Big Weekend in the Desert for Top-Ranked Bruins
April 8, 2008
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
#1 UCLA at #1 Arizona State
Friday, April 11
#1 UCLA at #7 Arizona
Saturday, April 12
Live: TV - Fox Sports Net West, Internet - Gametracker
#1 UCLA at #7 Arizona
Sunday, April 13
BIG WEEKEND IN THE DESERT FOR THE BRUINS
Two top-ranked teams square off on Friday as UCLA, the #1 team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and Arizona State, the #1 squad in the USA Today/NFCA rankings, battle in Tempe at 7 p.m. The Bruins then visit Tucson for a pair of contests against seventh-ranked Arizona. Saturday's 3 p.m. game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net West in Southern California. Sunday's 12 p.m. game, as well all UCLA softball contests, will feature Gametracker on UCLABruins.com.
BRUINS ON THE TUBE
Saturday's game between UCLA and Arizona will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net West in Southern California at 3 p.m. Jim Watson will call the action with color analyst Angie Mentink. The contest will also be carried live on FSN Arizona, Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Detroit. In addition, the game will be re-aired six different times on FSN affiliates. Check your local listings for air times and channels.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
For the third straight week, the Bruins are the top-ranked team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll and earned five more first-place votes, recording 15 of the 20 top nods. UCLA maintained its #4 position in the USA Today/NFCA rankings for the fourth week in a row, earning one first-place vote.
OLYMPIC GAME SOLD OUT!
The April 22 softball contest between UCLA and Team USA has officially been declared a sellout. The Bruins will take on USA Softball at 6 p.m. at Easton Stadium.
With their win over 21st-ranked California on Sunday, the Bruins opened Pac-10 Conference play at 7-0 for the first time since 1993. UCLA got off to its best-ever Pac-10 start that season at 8-0. The Bruins also matched on Sunday the starts from the 1989 and 1991 teams, which opened up league play with seven straight victories.
CAMUSO NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman Samantha Camuso was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Tuesday after helping the Bruins to four wins over three ranked teams last week.Camuso batted .462 (6-for-13) to extend her hitting streak to five games. She had a pair of two-hit games to give her 12 multiple-hit contests on the season. Camuso leads the team with a .398 average, is tied for first with 11 doubles, second with 31 RBI and a .584 slugging percentage and tied for third with two homers.The freshman began the week with a 2-for-4 effort against #24 Washington, sparking a six-run fourth inning with a two-run single to put the Bruins ahead 2-0. After posting a single in victories over #7 Stanford on Friday and #21 California on Saturday, Camuso recorded another two-hit contest against the Golden Bears on Sunday.The award is the conference-leading seventh Pac-10 Player or Pitcher of the Week honor for the Bruins this season. Senior Anjelica Selden is a three-time Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 26, March 11 and April 1), freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore is a two-time Player of the Week (Feb. 12 & 26) and freshman Donna Kerr was named Pitcher of the Week on March 4.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
Having drawn 10 walks in her last six games, senior Krista Colburn has vaulted into the national rankings in walks per game at 0.78, placing her 11th in the country. Colburn is one of five Bruins who are listed in this week's NCAA statistical rankings. Freshman Donna Kerr is sixth in the nation in both ERA at 0.64 and fewest hits allowed per seven innings at 3.28. Senior Anjelica Selden is right behind Kerr in the ERA race, standing ninth at 0.73. She is also sixth in strikeouts per seven innings (11.0), fourth in fewest walks allowed per seven (0.73), 11th in fewest hits allowed (3.55) and tied for 17th in wins (17). Completing the UCLA pitcher trifecta, sophomore Megan Langenfeld is tied for ninth with four saves. Offensively, junior Amanda Kamekona is 41st in runs per contest (0.87) and Langenfeld is 30th in on base percentage (.508).
