Second-Seeded Bruins Host Missouri in Los Angeles Super Regional
May 20, 2009
Saturday, May 23
Game 1 - Missouri (A) vs. #2 UCLA (H) - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 24
Game 2 - #2 UCLA (A) vs. Missouri (H) - 12:30 p.m.
Game 3 (if necessary) - Missouri vs. #2 UCLA - 30 minutes after Game 2
Live TV: ESPNU
Gametracker and Live Audio (for UCLA games only) at UCLABruins.com
BRUINS HOST LOS ANGELES SUPER REGIONAL
The Pacific-10 Conference Champion and second-seeded UCLA Bruins (44-9) host Big 12 Tournament Champion Missouri (48-9) this weekend in NCAA Super Regionals, with the winner advancing to the Women's College World Series. Game 1 begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at Easton Stadium, with Game 2 slated for 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. An if necessary Game 3 will be played 30 minutes after Game 2 on Sunday. All games will be aired on ESPNU with Justin Kutcher and Amanda Scarborough at the call (Sunday's 12:30 game may air on ESPN if the Washington-Georgia Tech Super Regional does not require a third game). Gametracker and live audio will also be available on UCLABruins.com. Darren Preston and Mike Sondheimer will call the action on Saturday, with Preston joined by 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time UCLA All-American Amanda Freed on Sunday.
The NCAA Women's College World Series begins on Thursday, May 28 and concludes with the Championship Series (June 1-3). All games will be aired live on ESPN or ESPN2. Times will be announced Sunday night or Monday.
BRUINS IN NCAA REGIONAL PLAY
UCLA is making its 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and holds a record of 163-38 (.811 winning percentage) following its 3-0 mark at last weekend's Los Angeles Regional. The Bruins are 72-8 (.900) during the Regional round, having gone undefeated 18 of 25 times. This will be UCLA's fourth Super Regional appearance since its advent in 2005. The Bruins are 6-1 in their previous three Super Regionals, winning 2-of-3 from Georgia in 2005, going 2-0 against South Florida in 2006 and sweeping Georgia last year.
FRIENDLY CONFINES OF EASTON STADIUM
The Bruins have hosted postseason games for six straight years and 16 times in 25 tournament appearances. UCLA has been at home for all three Super Regionals it has played in and has a record of 50-4 (.926) during postseason games in Westwood.
BRUIN PLAYERS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Junior Megan Langenfeld is hitting .441 (15-for-34) in 14 career postseason games, recording a home run, 11 runs batted in and eight walks. In the circle, Langenfeld is 4-1 with a 1.44 earned run average and 29 strikeouts in 39 innings. Senior Amanda Kamekona is 12-for-36 (.333) with four homers, 12 RBI and six runs scored in 11 postseason games at UCLA, while sophomore Katie Schroeder is 10-for-32 (.313) with four RBI, six walks and seven runs scored in 11 contests.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
UCLA ranks in the top 10 in five statistical categories, including second in fielding percentage at .978. The Bruins are fourth in slugging percentage (.554), sixth in home runs (77), seventh in runs per game (6.21) and eighth in batting average (.320). UCLA also ranks 16th in doubles per game at 1.53 and 41st in earned run average at 2.14. After reaching the minimum 100 innings pitched threshold during the last weekend of the regular season, junior Megan Langenfeld sits eighth in the country in earned run average at 0.99, also ranking tied for 26th with three saves. Sophomore Donna Kerr is 13th in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings at 9.6. On offense, sophomore Katie Schroeder is 19th in runs per game (1.02), 20th in on base percentage (.525), 40th in batting average (.409), tied for 47th in walks per game (0.60) and 49th in slugging (.707). Junior Kaila Shull is 12th in RBI per game (1.08) and tied for fourth with five sacrifice flies, senior Amanda Kamekona is 10th in doubles per game (0.36) and sophomore GiOnna DiSalvatore is 26th in runs per game (0.94). All statistics were as of games completed on May 17.
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. UCLA's individual and team rankings among Pac-10 teams in all contests can be found on page six of this release.
