Second-Seeded Bruins Host #15 Georgia in NCAA Super Regionals

May 21, 2008

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Saturday, May 24
Game 1 - #15 Georgia (v) vs. #2 UCLA (h) - 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 25
Game 2 - #15 Georgia (h) at #2 UCLA (v) - 4 p.m.
Game 3 - #15 Georgia vs. #2 UCLA (if necessary) - 6 p.m.

TV: ESPN on Saturday, ESPN2 on Sunday (Play-by-Play: Beth Mowins, Analyst: Tracy Warren)
Internet: Audio, Gametracker

The second-seeded UCLA softball team (48-7) hosts #15 Georgia (46-22) this weekend in Super Regionals at Easton Stadium. Game 1 on Saturday will take place at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN. On Sunday, Game 2 will start at 4 p.m. on ESPN2, and if necessary, Game 3 will begin about 30 minutes after Game 2 on ESPN2. Beth Mowins and Tracy Warren will call all the action on television. Gametracker and live audio with Darren Preston on the mic will also be available on

UCLA is making its 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its third appearance in Super Regionals. Since the Super Regional format began in 2005, the Bruins are 4-1 all-time, beating Georgia 2-of-3 in 2005 and sweeping South Florida in 2006. Last weekend, the Bruins went undefeated in Regional play for the 17th time to improve to 69-8 in Regionals (.896 winning percentage). In all NCAA Tournament games, UCLA is 157-36 (.813).

With three wins last weekend, the Bruins improved to 45-4 (.918 winning percentage) during postseason games at Easton Stadium. UCLA is now 41-3 (.932) in Regional play in Westwood and 4-1 (.800) during home Super Regional games.

Including their weekend opponent Georgia, the Bruins have faced nine of the 15 Super Regional teams, posting a 15-4 record. UCLA was 3-0 against both Stanford and California, 2-0 against Northwestern and 1-0 against Virginia Tech and Missouri. The Bruins also won 2-of-3 from Arizona, split a pair against Oklahoma and went 1-2 against Arizona State. UCLA ties Arizona for the most Super Regional teams faced with nine. Northwestern has played seven and California, Texas A&M, Stanford and Oklahoma have faced six each.

Six Bruins were named to both the All-Pacific-10 and All-Pacific Region teams last Wednesday, while three more players were also honored by the Pac-10.Senior Anjelica Selden was named first team All-Pac-10 for the third time in her career and first team All-Pacific Region for the second time. Joining Selden on the All-Pacific Region first team were sophomore Megan Langenfeld and freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore. Three Bruins, senior Krista Colburn, junior Amanda Kamekona and freshman Samantha Camuso were honored on the All-Pacific Region second team.The six all-region selections for the Bruins are the most since 1999 when six were named. Selden's honor was the fourth time she has been named all-region (2 first team, 2 second team), while Colburn was named all-region for the second straight year.Selden was one of two Bruins to garner first team All-Pac-10 accolades, joined on the team by Kamekona. Receiving second team All-Pac-10 nods were Camuso, Colburn, DiSalvatore and Langenfeld, while freshmen Donna Kerr and Katie Schroeder were each named All-Pac-10 honorable mention.It was Selden's fourth all-conference nod, Colburn's third and Langenfeld's second.The young Bruin squad also earned five All-Freshman team awards from the Pac-10, with Camuso, DiSalvatore, Kerr, Schroeder and Monica Harrison winning the honors.

Senior Anjelica Selden is in the national Top 20 in four statistical categories, including tied for 18th in earned run average at 1.01. She is eighth in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.63), 13th in strikeouts per seven (10.0) and 15th in fewest walks per seven (1.08). Selden is also tied for 25th with 26 wins. Freshman Donna Kerr is ninth in ERA at 0.93, 12th in fewest hits allowed at 3.71 and 27th in strikeouts per seven at 8.7. Completing the UCLA pitcher trifecta is sophomore Megan Langenfeld, who is tied for 10th with five saves.

Only a select number of teams can claim to be among the nation's best in hitting, pitching and fielding. UCLA is one of those elite teams, ranking in the national Top 20 in batting average, earned run average and fielding percentage. The Bruins are 12th in hitting at .315, fourth with a 1.10 ERA and 15th with a .974 fielding percentage. The only other teams that are in the Top 20 in all three categories are also in this weekend's Super Regionals, Alabama, Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bruins as a team also rank sixth in the nation in winning percentage (.873), 16th in doubles per game (1.58), 34th in slugging percentage (.450) and 40th in scoring (4.89 runs per game).

