Fourth-Ranked Bruins Host #9 Arizona State in Pac-10 Home Opener
April 6, 2010
Friday, April 9
7 p.m. - #9/#10 Arizona State at #5/#4 UCLA
Saturday, April 10
6 p.m. - #9/#10 Arizona State at #5/#4 UCLA
Sunday, April 11
12 p.m. - #9/#10 Arizona State at #5/#4 UCLA
Gametracker and live audio for all games at UCLABruins.com, TV - Fox Sports Net Tape Delay Broadcast on Friday
BRUINS HOST ARIZONA STATE IN PAC-10 HOME OPENER
The fourth-ranked Bruins (27-6, 1-2 Pac-10) open up their Pac-10 home schedule this weekend with a three-game series against #9 Arizona State (32-6, 1-2). Game times are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available for all three games at UCLABruins.com. Friday's contest will also be broadcast on a tape-delay basis by Fox Sports Net.
The Bruins hit the road for the next six, starting with a three-game series next weekend at Oregon State. The teams play on Friday, April 16 at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 17 at 12 p.m. and Sunday, April 18 at 11 a.m. All three contests will feature Gametracker and live audio on UCLABruins.com.
THIS WEEKEND'S PROMOTIONS
Large crowds are anticipated for the Bruins' first Pac-10 homestand of the season this weekend. The Bruin band will be in attendance on Friday, with the game also being broadcast on a tape delay basis by Fox Sports Net. Saturday's game will be ASA Day, with big crowds expected for that as well as Sunday's contest.
TELEVISION INFO FOR FRIDAY'S GAME
Friday's game against Arizona State will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net on a tape-delay basis. Anne Marie Anderson and former Bruin All-American and Olympian Amanda Freed will call the action. The game will first air on Fox College Sports Pacific on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. FSN Prime Ticket will also show the contest on Saturday at 5 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
UCLA moved up a spot to fourth in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll. The Bruins have jumped up one spot in each of the last two weeks of the USA Softball poll. UCLA remained at fifth for the fourth straight week in the USA Today/NFCA rankings. 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 and postseason contests will be broadcast on the UCLA website.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Bruins rank in the Top 25 nationally in six statistical categories, including fifth in earned run average at 1.35. UCLA is also eighth in batting average (.333), ninth in slugging (.558), 11th in home runs per game (1.36), 14th in runs scored (6.58) and 25th in doubles per game (1.58). Individually, junior Donna Kerr is 12th in the nation in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.55). She also ranks in the Top 50 in shutouts (28th with five), strikeouts per seven (33rd, 9.1), earned run average (34th, 1.47) and wins (46th with 13). Junior Monica Harrison is 24th in sacrifices per game at 0.26, while junior GiOnna DiSalvatore ranks 30th in the nation in toughest to strikeout, fanning once every 21 at-bats. The entire list of the Bruins in the national rankings can be found on page 5 of this release, including the would-be rank of senior Megan Langenfeld, who has missed 10 games this season and is not eligible for having not played in at least 75% of the Bruins' contests. The senior is currently at 70% (23-for-33) and would be in the national Top 20 in six statistical categories, including third in batting average, slugging and on base percentage.
The Bruins have had a large amount of two-out success this season and that continued on Thursday when sophomore Dani Yudin recorded the only run UCLA needed with an RBI single with two outs in the sixth inning of a 1-0 victory. Of the 217 runs scored, 99 of them have come with two outs for a 45.6 percentage. The Bruins have 87 two-out RBI, with an additional 12 runs coming across on errors, wild pitches or passed balls with two down. Senior Megan Langenfeld leads the team with 17 two-out RBI, followed by senior Julie Burney (14) and junior GiOnna DiSalvatore and sophomore Samantha Camuso with 12 apiece.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
Like its opponent this weekend, Arizona State went 1-2 in its first Pac-10 series against Arizona in Tempe last week. None of the three games were close, as the Sun Devils won 11-1 in five innings on Friday, but lost 12-6 on Thursday and 14-2 in five on Saturday. Sophomore Katelyn Boyd hit .500 (4-for-8) with a homer and four RBI last weekend, while sophomore Annie Lockwood went 3-for-7 (.429) with a home run and four runs batted in. In the circle, freshman Sam Parlich earned the win, allowing four hits and one run in five innings with five strikeouts on Friday. However, the team earned run average against the Wildcats was 9.06. Overall, Boyd is tops on the team with a .462 batting average, 14 home runs, 42 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases. Eight others are also hitting .300 or better. Senior Caylyn Carlson is batting .389 with seven homers and 30 RBI, while Lockwood is hitting .376 with nine home runs and 34 runs batted in. Arizona State is hitting .342 as a team with 56 home runs and 48 stolen bases, averaging 8.1 runs per game. In the circle, sophomore Hillary Bach leads the squad with a 15-2 record, a 1.86 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 105 1/3 innings. Parlich is 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings, while senior Megan Elliott is 11-1 with a 3.55 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings. The Sun Devils hold a 2.63 earned run average with 12 shutouts.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS V. SUN DEVILS
The Bruins took both games in Tempe last year to earn a 2-1 season-series victory over the Sun Devils. After dropping a 5-0 decision at Easton on April 3, UCLA broke out the big bats at Farrington Stadium, winning 9-1 in five and 10-4 on April 25 and 26. The Bruins hit four homers in the first game in Tempe and came back with seven in the second contest, which tied a school record for home runs in a single game. Monica Harrison had three of those bombs in the series finale to become the first player in UCLA history to accomplish the feat. UCLA leads the all-time series 88-23 and is 44-10 at home against Arizona State, although the Sun Devils have won the last two at Easton Stadium. Andrea Harrison had a great first go-around against ASU, going 4-for-11 (.364) with two home runs and six runs batted in. Megan Langenfeld for her career is hitting .357 (10-for-28) with two homers and five RBI, while Monica Harrison is batting .333 (7-for-21) with three homers and five RBI in two seasons against the Sun Devils.