BRUINS DIG THE LONG BALL
The Bruins hit a home run in all three games last weekend, totaling five in Regional play to bring their yearly total to 77, which ties them with the 2004 squad for the third-best single-season mark in school history. The 1999 team holds the record with 95, followed by the 2003 squad at 88. Both of those teams, as well as the 2004 squad, won the National Championship. UCLA went deep three times in the Regional Championship Game against Fresno State on Sunday, marking the 21st time the Bruins have left the yard at least twice in a game and improving their record to 21-0 when accomplishing the feat. 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, juniors Julie Burney and Kaila Shull are tied for second with 11 and senior Amanda Kamekona and sophomore Monica Harrison are tied for fourth 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 77 home runs this season are more than double the total the Bruins had last year (36). UCLA ranks third in the Pac-10 and sixth in the nation in home runs. 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 May 8. 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 was its best finish heading into the playoffs since the 2002 team won its last 17 games. The Bruins have won 18 of their last 19 games after going 3-0 last weekend ... the Bruins are 27-1 when scoring six runs or more, with the lone loss coming on March 28 at California ... UCLA dropped its first night game of the year against Purdue on Feb. 6, but has since won 12 straight under the lights ...the Bruins are 34-2 when scoring first and 10-7 when their opponent gets on the board first ... UCLA has won 74 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)
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Like the Bruins, Missouri hosted Regionals last weekend and went 3-0, defeating Illinois, Bradley and 15-seed DePaul to advance to Super Regionals for the second straight season. The Tigers hit .237 as a team last weekend with eight runs scored, three home runs and five stolen bases. Sophomore Rhea Taylor went 6-for-11 (.545) with four runs scored, a homer and two stolen bases, while senior Lindsey Ubrun was 4-for-9 (.444) with an RBI. In the circle, freshman Chelsea Thomas started two of the three games and went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 14 innings. On the season, the Tigers are batting .318 with 56 home runs and 127 stolen bases, averaging 6.1 runs per game. Taylor leads the club with a .422 average, 35 stolen bases and 52 runs scored, adding four home runs and 16 runs batted in. Sophomore Shana White is also batting above .400 at .416 with 29 stolen bases. Five others are batting over .300, including Ubrun, who leads the squad with 15 home runs and 50 RBI. In the circle, Thomas has a team-low ERA of 1.07 to go with a 15-4 record and 110 strikeouts in 130 2/3 innings. Three other pitchers have played in at least 18 games.
INSIDE THE SERIES: UCLA-MISSOURI
The Bruins defeated Missouri 2-1 on March 1 at the San Diego Classic, winning the game on a walk-off wild pitch that scored sophomore Grace Murray in the bottom of the seventh. A recap and box score from that game is available on page 12 of this release. The win kept the Bruins perfect against the Tigers at 10-0. Last season, UCLA defeated Missouri 4-0 on Feb. 15 in Las Vegas. Four of the 10 matchups have been at Easton Stadium, while three have come during the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins recorded a 12-5 Regionals victory in 1999 to advance to the Women's College World Series. The teams also met in the 1983 and 1991 WCWS, with UCLA winning 1-0 and 5-0, respectively.
LANGENFELD THE PITCHER
Junior Megan Langenfeld went 2-0 in the circle last weekend, striking out 12 and posting a 1.50 earned run average in 14 innings. The junior fanned seven and allowed two runs, seven hits and two walks in a complete-game win against Long Beach State on Friday. One day later, she struck out five more, limiting Fresno State to three hits and one earned run in seven innings. Langenfeld leads the Bruins with a 0.99 earned run average, a 16-1 record and 98 strikeouts in 126 2/3 innings. In the final weekend of the regular season, she tossed a pair of complete-game, four-hit victories against California (May 7) and Stanford (May 8) to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors. 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 was 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. Last week, the junior was named First-Team All-Pac-10, and one day later, earned NFCA All-West Region honors. 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 nine earned runs (15 games), going 13-1 with a save and posting a 0.70 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 89 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 12 starts, posting a 0.59 ERA, a 10-1 mark and 63 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings. She struck out eight in her first start against San Diego State on Feb. 8. Against Maryland on Feb. 22, the junior fanned six and had a perfect game through six 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 had four hits in six at-bats (.667) last weekend, belting her seventh home run of the season and collecting three RBI. On Friday against Long Beach State, the junior went 2-for-3, singling in the third and doubling in what proved to be the game-winning run in the fifth. She added two more RBI in the first inning of Saturday's game against Fresno State on a two-run homer to give her 29 runs batted in on the season. She walked and singled in her other two at-bats. Langenfeld had reached base in 17 straight games before flying out in her only at-bat on Sunday. She posted at least one hit in 15 of those contests and is 26-for-47 (.553) with five homers, 11 RBI and nine runs scored since April 10. The junior had a season-long, eight-game hitting streak from April 10-26. 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. Since March 28, Langenfeld has raised her batting average 139 points to .358, which ranks third on the team. She has 13 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 seven 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 eight multiple-RBI games this year, driving in a pair of runs on seven occasions. The junior enters this week's play fifth on UCLA's career leaders list in on base percentage at .460.
