Pac-10 Play Heats Up In The Desert As #2 UCLA Heads to Arizona
April 21, 2009
Friday, April 24
7 p.m. - #2 UCLA at #7 Arizona
Live: Gametracker and Live Audio at UCLABruins.com
Saturday, April 25
1 p.m. - #2 UCLA at #4 Arizona State
Live: TV - Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket, Gametracker at UCLABruins.com
Sunday, April 26
12 p.m. - #2 UCLA at #4 Arizona State
Live: Gametracker and Live Audio at UCLABruins.com
BRUINS CONTINUE ROAD TRIP IN ARIZONA
The second-ranked Bruins (32-8, 7-4 Pac-10) resume their seven-game road trip this weekend when they face #7 Arizona (36-9, 8-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. and #4 Arizona State (36-9, 6-4) on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.). Saturday's game at ASU will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket with Brad Steinke and Lacee Collins at the call. Friday and Sunday's contests will feature live audio on UCLABruins.com, while all three games will have Gametracker available on the Bruins' website.
The Bruins' seven-game road concludes on Wednesday, April 29 with a mid-week contest at Washington at 1 p.m. UCLA then returns home for the last six games of the regular season, hosting Oregon (May 1) and Oregon State (May 2 and 3).
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins moved up from third to second in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA rankings this week. This week's ranking is the highest UCLA has been ranked this season.
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 enters this week's play as the top fielding team in the nation with a .981 fielding percentage. The Bruins also rank in the Top 25 nationally in five other categories. UCLA is sixth in home runs per game (1.40) and runs per game (6.48), seventh in slugging (.544), 19th in batting average (.315) and 24th in doubles per game (1.55). Individually, sophomore Katie Schroeder is tied for 25th in the nation with 12 home runs and 1.06 runs per game, 22nd in on base percentage (.526), 23rd with 0.70 walks per game and tied for 49th in slugging (.724). Junior Kaila Shull is sixth in RBI per game (1.25) and tied for first with five sacrifice flies, senior Amanda Kamekona is third in doubles per game (0.43) and sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore is 21st in runs per game (1.03). In the circle, junior Megan Langenfeld is tied for 12th with three saves and sophomore Donna Kerr is 14th with 9.9 strikeouts per seven innings. All statistics were as of games completed on April 19.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
The Bruins rank in the top three among Pac-10 Conference teams in 12 categories, including first in fielding percentage (.981) and hit by pitches (38) and second in sacrifice bunts (31) and opposing batting average (.179). UCLA is third in average (.315), slugging (.544), on base percentage (.411), runs scored (259), runs batted in (244), triples (8), home runs (56) and total bases (585). Individually, sophomore Katie Schroeder ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in on base percentage (.526), tied for fifth in home runs (12) and walks (28), sixth in slugging (.724) and stolen bases (16) and eighth in batting average (.398). Junior Kaila Shull is tied for fourth with 50 runs batted in, ninth in batting average (.377) and slugging (.697) and tied for ninth with nine home runs. Senior Amanda Kamekona is tied for first with 17 doubles and sophomore Monica Harrison is tied for third with seven sacrifice bunts. In the circle, junior Megan Langenfeld is first in opposing batting average (.097) and second in earned run average (0.98) and saves (3). Sophomore Donna Kerr is third with 197 strikeouts and sixth with 15 wins. Full rankings can be accessed on page six of this release.
BRUINS DIG THE LONG BALL
The Bruins belted eight home runs in three games last weekend, hitting three on Friday at Oregon State, two on Saturday at Oregon and three more in Sunday's finale with the Ducks to bring their season total to 56. The Bruins are third in the Pac-10 and sixth in the nation in home runs per game. UCLA improved to 16-0 this season when hitting at least two homers in a game and have left the yard in 28 of 40 contests. The Bruins, who have already smashed 20 more home runs than all of last year, hit a season-best four bombs in wins against UNLV (Feb. 13), South Dakota State (Feb. 15) and North Carolina State (Feb. 21) and have belted three homers in a game six times. Sophomore Katie Schroeder, who hit home runs in all three games last weekend, leads the way with 12. Junior Kaila Shull has nine and junior Julie Burney, who hit a pair out last weekend, has eight. Every Bruin regular has belted at least three home runs this season. 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).
