Top-Ranked Bruins Entertain Three Ranked Pac-10 Teams This Week
April 1, 2008
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
#24 Washington at #1 UCLA
Wednesday, April 2
Los Angeles, Calif.
Live: Gametracker, Audio
#7 Stanford at #1 UCLA
Friday, April 4
Los Angeles, Calif.
Live: Gametracker, Audio
#21 California at #1 UCLA
Saturday, April 5
Los Angeles, Calif.
Live: Gametracker, Audio
#21 California at #1 UCLA
Sunday, April 6
Los Angeles, Calif.
Live: Gametracker, Audio
RANKED TEAMS SQUARE OFF AT EASTON STADIUM
The top-ranked Bruins (31-3, 3-0 Pac-10) continue conference play with four games this week, welcoming three fellow Top 25 teams. UCLA entertains #24 Washington (22-10-1, 1-1) on Wednesday at 2 p.m. before hosting seventh-ranked Stanford (32-5, 0-3) on Friday at 1 p.m. and #21 California (32-12, 1-2) on Saturday (3 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.) All games will have live audio and Gametracker at UCLABruins.com.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins stayed atop the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll for the second straight week, receiving 10 first-place votes (one more than last week) and two more points than second-ranked Arizona State. UCLA maintained its #4 position in the USA Today/NFCA rankings for the third week in a row, but picked up one more first-place vote than last week to give them two.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
All Pac-10 Conference home games will be broadcast live over the internet at UCLABruins.com with Darren Preston and Jeff Knox at the call. In addition, every contest will feature Gametracker on the UCLA website.
OLYMPIC GAME TICKET UPDATE
Only a handful of tickets remain for the highly-anticipated UCLA-USA Softball game. The game will be played at Easton Stadium on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by calling (310) UCLA-WIN or by logging on to UCLABruins.com. All tickets are general admission and are $20 for adults and $10 for UCLA students and youths 16 and under.
MORE TICKET INFO
Tickets for all UCLA Softball games can now be purchased in advance by calling (310) UCLA-WIN. To secure your seats to our popular Pac-10 weekend games, advance purchase is recommended. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youths 16 and under. UCLA students are free with a Bruin Card ID. There are a small amount of advanced tickets left for Sunday's game against California. Only a limited quantity will be available at Easton Stadium on the day of the game.
SELDEN NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Senior Anjelica Selden was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season after posting a perfect 3-0 record, a 0.93 earned run average and 28 strikeouts in 15 innings last week.It is the 10th time that Selden has earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for her career, the second-most of any Bruin pitcher behind only Keira Goerl's 11.UCLA receives its sixth Pac-10 Player or Pitcher of the Week award this season. Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore has earned the Player honor twice (Feb. 12 & 26), while freshman Donna Kerr was named Pitcher of the Week on March 4.Selden opened last week with a 12-strikeout performance at UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, her eighth double-digit strikeout effort of the season.In the Bruins' Pac-10 opener on Friday against Oregon State, the senior had another commanding outing, fanning eight in six innings and limiting the Beavers to one hit.Selden notched four more shutout innings on Sunday in the Bruins' run-rule victory over Oregon, striking out another eight batters.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
Freshman Donna Kerr enters this week's play first in the nation in earned run average at 0.48 and leads a Bruin squad that as a team is second in the nation in ERA at 0.64. Kerr is also in the NCAA Top 30 in two other categories, ranking eighth in the nation in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.29) and 27th in strikeouts per seven (9.3). Senior Anjelica Selden finds herself in the NCAA Top 20 in five categories. She is ninth in ERA (0.76), third in fewest walks per seven innings (0.63), eighth in strikeouts per seven (10.9), 10th in fewest hits allowed (3.34) and tied for 17th in wins with 15. Completing the UCLA pitcher trifecta, sophomore Megan Langenfeld is tied for 15th with three saves. Offensively, freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore is tied for 26th in RBI per game (1.03), junior Amanda Kamekona is 33rd in runs per contest (0.91) and Langenfeld is 42nd in on base percentage (.505).
ONE OF SIX
The Bruins are one of six teams that are ranked in the Top 25 in the nation in ERA, scoring, batting average and fielding percentage. UCLA is second in ERA (0.64), fifth in average (.335), 19th in scoring (5.71 runs per game) and 22nd in fielding (.973). The other teams on the list are all ranked in the Top 11 in the country (#3 Florida, #7 Stanford, #9 Houston, #10 Fresno State and #11 Oklahoma). In addition, the Bruins are tied for third in winning percentage (.912), 10th in doubles per game (1.71) and 23rd in slugging (.472).
