Fifth-Ranked UCLA Hosts Arizona Schools at Easton Stadium
March 31, 2009
Friday, April 3
1 p.m. - #4 Arizona State at #5 UCLA
Saturday, April 4
3 p.m. - #9 Arizona at #5 UCLA
Sunday, April 5
12 p.m. - #9 Arizona at #5 UCLA
Gametracker and live audio at UCLABruins.com
UCLA WELCOMES ARIZONA SCHOOLS TO EASTON STADIUM
The fifth-ranked Bruins (26-6, 1-2 Pac-10) open up their Pac-10 home schedule this weekend at Easton Stadium against the Arizona schools. On Friday, UCLA hosts #4 Arizona State (31-5, 3-0) at 1 p.m. in a game that will be televised on tape delay on Fox Sports Net. On Saturday and Sunday, the Bruins take on #9 Arizona (31-7, 3-0) at 3 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively. Gametracker and live audio will be available for all games at UCLABruins.com.
Trading card days begin on Friday against Arizona State when GiOnna DiSalvatore and Marti Reed will be featured. Saturday's game against Arizona is High School Team Day and the first 150 kids will receive a UCLA team poster. Trading cards continue on Saturday with Donna Kerr and Samantha Camuso. On Sunday, trading cards continue with Andrea Harrison and Kaila Shull. All weekend games will feature Easton Strikeout Balls and Home Run T-Shirts, as well as Bruin Bingo, Bruin Trivia and a chance to be Bruin Junior Public Address Announcer for one inning.
BRUINS ON THE TUBE
Friday's game will be televised on Fox Sports Net on tape delay with Jim Watson and two-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza at the call. The game will be aired multiple times this weekend on Fox College Sports Pacific (channel 258 on Time Warner Cable) and Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket (channel 41 on Time Warner). Below are the times and dates the games will be broadcast:
Arizona State vs. UCLA Softball Broadcast
Fox College Sports Pacific - April 4 at 12 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., April 5 at 5 a.m., 2 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Fox Sports Net - April 4 at 3 p.m.
The April 25 game at Arizona State, which has been changed to a 1 p.m. start to accommodate FSN TV, will likely be shown live.
The Bruins remain at home for Easter weekend, hosting Washington on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11. Game times are at 1 p.m. both days. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins dropped one spot to fifth in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings. UCLA also fell two positions to seventh in the USA Today/NFCA poll.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
Fans can follow UCLA all season long on UCLABruins.com. Gametracker will be featured for all Bruin contests, as will live audio (except 4/25) with Darren Preston (home games) and James Ybiernas (road games) at the call.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
UCLA is ranked in the Top 15 nationally in six statistical categories, including fourth in fielding percentage (.980) and slugging (.561). The Bruins are also fifth in runs per game (6.84), tied for sixth with 45 home runs, tied for ninth with 54 doubles and 13th in batting average (.319). Individually, sophomore Katie Schroeder is tied for 11th in the nation with 27 walks, tied for 12th with 36 runs scored, tied for 14th with a .544 on base percentage and tied for 22nd with nine home runs. Junior Kaila Shull is tied for first in the country with five sacrifice flies. She is also sixth in runs batted in (44) and tied for 32nd with a .781 slugging percentage. Sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore is tied for 22nd with 33 runs scored and tied for 26th with three triples, while senior Amanda Kamekona is tied for seventh with 13 doubles. In the circle, sophomore Donna Kerr ranks 11th with 178 strikeouts and tied for 15th with 15 wins, while junior Megan Langenfeld is tied for 19th with two saves. All statistics were as of games completed on March 29.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
The Bruins continue to pace Pac-10 Conference teams in fielding percentage, ranking first with a .980 percentage. As a team, UCLA is also second in slugging (.561), hit by pitches (30), sacrifice hits (24) and pitching strikeouts (276), third in average (.319), on base percentage (.426), runs scored (219), runs batted in (205), doubles (54), home runs (45) and total bases (475) and fourth in stolen bases (41) and earned run average (2.45). Individually, junior Kaila Shull is in the Pac-10 Top 10 in 10 offensive categories, including first in sacrifice flies with five. She is also fourth in RBI with 44, fifth in slugging (.781), eight with a .406 average and tied for eighth with eight home runs. Sophomore Katie Schroeder is ranked in seven categories, including third in on base percentage (.544) and walks (27), sixth in stolen bases with 15 and tied for sixth in home runs with nine. Senior Amanda Kamekona is third in doubles with 13, sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore is tied for fourth with 11 two-baggers and sophomore Monica Harrison is tied for third with five sacrifice bunts. In the circle, sophomore Donna Kerr is third in strikeouts with 178 and tied for fourth with 15 wins. Junior Megan Langenfeld is fifth with a 1.56 ERA and second in saves (2) and opposing batting average (.130).