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Arizona sits in first place in the Pac-10 standings with an 8-2 mark, also holding an overall record of 36-9. Since losing to UCLA on April 5, the Wildcats have won four straight, outscoring their opponents 40-19. Last weekend, Arizona run-ruled Stanford on Friday (12-4 in six innings) and California on Saturday (11-2 in five), finishing off the sweep with a 7-5 victory against the Bears on Sunday. The Wildcats lead the nation with 105 home runs and 8.8 runs per game and are second with a .351 team batting average. Junior Stacie Chambers is first in the country with 26 homers and 79 runs batted in, adding a .406 average. Sophomore Brittany Lastrapes is tops on the team with a .455 batting average, adding 13 home runs and 48 RBI, while sophomore Lauren Schutzler is also hitting over .400 at .437 with four home runs and 21 runs batted in. Senior Jenae Leles is second on the team with 20 home runs, batting .372 with 56 RBI. In the circle, junior Sarah Akamine has started 22 of 45 games, holding a 16-4 record, a 2.60 earned run average and 75 strikeouts in 118 1/3 innings. Senior Jennifer Martinez is 9-3 with a 3.06 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 80 innings, while sophomore Lindsey Sisk is 11-2 with a 3.41 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 82 innings. Akamine is 3-0 in Pac-10 play with a 3.16 ERA in six starts, while Martinez is 4-2 with a 5.32 ERA in two starts. The Wildcats have belted 28 home runs in 10 Pac-10 games, with Leles crushing seven and Chambers and junior K'Lee Arredondo recording six. Arizona is batting .318 in Pac-10 action, with Lastrapes hitting .432 and senior Sam Bannister batting .407.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-ARIZONA
UCLA split the first two games of its season series with Arizona on April 4 and 5 in Westwood, falling in the first contest 9-2 before coming back with a 3-2 victory one day later. The Bruins grabbed an early 2-0 lead on April 4 on a sacrifice fly by junior Megan Langenfeld and an RBI single by junior Kaila Shull in the first inning, but the Wildcats scored nine unanswered runs to win it. UCLA rebounded with a 3-2 victory on April 5, scoring twice in the second and once in the third to come back from a 2-0 deficit. Sophomore Katie Schroeder drove in a pair and sophomore Monica Harrison knocked in what proved to be the game-winning run in the third. Langenfeld shined in the circle, tossing 5 2/3 innings of hitless relief while striking out six. The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Wildcats 65-50 and have won 13 of the last 15. UCLA is 26-24 in Tucson, splitting a pair of meetings in 2008.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State enters Friday's game against Washington with a 36-9 overall record and a 6-4 mark in Pac-10 play. The Sun Devils won two of three last weekend against the Bay Area schools, beating Cal 6-4 on Friday and Stanford 10-1 in five innings on Sunday, falling in the middle game to the Cardinal 7-6 in eight innings. Arizona State, which is hitting .340 as a team with 73 home runs and 53 stolen bases while averaging 7.7 runs per game, is led by Kaitlin Cochran. The senior is tops on the squad with a .458 average, 18 home runs, 51 runs batted in, 44 walks and 14 stolen bases. Eight others are batting over .300, including sophomore Kaylyn Castillo (.381, 6 HR, 30 RBI) and freshman Katelyn Boyd (.371, 9 HR, 50 RBI, 13 SB). In the circle, freshman Hillary Bach has started 23 of 45 games and holds a 21-3 mark, a 2.59 earned run average and 106 strikeouts in 151 1/3 innings. Junior Megan Elliott is 9-5 with a 3.67 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 91 2/3 innings. In Pac-10 play, Bach has started seven of the 10 games, posting a 2.42 ERA and a 5-2 mark with 26 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings. Elliott is 1-2 in three starts with a 7.00 ERA and five strikeouts in 15 innings. At the plate, Cochran is batting .538 with five homers and 10 RBI in league, while Castillo is hitting .481 with three home runs and 14 runs batted in. The Sun Devils hold a .325 average in Pac-10 with 17 home runs, averaging 6.7 runs per game.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-ARIZONA STATE
The Bruins were shut out for the only time this year on April 3 against Arizona State, falling 5-0 in Westwood. Sophomore Monica Harrison had two of the Bruins' seven hits. The Sun Devils have won three straight in the series and five of the last six, but still trail the Bruins 86-23 all-time. Last year, Arizona State won its second in a row at Farrington Stadium against the Bruins with a 3-0 victory. UCLA is 36-11 all-time in Tempe.