DRIVING THEM IN
Junior Kaila Shull feasted off Fresno State pitching last weekend during NCAA Regionals, driving in the go-ahead runs on Saturday and going 3-for-3 in the Regional Championship Game on Sunday. With the score tied at two and two on base in the sixth inning on Saturday, Shull doubled to left to plate a pair and give the Bruins a 4-2 lead, the score they would eventually win by. One day later, the junior reached in all four plate appearances, singling in the first, walking and scoring in the second, singling in the fourth and doubling in the seventh. Shull leads the Bruins with 57 runs batted in, is second with a .365 batting average and a .679 slugging percentage and tied for second with 11 home runs. The 57 RBI are the most for a Bruin since 2003 when Tairia Mims finished the year with 70. She is also third in doubles with 12, first with five sacrifice flies and tied for third with five sacrifice hits. For her efforts this year, Shull was named NFCA All-West Region and First-Team All-Pac-10 last week. The junior has hits in 13 of her last 17 games, batting .340 (16-for-47) with three homers, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored during that stretch. She is tied for second on the team with 15 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 17 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), Oregon (April 19 & May 1) and Stanford (May 9). 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 368 chances.
GiOnna DiSalvatore continued her hot hitting of late, going 4-for-10 (.400) last weekend with three RBI and two runs scored. After going 1-for-3 with a run scored against Fresno State on Saturday, DiSalvatore pounded Bulldog pitching on Sunday. She went 3-for-4, singling in the first, driving in three on her team-leading fourth triple in the second and adding another single in the fourth. DiSalvatore has hits in seven of her last nine games, batting .429 (12-for-28) during that stretch with 12 RBI and six runs. The sophomore, who was named NFCA All-West Region and Second-Team All-Pac-10, is fourth on the team with a .342 batting average, second in runs scored (47) and doubles (13) and third with 39 RBI. She hit .333 in Pac-10 play with 15 RBI, 15 runs and a pair of homers. Seven of her 15 multiple-hit contests came during conference action, posting two-hit games at Stanford (March 27), Oregon State (April 17, May 2 & May 3), Oregon (April 18 & May 1) and Arizona State (April 25). 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). DiSalvatore has scored in 11 of her last 16 games. She has scored two runs in a game 11 times and three runs twice, scoring at least twice in five straight from Feb. 13-17. DiSalvatore has driven in multiple runs 13 times. 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 Katie Schroeder has hits in eight of her last nine games coming into this weekend's action, batting .444 (12-for-27) during that stretch with nine runs scored, two RBI and a home run. Schroeder, who has hits in 21 of her last 23 games, has posted four hitting streaks of at least seven games this season after reaching safely in her seventh straight on Friday against Long Beach State. She singled in the fifth and scored what proved to be the game-winning run. On Sunday against Fresno State, Schroeder doubled and scored in the second, also drawing a walk in the third. The sophomore 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 (.409), home runs (14), runs scored (54), slugging (.707), walks (32), on base percentage (.525) and stolen bases (19). She has added 33 runs batted in and enters this week's play third in UCLA history in on base percentage (.478) and fifth in batting average (.384). 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 30-for-68 (.441) with 18 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 12 of her last 15 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.