BRUINS DIG THE LONG BALL
The Bruins hit a pair of home runs in the Bay Area last weekend, with sophomore Monica Harrison going deep on Friday at Stanford and junior Julie Burney leaving the yard on Sunday at California. UCLA has hit 45 home runs this season, nine more than all of last year. Sophomore Katie Schroeder leads the way with nine, junior Kaila Shull has eight and Harrison and senior Amanda Kamekona have six apiece. Every Bruin regular has belted at least two home runs this season. UCLA enters this week's play tied for sixth in the nation in home runs. The Bruins have hit a home run in 23 of their 32 games this year and at least two in a game 12 times. They hit a season-best four home runs in wins against UNLV (Feb. 13), South Dakota State (Feb. 15) and North Carolina State (Feb. 21). UCLA set a school record by hitting a home run in 14 consecutive games to start the season. The previous school best was nine, set in 2002 (April 27-May 16) and 2004 (Feb. 20-March 5).
INOUYE-PEREZ REACHES 100 WINS
Third-year head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez won her 100th career game on Feb. 22 against Maryland. Inouye-Perez accomplished the feat in just 129 games. Sue Enquist, as co-head coach with Sharron Backus, reached her 100th win in 1990 after 109 games. Backus reached the 100-win mark in 1980 after 132 contests.
The Bruins had won 71 straight games when scoring the first run of a contest, but that streak was snapped on Sunday at California. UCLA scored in the first, but allowed eight unanswered runs before eventually losing 9-5. The Bruins are now 19-1 this season when scoring first. UCLA was also 19-0 when scoring at least five runs in a game, but had that streak come to an end in both weekend defeats at Cal. While those streaks fell to the wayside, the Bruins remain undefeated at 12-0 when hitting two or more home runs in a game and are 16-0 when leading after the fifth inning.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State dominated the Oregon schools to open Pac-10 play last weekend, recording three mercy-rule victories and a pair of shutouts. The Sun Devils blanked Oregon 8-0 in six innings on Friday behind a no-hitter by freshman Hillary Bach. On the weekend, ASU knocked off Oregon State 11-3 in five innings and 8-0 in six. Senior Kaitlin Cochran reached in all 12 plate appearances last weekend, going 5-for-5 with three homers, eight RBI, seven runs scored and seven walks. Bach went 2-0 with 12 scoreless innings and seven strikeouts. On the year, Arizona State is batting .336 as a team with 46 home runs and 40 stolen bases, averaging 7.6 runs per game. Cochran leads the way with a .475 batting average, 15 home runs, 48 RBI and 38 walks. She is also tied for the team lead with 11 steals. Freshman Katelyn Boyd is one of seven other Sun Devils batting above .300. Boyd is hitting .389 with six home runs, 38 runs batted in and 11 steals. In the circle, Bach has started 17 games and pitched 115 innings, going 17-1 with a 2.37 earned run average and 83 strikeouts. Sophomore Megan Elliott is 9-3 with a 2.61 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 80 1/3 innings.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-ARIZONA STATE
Arizona State won three out of the four meetings against UCLA last season, including a 4-0 victory on May 30 at the Women's College World Series. The Sun Devils also won 3-0 in Tempe on April 11 and 5-2 at Easton Stadium on May 4. The Bruins' lone victory last year was a 5-0 victory in Westwood on May 3. In that contest, Amanda Kamekona hit a solo homer and a three-run bomb, while GiOnna DiSalvatore also left the yard. Kamekona hit .462 (6-for-13) in the four games against ASU last year with three homers, five RBI and three runs scored. Katie Schroeder batted .308 in the four games. The Bruins still lead the all-time series 86-22 and are 44-9 at home against the Sun Devils. UCLA has won nine of the last 11 meetings at Easton Stadium, however Arizona State has claimed five of the last seven matchups overall in the series.