LANGENFELD THE PITCHER
There may not be a hotter pitcher in the country right now than junior Megan Langenfeld, who enters this weekend's action having allowed only one run in her last 31 2/3 innings for a 0.22 earned run average. Since April 5, she has retired 92 of the 101 batters she has faced, allowing just nine baserunners on four hits, three walks and two fielding errors. Langenfeld is 5-0 with a save in her last six outings (three starts) with 27 strikeouts. Her fantastic run began against Arizona on April 5 when she tossed 5 2/3 hitless innings of relief to help the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Wildcats. The following weekend, Langenfeld blanked Washington twice to earn National Player of the Week honors from the NFCA and USA Softball, as well as Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week accolades. The junior limited the Huskies to just one hit in 11 innings on April 10 and threw a five-inning no-hitter a day later for the 100th no-no in UCLA history. In the first game against Washington, Langenfeld fanned eight, tossing eight hitless innings before giving up a leadoff single in the ninth. At one point, she retired 22 in a row and never allowed a runner to get past first base for the entire game. The following afternoon, Langenfeld set down the first 13 batters she faced before a fielding error with one out in the fifth. She clinched the no-hitter when the Bruins scored six times in the bottom of the fifth to invoke the mercy rule. Last weekend in Oregon, Langenfeld appeared in all three games, going 2-0 with a save and posting a 0.54 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 13 innings. After striking out seven in a complete-game, two-hit victory over Oregon State last Friday, Langenfeld pitched 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief on Saturday at Oregon to earn the save. On Sunday, Langenfeld allowed only one hit in 3 1/3 innings of relief to record her second win of the weekend. For the season, Langenfeld is 8-0 with three saves and a team-low 0.98 ERA, posting 65 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. She has held opponents to Pac-10-best .097 batting average. During conference action, she is 5-0 with two saves and a 1.08 ERA, striking out 31 in 39 innings over nine appearances. The junior has been nearly unhittable in her five starts this season, posting a 0.19 ERA and a 4-0 mark, allowing only six hits, two walks and one run in 37 1/3 innings with 31 strikeouts. Langenfeld's first start came on Feb. 8 against San Diego State, when she struck out eight and gave up two hits and two unearned runs in 7 1/3 innings of work. Against Maryland on Feb. 22, the junior fanned six and had a perfect game through six innings before surrendering a leadoff single in the top of the seventh. On March 27 at Stanford, Langenfeld recorded a save to surpass Lisa Longaker as the all-time saves leader at UCLA. Her save on Saturday at Oregon gives her nine for her career.
LANGENFELD THE HITTER
Langenfeld has not been too shabby at the plate either during Pac-10 play, posting a .389 average with two home runs and nine runs batted in. She carries a five-game hitting streak into this weekend's action, batting .444 (8-for-18) during that stretch with four runs scored and two home runs. Langenfeld went deep twice last weekend, leaving the yard against Oregon State on Friday and Oregon on Sunday. The junior went 3-for-4 in the final game of the series with the Ducks and went 2-for-4 last Saturday in Eugene, giving her seven multiple-hit contests this season. Langenfeld has raised her batting average to .286 with four home runs and 20 runs batted in. She had a great two-game series at Cal (March 28-29), going 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI in the opener and 2-for-2 with two RBI and a pair of walks in the weekend finale. Three of Langenfeld's seven multiple-hit games have been three-hit affairs. She also went 3-for-3 with two RBI against Fresno State on Feb. 22. Langenfeld also has five multiple-RBI games this year. In addition to her two homers last weekend, Langenfeld has left the yard against UNLV (Feb. 13) and Maryland (Feb. 22). Langenfeld has also shined on defense, committing no errors in 118 chances.
