Second-Seeded Bruins Face Long Beach State to Open Regionals on Friday
May 14, 2009
Friday, May 15
Game 1 - UNLV vs. #25 Fresno State - 1 p.m.
Game 2 - Long Beach State vs. #2 UCLA - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 16
Game 3 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 - 1 p.m.
Game 4 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Game 5 - Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 - 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 17
Game 6 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 - 12 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary) - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 - 2:30 p.m.
Gametracker and Live Audio (for UCLA games only) at UCLABruins.com
BRUINS HOST LOS ANGELES REGIONAL
The Pacific-10 Conference Champion and second-seeded UCLA Bruins (41-9, 16-5 Pac-10) begin Regional play on Friday against Long Beach State (34-19, 15-6 Big West) at 3:30 p.m. at Easton Stadium. The first game of the day pits Fresno State (36-18, 15-5 Western Athletic) against UNLV (31-19, 7-8 Mountain West) at 1 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com, as will live audio for UCLA games only. Darren Preston and Mike Sondheimer will call the action on Friday, with Preston joined by 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time UCLA All-American Amanda Freed on the weekend.
NCAA Super Regionals take place next week at eight campus sites. Games will be played on either Thursday-Friday, Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday and will be aired on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Dates and times will be announced Sunday night or Monday.
CANCER AWARENESS JERSEY AUCTION
May 3 was Cancer Awareness Day at Easton Stadium and played in remembrance of 2009 honorary Bruin Cheyenne Broswell, who passed away from brain cancer in March. The Bruins wore special edition jerseys, which are currently being auctioned off at UCLABruins.com. Proceeds from the jerseys will benefit the Forever9Foundation, which was founded in memory of Broswell. Nearly $1000 was raised through generous donations and pledges at the May 3 game.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins enter the postseason at second in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and the USA Today/NFCA rankings. The Bruins have been ranked second in four straight USA Softball polls and three of the last four NFCA rankings.
BRUINS IN NCAA REGIONAL PLAY
UCLA is making its 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and holds a record of 160-38 (.808 winning percentage). During the Regional round, the Bruins are 69-8 (.896) and have gone undefeated 17 of 24 times, including last season when they defeated Cal State Fullerton and Nevada twice. Since Regional play moved to a four-team format in 2005, the Bruins are 11-3 (.786), advancing to the Super Regionals in 2005, 2006 and 2008.
FRIENDLY CONFINES OF EASTON STADIUM
The Bruins will be hosting an NCAA Regional for the sixth straight season and for the 16th time in 25 tournament appearances. UCLA is 41-3 (.932) in 15 previous Regionals at Easton Stadium and 47-4 (.922) overall during postseason games in Westwood.
BRUIN PLAYERS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Junior Megan Langenfeld is hitting .393 (11-for-28) in 11 career postseason games, recording eight runs batted in and walking seven times. In the circle, Langenfeld is 2-1 with a 1.40 earned run average and 17 strikeouts in 25 innings. Last season, she pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings of relief with 10 strikeouts against Nevada. Senior Amanda Kamekona went 10-for-26 (.385) with three homers, eight RBI and five runs during her first postseason at UCLA in 2008, while sophomore Katie Schroeder posted a .333 average (8-for-24) with four RBI, five walks and five runs scored.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
UCLA regained its spot as the nation's best defensive team, coming in at first this week in fielding percentage at .980. The Bruins also rank in the top 20 in five other statistical categories, placing sixth in home runs (72) and slugging (.553), ninth in runs per game (6.24), 10th in batting average (.322) and tied for 18th in doubles per game (1.50). After reaching the minimum 100 innings pitched threshold last weekend, junior Megan Langenfeld sits eighth in the country in earned run average at 0.93, also ranking tied for 24th with three saves. Sophomore Donna Kerr is 11th in the country in strikeouts per seven innings at 9.7. On offense, sophomore Katie Schroeder is 16th in on base percentage (.531), 18th in runs per game (1.04), tied for 30th in home runs (14), tied for 32nd in batting average (.417) and 43rd in walks per game (0.62) and slugging percentage (.724). Junior Kaila Shull is tied for third with five sacrifice flies and 11th in RBI per game (1.10). Senior Amanda Kamekona ranks eighth in doubles per game (0.36), while sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore is 28th in runs per game (0.96). All statistics were as of games completed on May 10.