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Like its desert counterparts, Arizona also swept the Oregon schools last weekend. The Wildcats beat Oregon State 12-9 on Friday before defeating Oregon 11-3 in five innings on Saturday and 7-6 on Sunday. In the final game of the weekend, Arizona trailed 6-4 going into the bottom of the seventh, but the nation's-leading home run hitting team posted a two-run homer and a solo shot on back-to-back pitches to prevail by a run. Arizona has hit 88 long balls this season to go along with a .363 team average, 26 stolen bases and 9.1 runs per game. Three players are batting above .400, led by sophomore Brittany Lastrapes, who is hitting .485 with 10 homers and 38 RBI. Sophomore Lauren Schutzler is hitting .462 with three homers and 16 RBI, while junior Stacie Chambers is batting .422 with a team-best 22 home runs and 71 runs batted in. Four other players are also batting over .300. In the circle, three pitchers have tossed at least 60 innings. Senior Jennifer Martinez holds a 2.46 ERA, a 7-1 record and 69 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings, junior Sarah Akamine is 13-4 with a 2.57 earned run average and 53 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings and sophomore Lindsey Sisk is 11-2 with a 3.28 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 81 innings.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-ARIZONA
After dropping their first meeting of the season to the Wildcats a year ago, the Bruins won three straight, including a 1-0 victory in the first game of the Women's College World Series on May 29. Amanda Kamekona's RBI single in the first was enough run support for Anjelica Selden, who struck out nine in a three-hitter. The other Bruin wins were also one-run triumphs. UCLA won 2-1 on April 13 in Tucson and claimed another 2-1 victory on May 2 at Easton Stadium on a walk-off homer by Monica Harrison. Arizona defeated UCLA 8-0 in six innings for its win on April 12 in Tucson. The Bruins lead the all-time series 64-49 and are 34-17 at Easton Stadium. UCLA has won six of the last seven at home against Arizona and 12 of 14 in the overall series.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
The Bruins played five times last week, posting a 2-3 record. UCLA faced UC Santa Barbara in a doubleheader on Tuesday, posting an 8-0, six-inning victory in the opener. Senior Amanda Kamekona got the Bruin offense going with a two-run, two-out single in the second. It turned out to be the only offense sophomore pitcher Donna Kerr needed. Kerr faced only two above the minimum, striking out three in a four-hit shutout. In the sixth, the Bruins used the long ball to invoke the mercy rule. Kamekona had a one-out, three-run homer to left to make it 5-0, and two batters later, junior Kaila Shull belted a three-run homer to left-center to give the Bruins an 8-0 victory.
In the nightcap, UCSB scored a pair in the first, but the Bruins answered right back in the bottom of the inning on a two-run single by Shull. It would unfortunately be the last UCLA runs of the afternoon, as UC Santa Barbara scored two in the third, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth to claim a 7-2 win.
On Friday, the Bruins opened up Pac-10 play at Stanford. UCLA struck with the long ball in the second, rallying with two outs. Junior Julie Burney walked, freshman Dani Yudin singled and sophomore Monica Harrison hit a three-run bomb to left-center to put UCLA ahead 3-0. Stanford rallied back with two in the fourth, but the Bruins got those back and more with a three spot in the sixth. RBI doubles by Kamekona, sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore and Shull made it a 6-2 game. Harrison drove in her fourth run of the game in the seventh on a single to make it 7-2. The Cardinal made it interesting in their last at-bat, scoring twice and getting the tying run to the plate. But junior Megan Langenfeld induced Maddy Coon into a game-ending double play to give the Bruins a 7-4 win and record her eighth career save to become UCLA's all-time saves leader. Kerr earned her 15th win of the season, while DiSalvatore, Harrison, Kamekona and Yudin all had two hit games.