BRUIN FUN FACTS
Assuming weather is not an issue, the Bruins will play their first full Pac-10 night game at home on Friday against Arizona State. Weather played a part the first time UCLA attempted to host an evening conference contest on May 3, 2003. The Bruins and Oregon State started the first night game in the history of Easton Stadium that evening, but the game was halted in the bottom of the second due to rain and completed under the sun the following afternoon ... the Bruins are 6-1 in night contests this season, although their one loss occurred in the second game of the Washington series last weekend, which was suspended on Friday night with the score tied at one through three innings and resumed on Saturday afternoon ... that loss against the Huskies was also the first time the Bruins lost a Friday game, despite it finishing on Saturday, and the first time UCLA fell when out-hitting an opponent. The Bruins are 27-1 when recording more hits than their foe ... UCLA has not allowed a run in the second inning this season, having outscored its opponents 24-0.
Senior Megan Langenfeld returned to the Bruin lineup last weekend and continues to lead the team with a .533 batting average, nine home runs, a 1.083 slugging percentage, a .659 on base percentage and 15 walks. She is also second with 28 runs batted in and 25 runs scored and fourth with six doubles. Langenfeld, who is third on the team in multiple-hit games, picked up her 10th of the season on March 26 against Long Beach State, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. The senior has four games with three hits against Cal Poly (Feb. 19 and March 23), Portland State (Feb. 21) and Northwestern (Feb. 27), driving in multiple runs in each contest. She drove in four runs thanks to a grand slam in her first game against Cal Poly and had a three-run shot in the March meeting with the Mustangs. The senior also had three RBI against Northwestern and Portland State, homering against the Vikings. Langenfeld has hitting streaks of eight (Feb. 19-27) and six (Feb. 13-17) games this season and has posted at least one base knock in 18 of her 23 contests. She has also reached base in all but one game this season via either a hit, walk or hit by pitch. In the RBI department, the senior has nine games with at least a pair of runs batted in, which ranks second on the team. Langenfeld has an RBI in 14 of 23 games. She homered in the first game of the season against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13) and has also left the yard against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20), Texas (Feb. 26), Baylor (Feb. 27) and UC Riverside (March 3). The senior has scored multiple runs in a game eight times, including three apiece in both ends of a doubleheader at UCSB. In the circle, Langenfeld is 4-1 with a 1.14 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 43 innings. The senior tossed a career-high 13 innings in a hard-luck, 4-2 loss against Michigan on Feb. 14. She allowed only one earned run and six hits while striking out six in a 182-pitch effort. Langenfeld 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. Her four wins have come against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Northwestern and Long Beach State. She pitched five shutout innings and struck out four against the Lady Vols and fanned six in six shutout frames against UC Davis.
COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH
Sophomore Dani Yudin has picked up the habit of coming through in the clutch so far in her career and she did so again on Thursday against Washington, driving in the go-ahead run on an RBI single with two outs in the sixth inning of a 1-0 victory. Yudin has three game-winning RBI this year, also knocking home the go-ahead scores against Colorado State (Feb. 26) and Fresno State (March 5). Last season, she also had a clutch RBI in a victory at Arizona. Yudin, who is batting .310 with two home runs and 12 RBI in only 42 at-bats, recorded her second multiple-hit game of the year on Thursday with a 2-for-3 performance. Her other multi-hit contest came against Fresno State, when she went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Yudin also hit her second home run of the season, a two-run shot, on Saturday to get the Bruins on the board in the series finale against the Huskies. The sophomore has hits in four of her last six contests and has driven in a run in three of those games. Yudin had RBI in each of her first three games this season, including a home run against UC Davis on Feb. 20. She has also walked 10 times, one of six Bruins with double digits in walks.
