Fifth-Ranked Bruins Travel to UC Riverside and San Diego Classic
March 2, 2010
Wednesday, March 3
2 p.m. - #5 UCLA at UC Riverside
Friday, March 5 at USD Softball Complex
2 p.m. - #5 UCLA (A) vs. #21 Fresno State (H)
Saturday, March 6 at SDSU Softball Stadium
11:30 a.m. - UTEP (A) vs. #5 UCLA (H)
7 p.m. - #5 UCLA (H) vs. Long Beach State (A)
Sunday, March 7 at SDSU Softball Stadium
11:30 a.m. - Buffalo (A) vs. #5 UCLA (H)
2 p.m. - San Diego State (H) vs. #5 UCLA (A)
Gametracker at UCLABruins.com for all games
H - Home Team; A - Away Team; First team listed in third-base dugout
UCLA TRAVELS TO UC RIVERSIDE, SAN DIEGO CLASSIC
The fifth-ranked Bruins play six times this week, starting on Wednesday when they travel to UC Riverside for a 2 p.m. game at Amy S. Harrison Field. UCLA then goes to the San Diego Classic this weekend. On Friday, the Bruins face #21 Fresno State at 2 p.m. at the USD Softball Complex. UCLA plays at the SDSU Softball Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, facing UTEP (11:30 a.m.) and Long Beach State (7 p.m.) on Saturday and Buffalo (11:30 a.m.) and San Diego State (2 p.m.) on Sunday. Gametracker will be available for all six games at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins play just once next week, hosting North Carolina on Wednesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Easton Stadium. UCLA is then off for winter quarter finals before taking the field again on Sunday, March 21 at Cal State Bakersfield.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins are fifth in both national polls which were released on Tuesday. UCLA stayed at fifth in the USA Today/NFCA rankings for the second straight week and dropped two spots in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. In the Pac-10 preseason poll, the Bruins were third (with one first-place vote), behind Washington and Arizona.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
Gametracker will be available for all UCLA softball games this season at UCLABruins.com. In addition, all Pac-10 contests, as well as select non-conference games, will be broadcast on the UCLA website.
SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS
UC Riverside is 4-9 after going 2-3 last weekend at the UTSA Tournament in San Antonio, Texas. The Highlanders' four wins have come against Boise State, San Diego, Texas-San Antonio and North Texas. UCR has also played ranked teams Stanford, Illinois and Fresno State. The Highlanders are batting .251 as a team with four home runs and eight stolen bases, averaging 3.4 runs per game. Freshman Ariel Shore leads the squad with a .353 batting average and six stolen bases, while sophomore Brittany Keeney is hitting .306 with a team-best 11 runs batted in. In the circle, UC Riverside holds a team ERA of 6.61. Senior Marissa Alvidrez has all four wins and a team-best 5.92 earned run average with 19 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings. The Bruins are 19-1 all-time against the Highlanders, having won 15 in a row. UCLA won the last matchup 14-0 in five innings on Feb. 13, 2007 at Easton Stadium. The Bruins' most recent trip to Riverside resulted in a 2-0 win on Feb. 21, 2006. UCLA is 7-1 all-time at UC Riverside, with the Highlanders' lone win coming in 1976 (3-1).
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Fresno State is 9-4 and went 2-3 last weekend at the Cathedral City Classic. The Bulldogs beat Texas and Utah before falling to Ohio State, Arizona and Washington to close the weekend. Fresno State is hitting .318 as a team with 10 home runs and nine stolen bases, averaging 4.7 runs per game. Junior Caitlin Stiglich is batting a team-best .500 with three RBI. Three others are also hitting over .300, including sophomore Michelle Moses, who is tops on the team with three home runs and 14 runs batted in. In the circle, sophomore Mackenzie Oakes is 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings, while junior Morgan Melloh is 5-3 with a 3.80 earned run average and 64 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings. The Bruins lead the all-time series 41-10 and have won 12 straight. The teams played three times last year, with UCLA winning 10-2 in six innings (Feb. 22) at the Cathedral City Classic and 4-2 and 9-5 in the NCAA Regionals (May 16 and 17) at Easton Stadium. Megan Langenfeld hit .833 (5-for-6) with a homer and four RBI, while going 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in seven innings against the Bulldogs last year. Kaila Shull was 6-for-9 (.667) with five RBI and GiOnna DiSalvatore and Andrea Harrison were each 4-for-9 (.444) in the three games. The Bruins are 17-3 in neutral-site contests against the Bulldogs. Fresno State's last victory was a 1-0 triumph in Fresno on March 12, 2000.