Through the first weekend of postseason play, UCLA remains in the top spot among all Pac-10 teams in earned run average (1.10) and fielding percentage (.974). The Bruins are also second in batting average at .315. On offense, the Bruins rank in the top half of the conference in slugging (3rd, .450), on base percentage (3rd, .388), doubles (3rd, 87), triples (T-3rd, 6), hits (4th, 463), sacrifice bunts (4th, 43) and sacrifice flies (4th, 11). In the circle, UCLA is first in opposing batting average (.155) and third in strikeouts (491). On an individual level, senior Anjelica Selden is fourth in the Pac-10 with a 1.01 earned run average, second in opposing batting average (.149) and fifth in wins (26) and strikeouts (287). Freshman Donna Kerr is second in ERA (0.93) and third in opposing batting average (.153), while sophomore Megan Langenfeld is fifth in ERA (1.58) and opposing batting average (.174) and tied for first with five saves. Offensively, Langenfeld is also second in the league in on base percentage (.480) and tied for ninth with 31 walks. Junior Amanda Kamekona is in the Pac-10 Top 10 in six offensive categories, placing tied for third in doubles (17), fifth in total bases (120) and sacrifice hits (11) and ninth in home runs (13). Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore ranks fourth in the conference in batting average at .378 and is one of three Bruin freshmen who are in the Top 10. Katie Schroeder and Samantha Camuso are tied for sixth in average at .374. Full team and individual Pac-10 rankings can be found on page six of this release.

UCLA improved to 42-0 when scoring first and 28-0 when scoring in the first inning, accomplishing the feat in both victories over Nevada last weekend. The Bruins fell behind early on Friday against Cal State Fullerton, but produced their sixth comeback victory of the season to move to 6-7 when the opponent scores first. UCLA scored at least four runs in all three Regional games to improve to 31-0 when plating four or more.

As the old saying goes, it's hard to defend a home run. Well, Bruin pitchers have been doing a great job of making sure their defense doesn't have to look at softballs sailing over the wall. UCLA hurlers have allowed just 11 home runs this season, which is the third fewest total among teams that made the NCAA Tournament. Top-seeded Florida has given up seven home runs, while Massachusetts has surrendered nine.

One word to describe the last two weekends at Easton Stadium for the Bruins would be bomb, as in hitting bombs over the fence. UCLA has 10 home runs in the last six games it has played in Westwood, hitting five during senior weekend against the Arizona schools (May 2-4) and five more last weekend during Regional play. Of the Bruins' 33 homers, 20 have come at Easton Stadium. Junior Amanda Kamekona has hit nine of her team-best 13 jacks at Easton, while freshman Samantha Camuso has all four of her homers at home. To further illustrate the Bruins' recent power surge, UCLA had a total of 10 home runs from Feb. 27 to April 27 (31 games), the same total it has produced over the last nine games. Hitting a home run has been a good omen for UCLA, which is 20-1 when launching one over the fence.

Great teams win close games and the Bruins have been doing just that, posting a 19-2 record in contests decided by two runs or less. UCLA is 12-1 in one-run games, which includes a 4-3 victory over Nevada in the Regional championship on Sunday. The Bruins are 7-1 in two-run contests, winning an extra-inning affair against the Wolf Pack on Saturday.

The Bruins finished first in the Pac-10 in terms of winning conference Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, garnering nine honors. Leading the way was three-time Pitcher of the Week Anjelica Selden, with the senior winning the award on Feb. 26, March 11 and April 1. Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore twice earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors (Feb. 12 & 26), while junior Amanda Kamekona (May 6) and freshman Samantha Camuso (April 8) also received the award. The Bruins had three different hurlers earn Pitcher of the Week honors, with freshman Donna Kerr picking up the award on March 4 and sophomore Megan Langenfeld winning on April 29. Arizona State was second with six POW's and Stanford was third with five.