PARTY OF FIVE
The Bruins are one of five teams that are ranked in the Top 25 in the nation in earned run average, scoring, batting average and fielding percentage. UCLA is second in ERA (0.70), fourth in average (.329), 25th in scoring (5.55 runs per game) and 22nd in fielding (.973). The other teams on the list are all ranked in the Top 10 in the country (#3 Florida, #7 Arizona, #7 Oklahoma and #10 Houston). In addition, the Bruins are tied for third in winning percentage (.921), 12th in doubles per game (1.66) and 26th in slugging percentage (.461). All totals are as of Sunday's games.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
The Bruins remained 1-2-3 in the Pac-10 in earned run average, batting average and fielding percentage, ranking first with a 0.70 ERA, second with a .329 average and third with a .973 fielding percentage. On offense, the Bruins rank in the top half of the conference in on base percentage (2nd, .408), doubles (T-2nd, 63), triples (T-2nd, 6), sacrifice flies (T-2nd, 8), hits (3rd, 331), slugging percentage (4th, .461) and sacrifice hits (T-4th, 32). In the circle, UCLA is first in opposing batting average (.142) and second in strikeouts (359). On an individual level, junior Amanda Kamekona is in the Pac-10 Top 10 in six offensive categories, including tied for third in doubles (11), triples (2) and sacrifice hits (10). Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore is in the Top 10 in five spots, including tied for fourth with 37 runs batted in, while freshman Samantha Camuso is listed in four categories, including fourth with a .398 batting average. Freshman Donna Kerr dropped a spot to second in ERA at 0.64, just 0.02 points behind first-place Katie Burkhart (ASU), with senior Anjelica Selden right behind both of them with a 0.73 earned run average. Kerr is also second in opposing batting average (.139), ahead of third-place Selden's .146 OBA. Selden is fourth in wins with 17 and fifth in strikeouts at 195. Sophomore Megan Langenfeld is also tied for the top spot in saves with four. 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, winning every contest. The Bruins improved to 31-0 overall when scoring first, as they did in both victories against California last week, but they had to come from behind in their other two wins against Washington and Stanford. Trailing 1-0 after the first inning in each game, the Bruins rallied to win, improving to 4-3 when their opponent scores first.
STILL PERFECT ON FRIDAY
The Bruins remained perfect at 12-0 in Friday contests with their 3-1 victory over Stanford last week. UCLA is also undefeated when going yard, posting a 12-0 mark when hitting a home run. Other perfect marks for the Bruins include 25-0 when the Bruins lead after three innings, 23-0 when leading after the sixth and 28-0 when scoring at least three runs.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
A busy week for Arizona State begins on Wednesday night when they travel to Tucson to face in-state rival Arizona. The Sun Devils (41-2) enter the week on a 10-game win streak, including a perfect 5-0 road mark in Pac-10 play. ASU beat California and won two from Stanford on opening weekend before taking contests against Oregon and Oregon State last week. The Sun Devils' second game against the Beavers was halted at the end of six innings due to rain, with ASU leading 6-4. The game will be completed on April 25 in Tempe. Arizona State, which is 29-0 at home this season, is batting .342 as a team with 63 home runs and 33 stolen bases, averaging 7.7 runs per game. Junior Kaitlin Cochran is batting a team-best .456 with 32 runs batted in and is second in home runs with nine, while senior Jackie Vasquez is hitting .447 with two homers and 20 RBI. The Sun Devils also have six other players batting over .300, including senior Kristen Miller (.341), who has a team-high 10 homers and freshman Krista Donnenwirth (.331), who holds a club-best 47 RBI. In the circle, senior Katie Burkhart has a team-low 0.62 earned run average, a 22-2 record and 276 strikeouts in 159 innings. Sophomore Megan Elliott has been perfect in the circle with a 14-0 mark to go with a 2.22 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 97 2/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. SUN DEVILS
UCLA leads the all-time series with ASU 85-19, but the Sun Devils took 2-of-3 from the Bruins last season. Arizona State won at Easton Stadium 6-0 on March 30 before the two teams split in Tempe on May 11 and 12. The Bruins recorded a 4-3 victory, while the Sun Devils won the series with a 7-4 triumph on the final day of the regular season. Krista Colburn's two-run homer in the fifth inning was the difference in UCLA's win last year, while Megan Langenfeld drove in the other two runs and earned the win in the circle. Prior to last year, the Bruins had won 11 straight in the series. UCLA is 36-10 all-time in Tempe, having won six of the last seven.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The two-time defending national champions fell to 4-2 in Pac-10 play with a 3-2 loss at Oregon on Sunday to move to 27-10 overall on the season. After winning its conference opener against Stanford, Arizona lost to California, but rebounded with a win over the Golden Bears and victories against Oregon State and Oregon. The Wildcats host Arizona State on Wednesday and Washington on Friday before entertaining the Bruins. Arizona is hitting .313 as a team with 63 home runs and 29 stolen bases, averaging 7.0 runs per game. Freshmen Lauren Schutzler and Brittany Lastrapes lead the team in hitting with .383 and .379 averages, respectively. Four other players are hitting above .300, including sophomore Stacie Chambers (.308), who leads the club with 36 RBI and is tied for the team lead with 11 home runs. Senior Callista Balko also has 11 home runs, while juniors Jenae Leles and Laine Roth each have 10 bombs. Senior Taryne Mowatt holds a team-best 16-7 record and 239 strikeouts in 155 innings, but is second on the team in ERA at 1.67. Freshman Lindsey Sisk leads the way in that category at 1.62, also posting a 10-3 mark and 66 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. WILDCATS
UCLA has had Arizona's number over the last 10 meetings, winning nine, including 2-of-3 last season. The Bruins split at home, winning 2-0 on March 31 and losing 11-2 on April 1, before taking the series with a 7-4 victory in Tucson on May 10. In the win in Westwood, Lisa Dodd's two-run homer in the sixth inning was the only offense needed for Anjelica Selden, who tossed a two-hitter while striking out six. In the victory at Arizona, Krista Colburn and Megan Langenfeld each had three-run homers, while Langenfeld threw a complete-game in the circle. Overall, the Bruins hold a 61-48 series lead and are 25-23 in Tucson. In addition, the two teams have split 74 Pac-10 games, each winning 37.