The Bruins' weekend trip to Berkeley would not be a kind one as they lost a pair of offensive slugfests to Cal. On Saturday, UCLA led 5-3 after four innings. In the third, Langenfeld got the Bruins on the board with a two-run single. One inning later, a Shull sacrifice fly and another two-run base knock by Langenfeld gave the Bruins a two-run advantage. But Cal got four in the fifth to take a 7-5 advantage. The Bruins pushed across a run in the seventh to make it 7-6, but left the go-ahead runs in scoring position, stranding 14 for the game. On Sunday, pitching and leaving runners on base again plagued the Bruins. UCLA scored the first run of the game on an RBI single by Langenfeld in the first, but the Golden Bears scored two in the second and three in both the third and fourth to go up 8-1. The Bruins got back in it in the fifth on yet another RBI single by Langenfeld and a three-run homer by Burney, but could not climb the mountain, eventually losing 9-5.
Senior Amanda Kamekona carries a six-game hitting streak into this weekend's play, posting multiple-hit contests in three of her last six. Kamekona, who turns 23 on Sunday, had hits in all five games last week, starting things off with a 3-for-4, five-RBI effort in the first game of a doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara. The senior belted her sixth home run in the sixth inning and also had a two-run single in the second, finishing the contest with a season high in RBI. After going 2-for-4 with an RBI at Stanford on Friday, Kamekona had another three-hit game at Cal on Saturday, scoring twice. During her six-game hitting streak, she is batting .478 (11-for-23) with five runs scored, six runs batted in and three doubles. Kamekona is third on the team with a .354 average, second with 28 runs batted in and tied for third with six home runs. She is also first in doubles with 13 and third in runs scored (26), slugging (.628), stolen bases (6) and multiple-hit games (10). Kamekona posted a season-long, 11-game hitting streak from Feb. 15-28, batting .425 with 12 RBI, 11 runs scored, eight doubles and four home runs. She had multiple-hit games five times during the streak, including a 3-for-4 effort against Utah (Feb. 27). Kamekona also had another three-hit game on March 1 at San Diego. The senior has seven games with at least a pair of runs batted in, knocking in four against North Carolina State on Feb. 21 on her first career grand slam. She also had three RBI against Northwestern (Feb. 13) and San Diego. Kamekona has left the yard six times this year, hitting balls out against Northwestern, South Dakota State (Feb. 15), Alabama (Feb. 20), North Carolina State and Maryland (Feb. 22). Prior to the start of the season, Kamekona was named to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List.
Since moving to the four spot in the Bruin lineup, junior Kaila Shull has indeed been cleaning up. In 23 games in the heart of the potent UCLA order, Shull is batting .426 (29-for-68) with seven home runs and 33 runs batted in. The junior had multiple-hit games five times in an eight-game stretch from March 6-24 and continues to pace the Bruins in hitting. She is first on the club with a .406 average, 44 runs batted in, a .781 slugging percentage and five sacrifice flies and second with eight home runs and a .446 on base percentage. Shull also ranks first with 12 multiple-hit games and 12 multi-RBI contests. The junior had a pair of multiple-RBI games against UC Santa Barbara last Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a home run in the opener and 1-for-3 with two runs batted in during the nightcap. Shull has a trio of three-hit games this year against Colorado State (Feb. 27), FIU (March 6) and Syracuse (March 7). Shull has driven in four runs on two occasions against San Diego State (Feb. 8) and Simon Fraser (Feb. 17). In the game against SDSU, Shull hit a walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning and against Simon Fraser, the junior tied a career best with two home runs. Shull also had three straight games with three RBI against Fresno State (Feb. 22), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25) and Utah (Feb. 27), belting home runs in the latter two, and has since added three-RBI efforts against FIU and UCSB. Defensively, the catcher has been flawless, committing no errors in 235 chances and only one passed ball behind home plate.