Senior Amanda Kamekona enters Super Regional play just two doubles shy of tying Lyndsey Klein for the UCLA single-season record. Kamekona leads the Bruins with 19 doubles and is two away from the 21 Klein had in 1999. The senior went 2-for-4 with four RBI in Sunday's Regional Championship Game against Fresno State. She hit a three-run homer in the second and had an RBI double in the seventh. Kamekona has hits in 11 of her last 15 games, batting .300 (15-for-50) with three homers, 10 RBI, nine runs scored and four stolen bases during that stretch. Kamekona, a First-Team All-Pac-10 and NFCA All-West Region selection, is fifth on the team with a .332 batting average, tied for fourth with nine home runs and second with 40 runs batted in. She is also tied for third in slugging (.582) and second in stolen bases with 12. On the career leaders list, Kamekona enters this weekend at fourth in slugging at UCLA at .623. 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 15 multiple-hit games came 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 11 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.
Freshman Andrea Harrison scored in all three Bruin victories last weekend and hit her first postseason home run on Sunday against Fresno State. On Friday against Long Beach State, Harrison walked, scored and also laid down her team-leading 12th sacrifice hit. After reaching in two of her three plate appearances on Saturday against Fresno State on a single and a walk, scoring on her free pass, the freshman got the Bruins on the board in the Regional Championship Game with a solo homer to right-center in the first. She would also walk and score in the second inning. Harrison has eight home runs this season, carrying a .312 batting average and 34 runs batted in, which is fourth on the team. She celebrated her 19th birthday in style in the regular-season finale against Stanford on May 9, going 3-for-3 with a run, an RBI and two doubles. The three-hit performance was the first of her career and her 14th multiple-hit game. Harrison, who was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team and the All-Pac-10 honorable mention squad, has hits in nine of her last 12 games, batting .364 (12-for-33) with three homers, eight RBI and eight runs scored during that stretch. Harrison loved her first career trip to Tempe last month, 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. The freshman is tied for 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 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 .300 with 27 RBI and nine home runs, which is tied for fourth on the team. She also has eight sacrifice hits, which is second on the club. Last weekend, Harrison went 1-for-8, recording an RBI double in the second inning against Long Beach State on Friday. Harrison, who was named Second-Team All-Pac-10, 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 10 of her last 16 overall (.333 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 RBI. 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, 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 five errors in 163 chances (.969 fielding percentage).
In her first appearance in an NCAA Tournament game, sophomore Donna Kerr pitched the Bruins to a Regional Championship. Kerr picked up her 19th win of the season, striking out seven and allowing five runs, eight hits and one walk in a complete-game performance against Fresno State. Kerr holds a 2.65 earned run average and has struck out 228 in 166 1/3 innings. The sophomore came into Sunday's game having not allowed an earned run in 23 2/3 consecutive innings (five games). She ended the regular season with a masterful performance against Stanford, tossing a two-hit shutout and fanning four. Kerr'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 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. 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.)
Junior Julie Burney had a pair of home runs and went 3-for-10 last weekend during NCAA Regionals. Burney opened the weekend going 2-for-3 against Long Beach State, scoring two of the Bruins' four runs. She singled and scored UCLA's second run of the game in the second and added some insurance in the sixth with a solo homer, her 10th of the year. In the Regional Championship Game on Sunday against Fresno State, Burney again went yard, this time a leadoff shot in the second for her 11th jack. The junior is tied for second on the team in home runs, adding 30 RBI and a .264 batting average. Odds are that when Burney gets on, it's going to be an extra-base hit. Of Burney's last 15 hits, 11 of them have gone for extra bases, posting four doubles and seven home runs. Five of those bombs came during Pac-10 play, 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, has eight multiple-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 10 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 first postseason hit on Sunday against Fresno State, singling and scoring in the second inning. She is batting .211 with three home runs and 18 RBI. She is second on the team with 23 walks and reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in 14 of her 18 Pac-10 starts. Yudin has four games with multiple hits and six contests with multiple RBI, driving in the go-ahead runs at Arizona on April 24. She has homers against North Carolina State (Feb. 21), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 25) and Washington (April 11) ... sophomore Amy Crawford has started 23 games in right field, making 43 appearances at that position this season. Crawford, who when Megan Langenfeld is in the circle is playing right, is 4-for-29 (.138) at the plate with nine runs scored and three stolen bases ... sophomore Lauren Mirabal scored in both UCLA victories over Fresno State last weekend, giving her 18 runs scored. She has crossed home plate in five of her last seven games. Mirabal is 10-for-13 on stolen bases this season and 18-for-21 for her career ... sophomore Grace Murray scored her 15th run of the season on May 9 against Stanford. She has crossed home plate in 12 of her last 24 pinch-running appearances.