JELLY ON A ROLL
Senior Anjelica Selden surpassed a strikeout milestone on Sunday against California and is on the verge of another career achievement. Selden became the 15th Division I pitcher to reach 1,300 strikeouts on her punchout of Sanoe Kekahuna to end the top of the sixth. The senior added another strikeout in the seventh to end the game with 1,301. In posting the complete-game victory against the Bears, it was also Selden's 98th career win, surpassing Amanda Freed (97) for second on UCLA's all-time list. The senior enters this week just two wins away from becoming the 33rd Division I hurler to post 100 victories. Selden leads the Bruins with a 17-2 record and 195 strikeouts, placing third in the Pac-10 and ninth in the nation in ERA at 0.73. The senior is also in the Top 20 in the country in fewest walks allowed per seven innings (0.73), sixth in strikeouts per seven (11.0), 11th in fewest hits allowed (3.55) and tied for 17th in wins. Selden has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on three occasions this season (Feb. 26, March 11 and April 1), giving her 10 POW awards for her career. She stands just one behind Keira Goerl's 11 Pitcher of the Week accolades, the most for any Bruin pitcher. One of the most decorated pitchers in UCLA history has also been bestowed with National Player of the Week awards from the NFCA and USA Softball (Feb. 26), while also receiving nominations for the USA Softball Player of the Year and the Lowe's Senior CLASS awards. UCLA's all-time strikeout leader set a new personal best for a seven-inning game with 17 against Northwestern on Feb. 24 and also set a career high for punchouts in a five-inning game in her very next contest with 14 against James Madison on Feb. 29. Her 13-strikeout effort against Cal on Sunday gives her nine double-figure strikeout games this season and 63 for her career.
Freshman Donna Kerr improved her record to 13-1 on Saturday against California, tossing six no-hit innings before being relieved in the top of the seventh in a 2-1 victory over the #21 Bears. Kerr lowered her season ERA to 0.64, which is second in the Pac-10 and sixth in the nation. She is also second in the conference in opposing batting average (.139) and eighth in strikeouts (125) and wins. Despite allowing three earned runs against #24 Washington last Wednesday, Kerr is still in the middle of an amazing stretch in which she has allowed just four earned runs in her last 67 1/3 innings (0.42 ERA). She also has 94 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. Kerr has four double-figure strikeout games, including a season-high 15 in a two-hit shutout of nationally-ranked Northwestern on March 9. That game marked the first of three straight double-figure strikeout contests for Kerr, who had 36 over a 19-inning span. The freshman has five solo shutouts and has given up one earned run or fewer in 14 of her 16 starts. Along with the perfect game against Saint Peter's and the shutout of Northwestern, Kerr has also blanked San Diego (Feb. 29) and ranked teams Missouri (Feb. 15) and Hawai'i (Feb. 23).
Freshman Samantha Camuso moved into the team lead in batting average and earned her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor after recording six hits in 13 at-bats (.462) in four victories last week. Camuso raised her season average to .398 and has hits in five straight games and nine of her last 10. The freshman is also tied for the team lead with 11 doubles, second with 31 runs batted in and a .584 slugging percentage and tied for third with two homers. Camuso had a pair of two-hit games last week to give her 12 multiple-hit contests this season. She also drove in two runs against Washington last Wednesday for her seventh multi-RBI game. Camuso ranks in the Pac-10 Top 10 in four categories, including fourth in average and tied for third in doubles. The freshman has four game-winning RBI, including a walk-off winner on March 9 against nationally-ranked Long Beach State on a double in the eighth. Eight days before that, Camuso had another game-winner, driving in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to help UCLA beat ranked San Diego State. The freshman hit both of her home runs during the opening weekend, including a two-run shot against nationally-ranked Oklahoma on Feb. 8 for UCLA's first homer of the season. One day later, Camuso added a grand slam against Santa Clara. She went 4-for-4 with seven runs batted in against the Broncos and touched home plate five times to set a new school record for runs scored in a single game. Camuso would have tied another single-game record with her seven RBI, but she was eclipsed by teammate Amanda Kamekona's eight RBI.