The term double-double is typically used for statistical purposes in basketball, but sophomore Katie Schroeder is just one home run away from recording her own double-double. Schroeder has nine homers and 15 stolen bases, both totals leading the team, and is just one bomb away from becoming the sixth Bruin to post at least 10 home runs and 10 steals in the same season. Yvonne Gutierrez (1992), Christie Ambrosi (1999), Lyndsey Klein (2000), Natasha Watley (2003) and Andrea Duran (2006) are all members of the exclusive club. Schroeder got her ninth jack on March 10 against Notre Dame with a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning. The homer extended Schroeder's hitting streak to seven games, marking the second time this season she had hit safely in at least seven straight. The sophomore had an 11-game hitting streak to start the season in which she batted .457 (16-for-35) with six home runs, 13 RBI and 15 runs scored. Schroeder lost her seven-game streak in the first game of last Tuesday's doubleheader against UCSB, but still has hits in 10 of 12 entering this weekend and is batting .394 (13-for-33) with nine RBI, 14 runs scored, 13 walks, two home runs and seven stolen bases during that span. Six of Schroeder's nine homers came during the opening two weekends. She left the yard in each of her first three games against Purdue (Feb. 7), Indiana (Feb. 7) and Cal Poly (Feb. 8). She then went deep twice against Northwestern on Feb. 13, recording a career-high six runs batted in to become just the 10th player in UCLA history to drive in at least half a dozen runs in a single contest. The sophomore also has homers against Kentucky (Feb. 14), North Carolina State (Feb. 21) and Iowa (March 6), belting a walk-off shot in the eighth inning against the Hawkeyes. Schroeder, the team leader in runs scored with 36, has crossed home plate twice 11 times this season. Along with scoring the runs, Schroeder has been driving them in, ranking tied for third with 23 runs batted in. She has five multiple-RBI games this year, driving in five on March 1 at San Diego. The sophomore also has eight multiple-hit efforts, going 3-for-4 against Maryland on Feb. 22 and 3-for-4 against San Diego. Schroeder sits first on the team in walks with 27 and a .544 on base percentage.
Becoming the school's all-time saves leader and driving in six runs in two games. Not a bad weekend for junior Megan Langenfeld. It began on Friday at Stanford when she pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief to earn her second save of the year and eighth of her career to surpass Lisa Longaker for first on UCLA's all-time list. The next day at Cal, Langenfeld did it with her bat, going 3-for-4 with a career-high four runs batted in. She singled in three straight at-bats in as many innings, driving in a pair on base knocks in the third and fourth. On Sunday, Langenfeld got the Bruins on the board with an RBI single in the first, delivering again in the fifth with another RBI base hit. She reached in all four plate appearances, walking in her other two at-bats. With the 5-for-6 performance in Berkeley, Langenfeld raised her season average 47 points to .266. She has two home runs and 17 runs batted in. Langenfeld returned to the lineup on March 24 against UC Santa Barbara after missing six games with a sprained left ankle. She has five multiple-hit games this season, going 3-for-3 with two RBI against Fresno State on Feb. 22. The junior also has two-hit games against Cal Poly (Feb. 8) and UNLV (Feb. 13), homering against the Rebels. In the circle, Langenfeld is 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 36 innings. She walked her first batter of the season on Friday at Stanford, but still has an incredible 38-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. While 11 of her 13 appearances have been in relief, Langenfeld has been solid in her two starts, allowing no earned runs in 7 1/3 innings while striking out eight against San Diego State on Feb. 8 and throwing six perfect innings against Maryland on Feb. 22. Langenfeld settled for a one-hitter against the Terps, fanning six and also hitting a homer at the plate. On the defensive side of things, Langenfeld, who returned to her first-base duties over the weekend, has yet to commit an error in 94 chances.
The walk from home plate to the dugout must be a lonely one for opposing hitters as 178 people have experienced this season against sophomore Donna Kerr, who notched her eighth double-figure strikeout game of the year in the second game of last Tuesday's doubleheader against UCSB. Kerr fanned 10 Gauchos in just five innings after tossing six scoreless frames of four-hit ball to earn the victory in the opener. On Friday at Stanford, the sophomore recorded her 15th win of the season, striking out five in 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball. She has already surpassed her strikeout total from her freshman campaign (132). Along with leading the Bruins in strikeouts, Kerr is first on the team with a 15-5 record. She owns a 2.65 earned run average in 124 1/3 innings, tossing 12 complete games and four shutouts. Kerr set a new career high in strikeouts with 16 against San Diego on March 1. She also had a 15-strikeout game against Northwestern (Feb. 13), 12 against Utah (Feb. 27), 11 versus Notre Dame (March 10) and 10 against Purdue (Feb. 7), Cal Poly (Feb. 8) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25). Kerr received Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors on March 3 after going 4-0 with a 1.91 earned run average and 41 strikeouts in 22 innings from Feb. 25-March 1. Kerr has won 13 of her last 15 starts. Five of Kerr's 15 wins have come against ranked teams (San Diego State - Feb. 8, Northwestern, Alabama - Feb. 20, Fresno State - Feb. 22 and Stanford).