FIRST IN THE PAC-10 IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
Not only did the Bruins win their ninth Pac-10 title, but they also held the best team batting average, team earned run average and team fielding percentage in conference contests. UCLA hit .323 in Pac-10 games, 22 points ahead of second-place Arizona State. In the circle, the Bruins boasted a 2.13 ERA, 16 points ahead of Washington. Defensively, UCLA, which is the best fielding team in the nation, was tops at .980 in Pac-10 affairs. As a team, the Bruins were also first in on base percentage (.404), hits (182) and sacrifice bunts (24) in conference games, placing second in slugging (.522), runs batted in (106), doubles (25) and home runs (29). In the circle, UCLA was tops in opposing batting average (.172) and third in strikeouts (121). Individually, junior Megan Langenfeld held the best ERA (0.96) and opposing batting average (.137) in Pac-10 games, also placing first with two saves and third with 11 wins. At the plate, she was second in batting average (.475) and on base percentage (.562). Senior Amanda Kamekona was tied for first among Pac-10 players in league contests with seven doubles, while sophomore Katie Schroeder was fourth in batting average (.437) and on base percentage (.512). Freshman Andrea Harrison had a conference-high nine sacrifice bunts in league games.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
The Bruins rank in the top three among Pac-10 Conference teams in 14 categories, including first in fielding percentage (.980) and hit by pitches (48) and second in opposing batting average (.174) and sacrifice bunts (44). UCLA is third in average (.322), slugging (.553), on base percentage (.415), runs scored (312), hits (426), runs batted in (293), triples (8), home runs (72), total bases (733) and earned run average (2.10). Individually, sophomore Katie Schroeder is third in on base percentage (.531), fifth in slugging (.724), tied for fifth in home runs (14), sixth in batting average (.417), walks (31) and stolen bases (19) and tied for sixth in runs scored (52). Junior Kaila Shull is tied for first with five sacrifice flies, fifth in runs batted in (55), seventh in slugging (.680) and 10th with 11 home runs. Senior Amanda Kamekona sits tied for third with 18 doubles, freshman Andrea Harrison is tied for second with 11 sacrifice bunts and sophomore Monica Harrison is fifth in sacrifices with eight. In the circle, junior Megan Langenfeld is second in ERA (0.93), opposing batting average (.127) and saves (3) and tied for seventh with 14 wins. Sophomore Donna Kerr is fourth in opposing batting average (.176) and strikeouts (221) and sixth in wins (18). Full rankings can be accessed on page seven of this release.
BRUINS DIG THE LONG BALL
The Bruins finished the regular season with 72 home runs, the fourth-highest total in school history. The 1999 team holds the record with 95, followed by the 2003 squad with 88 and the 2004 team with 77. Eight Bruins have hit at least five home runs this season, which is a school record. The 2003, 2004 and 2007 teams all had seven players belt at least five homers. Sophomore Katie Schroeder leads the way with 14, junior Kaila Shull is second with 11 and junior Julie Burney and sophomore Monica Harrison are tied for third with nine. Speaking of Harrison, she entered the UCLA record books on April 26 at Arizona State when she became the first Bruin to ever hit three home runs in a game. On 58 occasions, including four times this year, a UCLA player had hit two home runs in game. While the NCAA mark for one contest is four, 39 players coming into the 2009 season had hit three in a game, with Harrison now joining the illustrious list. In that game against ASU, the Bruins tied a school record for home runs in a single contest with seven, matching the 2007 squad that hit seven against Wright State (Feb. 18). The 72 home runs this season double the total the Bruins had last year (36). UCLA ranks third in the Pac-10 and sixth in the nation in home runs. The Bruins are 20-0 this season when hitting at least two homers in a game. They have gone deep four times in a game on four occasions (UNLV - Feb. 13, South Dakota State - Feb. 15, North Carolina State - Feb. 21, Arizona State - April 25). 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).
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
The Bruins won their ninth Pacific-10 Conference Championship with their 1-0 victory over Stanford on Friday. In its eight previous seasons in which it won the Pac-10, UCLA also won the NCAA title four times (1988, 1989, 1990, 1999) ... UCLA's 15-1 record to conclude the regular season is its best finish heading into the playoffs since the 2002 team won its last 17 games ... the Bruins are 13-1 on Fridays this season, with the only loss coming to Arizona State on April 3. UCLA is 11-4 on Saturdays and 12-2 on Sunday ... the Bruins are 26-1 this season when scoring six runs or more (March 28 at California) ... the Bruins are 31-2 when scoring first and 10-7 when their opponent gets on the board first ... UCLA has won 72 straight games when leading after the fifth inning. The last loss was April 7, 2007 against Washington ... the Bruins were no-hit on April 29 at Washington for the first time since May 9, 1998 against Arizona when Nancy Evans accomplished the feat at Easton Stadium in a 2-0 victory ... UCLA allowed only 20 runs in its 16 conference wins and surrendered 33 in its five losses ... junior Megan Langenfeld became the fifth player in UCLA history to earn both NFCA and Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in the same week (Stacey Nuveman, three times; Andrea Duran, twice; Caitlin Benyi and Amanda Kamekona) on April 28 and became the fourth Bruin to receive NFCA POW accolades at least twice in the same season (Amanda Freed, 2000; Nuveman, 2002; Duran, 2006)
FIVE BRUINS EARN ALL-WEST REGION HONORS
Senior Amanda Kamekona, juniors Megan Langenfeld and Kaila Shull and sophomores GiOnna DiSalvatore and Katie Schroeder were named to the NFCA All-West Region Team on Thursday.