Sophomore Katie Schroeder joined an elite club last weekend and remained on fire since moving back to the leadoff spot. Schroeder became the sixth player in UCLA history to post at least 10 home runs and 10 steals in the same season when she left the yard on Friday at Oregon State. She joined Yvonne Gutierrez (1992), Christie Ambrosi (1999), Lyndsey Klein (2000), Natasha Watley (2003) and Andrea Duran (2006) as members of the 10-10 club. For good measure, Schroeder also went deep in both games at Oregon to give her a team-best 12 home runs on the season. Since moving back to the top of the order on April 4 (seven games), Schroeder, who led off for the first four games of the year before moving to the #2 position, is 12-for-27 (.444) with four multiple-hit games, four runs scored, six RBI and three home runs. The sophomore carries a 10-game hitting streak into this weekend's action, batting .429 (15-for-35) during that stretch. It is the third separate hitting streak of at least seven games for Schroeder, who hit safely in seven in a row from March 1-10 and in a career-best 11 straight to start the season from Feb. 7-20. Overall, Schroeder leads the Bruins with a .398 average, 40 runs scored, 28 walks, a .724 slugging, a .526 on base percentage and 16 stolen bases. She is also third on the team with 29 runs batted in. The sophomore holds a team-best batting average of .395 during Pac-10 games with three homers and six RBI. Schroeder has 12 multiple-hit games this season, tying for second on the club. She recorded her third three-hit contest on Saturday at Oregon, also posting three hits in games against Maryland (Feb. 22) and San Diego (March 1). Against the Toreros, Schroeder drove in five for one of her seven multi-RBI contests this season. Her career and season high came on Feb. 13 against Northwestern when she had six RBI to become just the 10th player in UCLA history to drive in at least half a dozen runs in a single contest. Schroeder went deep twice in the game and also has home runs against Purdue (Feb. 7), Indiana (Feb. 7), Cal Poly (Feb. 8), Kentucky (Feb. 14), North Carolina State (Feb. 21), Iowa (March 6) and Notre Dame (March 10). Her home run against Iowa was a walk-off shot in the eighth inning. Schroeder has crossed home plate twice 11 times this season.
Senior Amanda Kamekona comes into this week's action third on the team with a .348 batting average and 33 runs scored, first with 17 doubles, second with 30 runs batted in and tied for fourth with six home runs. The senior had three hits in 11 at-bats (.273) last weekend in Oregon, scoring three times. During Pac-10 play, Kamekona is batting .375 with a team-best 10 runs scored and six doubles. She is tied for second on the team with a dozen multiple-hit games, picking up #12 on Sunday at Oregon with a 2-for-4 performance. Kamekona has five three-hit games, including a pair during Pac-10 against California (March 28) and Washington (April 11). She scored twice in the contest against the Bears and had two runs, two RBI and two doubles against the Huskies. Her other three-hit games came against Utah (Feb. 27), San Diego (March 1) and UC Santa Barbara (March 24). Against the Gauchos, Kamekona had a season-high five RBI with a home run. The senior has eight games with at least two runs batted in this season, which ranks third on the team, posting four against North Carolina State (Feb. 21) on her first career grand slam. She also has three-RBI efforts against Northwestern (Feb. 13) and San Diego (March 1), homering against the Wildcats. Kamekona has a pair of hitting streaks of at least nine games this season, reaching safely in nine straight from March 10-April 5 and in a season-best 11 in a row from Feb. 15-28. During her season-long streak, the senior hit .425 with 12 RBI, 11 runs scored, eight doubles and four home runs, posting five multiple-hit games. Kamekona has also homered against South Dakota State (Feb. 15), Alabama (Feb. 20) and Maryland (Feb. 22). In the runs department, Kamekona has touched home plate in 27 of the Bruins' 40 games, scoring in seven straight contests from Feb. 21-28. She has scored twice in a contest six times.