SCOUTING THE MINERS
After losing its first three of the season, UTEP has won 13 in a row heading into this weekend's action. The Miners' biggest win of the year was a 3-2 victory at Baylor on Feb. 20. As a team, UTEP is hitting .318 with 18 home runs and 18 stolen bases, averaging 6.9 runs per game. Junior Camilla Carrera is batting a team-best .565 with three homers and a team-leading 20 runs batted in. Senior Stacie Townsend is hitting .474 with a team-leading six homers to go with 19 RBI. Townsend also leads the way in the circle, holding an 11-2 record, a 1.78 earned run average and 115 strikeouts in 67 innings. The Bruins have never faced the Miners.
SCOUTING THE 49ERS
Long Beach State is 5-9 and went 1-4 last weekend at the Cathedral City Classic. The 49ers have played five ranked teams, falling to Illinois, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Stanford and California. Long Beach is batting .234 as a team with 11 home runs and nine stolen bases, averaging 3.4 runs per game. Freshman Nalani St. Germain leads the team with seven home runs and 13 runs batted in, hitting .318. Freshman Caitrin DeBaun is the top hitter at .368. In the circle, the 49ers are led by sophomore Taylor Petty, who has a 3.00 ERA, a 2-6 record and 38 strikeouts in 49 innings. The Bruins have played the 49ers at least once in each of the last four seasons and leads the all-time series 64-9. Last season, UCLA lost to Long Beach 2-1 on March 8 at the LBSU Invitational, but exacted revenge with a 4-2 victory in the NCAA Regionals on May 15 at Easton Stadium. Megan Langenfeld is 6-for-10 (.600) with four RBI in her career against the 49ers, Julie Burney is 8-for-14 (.571) with a home run and five runs batted in and Katie Schroeder is 5-for-9 (.555). The Bruins are 15-2 in neutral-site contests against Long Beach State.
SCOUTING THE BULLS
Buffalo has a 3-4 overall record, going 1-2 last weekend at the McNeese State Tournament in Lake Charles, La. The Bulls are hitting .254 as a team with two homers and nine stolen bases, averaging 3.0 runs per game. Sophomore Kristin Waldron is hitting a team-best .500 with four RBI, while junior Kristen Gallipani is batting .400. In the circle, senior Sharon Barr is 3-2 with a 4.40 earned run average and 31 strikeouts in 35 innings. The Bruins have never faced the Bulls.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS
San Diego State is 8-8 heading into this weekend's action, going 1-4 at last weekend's Cathedral City Classic. The Aztecs are 0-5 against ranked teams, falling to Washington, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas A&M and California. SDSU is batting .270 as a team with six home runs and 21 stolen bases, averaging 3.8 runs per game. Sophomore Justeen Maeva leads the team with a .333 batting average, three homers and 11 runs batted in. Junior Samantha Beasley leads the way in the circle with a 0.98 earned run average, a 5-5 record and 90 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings. UCLA leads the all-time series with San Diego State 58-2, having won 51 straight matchups. Last season, the Bruins beat the Aztecs twice, 6-2 in nine innings at home on Feb. 8 and 4-3 in San Diego on Feb. 28. Kaila Shull hit a walk-off, grand slam in the victory at Easton Stadium. UCLA is 17-1 all-time in San Diego. The Aztecs' lone victories have come by 2-1 scores in 1977 and 1978.