For DiSalvatore, Kamekona and Langenfeld, it is the second straight year they have earned All-Region honors. The awards are the first for Schroeder and Shull.
For the first time since 1988, there were no first- or second-team designations. The Bruins were also relocated to the West Region after spending numerous years in the Pacific Region.
UCLA has earned 11 All-Region honors over the last two seasons.
EIGHT NAMED ALL-PAC-10, INOUYE-PEREZ COACH OF THE YEAR
Eight Bruins earned All-Pacific-10 honors as announced by the conference on Wednesday, while head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.The Pac-10 Champions garnered four first-team honors, the most of any team. Senior Amanda Kamekona, juniors Megan Langenfeld and Kaila Shull and sophomore Katie Schroeder all received first-team accolades. Earning second-team plaudits were sophomores GiOnna DiSalvatore and Monica Harrison, while junior Julie Burney and freshman Andrea Harrison received honorable mention accolades. Harrison was also honored on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, as was Dani Yudin, who earned an honorable mention award.
The eight all-conference nods match last year's total for the Bruins. Kamekona was named to the first team for the second straight season, Langenfeld earned her third All-Pac-10 award after receiving second-team honors in 2007 and 2008 and DiSalvatore (second team in `08), Schroeder (honorable mention in `08) and Shull (honorable mention in `07) picked up their second conference awards. Burney and Andrea and Monica Harrison all received their first All-Pac-10 recognitions.
Inouye-Perez was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the first time after guiding the Bruins to wins in 15 of their last 16 conference games. It is UCLA's seventh Pac-10 Coach of the Year award. Sharron Backus received the honor in 1990, 1992 and 1993, while Sue Enquist won it in 1999 and 2006. Backus and Enquist were named co-Coaches of the Year in 1995.
SCOUTING THE 49ERS
Long Beach State posted an overall record of 34-19 during the regular season, going 15-6 in the Big West Conference and finishing in third place. The 49ers have won five straight and 10 of their last 12 coming into the postseason. Long Beach is 6-12 against tournament teams, defeating UCLA, BYU, Fresno State, San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton twice. The 49ers are hitting .273 as a team with 24 home runs and 25 stolen bases, averaging 4.0 runs per game. Three players are hitting over .300, led by senior Danielle Linke, who is first with a .353 average and second with seven home runs and 26 runs batted in. Senior Jennifer Griffin, who is first in homers (8) and RBI (40), is second in hitting at .329, while junior Ashley Weber is third at .325. In the circle, sophomore Brooke Turner and freshman Taylor Petty have started 48 of Long Beach State's 53 games. Petty is 15-4 with a 1.41 earned run average and 129 strikeouts in 144 1/3 innings, while Turner is 17-11 with a 2.34 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 170 2/3 innings.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-LONG BEACH STATE
The Bruins lost to Long Beach State 2-1 on March 8 at the LBSU Invitational in Lakewood. The 49ers scored twice in the third on three walks, a wild pitch and a scoring fly ball. UCLA got on the board on an unearned run in the sixth, but lost by one. A recap and box score from that game can be found on page 11 of this release. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against Long Beach State, but the Bruins still hold a 63-9 all-time advantage and are 30-1 at home against the 49ers. Long Beach's only victory at Easton Stadium came on Feb. 11, 1997 (2-0), with UCLA having won five straight at home. The Bruins' most recent win against Long Beach State came at the LBSU Invitational on March 9, 2008, earning a 1-0, eight-inning victory. The Bruins have never lost to the 49ers in the NCAA Tournament, going 8-0 and outscoring them 33-5. Six of the meetings have been at Easton Stadium, with the other two coming during the Women's College World Series.