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
With three shutouts to start off Pac-10 play, the Bruins lowered their conference-best ERA to 0.64. UCLA is also second in the league in hitting at .335 and third in fielding percentage at .973. The Bruins rank in the top half of the conference in slugging percentage (4th, .472), on base percentage (2nd, .409), hits (3rd, 303), doubles (3rd, 58), triples (T-2nd, 6), sacrifice hits (4th, 28) and sacrifice flies (T-3rd, 7). On an individual level, freshman Donna Kerr is the league leader in earned run average at 0.48, also ranking third in opposing batting average (.139), eighth in wins (12) and ninth in strikeouts (116). Senior Anjelica Selden is third in ERA at 0.76, fourth in wins (15) and opposing batting average (.139) and fifth in strikeouts (173). Offensively, freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore ranks in the Top 10 in five categories, including fifth in batting average at .406. She is also tied for third in doubles (11) and triples (2), tied for sixth in runs batted in (35) and tied for 10th in hits (43). Full team and individual Pac-10 rankings can be found on page six of this release.
GETTING OFF TO A GREAT START
Scoring first is always a key to a team's success and for the Bruins, scoring in the first inning has proved to be a winning combination. UCLA has crossed home plate in its first at-bat 21 times and has won every contest, accomplishing the feat in both wins against Oregon last weekend. The Bruins have outscored opponents 49-4 in the first inning. Overall, UCLA is 29-0 when scoring first and 2-3 when its opponent plates the first run.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
After having their Pac-10 home opener against Oregon snowed out on Friday, the Huskies split over the weekend in Seattle against Oregon State, winning 1-0 on Saturday before dropping a 5-3 decision on Sunday. Washington is batting .315 as a squad and is led by freshman Jace Williams, who is hitting a team-best .419 with five home runs and 27 runs batted in. The Huskies have five additional players batting above .300, including junior Alicia Blake and freshman Morgan Stuart, who are tied for the team lead with six homers. Washington has 27 home runs and 47 stolen bases, with junior Marnie Koziol leading the club with 17 swipes. In the circle, freshman Aleah Macon tossed all but 1 1/3 innings last week and owns a team-low 1.58 ERA, an 11-5 record and 134 strikeouts in 110 2/3 innings. Senior Caitlin Noble holds a 2.48 earned run average, an 11-5 mark and 117 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. HUSKIES
Washington took the season series from UCLA last year, but still trail overall 38-21. The Bruins beat the Huskies at home 10-6 on April 6, 2007, but lost a day later 8-6 and fell in Seattle 8-3 on April 25. Krista Colburn was the offensive star of the series for the Bruins, going 4-for-9 with four runs scored and four RBI. UCLA is 16-9 all-time at home against Washington, but is 3-4 in its last seven against the Huskies at Easton Stadium.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
Stanford travels to Sacramento State for a Wednesday matinee before heading down to Westwood for Friday's contest. The Cardinal got off to a rough start to Pac-10 play at home last weekend, falling to Arizona and Arizona State twice. The losses snapped a 12-game winning streak for the Cardinal. Stanford is batting .305 as a team and is led by sophomore Rosey Neill, who holds a club-best .404 average with 42 runs batted in and a Pac-10-leading 15 home runs. Sophomore Alissa Haber is second with a .398 batting average, while senior Tricia Aggabao (.311) and junior Maddy Coon (.305) are also hitting above .300. The Cardinal have hit 35 home runs as a team and have 43 stolen bases. In the circle, junior Missy Penna has started 25 of the 37 games, posting a 0.92 earned run average, a 21-4 record and 220 strikeouts in 168 innings. Penna pitched 21 innings last week, including all 13 frames in a 3-0 loss to Arizona State on Sunday. Freshman Ashley Chinn, who is 10-1 with a 1.53 ERA, pitched in a 6-0 loss to the Sun Devils on Saturday.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. CARDINAL
Stanford has won four of the last five against UCLA, including 2-of-3 last year, but still trails the all-time series 44-14. Last season, the Cardinal claimed a 6-4 victory at Stanford on April 20 before splitting at Easton Stadium (3-0 loss, 4-1 win) on May 5 and 6. Krista Colburn went 4-for-7 with four walks, a run and an RBI in the series, while Megan Langenfeld tossed a complete-game four hitter in the Bruins' 3-0 victory. The two teams have split the last eight meetings at Easton Stadium, where the Bruins hold a record of 19-8.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN BEARS
California plays at Washington on Friday before heading to UCLA on the weekend. The Bears went 1-2 in Pac-10 play last week, falling to Arizona State and splitting with Arizona. Sophomore Marissa Drewrey has been a workhorse in the circle, pitching all but 1/3 of an inning last weekend. She has a 1.59 earned run average on the season with a 20-7 record and 199 strikeouts in 181 innings. Offensively, Cal is batting .307 as a team with 27 home runs and 56 stolen bases. Four players are hitting above .300, led by freshman Sanoe Kekahuna, who leads the team with a .392 average, seven home runs and 42 runs batted in. Freshman Valerie Arioto is second with a .353 average, junior Gina Leomiti is third in average (.344) and second in homers (6) and RBI (37) and sophomore Bernice Masaniai is fourth in hitting (.326) and third in homers (4) and RBI (35).