Georgia swept through Regional play last weekend, having to travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. despite earning the #15 national seed. The Bulldogs beat Campbell 9-0 in five innings in the opener before beating BYU twice over the next two days by 9-3 and 4-0 scores. Georgia hit .356 with two home runs and 22 runs scored last weekend. Freshman Brianna Hesson went 4-for-6 (.667) with three walks and two RBI, freshman Megan Wiggins was 6-for-10 (.600) with six runs scored, a homer and four RBI and senior Sojourner Moody was 5-for-9 (.556) with four runs scored and three walks. In the circle, junior Christie Hamilton tossed 16 scoreless innings over the three games to go 3-0, allowing nine hits and nine walks with 13 strikeouts. The Bulldogs are batting .281 as a team this season and are led by Wiggins, who has team-best totals of 51 RBI and a .352 average to go along with six home runs. She is one of five players batting above .300. Moody is second at .320, freshman Taylor Schlopy is third at .314 and junior Kristin Schnake is fourth at .309. That trio has combined to steal 59 of the Bulldogs' 80 bases. Five different pitchers have seen action for Georgia in the circle, but Hamilton has seen the bulk of the work of late, recording seven of the last eight decisions. She is 15-4 with a 3.37 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 135 innings. Sophomore Kate Gaskill has a team-low ERA of 2.08, a 15-6 mark and 163 strikeouts in 121 1/3 innings, while freshman Sarah McCloud is 14-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 86 strikeouts in a team-best 143 2/3 innings. Overall, Georgia's earned run average is 2.79.

UCLA and Georgia have met nine previous times, with the Bruins holding an 8-1 series lead. The two teams met at the Palm Springs Classic on Feb. 22, with the Bruins claiming a 5-2 victory. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first, but the Bruins came back with three in the fifth on a bases-clearing double by freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore to take a 3-2 lead. UCLA added two more in the sixth on an RBI double by sophomore Julie Burney and an RBI single by freshman Katie Schroeder, which was enough for senior Anjelica Selden, who struck out 13 in a two-hit complete game. (A recap and box score of that game is available on page 12 of this release.) Six of the contests have come at Easton Stadium, where the Bruins hold a 5-1 advantage. Four of the matchups have been during postseason play, with the most recent games coming in 2005 during Super Regionals in Westwood. Georgia took Game 1 by a score of 4-1, but UCLA battled back to win a pair of elimination games, 5-4 and 3-2, to advance to the Women's College World Series. (A recap of that Super Regional is available on page 13 of this release.) The two teams also met in the NCAA Tournament in 2002 in Columbia, S.C. The Bruins came out on top 2-1 in eight innings. The series has been close throughout, with four of the nine contests being one-run games and all of them going the way of the Bruins.

Having already surpassed the 1,200 and 1,300 strikeout milestones this season, senior Anjelica Selden is on the verge of reaching the 1,400 mark, as she enters Super Regional play with 1,393 career strikeouts. The senior is ninth all-time on the Division I list and is closing in on the eighth spot, currently held by Georgia Tech's Jessica Sallinger (1,398). With seven more strikeouts, Selden will become just the eighth D-I pitcher to record 1,400. The senior picked up two of the Bruins' three wins last weekend during Regional play, allowing just one earned run with eight strikeouts in a six-inning performance against Cal State Fullerton on Friday and going the distance against Nevada on Sunday, striking out seven while walking none. Selden concluded the weekend with 16 strikeouts in her 14 1/3 innings, and with three appearances in the circle, became UCLA's all-time games pitched leader with 162, passing Keira Goerl's total of 161. Prior to the beginning of postseason, Selden was named first team All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10, marking the fourth straight year she has been named to the All-Region and All-Pac-10 squads. On the year, the senior is tops on the team with a 26-3 record, 287 strikeouts in 200 2/3 innings, 23 complete games and six shutouts to go along with a 1.01 ERA. One of Selden's half dozen shutouts came against Arizona State on May 3, which marked only the second time the Sun Devils had been shutout this season. She has also blanked Super Regional teams Virginia Tech (March 7) and California (April 6), as well as #14 national seed Long Beach State (March 9), posting double figures in strikeouts against Long Beach and Cal. In the national rankings, Selden is tied for 18th in ERA. She is also eighth in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.63), 13th in strikeouts per seven (10.0), 15th in fewest walks per seven (1.08) and tied for 25th in wins. Along with her milestone strikeout totals, the two-time All-American earned her 100th career victory on April 18 at Washington to become the 34th D-I hurler to accomplish that feat. Selden enters Super Regional play with a career record of 107-35. UCLA's all-time strikeout leader is second in school history in wins, complete games (122) and innings pitched (979.1). Selden, who has 11 double-figure strikeout games this season and 65 for her career, set a new personal best for strikeouts in a seven-inning game with 17 against Northwestern on Feb. 24 and posted a career high for punch outs in a five-inning game in her very next contest with 14 against James Madison on Feb. 29. It marked two of four straight double-figure strikeout games for Selden, who fanned 57 in 28 innings of work during that stretch. 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. 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). In addition, Selden is a Top 10 finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and was a Top 25 finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award.