UCLA vs. Long Beach State in NCAA Tournament
May 20, 2006 at Easton Stadium (Regionals) - UCLA 5, LBSU 0
May 19, 2000 at Easton Stadium (Regionals) - UCLA 10, LBSU 4
May 25, 1991 at College World Series - UCLA 1, LBSU 0 (11)
May 25, 1990 at College World Series - UCLA 6, LBSU 0
May 20, 1989 at Easton Stadium (Regionals) - UCLA 3, LBSU 0
May 19, 1989 at Easton Stadium (Regionals) - UCLA 5, LBSU 1
May 16, 1987 at Easton Stadium (Regionals) - UCLA 2, LBSU 0
May 15, 1987 at Easton Stadium (Regionals) - UCLA 1, LBSU 0
BRUINS BEATING UP THE BEACH
Junior Julie Burney has enjoyed playing Long Beach State over the last three seasons, going 6-for-11 (.545) with four RBI and two runs scored in four games. In three games against the 49ers, junior Megan Langenfeld is 4-for-7 (.571) with a double, a triple and three RBI. Junior Kaila Shull is 3-for-7 (.429) with a homer, two RBI and three runs scored in three games, while sophomore Katie Schroeder is batting .667 (4-for-6) in two contests.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Fresno State enters the postseason with a 36-18 overall record, finishing first in the Western Athletic Conference with a 15-5 regular-season mark and winning the WAC Tournament to earn the league's automatic bid. The Bulldogs have won eight straight coming into Friday's game. Fresno State went 7-9 against tournament teams, defeating North Carolina, Northwestern, Florida State, California and Nevada three times. The Bulldogs are hitting .238 with 27 home runs and 31 stolen bases, averaging 3.6 runs per game. Senior Haley Perkins is the only Bulldog batting over .300 at .324, driving in 15 runs. Sophomore Haley Gilleland is second on the team with a .292 average, first in steals (12) and third in RBI (21), freshman Michelle Moses leads the club with nine home runs and sophomore Caitlin Stiglich is first with 34 runs batted in. In the circle, sophomore Morgan Melloh has started 40 of the Bulldogs' 54 games and holds a 1.48 earned run average, a 28-14 record and 414 strikeouts in 297 2/3 innings. Freshman Mackenzie Oakes is her backup and is 8-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-FRESNO STATE
The Bruins run-ruled Fresno State at the Cathedral City Classic on Feb. 22, earning a 10-2, six-inning victory. Fresno State scored twice in the first, but the Bruins scored one in the first and three each in the second, fourth and sixth. A recap and box score from that game is available on page 12 of this release. UCLA improved to 39-10 overall against Fresno State and has won 10 in a row. The Bruins have not lost to the Bulldogs since a 1-0 defeat in Fresno on March 12, 2000. UCLA is 11-1 all-time at Easton Stadium against Fresno State, with the only loss coming on April 12, 1994 (6-2). The Bruins and the Bulldogs have met 13 previous times in NCAA history, with 12 of the meetings coming during the Women's College World Series. UCLA leads 10-3 in postseason games.
UCLA vs. Fresno State in NCAA Tournament
May 16, 2003 at Easton Stadium (Regionals) -UCLA 3, FSU 0
May 28, 1999 at College World Series - UCLA 1, FSU 0
May 22, 1997 at College World Series - UCLA 2, FSU 0 (8)
May 26, 1994 at College World Series - FSU 1, UCLA 0
May 24, 1992 at College World Series - UCLA 4, FSU 0
May 26, 1991 at College World Series - UCLA 5, FSU 1 (13)
May 28, 1990 at CWS Championship Game - UCLA 2, FSU 0
May 27, 1990 at College World Series - FSU 1, UCLA 0
May 28, 1989 at CWS Championship Game - UCLA 1, FSU 0
May 29, 1988 at CWS Championship Game - UCLA 3, FSU 0
May 29, 1988 at College World Series - FSU 2, UCLA 1
May 27, 1988 at College World Series - UCLA 6, FSU 1
May 31, 1982 at CWS Championship Game - UCLA 2, FSU 0
SCOUTING THE REBELS
UNLV went 31-19 during the regular season, finishing in a tie for third in the Mountain West Conference with an 7-8 record. The Rebels were 5-14 against the tournament field, defeating Georgia Tech, Cal Poly, Canisius, Long Beach State and Notre Dame. UNLV is batting .304 as a team with 47 home runs and 18 stolen bases, averaging 5.8 runs per game. Six players are batting over .300, led by sophomore Ashli Holland, who is hitting .342 with two home runs and 36 runs batted in. Junior Jaci Hull is second with a .340 average and leads the squad with 11 homers and 50 RBI. Junior Marissa Nichols has added 10 home runs. In the circle, three different pitchers have started at least 15 games. Sophomore Traci Odegard and junior Stephanie Bregante each have 4.01 earned run averages. Odegard is 9-6 with 64 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings, while Bregante is 11-5 with 89 strikeouts in 104 2/3 innings. Freshman Jessica O'Connor has thrown the most, going 11-7 with a 4.09 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 109 2/3 innings.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-UNLV
The Bruins slugged past the Rebels 9-7 on Feb. 13 in Las Vegas. UCLA held an 8-2 lead before UNLV made things interesting with a five-run sixth. But the Bruins scored once more in the seventh and held on to win. A recap and box score of that game can be found on page 13 of this release. UCLA is 23-1 all-time against UNLV and 11-0 at Easton Stadium. The Bruins have won nine straight in the series. The Rebels' only win came on May 21, 1994 in Regional play (1-0 in nine innings). UCLA and UNLV have met four times in the postseason, with the Bruins holding a 3-1 advantage.