NO EASY OUTS IN THIS LINEUP
Sophomore Monica Harrison had a big day at the plate on Friday at Stanford and continues to provide a solid bat at the bottom of the potent Bruin lineup. Harrison went 2-for-3 with four runs batted in against the Cardinal, launching a three-run homer in the second and driving in another run on a single in the seventh. The four RBI tied a career high that was set on Feb. 15 against South Dakota State. Harrison has hits in seven of her last 11 games, batting .323 (10-for-31) during that stretch. Harrison is batting .286 on the year with 18 runs batted in and six home runs, which is tied for third on the team. She is also first on the squad with six sacrifice hits and fourth with 20 runs scored. Harrison posted her first career two-homer game against South Dakota State and has also left the yard against UNLV (Feb. 13), North Carolina State (Feb. 21) and FIU (March 6). She has five multiple-RBI contests this season, recording three against UNLV and two against both North Carolina State and FIU. Harrison has produced at least two hits in a game six times, going 3-for-4 at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 25. One of the slickest-fielding shortstops in the Pac-10, Harrison has committed just three errors in 76 chances.
BATTING 3, NUMBER 3
Sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore enters the second weekend of Pac-10 play fourth on the team with a .333 batting average, second with 33 runs scored and 11 doubles and tied for third with 23 runs batted in. DiSalvatore recently had a career-best, nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 27 to March 8 in which she hit .552 (16-for-29) with eight RBI, 10 runs scored, five doubles and two triples. The sophomore posted her first career four-hit contest against Longwood on March 8, scoring three times, driving in two and falling a homer shy of a cycle with a single, a double and two triples. She also has three-hit games against Michigan (Feb. 14) and Colorado State (Feb. 27) and five more two-hit contests to give her eight multiple-hit games this season. Last weekend, DiSalvatore reached in all four plate appearances in a win at Stanford on Friday, going 2-for-2 with a run, an RBI-double, a walk and a hit by pitch. She also scored twice on Saturday at Cal, driving in a run. In the RBI department, DiSalvatore has driven in multiple runs seven times and three runs on four occasions against Michigan, Kentucky (Feb. 14), Simon Fraser (Feb. 17) and Utah (Feb. 27). She has also scored at least twice in a game 10 times, including two runs or more in five straight contests from Feb. 13-17. DiSalvatore has recorded three home runs this year against Michigan, Kentucky and Simon Fraser. She is first on the team in triples with three, tied for second with 17 walks, third with a .433 on base percentage and fourth with a .588 slugging. DiSalvatore was honored prior to the start of the 2009 season by being named to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List.
Andrea Harrison is quickly proving why she was one of the most highly-touted freshmen entering the collegiate game this year. Harrison is one of five Bruins batting over .300, entering this weekend's play at .319. She is also tied for third on the team with 23 runs batted in. Harrison has hits in seven of her last nine games, batting .417 (10-for-24) with five runs batted in. On Saturday and Sunday at Cal, Harrison reached base in six of her nine plate appearances on two singles and four walks, also laying down a sacrifice bunt in another at-bat. In the first game of last Tuesday's doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara, the freshman recorded her 11th multiple-hit game of the season, which ranks second on the club. All her multiple-hit contests have been two-hit affairs, including consecutive two-hit games against Syracuse (March 7) and Longwood (March 8). Harrison drove in a pair against the Orange and three more against the Lancers to give her eight multiple-RBI games, which also ranks second on the team. She had three at UNLV on Feb. 13 and two against San Diego State (Feb. 8), Northwestern (Feb. 13), Simon Fraser (Feb. 17), Maryland (Feb. 22) and Colorado State (Feb. 27). Harrison has four home runs this season. Her first career bomb was a memorable one. Against San Diego State on Feb. 8, the Bruins were trailing 2-0 with one out in the eighth inning, but Harrison tied it up with a two-run shot to send the game into a ninth frame. The freshman has also left the yard against UNLV, Kentucky (Feb. 14) and Maryland (Feb. 22).