She may only be 5-foot-2, but junior Amanda Kamekona packs a big punch with her bat, leading the Bruins with 13 home runs, 43 runs batted in and a .674 slugging percentage. Kamekona is riding a career and team-best 14-game hitting streak into Super Regional play, batting .420 (21-for-50) with six home runs, 14 RBI, 13 runs scored, five doubles and an .880 slugging percentage during that stretch. She has scored at least one run in each of the last eight games and has RBI in seven of the last eight. Kamekona was on fire during Regionals last weekend, going 5-for-11 (.455) with four runs scored, two homers and five RBI. The junior transfer from Cal State Fullerton hit a pair out against her former team on Friday, belting a two-run shot in the third and a solo bomb in the sixth, marking the third time this year she has hit two homers in a game. Kamekona also went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI on Saturday against Nevada and 1-for-3 with a run and RBI in the Regional final against the Wolf Pack on Sunday. Along with leading the team in homers, RBI and slugging, the second team All-Region and first team All-Pac-10 selection is tops in runs scored (46), doubles (17) and sacrifice hits (11), tied for the team lead with eight steals, fifth in average at .337 and second in game-winning RBI with nine. Seven of Kamekona's nine game winners came during Pac-10 play, including two during the final weekend of the regular season. The junior's double total of 17 also ties her for third on UCLA's single-season two-baggers list. Kamekona was named NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week on May 6 after going 6-for-10 with three home runs and five RBI against the Arizona schools (May 2-4). All three homers came against Arizona State, including a pair off All-American hurler Katie Burkhart in a 5-0 win on May 3. Kamekona has 10 multiple-RBI contests this season, which is second on the team, to go along with 16 multi-hit games. Of Kamekona's 43 RBI, eight came in a Feb. 9 contest against Santa Clara, which set a UCLA single-game record and broke the old mark of Julie Marshall, who had seven RBI in a game against Oregon on April 17, 1999.

One of the hottest Bruin bats of late has been the one carried by freshman Katie Schroeder, who has hits in 17 of her last 18 games and is on a season-best 10-game hitting streak entering Super Regionals. Schroeder went 5-for-10 (.500) last weekend with three runs scored and three runs batted in, driving in the game-tying run in the seventh and the go-ahead score in the ninth to help the Bruins to a 6-4 victory over Nevada on Saturday. In addition to her two-hit game on Saturday, Schroeder had a pair against Cal State Fullerton on Friday, giving her 19 multiple-hit contests, which ties her for the team lead. During her 10-game hitting streak, Schroeder is batting .424 (14-for-33) with seven runs scored, five RBI and three doubles. Schroeder, who was named to the honorable mention All-Pac-10 team and the All-Pac-10 Freshman squad, is tied for second on the team and sixth in the Pac-10 with a .374 batting average. The freshman is also third on the team in runs scored (32), walks (20) and on base percentage (.441) and tied for first with eight 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 twin bill 6-for-9 with three runs scored. She also has three-hit efforts against Long Beach State (March 9) and California (April 6).

Freshman Samantha Camuso lived up to the Slammin' Sammy moniker last weekend during Regional action, belting a pair of home runs, including the game-winning bomb to lead off the sixth inning in Sunday's Regional Championship against Nevada. It was one of two home runs on the weekend for Camuso, who concluded Regional play at 5-for-10 (.500) with three runs scored and three RBI. The freshman had hits in all three games last weekend, going 2-for-3 against Cal State Fullerton on Friday and Nevada on Sunday. Camuso also had a solo homer against the Wolf Pack on Saturday. The freshman is one of three Bruins to start all 55 games this season and is tied for second on the team with a .374 average and 15 doubles, solo second with a .564 slugging percentage and third with four home runs. Camuso, who garnered second team All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 honors, has 17 multiple-hit games this season, which is third on the team. She also has eight multi-RBI games and six game-winning RBI. Camuso had 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. Camuso earned her first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on April 8 after going 6-for-13 (.462) in four Bruin victories over Washington, Stanford and California. All four of Camuso's home runs have come at Easton Stadium, with her first two of the season coming during the opening weekend. Her first career jack came against nationally-ranked Oklahoma on Feb. 8 for UCLA's first homer of the year. One day later, Camuso added a grand slam against Santa Clara. She went 4-for-4 with seven RBI 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 runs batted in, but she was eclipsed by teammate Amanda Kamekona's eight RBI.