UCLA vs. UNLV in NCAA Tournament
May 21, 2005 at Easton Stadium (Regionals) - UCLA 4, UNLV 1
May 22, 1994 in Columbia, S.C. (Regionals) - UCLA 3, UNLV 2
May 22, 1994 in Columbia, S.C. (Regionals) - UCLA 2, UNLV 1 (8)
May 21, 1994 in Columbia, S.C. (Regionals) - UNLV 1, UCLA 0 (9)
BRUINS YELLING AT THE REBELS
Junior Megan Langenfeld is 4-for-8 (.500) with a home run, two runs batted in and four runs scored in three games against UNLV during her career. Junior Julie Burney has hits in all three of her games against the Rebels, going 3-for-8 (.375) with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored, while junior Kaila Shull is 3-for-7 (.429) with an RBI in a pair of contests. Sophomores Monica Harrison and Katie Schroeder are each 2-for-5 (.400).
Sophomore Katie Schroeder will carry a six-game hitting streak into the postseason after going 6-for-10 (.600) with three runs scored last weekend against the Bay Area schools. Schroeder, who has hits in 19 of her last 20 games, has posted four hitting streaks of at least six games this season. She hit in 11 straight to start the year (Feb. 7-20), seven in a row from March 1-10 and in a career-high 13 from March 28 to April 26. During her season-high streak, the sophomore hit .457 (21-for-46) with 12 runs scored, eight RBI and four home runs. Schroeder, an NFCA All-West Region and First-Team All-Pac-10 honoree, leads the Bruins in batting average (.417), home runs (14), runs scored (52), slugging (.724), walks (31), on base percentage (.531) and stolen bases (19). She is tied for fourth with 33 runs batted in and enters this week's play third in UCLA history in on base percentage (.480) and fifth in batting average (.387). During her current hitting streak, Schroeder is 10-for-19 (.526) with seven runs scored and a pair of RBI. The sophomore leads the Bruins with 17 multiple-hit contests, recording nine of them during Pac-10 play. She had three-hit affairs against Oregon (April 18), Arizona State (April 25) and Stanford (May 9) and two-hit contests against Arizona (April 4, 5 & 24), Washington (April 11), Oregon State (May 3) and Stanford (May 8). Schroeder concluded Pac-10 play with a .437 batting average, five homers, 10 RBI, six stolen bases and a team-high 19 runs scored. Since moving back to the top of the order on April 4 (17 games), Schroeder, who led off for the first four games of the year before moving to the #2 position, is 28-for-60 (.467) with 16 runs scored, 10 RBI and 10 homers. The sophomore has driven in two or more runs in a game eight times, knocking in a career- and season-high six against Northwestern on Feb. 13. She became just the 10th player in UCLA history to drive in at least half a dozen runs in a single contest, leaving the yard twice against the Wildcats. Schroeder also drove in five and went 3-for-4 at San Diego on March 1. She has gone deep against Purdue (Feb. 7), Indiana (Feb. 7), Cal Poly (Feb. 8), Kentucky (Feb. 14), North Carolina State (Feb. 21), Iowa (March 6), Notre Dame (March 10), Oregon State (April 17 & May 3), Oregon (April 18 & 19) and Arizona State (April 26). Her home run against Iowa was a walk-off shot in the eighth inning. Schroeder has crossed home plate at least twice on 15 occasions, scoring three times at Arizona State on April 25. She has scored in 10 of her last 13 games. Schroeder joined an elite club with her home run at Oregon State on April 17, becoming the sixth player in UCLA history to post at least 10 home runs and 10 steals in the same season.
LANGENFELD THE PITCHER
Junior Megan Langenfeld pitched the Bruins to a Pac-10 title last week, tossing a pair of complete-game, four-hit victories to earn conference Player of the Week honors. Langenfeld allowed only one run and struck out four on Thursday against California and followed that up with her fourth, complete-game shutout of the season against Stanford on Friday, fanning five. Against the Cardinal, Langenfeld had two memorable at-bats in the second inning, battling Melisa Koutz to a 32-pitch, 12-minute at-bat before striking her out. Two batters later, she sawed off Maya Burns' bat before eventually setting her down on strikes. It is the second Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award for Langenfeld, who also won the honor on April 14, and the fourth for her career. The junior has earned many accolades this season, receiving NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week honors the same week she earned her first POW award after tossing 16 shutout innings against Washington and throwing the school's 100th no-hitter on April 11. On April 28, Langenfeld was named NFCA and Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 3-0 in the circle and hitting .600 at the plate in a sweep of the Arizona schools. On Wednesday, the junior was named First-Team All-Pac-10, and one day later, earned NFCA All-West Region honors. Langenfeld leads the Bruins with a 0.93 earned run average in the circle, posting a 14-1 record and 86 strikeouts in 112 2/3 innings. During Pac-10 play, she had a hand in 13 of the Bruins' 16 wins, going 11-1 with a 0.96 ERA and two saves. Since April 5, Langenfeld has allowed only six earned runs (13 games), going 11-1 with a save and posting a 0.57 ERA in 73 2/3 innings. Her impressive streak began against Arizona when she pitched 5 2/3 innings of hitless relief, striking out six to earn the win. On April 10 against Washington, Langenfeld tossed 11 innings of one-hit ball, tying a season high with eight strikeouts. She no-hit the Huskies for eight innings before surrendering a single in the ninth. The junior would get her first career no-hitter the following day when she faced just one over the minimum to complete the 100th no-no in UCLA history. Langenfeld tied a season high with eight strikeouts at Arizona on April 24, limiting the nation's top offense to only four hits. She also posted seven strikeouts at Oregon State on April 17. Langenfeld has been nearly unhittable in her 10 starts this season, posting a 0.40 ERA, an 8-1 mark and 51 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings. She struck out eight for the first time this season in her initial start against San Diego State on Feb. 8. 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 April 18 at Oregon gave her nine for her career. She also had a save at San Diego State on Feb. 28.