Sophomore Andrea Harrison carries a nine-game hitting streak into this weekend's three-game set against Arizona State and hopes to return to the field after missing the Washington series with an injury. Harrison has raised her average 47 points over the last nine games, going 14-for-29 (.483) with five home runs, 12 runs batted in and nine runs scored during her hitting streak. The sophomore is hitting .375 with a .677 slugging percentage, which both rank second on the team. She is also tied for third with seven home runs, tied for second with eight doubles and fifth with 23 runs batted in and 21 runs scored. The junior hit three home runs in a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount on March 28, belting a two-run shot in the first game and a pair of solo home runs in the nightcap for her first career, two-homer contest. Harrison has driven in runs in five straight games, including a season-best three against UNLV (March 27) in the second game of a twinbill and two with a home run against Long Beach State on March 26. She has seven multiple-RBI games, which ranks third on the team. Harrison drove in two apiece against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19) and CSU Bakersfield (March 21). Harrison's current nine-game hitting streak is not her longest of the season, as she hit safely in a career-high 10 straight from Feb. 19-27, batting .417 (15-for-36) with six runs batted in and a pair of home runs. The sophomore has 11 multiple-hit games, which is tied for the team lead, with all of them being two-hit contests and five of them coming over the last eight games. Harrison has scored two runs in a game seven times this season. She has also left the yard against Cal State Northridge, Baylor (Feb. 27) and CSU Bakersfield.
Junior Donna Kerr won her team-best 13th game of the season with her team-leading fifth solo shutout on Thursday at Washington, striking out eight and limiting the top-ranked Huskies to four hits and three walks. Kerr has paced the Bruins with 118 strikeouts in 90 2/3 innings, which both lead the squad. She is 13-3 with a 1.47 earned run average and has held opponents to a team-low .145 batting average. Kerr had not allowed an earned run in 30 straight innings before allowing one in the second game of the series against the Huskies. The junior has seven complete games and has been a part of eight of the Bruins' 16 shutouts. Five of those blankings have been solo shutouts against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19), North Carolina (March 10), CSU Bakersfield (March 21) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). Kerr has struck out at least eight batters in nine of her 16 starts, including a season-best 11 against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13) and Northridge. She also fanned 10 at Loyola Marymount, nine against Georgia (Feb. 14), Portland State (Feb. 21) and CSU Bakersfield and eight apiece against Fresno State (March 5) and North Carolina. Kerr received the third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award of her career on Feb. 23 after tossing 13 scoreless innings with 23 strikeouts in wins over UCSB (Feb. 17), CSUN and Portland State. She allowed only one hit in all three of those appearances.
Sophomore Samantha Camuso hit her seventh home run of the season on Friday at Washington and is tied for third on the team in that category heading into this weekend's series with Arizona State. Camuso hit the first pitch of the third inning out to left field in the second game of the series with the Huskies to also raise her RBI total to 27, which is third on the squad. The sophomore holds a .360 average and a .652 slugging percentage, which is third on the team, and has added 17 runs scored and 14 walks (second on squad). Camuso posted her first, three-hit game of the season on March 21 in the first game of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield. She has nine multiple-hit contests, which is tied for fourth on the team. She produced two-hit affairs against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19), Colorado State (Feb. 26), Texas (Feb. 26), Fresno State (March 5), UTEP (March 6) and Long Beach State (March 26). The sophomore has six games with multiple RBI, which is fourth on the team. Her season high came in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB when she had four to go along with a home run. She also has three-RBI games against Northridge and Cal Poly (Feb. 19), homering in both contests, and has driven in a pair versus Florida Atlantic, Texas and UTEP. Camuso, who redshirted last season with a shoulder injury, homered in her first game back against Florida Atlantic. She has also left the yard against Colorado State and Texas. Camuso has scored twice in a game four times and has reached base in all but four of her contests this season.
Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore totaled her ninth multiple-hit game of the season on Saturday at Washington, going 2-for-3 with a run scored to boost her average to .362, which ranks third on the team. She has added three home runs and 24 RBI, which is fourth on the squad, and also leads the Bruins with 29 runs scored and nine doubles. DiSalvatore has produced hitting streaks of nine (Feb. 14-24) and seven (March 23-28) this season, tying a career high with her nine-game streak. In the midst of that streak, she 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 seven games. The junior has a pair of four-hit games, also going 4-for-4 with three RBI, three runs and a homer against Portland State (Feb. 21). She has another three-hit contest with three runs scored against UNLV (March 27) and has posted two-hit affairs against Tennessee (Feb. 13), Texas (Feb. 26), Northwestern (Feb. 27) and Cal Poly (March 23). Her third homer of the season came against the Longhorns. DiSalvatore has five multi-RBI contests, recording three against Texas and two against Tennessee and Long Beach State (March 26). She has also scored three times in a game on four occasions and two times twice.