MERCY MERCY ME
The Bruins set a school record on Feb. 20 when they posted their fifth-straight, mercy-rule victory against UC Davis (8-0 in six innings). The streak began on Feb. 17 when UCLA swept both ends of a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara by scores of 14-0 in five innings and 11-1 in six. On Feb. 19, the Bruins continued the streak with a 9-0, five-inning win against Cal State Northridge and an 8-0, five-inning triumph against Cal Poly. UCLA had recorded four-consecutive, mercy-rule wins on several occasions prior to setting the new mark. Nine of the Bruins' 14 victories this season have been run-rule wins.
Megan Langenfeld is off to a torrid start in her last season at UCLA, leading the Bruins with a .545 batting average, a 1.159 slugging percentage, a .667 on base percentage, seven home runs, 20 runs scored and 11 walks. She is also tied for the team lead with 22 runs batted in and six doubles. Langenfeld has hits in 14 of 16 games, starting the season with a six-game hitting streak (Feb. 13-17) and then posting an eight-game streak from Feb. 19-27. Her seven multiple-hit games leads the squad. The senior has three-hit games against Northwestern (Feb. 27), Portland State (Feb. 21) and Cal Poly (Feb. 19), as well as four more two-hit contests. Langenfeld had a streak of five-straight, multi-hit games from Feb. 19-26. In the RBI department, the senior is tied for the top spot with seven multi-RBI games. Her season high came against Cal Poly when she had four thanks to a grand slam. She also had three RBI against Northwestern and Portland State. Langenfeld left the yard twice last weekend at the Cathedral City Classic against Texas (Feb. 26) and Baylor (Feb. 27) and also has homers against Portland State, Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17) and Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13). The senior has also scored multiple runs in a game seven times, including three apiece in both ends of a doubleheader at UCSB. She has reached base in all 16 of her games this season via either a hit, walk or hit by pitch. In the circle, Langenfeld has pitched a team-high 39 1/3 innings and holds a 1.07 earned run average, a 3-1 record and 32 strikeouts. A third of her innings came against Michigan on Feb. 14 when she tossed a career-high 13 in a hard-luck, 4-2 loss. She allowed only one earned run and six hits while striking out six in a 182-pitch effort. The senior threw 23 more pitches later in the day when she tossed a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts against Georgia for her first save of the season. Langenfeld's three wins have come against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20) and Northwestern. She pitched five shutout innings and struck out four against the Lady Vols and fanned six in six shutout frames against Davis.
Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore had hits in each of the last four games at the Cathedral City Classic last weekend and is second on the team with a .463 batting average, 19 runs scored and a .532 on base percentage. She also ranks fourth with 18 runs batted in and three home runs and is tied for first with six runs scored. DiSalvatore has hits in 13 of her last 14 contests, tying a career high with a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 14-24. In the midst of that streak, the junior put her name alongside Olympian Natasha Watley when she had nine consecutive hits. After posting a hit in her last at-bat against Georgia on Feb. 14, DiSalvatore went 7-for-7 in a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 17. In game one, she went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and followed that up with a 4-for-4 effort in the nightcap with a career-high six runs batted in on a two-run double, an RBI double and a three-run homer. DiSalvatore ran her consecutive hits streak to nine with a first-inning RBI single against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20), which tied her with Watley. She fell just one short of the school record of 10 consecutive hits held by Lisa Fernandez and Stacey Nuveman. For her efforts, DiSalvatore was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the third time in her career on Feb. 23, hitting .682 with 12 runs batted in and two homers in six games. The junior has six multiple-hit games, which is second on the club. She went 4-for-4 with three RBI, three runs and a homer against Portland State (Feb. 21), also posting two-hit contests against Tennessee (Feb. 13), Texas (Feb. 26) and Northwestern (Feb. 27). Her third homer of the season came last weekend against the Longhorns. DiSalvatore has four multi-RBI contests, recording three against Texas and two against Tennessee. She has also scored three times in a game on three occasions and two times twice.