LANGENFELD THE HITTER
Langenfeld was the best Bruin hitter during Pac-10 play, posting a .475 batting average (28-for-59) with four home runs, 15 runs batted in, 10 walks and nine runs scored. She had hits in all three games last weekend, going 4-for-7 (.571). Langenfeld has reached base in 15 straight games, posting at least one hit 13 times. During that stretch, she had a season-long, eight-game hitting streak from April 10-26. Over the last 15 contests, she is 22-for-41 (.537) with four homers, eight RBI and eight runs scored. Since March 28, Langenfeld has raised her batting average 125 points to .344, which ranks third on the team. She has six home runs and 26 runs batted in. Langenfeld has 11 multiple-hit games, with eight of them coming in conference contests. She went 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI at California on March 28 and notched three-hit games at Oregon (April 19), at Arizona State (April 26) and against Oregon State on May 3. Langenfeld also had two-hit affairs against Cal (March 29 & May 7), Oregon (April 18) and Arizona State (April 25). Last month at the Arizona schools, the junior went 6-for-10 (.600) with two homers and three RBI en route to earning Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Four of her six home runs came in conference (Oregon State - April 17, Oregon - April 19 and Arizona State - April 25 and 26). She also has home runs against UNLV (Feb. 13) and Maryland (Feb. 22). Langenfeld has seven multiple-RBI games this year, driving in a pair of runs on six occasions. The junior enters this week's play fifth on UCLA's career leaders list in on base percentage at .457. Along with all of her accolades at the plate and in the circle, she has also shined on defense, committing no errors in 130 chances.
DRIVING THEM IN
Junior Kaila Shull smashed her 11th home run of the season last Saturday against Stanford, a two-run shot, and brought her team-high RBI total to 55. Shull has hit a home run each of the last two weekends after also going deep against Oregon on May 1. The 55 RBI for the junior are the most for a Bruin since 2003 when Tairia Mims finished the year with 70. For her efforts, Shull was named NFCA All-West Region and First-Team All-Pac-10. She ranks second on the team with a .361 average, 11 home runs and a .680 slugging, third with 10 doubles and first with five sacrifice flies. Shull has hits in 11 of her last 14 games, batting .316 (12-for-38) with three homers, 10 RBI and nine runs scored during that stretch. She is tied for second on the team 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 16 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), Notre Dame (March 10) and Oregon (April 19). 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 349 chances.
Senior Amanda Kamekona begins postseason play just three doubles shy of tying Lyndsey Klein for the UCLA single-season record. Kamekona leads the Bruins with 18 doubles and is three shy of the 21 Klein had in 1999. The senior has hits in 10 of her last 12 games, batting .325 (13-for-40) with two homers, six RBI, eight runs scored and four stolen bases during that stretch. Kamekona, a First-Team All-Pac-10 and NFCA All-West Region selection, is fourth on the team with a .339 batting average, fifth with eight home runs and tied for second with 36 runs batted in. She is also third in slugging (.580) and second in stolen bases with 12, swiping bags in three of her last four contests. On the career leaders list, Kamekona enters this weekend at fourth in slugging at UCLA at .624. During Pac-10 action, the senior hit .342 with two homers, nine RBI, six steals, 15 runs and a team-best seven doubles. Six of the her 14 multiple-hit games have come during Pac-10 play. Kamekona had three-hit games at California (March 28) and against Washington (April 11) to go with two-hit contests against Stanford (March 27), Oregon (April 19 & May 1) and Oregon State (May 3). She also had three-hit performances against Utah (Feb. 27), San Diego (March 1) and UC Santa Barbara. Against the Gauchos, Kamekona had a home run and five RBI, which is a season high and one of her 10 multi-RBI games. She had four RBI against North Carolina State on Feb. 21 on her first career grand slam and has driven in three against Northwestern (Feb. 13), San Diego, Oregon (May 1) and Oregon State (May 3). Kamekona homered against Northwestern and has also left the yard against South Dakota State (Feb. 15), Alabama (Feb. 20), Maryland (Feb. 22), Oregon (May 1) and Oregon State (May 3). 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 touched home plate twice in a game seven times, scoring in seven straight contests from Feb. 21-28.