BAKER COOKING WITH GAS
Redshirt sophomore Whitney Baker dropped her first game of the season last Tuesday against UC Santa Barbara, but still holds an 8-1 record on the year with a 2.62 earned run average and 60 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings. The junior has won eight of her 11 starts, including victories in six consecutive appearances from Feb. 17 to March 8. At the San Diego Classic (Feb. 27-March 1), Baker had two of her best games of the season, striking out a career-high 12 over six innings in a one-hit performance against Colorado State (Feb. 27) and fanning 10 in a complete-game, three-hit victory against #12 Missouri (March 1). Baker has also picked up wins against Indiana (Feb. 7), UNLV (Feb. 13), Simon Fraser (Feb. 17), North Carolina State (Feb. 21), FIU (March 6) and Longwood (March 8). The junior has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of her 11 starts. On March 12, the NCAA granted Baker another year of eligibility after she applied for a medical hardship waiver for her 2008 season. Baker tossed only three innings during her true sophomore campaign due to injuries. She began this season as a junior on the roster, but will be referred to as a redshirt sophomore for the remainder of the season.
JB AT 3B
Junior Julie Burney hit her fifth home run of the season on Sunday against California, belting a three-run shot in the fifth inning. The bomb snapped an 0-for-11 drought and gave Burney her fifth multiple-RBI game this season. The junior's career high in RBI came on Feb. 15 against South Dakota State when she had four thanks to her first career grand slam. She also had two-RBI contests against Massachusetts (Feb. 21), Fresno State (Feb. 22) and Longwood (March 8), homering against UMass and Longwood. Burney's first jack of the season came at UNLV on Feb. 13. The junior has produced multiple hits in seven games, notching a season-high three at San Diego on March 1. She also has two-hit contests against Indiana (Feb. 7), Cal Poly (Feb. 8), Michigan (Feb. 14), South Dakota State, Fresno State and Notre Dame (March 10). On the year, Burney is batting .279 with 16 runs batted in. Along with her prowess at the plate, Burney has been just as steady at third base, committing just two errors in 102 chances at the hot corner.
Freshman Dani Yudin raised her batting average 27 points last week after posting five hits in 14 at-bats (.357). Yudin had hits in four of five contests last week. In the first game of last Tuesday's doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara, Yudin had a pinch-hit single to snap an 0-for-12 drought. In the nightcap, the freshman recorded her first career triple, going 1-for-3. She made her Pac-10 debut on Friday and went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a sacrifice bunt against Stanford. Her single in the second inning keyed a two-out rally that led to three runs. On Saturday against Cal, Yudin had a leadoff single in the fifth. She reached base again on Sunday via a walk. The freshman has four multiple-hit games this season, posting two hits against Indiana (Feb. 7), Maryland (Feb. 22) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25). Against the Titans, Yudin drove in three and hit a home run. Her first career bomb came four days earlier when she belted a three-run jack against North Carolina State (Feb. 21). Yudin also had a two-RBI game at San Diego State on Feb. 28. On the season, Yudin is batting .240 with 11 RBI. She is also tied for second on the team with 17 walks and owns a .400 on base percentage.
NEWS AND NOTES
Sophomore Lauren Mirabal, the first pinch-runner off the bench, has stolen nine consecutive bases after getting caught in her first attempt against Cal Poly on Feb. 8. She has stolen two in a game twice against Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25) and Longwood (March 8), having crossed home plate 12 times this year. In one and a half seasons, Mirabal is 17-for-18 in stolen bases ... sophomore Grace Murray has scored in six of her last 10 pinch-running appearances and nine times overall this season ... freshman Marti Reed scored her seventh run of the season in the first game of last Tuesday's doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara ... sophomore Amy Crawford drove in her first collegiate run with a first-inning, RBI single against Syracuse on March 7. She reached in three of her four plate appearances against the Orange, also walking twice. This season, Crawford is 3-for-17 (.176) with seven runs scored, four walks and three stolen bases.