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. GOLDEN BEARS
The Bruins took the series against the Golden Bears last season, but Cal snapped UCLA's four-game win streak with a 3-1 win at Easton Stadium on May 4. The Bruins claimed 11-0 (5 innings) and 5-3 victories in Berkeley (April 21-22). Julie Burney and Megan Langenfeld each went 4-for-8 in the series, with Burney hitting a homer and Langenfeld adding two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI. California has won three of the last four at Easton Stadium, but UCLA still holds a 33-6 lead in home games to go along with a 72-19 overall series advantage.
STILL PERFECT ON FRIDAY
The Bruins remained perfect at 11-0 in Friday contests with their 3-0 victory over Oregon State last week. UCLA is also undefeated when hitting a home run, posting an 11-0 mark when clearing the fence. Other perfect marks include 22-0 when the Bruins lead after three innings and 20-0 when leading after the sixth.
It's not very often when you have a freshman pitcher leading the nation in earned run average, but that's where Donna Kerr currently sits, holding the top spot in ERA at 0.48. The first-year hurler has a 12-1 record with 116 strikeouts and is in the midst of an amazing stretch in the circle. Kerr has allowed just one earned run in her last 56 1/3 innings (0.12 ERA). She also has 85 strikeouts during that stretch and tossed her first career perfect game against Saint Peter's on March 2. Kerr set down all 15 Peahens she faced, striking out seven to throw the 16th perfect game and 99th no-hitter in Bruin history. The perfecto capped off a great week, as she threw 15 scoreless innings, struck out 21 and allowed only two hits to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors. Last Saturday, Kerr made her first appearance against a Pac-10 opponent and tossed a three-hitter in six innings against Oregon, striking out nine to win her ninth game in a row. Kerr's double-figure strikeout string ended at three straight games, but the freshman still has 45 in her last four contests. Along with leading the nation in ERA, Kerr is eighth in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.29) and 27th in strikeouts per seven (9.3). Kerr has five solo shutouts on the season and has given up one earned run or fewer in 13 of her 14 starts. Along with the perfect game against Saint Peter's, Kerr has also blanked San Diego (Feb. 29) and ranked teams Missouri (Feb. 15), Hawai'i (Feb. 23) and Northwestern (March 9).
JELLY ON A ROLL
Chalk up another Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award for senior Anjelica Selden. That makes three for this season and 10 in the illustrious career of UCLA's all-time strikeout leader. Selden went 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 15 innings last week in wins against UC Santa Barbara, Oregon State and Oregon. On the season, Selden has a 15-2 record, a 0.76 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 111 innings. She ranks in the NCAA Top 20 in five categories, placing ninth in ERA, eighth in strikeouts per seven innings (10.9), third in fewest walks allowed per seven (0.63), 10th in fewest hits allowed (3.34) and tied for 17th in wins. Along with her three Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week awards, one of the most decorated pitchers in UCLA history has been bestowed with National Player of the Week awards from the NFCA and USA Softball, while also receiving nominations for the USA Softball Player of the Year and the Lowe's Senior CLASS awards. Selden became the 21st Division I pitcher to record 1,200 strikeouts for a career on March 1 at San Diego State and is on the cusp of becoming the 15th pitcher to reach 1,300. Currently 16th on the all-time D-I strikeout chart, Selden is two away from moving into 15th on the list and 21 away from reaching 1,300. Selden set a new personal best for strikeouts in a seven-inning game with 17 against Northwestern on Feb. 24 and posted a career-high 15 K's against James Madison on Feb. 29, a watershed mark for strikeouts in a five-inning contest. Selden is also on the verge of another milestone as she approaches 100 career victories. With 96 wins as a Bruin, the senior is just four away from becoming the 33rd Division I pitcher to post 100 victories. Her 96 career wins put her in a tie for third on UCLA's all-time list with B'Ann Burns. With two more victories, Selden will surpass Amanda Freed's 97 for second on the list.