NO STOPPING THIS SHORTSTOP
Sophomore Monica Harrison had a pair of multiple-hit games last weekend in Oregon, finishing the three-game set 5-for-10 (.500) with a pair of runs batted in. Harrison went 2-for-3 with an RBI on Friday against Oregon State, 2-for-4 with a run batted in at Oregon on Saturday and 1-for-3 in the weekend finale against the Ducks. The sophomore is hitting .375 during Pac-10 play with a home run, seven runs batted in and four runs scored. She has reached base in 10 of her 11 conference contests and has hits in 13 of her last 19 games, batting .345 (19-for-55) during that stretch. Harrison got off to a great start to conference play on March 27 at Stanford, going 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI, which tied a career high. She also has a two-hit game against Arizona State to her credit and has nine multiple-hit contests this season. Harrison had a season best and tied a career high with three hits at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 25. On the year, the sophomore is hitting .306 with six home runs, 21 runs batted in and 22 runs scored. She is also first on the club with seven sacrifice hits. Harrison posted her first career two-homer game against South Dakota State on Feb. 15, tying a personal best with four runs batted in. She 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. One of the slickest-fielding shortstops in the Pac-10, Harrison has committed just three errors in 106 chances.
DRIVING THEM IN
Junior Kaila Shull drove in her 50th run of the season on her ninth home run of the year on Sunday at Oregon. The 50 RBI are the most for a Bruin since 2003 when Tairia Mims finished the year with 70. Shull ranks second on the team in home runs, average (.377), slugging (.697) and on base percentage (.421), third with eight doubles and four sacrifice hits and first with five sacrifice flies. Shull had hits in all three games last weekend, going 3-for-10, and holds a four-game hitting streak. She leads the squad with 14 multiple-hit games. Shull had three-hit affairs against Colorado State (Feb. 27), FIU (March 6) and Syracuse (March 7) to go along with 11 two-hit games, including a 2-for-3, two RBI, two run effort against Washington on April 11. She is also first on the team with 14 multiple-RBI contests. Shull tied a career high with four RBI against San Diego State (Feb. 8) and Simon Fraser (Feb. 17). In the game against SDSU, she 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 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 UC Santa Barbara (March 24), homering against the Gauchos. Shull also has homers against Longwood (March 8) and Notre Dame (March 10). The junior had a season-long, eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 22-March 6, going 13-for-25 (.520) with 15 runs batted in. Defensively, the catcher holds a .997 fielding percentage with just one miscue in 295 chances. She has committed only one passed ball behind home plate.
JB AT 3B
Junior Julie Burney is coming off a great weekend after she went 4-for-9 (.444) with two home runs and seven runs batted in against the Oregon schools. Burney has hits and RBI in four straight games, going 5-for-11 (.455) with 10 RBI and three home runs during that span. She hit a three-run homer against Washington on April 11 to invoke the mercy rule, marking the first of three straight games where she left the yard. On Friday at Oregon State, Burney hit a two-run bomb in the seventh inning and came back the next day at Oregon with a three-run homer in the fourth that proved to be the game-winner. The junior finished the weekend with a 1-for-3 effort on Sunday, posting an RBI double in the second. Burney is third on the team with eight home runs and tied for fourth with 26 runs batted in, holding a .275 batting average. The junior has a trio of three-run homers during Pac-10 play, hitting her first at California on March 29. She has also homered against UNLV (Feb. 13), South Dakota State (Feb. 15), Massachusetts (Feb. 21) and Longwood (March 8). Burney has eight multiple-RBI contests, which is tied for third on the team. Her career high came against South Dakota State when she had four thanks to her first career grand slam. The junior has produced multiple hits in eight games, notching a season-high three at San Diego on March 1.
Sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore batted .400 last weekend, going 4-for-10 with five runs scored. DiSalvatore scored twice in both games at Oregon, going 2-for-3 in the first contest against the Ducks. In the weekend's first game at Oregon State, the sophomore went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI double. DiSalvatore has scored eight runs in her eight Pac-10 contests, hitting .259 with three RBI. For the season, she ranks fourth on the team with a .322 average, second with 38 runs scored and 12 doubles, third with a .420 on base percentage and first with three triples and 18 walks. The sophomore 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 seven more two-hit contests to give her 10 multiple-hit games this season. DiSalvatore, who has 24 runs batted in, 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 12 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.