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. Langenfeld has four saves on the season, which not only ties her for ninth in the nation and first in the Pac-10, but also equals the single-season UCLA record for saves (Christa Williams-1997). Adding in a save from last season, Langenfeld has five for her career, which places her in a tie for second with B'Ann Burns on the Bruins' all-time list. The sophomore had her 27 2/3 scoreless innings streak snapped against California on Saturday, but still earned the save, her third in five Pac-10 outings this season. Langenfeld also earned the win in relief on Friday against #7 Stanford, pitching 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball while striking out four to improve her record to 5-0. Langenfeld leads the team in ERA at 0.63 with 34 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings. She has only four walks on the season and had an amazing streak of 111 straight batters without issuing a free pass before that came to an end against Stanford. At the plate, Langenfeld is third on the team with a .374 average, first in on base percentage (.508), second in walks with 23 and home runs (4) and fourth with 24 runs batted in and a .560 slugging percentage. Langenfeld is batting .382 over her last 16 contests, compiling an eight-game hitting streak from March 8-28 in which she posted a .455 average (10-for-22). She also drove in a run in six straight games from March 13-30, including a pair of RBI in three of those contests, to give her seven multiple-RBI games.
CAPTAIN CLUTCH CLEANING UP
Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore continues to clean up in the fourth spot of the order and leads the Bruins with 37 runs batted in and nine game-winning RBI. She is also tied for the top spot in doubles (11) and multiple-RBI games (8) and is second in batting average (.385) 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), fourth in RBI, sixth in average and 10th in hits (45). DiSalvatore recorded her ninth game-winning RBI in easy fashion last Wednesday against Washington, drawing a bases-loaded free pass in the bottom of the eighth to give the Bruins a 7-6 victory. It marked the third straight game-winning RBI for DiSalvatore, who drove in the first runs in shutout victories against Oregon on March 29 and 30. 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. It was the first of numerous heroic efforts for DiSalvatore, who broke a 2-2 tie with a bases-clearing double in the fifth in a 5-2 win over nationally-ranked Georgia on Feb. 22, which led to her second POW award. She also drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on an RBI double in a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame on March 7.
KC AT THE BAT
Helping the team any way she can, senior Krista Colburn drew seven walks in 16 plate appearances last week, scoring three times and also recording two hits to help the Bruins to an undefeated week. Colburn leads the Bruins and is fifth in the Pac-10 with 29 walks this season, vaulting into the national rankings with her recent walking binge. Drawing at least one free pass in each of her last six games (10 total), the 2007 All-American is averaging 0.78 walks per game, which ranks her 11th in the nation. Colburn is fifth on the team with a .353 average, second in runs scored (30) and on base percentage (.489) and fourth in doubles with 10. She became the 20th member of UCLA's 200-hit club when she doubled in the fifth inning of the March 28th Pac-10 opener against Oregon State. Colburn has three multiple-hit games in her last seven contests, including a two-hit effort against California last Sunday, to give her 12 this season and 55 for her career.
HERE WE GO, KATIE SCHRO!
Freshman Katie Schroeder ended her second week of Pac-10 action on a positive note with a 3-for-4 effort against #21 California on Sunday for her third three-hit game in her last nine contests. Schroeder has a team-best 14 multiple-hit games this season and is fourth on the club with a .370 average. She is also fourth in runs scored with 22, tied for third with 14 walks and third with six stolen bases. Twice this season, Schroeder has posted four-hit games, going 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored against Santa Clara on Feb. 9 and 4-for-5 against Rutgers on March 8. On March 25 in a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara, Schroeder posted back-to-back three-hit performances, completing the twinbill 6-for-9 with three runs scored.
She may only be 5-foot-2, but junior Amanda Kamekona packs a big punch with her bat, leading the Bruins with seven home runs. Her latest bomb came on Sunday against #21 California, a three-run shot in the third inning that proved to be the difference in a 5-0 victory. Kamekona tallied the game-winning RBI in all three contests last weekend. On Friday, her RBI double in the third inning broke a 1-1 tie, as the Bruins went on to beat #7 Stanford 3-1. One day later, Kamekona drew a bases-loaded walk in the second to score the Bruins' second run in a 2-1 victory over the Golden Bears. The junior has five game-winning RBI on the season, also producing three of the last four UCLA home runs. Two of those jacks came against Cal State Northridge on March 13 to set a career high. Kamekona is one of seven Bruins batting above .300 with a .311 average, holding the top spot with 33 runs scored and 10 sacrifice hits, tying for the team lead with eight stolen bases, 11 doubles and two triples and placing third with 29 runs batted in. Of Kamekona's 29 RBI, eight came in a Feb. 9 contest against Santa Clara, which set a UCLA single-game record. Breaking the old mark of Julie Marshall, who had seven RBI in a game against Oregon on April 17, 1999, Kamekona had a two-run homer, a two-run double, a three-run double and a sacrifice fly against the Broncos.