GiOnna DiSalvatore looks to keep her momentum going into the postseason, as the sophomore has hits in five of her last six games as well as 10 of 13. DiSalvatore drove in the game-winning run without having to lift the bat off her shoulder against Cal last Thursday, drawing a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. She went 1-for-2 with two RBI in the regular-season finale against Stanford on Saturday. DiSalvatore had a great series against the Oregon schools two weekends ago, recording two hits and two RBI in all three games, finishing the weekend 6-for-10 (.600) with six RBI and three runs scored. The sophomore, who was named NFCA All-West Region and Second-Team All-Pac-10 this week, is fifth on the team with a .338 batting average, second in runs scored (45) and doubles (13) and tied for second with 36 runs batted in. DiSalvatore is batting .400 (16-for-40) over her last 13 games with 13 RBI and 12 runs scored. She hit .333 in Pac-10 play with 15 RBI, 15 runs and a pair of homers. Half of her 14 multiple-hit contests came during conference action, posting two-hit games at Stanford (March 27), Oregon State (April 17), Oregon (April 18) and Arizona State (April 25) to go with the three two weekends ago. DiSalvatore's career and season high in hits came on March 8 against Longwood when she went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI, a double and two triples. She also has three-hit games against Michigan (Feb. 14) and Colorado State (Feb. 27). DiSalvatore has left the yard five times this year, including twice against Arizona State on April 25 for her first career two-homer game. The sophomore has also hit home runs against Michigan, Kentucky (Feb. 14) and Simon Fraser (Feb. 17). In the runs department, DiSalvatore has scored in nine of the last 13 games. She has scored two runs in a game 11 times and three runs twice, scoring at least twice in five straight contests from Feb. 13-17. DiSalvatore has driven in multiple runs 12 times, which is second on the team. She has three-RBI efforts against Michigan, Kentucky, Simon Fraser, Utah (Feb. 27) and Arizona State (April 25). DiSalvatore 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.
Sophomore Donna Kerr enters Regional play having not allowed an earned run in 23 2/3 consecutive innings (five games) after tossing a two-hit shutout against Stanford last Saturday. Kerr fanned four to improve to 18-6 on the season and lower her earned run average to 2.55. The sophomore's streak began against Oregon on April 19 when she tossed 3 2/3 innings of hitless ball, striking out six. After a perfect, two-inning relief stint at Arizona State on April 26, Kerr hurled back-to-back, one-hitters two weekends ago against Oregon (May 1) and Oregon State (May 3). She struck out eight against the Ducks and nine against the Beavers, allowing only an unearned run. Kerr has 30 strikeouts during her five-game stretch to give her 221 on the year. The sophomore joined an exclusive group on April 26 when she became the 10th different pitcher in UCLA history to record at least 200 strikeouts in a single season. Her 200th punchout came in the bottom of the sixth against Jessica Mapes. Kerr fanned the side in that inning to post the 19th 200-strikeout season by a Bruin hurler. The sophomore had four wins during Pac-10 play, with the first coming at Stanford on March 27. She tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out five. During conference play, she also posted a six-strikeout game against Arizona State (April 3) and a seven-strikeout performance against Arizona (April 4). Kerr, who has eight double-figure strikeout games, 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 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 22 innings (Feb. 25-March 1.)
Freshman Andrea Harrison celebrated her 19th birthday in style on Saturday, going 3-for-3 with a run, an RBI and two doubles against Stanford. The three-hit performance was the first of her career and raised her batting average to .311. Harrison, who was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team and the All-Pac-10 honorable mention squad on Wednesday, leads the Bruins with 11 sacrifice hits, adding seven home runs and 33 runs batted in, which is tied for fourth on the team. The freshman has hits in seven of her last nine games entering the postseason, batting .370 (10-for-27) with two homers, seven RBI and four runs scored during that stretch. Harrison loved her first career trip to Tempe a couple weeks ago, going 3-for-8 with two home runs and six RBI in the two-game set against Arizona State. Harrison had a three-run homer in the second inning on April 25 and drove in the Bruins' ninth run in the fifth to set a career high with four RBI. One day later, Harrison belted a two-run bomb in the sixth inning. The freshman is third on the team with 11 multiple-RBI contests, recording three of them during Pac-10 play. She posted a walk-off, two-run homer against Washington's Danielle Lawrie on April 10 that gave the Bruins a 2-0 win in 11 innings. Harrison has a pair of three-RBI games against UNLV (Feb. 13) and Longwood (March 8). The freshman had a season-long, eight-game hitting streak from March 28-April 17, hitting .391 (9-for-23) with three runs scored, three RBI and five walks. Harrison has 14 multiple-hit games, including three consecutive, two-hit games against San Diego State (Feb. 8), UNLV and Northwestern (Feb. 13). Harrison first career homer 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 (Feb. 22).