Andrea Harrison is quickly proving why she was one of the most highly-touted freshmen entering the collegiate game this year. Harrison enters this weekend's action tied for fifth on the team with a .306 average, tied for fourth with 26 RBI and second with five sacrifice hits. The freshman had a season-long, eight-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday at Oregon, but still hit .391 (9-for-23) with three runs scored, three RBI and five walks during her streak. On April 10 against Washington, Harrison went 2-for-4 with a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning off All-American Danielle Lawrie. She is tied for second on the team in multiple-hit games with 12 and solo second in multi-RBI contests with nine. All of her multiple-hit contests have been two-hit affairs, including three consecutive, two-hit games against San Diego State (Feb. 8), UNLV (Feb. 13) and Northwestern (Feb. 13). Harrison has a pair of three-RBI games against UNLV and Longwood (March 8). She also has two-RBI efforts against San Diego State, Northwestern, Simon Fraser (Feb. 17), Maryland (Feb. 22), Colorado State (Feb. 27) and Syracuse (March 7). Harrison has five home runs this season. Her first career bomb was a memorable one. Against San Diego State, 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.
The walk from home plate to the dugout must be a lonely one for opposing hitters as 197 people have experienced this season against sophomore Donna Kerr, who is third in the Pac-10 in strikeouts. Kerr holds a 15-6 record with a 2.91 earned run average in 139 1/3 innings. She made her first start since April 5 on Sunday against Oregon, pitching 3 2/3 innings and allowing no hits and three walks while striking out six. Kerr's last victory came in the Bruins' Pac-10 opener against Stanford on March 27. The sophomore tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out five for her 15th win of the season. During conference play, she has also posted a six-strikeout game against Arizona State (April 3) and a seven-strikeout contest against Arizona (April 4). Kerr, who has eight double-figure strikeout games this season, set a new career high 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), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25) and UC Santa Barbara (March 24). 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. 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).
BAKER COOKING WITH GAS
Redshirt sophomore Whitney Baker tallied her ninth win of the season on Saturday at Oregon, striking out seven in 4 1/3 innings and allowing three hits and two runs. She is 9-2 on the season with a 2.90 earned run average and 68 strikeouts in 58 innings. The junior has won nine of her 13 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 10 of her 13 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.
Freshman Dani Yudin drove in a pair of runs on a single on Saturday against Oregon to give her 16 runs batted in on the season. Yudin had reached base in 13 straight games via either a hit, a walk or a hit by pitch dating back to March 8 before going hitless in two at-bats on Sunday against the Ducks. The freshman belted her third home run of the season on April 11 against Washington, a three-run shot in the second inning that gave the Bruins a 4-0 lead. She opened Pac-10 play with a 2-for-3 performance against Stanford on March 27. Her single in the second inning keyed a two-out rally that led to three runs, one of which she scored. 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. The freshman is batting .229 and is second on the squad with 20 walks.
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.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Bruins have scored 33 runs in their last four games (4-0) after scoring only 25 runs in their first seven Pac-10 contests (3-4) ... the Bruins have allowed only nine runs in their seven conference wins and have surrendered 30 in their four losses ... UCLA has scored 142 of its 259 runs in the first, second and sixth innings, accounting for 55% of its runs ... sophomore Amy Crawford has started 15 games in right field, making 31 appearances at that position this season. Crawford, who when Megan Langenfeld is in the circle is playing right, has also played three games at first base against Arizona State (April 3), Arizona (April 5) and last Friday at Oregon State ... sophomore Grace Murray scored her 12th run of the season on Friday at Oregon State. She has crossed home plate in nine of her last 17 pinch-running appearances. Murray also played in the field for the first time in her collegiate career against Oregon State, making one putout in right ... sophomore Lauren Mirabal stole her 10th base of the season on April 10 against Washington. Mirabal, who has scored 13 runs as a pinch-runner this season, is 18-for-21 in stolen bases for her career ... freshman Marti Reed had a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning of an April 5 game against Arizona. Her other hit came on Feb. 15 against South Dakota State when she made her first collegiate start at designated player. Reed is 2-for-10 (.200) with seven runs scored.