HOT BAT FOR THE HOT CORNER
Senior Julie Burney had her second four-RBI game in a five-day span last Wednesday against Cal State Fullerton and is tied for the team lead in that category with 22. Burney drove in a run in eight straight games from Feb. 17-24, with six of those contests being multiple-RBI outputs. She had four against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 20, going 2-for-3 with her first career two-homer game. Burney also had three-RBI efforts against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17) and UC Davis (Feb. 20) and her seven multiple-RBI contests on the season are tied for first on the team. The senior has two three-hit games against UCSB and Fullerton and a pair of two-hit contests against Cal State Northridge and Baylor (Feb. 27). She had a career-high, nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 14-24 in which she batted .538 (14-for-26) with five homers and 20 runs batted in. Burney's five home runs are third on the team. She left the yard in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB, as well as against Cal Poly (Feb. 19) and UC Davis. Burney is hitting .340 on the season, which is fifth on the team, and is tied for third with four doubles.
Another year, another Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award for Donna Kerr. The junior earned her third career POW honor on Feb. 23 after tossing 13 scoreless innings with 23 strikeouts in wins over UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19) and Portland State (Feb. 21). Kerr allowed only one hit in all three of her appearances, starting the week with three scoreless innings and three strikeouts at UC Santa Barbara. Against Cal State Northridge, the junior pitched five shutout innings and tied a season high with 11 strikeouts. Kerr closed out the weekend with five more shutout frames and nine strikeouts against Portland State. The junior won each of her first six starts this season, also posting victories against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), Georgia (Feb. 14) and Texas (Feb. 26). Against FAU, Kerr fanned 11 in four shutout innings. She also struck out nine against Georgia and allowed just one hit with six strikeouts versus Texas. Kerr is 6-1 on the season with a 1.70 earned run average and a team-high 54 strikeouts in 33 innings. She has held opponents to a team-best .133 batting average.
After missing last season with a shoulder injury, sophomore Samantha Camuso is picking up right where she left off, hitting .386 through the first three weeks of the season with six home runs and 19 runs batted in. Her six bombs are second on the team, while her batting average and RBI totals place her third. Camuso is also third with an .818 slugging percentage and a .500 on base percentage and second with 10 walks. She hit a pair of home runs on Feb. 26 at the Cathedral City Classic, leaving the yard against Colorado State and Texas. Camuso hit four homers during the first two weekends of the season against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19) and Cal Poly (Feb. 19). The sophomore has five multiple-RBI games, which is third on the team. She drove in four in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB, three apiece in back-to-back games against Northridge and Cal Poly and two against FAU and Texas. Camuso has hits in 12 of her 16 games, with five of them being multiple-hit contests, which is tied for third on the squad.
MACON THEM MISS
Sophomore Aleah Macon is off to a solid start in her first season at UCLA and is 4-1 with a 1.09 earned run average and 44 strikeouts in 32 innings. She won each of her first four starts as a Bruin, collecting victories against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal Poly (Feb. 19), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24) and Colorado State (Feb. 26). Macon pitched a 1-2-3 inning with three strikeouts in her first appearance and has been mowing down the competition ever since. She allowed an unearned run with nine strikeouts at UC Santa Barbara, tossed five shutout innings with six strikeouts against Cal Poly and fanned nine in 5 1/3 frames while only giving up an unearned run against Fullerton. Last Friday, Macon struck out eight and gave up just one earned run in a complete-game win over Colorado State. The sophomore has limited opponents to a .160 batting average and is tied for the team lead with three complete games.
GOING, GOING, GONE
Freshman Charlotte Dolan had a breakout weekend at the Cathedral City Classic, posting hits in all four games she appeared in, while belting home runs in three consecutive contests. Dolan's tear began against Texas last Friday when she hit her first collegiate home run. The next night, the freshman left the yard twice against Baylor and Northwestern. Both of Dolan's homers last Saturday were three-run shots. Her bomb against Baylor got the Bruins on the board in the sixth inning, while her shot against Northwestern broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth. She also added a double against the Wildcats for her first multiple-hit game. Dolan added hits against Ohio State on Sunday and Cal State Fullerton last Wednesday to give her a five-game hitting streak heading into this week's play. The freshman is batting .304 with three homers and seven runs batted in. She also has a .739 slugging percentage, which ranks fourth on the squad.