First team All-Pacific Region and second team All-Pac-10 selection GiOnna DiSalvatore continues to pace the Bruins in batting average, as the freshman begins Super Regional play hitting at a .378 clip. DiSalvatore is second on the team with 42 RBI, tied for second with 15 doubles and third with a .541 slugging percentage. The freshman is also tied for the team lead with 19 multiple-hit contests and first with 10 game-winning RBI. DiSalvatore has hits in 12 of her last 16 games heading into this weekend, posting a .385 average with five RBI and four doubles during that stretch. She has six multiple-hit games over the last 16 contests, including a pair of three-hit games against Oregon State on May 9 and 10. A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, DiSalvatore claimed her first POW 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.

One of the most patient hitters in the history of UCLA softball, senior Krista Colburn enters Super Regionals third in the Bruin record books for most free passes with 97. Only two Bruins, Stacey Nuveman and Emily Zaplatosch, have drawn at least 100 walks in their Bruin careers. Colburn has been issued a team-best 33 free passes this year, which is tied for 10th on the UCLA single-season list and marks the second straight year she has had at least 30 walks. In 2007, Colburn had 35, which is tied for sixth on the single-season chart. The senior carries a .331 average into this weekend's action, sitting second in runs scored with 40 and tied for second with a .441 on base percentage. Colburn, who was named second team All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 last week, has a five-game hitting streak after recording base knocks in all three contests last weekend. She hit her second home run of the season and 19th of her career on Friday against Fullerton, a two-run shot in the sixth inning. She also had a sacrifice fly in that game to post her seventh multi-RBI contest of the season and the 32nd of her career. Colburn, who has scored in four straight games, hit her first home run of the year on April 27 at Stanford. The All-American 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. She has 14 multiple-hit games this season and 57 for her career. Colburn has also been sharp on the defensive side of things, having not made an error in 68 chances this season.

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 was the hero in the circle for the Bruins on Saturday, throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings of relief with a career-high 10 strikeouts to help UCLA to a 6-4 victory over Nevada. She scattered just six hits and did not walk a batter to improve to 8-2 on the season. Adding in a 1-2-3 seventh against Fullerton on Friday, Langenfeld tossed 8 2/3 scoreless frames for the Regional. On offense, the sophomore had hits in all three games to extend her hitting streak to five, including a pair of two-hit contests against Nevada. Langenfeld got the Bruins on the board in the first inning in both contests, driving in two on a single on Saturday and belting a run-scoring double on Sunday. She went 5-for-10 at the plate last weekend with three RBI. Langenfeld is fourth on the team with a .348 batting average, first in on base percentage (.480), second in homers (5) and walks (31) and third with 38 RBI. Langenfeld compiled 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. Langenfeld leads the team with 11 multiple-RBI contests this season and has 23 for her career. Back in the circle, the sophomore earned her second career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor on April 29 after posting a 0.00 ERA in 9 1/3 innings and picking up a win and a save against the Bay Area schools. Her save against Stanford on April 26 gave her five on the year, which set a new UCLA single-season record and gave her six as a Bruin. She is just one behind the all-time school mark of seven set by Lisa Longaker. Langenfeld, a first team All-Pacific Region and second-team All-Pac-10 selection, is third on the team with a 1.58 ERA and has 67 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings.

Senior Ashley Herrera has started nine straight games at third base since making her return to the Bruins' lineup on May 2. The senior missed 38 games after suffering a dislocated left ankle while sliding into third base against Illinois on Feb. 16. Through the first eight games of the season, Herrera was 17-for-29 (.586). Coming into Super Regionals, the senior is batting .389 with 12 runs scored, six sacrifices and five steals after going 3-for-9 (.333) last weekend with two runs scored and a two-hit effort against Fullerton on Friday.

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