KC AT THE BAT
Senior Krista Colburn became the 20th member of UCLA's 200-hit club when she doubled in the fifth inning of Friday's Pac-10 opener against Oregon State. It was the second hit of the afternoon for Colburn, who had four on the weekend to raise her season average to .366, which is fifth on the club. Colburn also scored five runs during the first Pac-10 weekend, stole two bases and drew three walks. The senior leads the Bruins with 22 walks, ranking her sixth in the Pac-10. She is also eighth in the Pac-10 in on base percentage at .479 and second on the team with 27 runs scored. The senior saw her consecutive starts streak end at 202 games against Cal State Northridge on March 13, but has come back strong since then with hits in four of her last five games, batting .500 (6-for-12) during the last handful of contests. In the last five, Colburn has scored at least once a game (seven total), including three times against Oregon on Sunday, and has also drawn six walks. Colburn's two multiple-hit games last weekend gives her 11 on the season, which puts her third on the squad. The senior has 54 multiple-hit games for her career.
CAPTAIN CLUTCH CLEANING UP
Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore continues to clean up in the fourth spot of the order and leads the Bruins with a .406 batting average, 35 runs batted in, eight multiple-RBI games and eight game-winning RBI. She is also tied for the top spot in doubles (11) and multiple-hit games (13). Already a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, DiSalvatore ranks in the conference Top 10 in five categories, tying for third in doubles and triples (2), placing fifth in average, tied for sixth in RBI and tied for 10th in hits (43). The freshman is also cracking the national rankings, currently tied for 26th in RBI per game (1.03). DiSalvatore drove in the game's first runs in both victories against Oregon, knocking in the only run the Bruins would need in Saturday's 2-0 win on an RBI single in the first. On Sunday, it was a bases-loaded walk in the opening frame that gave UCLA its first run, proving to be the game-winner in the 12-0, run-rule win. DiSalvatore claimed her first Player of the Week award after an opening weekend in which she went 10-for-14 (.714) with nine RBI, five runs scored and four doubles at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. DiSalvatore hit her first career home run on Feb. 9 against UC Santa Barbara, a three-run, two-out shot in the bottom of the seventh that tied the game and sent it to extra innings before UCLA won it in the eighth. With all of her offensive skills, DiSalvatore showed her defensive range last Tuesday at UC Santa Barbara, starting at first and third base in the two games of the twinbill, also making an appearance in right field. She has played a total of five positions this season (including designated player), making five starts at second base during the opening weekend.
It's not too often you see a closer in softball, since most teams have their pitcher's go the distance each time they take the ball. But when you have the benefit of three solid pitchers as the Bruins do, a change of pace late in the game can baffle opposing hitters. So to go along with all of her hitting success, add closer to sophomore Megan Langenfeld's repertoire. In the circle, Langenfeld has an impressive 23 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings streak. But an even more amazing streak comes with the sophomore's walk total. Langenfeld has not walked anybody since issuing one to the very first hitter of the season, a streak of 102 straight batters without giving up a free pass. With a 3-0 lead in the seventh on Friday, Langenfeld came in the game for Anjelica Selden against Oregon State and picked up the save. It was more of the same on Saturday against Oregon, this time in relief of Donna Kerr in a 2-0 contest, as Langenfeld struck out one in her inning of her work for her third save of the year. With four saves for her career, Langenfeld is already tied for third on the all-time UCLA list. On the season, Langenfeld is 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings in the circle. At the plate, Langenfeld is third on the team with a .378 average, first in on base percentage (.505), second in walks with 19 and tied for third with 24 runs batted in. The sophomore had an eight-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday, but is still batting .400 (10-for-25) over her last 10 games with 12 runs batted in. She has driven in at least one run in six straight contests, including a pair in three of her last four, to give her seven multiple-RBI games.