Sophomore Andrea Harrison has been very consistent through the first three weeks of her second season at UCLA, recording hits in 16 of 19 games and boasting a .339 batting average, two home runs and nine runs batted in. Harrison had a team- and career-high 10-game hitting streak from Feb. 19-27 in which she hit .417 (15-for-36) with six runs batted in and a pair of home runs. The sophomore has five multiple-hit games, which is tied for second on the team. She had a pair of hits three times last week against Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), Texas (Feb. 26) and Baylor (Feb. 27). Harrison belted her second homer of the year against Baylor, also leaving the yard against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 19. She drove in two against the Matadors, one of a pair of multi-RBI contests (2 vs. UC Santa Barbara, Feb. 17). Harrison is tied for third on the team with four doubles.
Freshman B.B. Bates brings a seven-game hitting streak into this week's play, having posted hits in 15 of 17 contests. Bates is batting .295 with a pair of home runs and eight RBI. She is tops on the team with five stolen bases, tied for third with 12 runs scored and fourth with seven walks. Bates hit her first two collegiate home runs last week, leaving the yard against Cal State Fullerton last Wednesday and Colorado State on Friday. She went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two walks against the Titans and 2-for-4 with two runs batted in against the Rams. Bates added singles in each of her final four games of the week. The freshman has already had two separate hitting streaks of four to go along with her current stretch of seven. She has scored runs in 11 of 17 contests. Bates stole her first collegiate base in her first game against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13) and had her first two-steal contest against UC Davis on Feb. 20.
NEWS AND NOTES
Junior Katie Schroeder has missed the last 10 contests with a lingering left calf injury. She had hits in five of her first seven games of the season, including a trio of two-hit contests. Schroeder, who is batting .364 with a homer and three RBI, is listed as day-to-day ... freshman Destiny Rodino holds the distinction as the Bruins' ERA leader, boasting a 0.91 earned run average. She has appeared in three games and made her first collegiate start against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 20, allowing an unearned run in four innings for her first victory. Rodino has given up six runs this season, but only one of them has been earned. She has four strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings ... junior Grace Murray has appeared in 16 of 17 games as a pinch-runner. She has scored in nine of those contests and has stolen a pair of bases.
DISALVATORE, KERR SWEEP PAC-10 POW HONORS
The Bruins won a pair of awards on Feb. 23, as juniors GiOnna DiSalvatore and Donna Kerr were named Pacific-10 Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after helping UCLA to a 7-0 record last week.It is the third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for DiSalvatore, who received the accolade twice during her freshman season of 2008. It is also the third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award for Kerr, who was named POW once in each of her first two seasons. The Bruins have earned 58 Pac-10 Player of the Week and 54 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors.DiSalvatore hit .682 (15-for-22) with 12 runs batted in, five doubles, two home runs and 11 runs scored last week. She had hits in all seven games, including a pair of 4-for-4 efforts and a 3-for-3 performance. She drove in a run in five contests and scored in five.Kerr tossed 13 shutout innings in three UCLA victories last weekend, striking out 23 and allowing only three hits.
THREE BRUINS NAMED TO USA SOFTBALL POY WATCH LIST
The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced its initial watch list for the Ninth Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The list features three Bruins, seniors Megan Langenfeld and Kaila Shull and junior Katie Schroeder.The award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of the award include former Bruin Stacey Nuveman (2002).The preseason watch list is comprised of 50 players representing 35 schools and 14 conferences. The list includes 27 seniors, 17 juniors and six sophomores.The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 7. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a Top 25 finalist. However, once the Top 25 finalists are named, the winner of the award will come from that list. Freshmen qualify for the Top 25 list once they have competed at the collegiate level.Just days before the start of postseason play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 12. The final three finalists will be announced on May 26, while the winner of the 2010 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the Women's College World Series.