HOT BAT FOR THE HOT CORNER
Senior Julie Burney hit her eighth home run of the season in the first game of a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount on March 28 and ranks second on the team in homers and first with 32 runs batted in. Burney is hitting .330 with a .638 slugging percentage, 16 runs scored, five doubles and 11 walks. She leads the team with 10 multiple-RBI games. Six of those contests came during Burney's career-high, nine-game hitting streak (Feb. 14-24) in which she batted .538 (14-for-26) with five homers and 20 runs batted in. Burney drove in a run in each of the last eight games of her hitting streak. She had four RBI against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), recording her first career, two-homer contest against the Matadors. The senior has added three-RBI games against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), UC Davis (Feb. 20) and UNLV (March 27). Burney has also homered against UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly (Feb. 19), UC Davis, North Carolina (March 10) and CSU Bakersfield (March 21). The senior has six multiple-hit games, going 3-for-3 against UCSB and Fullerton and posting two-hit contests against Northridge, Baylor (Feb. 27), UNLV and Loyola Marymount.
Freshman B.B. Bates brings a .333 batting average into this weekend's series, which ranks her sixth on the squad. Bates had an impressive five-game stretch two weeks ago against Long Beach State, UNLV and Loyola Marymount. She had three hits in the first game of doubleheaders against UNLV (March 27) and LMU (March 28) and had two base knocks in the other three contests. The freshman also drove in runs in both ends of the UNLV and LMU twinbills, including a pair in the first game against the Rebels and the second contest against the Lions. Bates is tied for the team lead with 38 hits and is tops with five stolen bases, adding two homers, 16 runs batted in, 22 runs scored and 11 walks. The freshman is tied for the team lead with 11 multiple-hit contests, with eight of those games coming in March. She also had two hits in both games of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield on March 21, as well as two against Fresno State on March 5. Bates has added five multi-RBI contests. Her first two collegiate home runs came in back-to-back games against Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24) and Colorado State (Feb. 26). She had three RBI and two hits against Fullerton and a pair of RBI and hits against Colorado State. Bates had a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 21 to March 5 in which she hit .387 (12-for-31) with eight runs batted in, four runs scored and a pair of homers. She has at least one hit in 25 of her 33 games. Bates has scored multiple runs in a game five times and had her first, two stolen-base contest against UC Davis on Feb. 20.
HITTING IN THE TWO HOLE
One of the hottest Bruins of late has been junior Monica Harrison, who is batting .417 (20-for-48) over her last 16 games. She has hits in 13 of her last 16, with five of those contests being multiple-hit games. Harrison has eight multi-hit affairs this season, posting three hits against UC Riverside (March 3) and CSU Bakersfield (March 21). She also has two-hit games versus Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Portland State (Feb. 21), Ohio State (Feb. 28), Cal Poly (March 23) and UNLV (March 27). Harrison had a career-high, seven-game hitting streak from Feb. 27 to March 21, hitting .572 (12-for-21) with four runs batted in and four doubles. On the season, Harrison is batting .323 with two home runs and 12 runs batted in. She is third on the squad with 23 runs scored, tied for second with eight doubles and first with eight sacrifice hits. Harrison has scored in 19 of 31 games this season, including twice in four contests. The junior hit her first home run of the year against Tennessee and also left the yard against Bakersfield. Harrison has three multiple-RBI games, driving in three at Bakersfield and two against Long Beach State (March 26) and UNLV.
Freshman Devon Lindvall can proudly say that she hit two doubles in one game off Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie after accomplishing the feat on Thursday. She also drew a walk to reach in all three of her at-bats against the All-American. Lindvall, who has played spectacular defense in center field in place of an injured Katie Schroeder, has six hits in 31 at-bats (.194) with three doubles ... senior Kaila Shull had hits in each of the last two games of the Washington series to bring her season average up to .200. Shull has singles in three of her last four games and has added a home run, five runs batted in and 10 runs scored. The senior has also been handy with the short game, ranking second on the team with six sacrifice hits ... freshman Charlotte Dolan drove in a pair of runs in the first game of a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount on March 28 to give her nine RBI this season. Dolan is batting .250 (9-for-36) with three home runs. The freshman left the yard in three straight games against Texas (Feb. 26), Baylor (Feb. 27) and Northwestern (Feb. 27), driving in three in both Feb. 27 contests.
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. Of the Bruins' 27 victories, 13 of them have come by mercy rule.
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