the yard in her very next game and had two RBI against Colorado State. Bates also drove in a pair in the first game of a doubleheader against UNLV and the second game of a nightcap at LMU. The freshman has scored two runs in a game five times and had her first, two stolen-base contest against UC Davis on Feb. 20.
HITTING IN THE TWO HOLE
Junior Monica Harrison has hits in four of her last five games and hit a three-run homer on Sunday that spurred the Bruins to a 7-2 victory over Fresno State in the Regional Championship game. Harrison reached base in all three games last weekend, posting a single on Friday and drawing two walks on Saturday. On Sunday, she walked in her second at-bat and then drilled her third homer of the season to left to give the Bruins a 6-2 advantage. The junior is batting .275 with 20 runs batted in. She is third on the team with 35 runs scored and 11 doubles and leads the squad with 15 sacrifice hits. The junior had a pair of multiple-hit contests at Stanford, going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI on April 23 and 2-for-5 on April 25. She also went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in and runs scored on April 18 at Oregon State. Harrison has 11 multi-hit games. The junior has a pair of three-hit contests to her credit at UC Riverside (March 3) and CSU Bakersfield (March 21), driving in a season-high three against the Roadrunners. She also has two-hit games against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Portland State (Feb. 21), Ohio State (Feb. 28), Cal Poly (March 23) and UNLV (March 27). Harrison had a career-high, seven-game hitting streak from Feb. 27 to March 21, hitting .572 (12-for-21) with four RBI and four doubles. She has six multiple-RBI games, recording two in back-to-back affairs against Long Beach State (March 26) and UNLV. The junior hit her first home run of the year against Tennessee and also left the yard against Bakersfield. She has scored twice in a game six times.