NO STOPPING THIS SHORTSTOP
Sophomore Monica Harrison started her own exclusive club on April 26 at Arizona State when she became the first UCLA player to hit three home runs in a single game. Harrison reached in all four plate appearances against the Sun Devils, belting solo homers in the third and seventh, a two-run shot in the fifth and walking and scoring in the fourth. On the year, she is batting .311 with 26 runs batted in and nine home runs, which is tied for third on the team. She also has eight sacrifice hits, which is second on the club. On Wednesday, Harrison was named Second-Team All-Pac-10. Last Friday against Stanford, Harrison drove in the Bruins' lone run on an RBI single in the fourth as they went on to win the Pac-10 Championship. Harrison has 10 multiple-hit games this season, with half of them during conference play. She had two-hit contests against Stanford (March 27), Arizona State (April 3), Oregon State (April 17) and Oregon (April 18). In the Pac-10 opener against the Cardinal, Harrison tied a career high with four RBI on a three-run homer and an RBI single. The sophomore hit .357 (20-for-56) during Pac-10 play with four home runs, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored. She reached base in 19 of her 21 conference contests and has hits in nine of her last 13 (.382 average). Harrison tied a career high with three hits at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 25. She posted a 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). Harrison has six 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 four errors in 148 chances (.973 fielding percentage).
WHY STOP AT FIRST WHEN YOU CAN GO FOR MORE
When junior Julie Burney gets on base, odds are she isn't going to stop at first. Of Burney's 12 hits during Pac-10 play, nine of them went for extra bases, posting four doubles and five home runs, which was tied for the team lead in conference games. The junior had a trio of three-run jacks against California (March 29), Washington (April 11) and Oregon (April 18), as well as a two-run bomb at Oregon State (April 17) and a solo shot at Arizona State (April 26). Burney, who was named to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team on Wednesday, is batting .261 on the year with 28 RBI and nine home runs, which is tied for third on the team. She has eight multi-RBI contests, tying a career high with four against Oregon on April 18. She also had four against South Dakota State on Feb. 15 thanks to her first career grand slam. In addition, Burney has homered against UNLV (Feb. 13), Massachusetts (Feb. 21) and Longwood (March 8). The junior has produced multiple hits nine times, notching a season-high three at San Diego on March 1. She had two-hit games in Pac-10 against Oregon (April 18) and Oregon State (May 3).
Freshman Dani Yudin picked up her 25th hit of the season last Thursday at California, singling in the second inning and also reaching on a walk in the sixth. She reached again twice on Friday against Stanford on a free pass and a hit by pitch. Yudin reached base via a hit, a walk or a hit by pitch in 14 of her 18 Pac-10 starts. She proved to be the offensive hero on April 24 at Arizona, recording a two-run single that gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead in a game they eventually won 2-1. On April 11 against Washington, the freshman hit a three-run homer in the second inning for her third bomb of the season. One week later, Yudin drove in two runs on a single in the seventh to cement a 9-2 victory at Oregon. The freshman has 18 runs batted in this season, batting .221 with 23 walks, which is second on the team. She opened conference 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, 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 first-year player was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team on Wednesday, earning honorable mention accolades.
BAKER COOKING WITH GAS
Redshirt sophomore Whitney Baker tallied her ninth win of the season on April 18 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 3.10 earned run average and 69 strikeouts in 61 innings. The junior has won nine of her 15 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). 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.
Sophomore Amy Crawford has started 21 games in right field, making 39 appearances at that position this season. Crawford, who when Megan Langenfeld is in the circle is playing right, is 4-for-26 (.154) at the plate with nine runs scored. She singled and scored in the fifth inning of Saturday's 8-0 victory over Stanford for her first hit in a Pac-10 game ... sophomore Grace Murray scored her 15th run of the season on Saturday against Stanford. She has crossed home plate in 12 of her last 23 pinch-running appearances ... sophomore Lauren Mirabal scored twice last weekend against Cal on Thursday and Stanford on Saturday, giving her 16 runs scored. She has crossed home plate in three of her last four games. Mirabal is 10-for-13 on stolen bases this season and 18-for-21 for her career ... freshman Marti Reed started both games against Oregon State two weekend ago (May 2 & 3) at designated player. Reed has made five starts this year and is 3-for-16 (.188) at the plate, recording a hit on May 2. She has also scored nine runs.
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