Fifth-Seeded Bruins Host Saint Mary's on Friday to Open Regional Play
May 19, 2010
Friday, May 21
Game 1 - 3 p.m. - Fresno State vs. San Diego State
Game 2 - 5:30 p.m. - Saint Mary's vs. #5 UCLA
Saturday, May 22
Game 3 - 1 p.m. - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
Game 4 - 3:30 p.m. - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser
Game 5 - 6 p.m. - Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner
Sunday, May 23
Game 6 - 12 p.m. - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
Game 7 - 2:30 p.m. - Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 Loser (if necessary)
Gametracker and live audio for all games at UCLABruins.com
POSTSEASON STARTS AT HOME WITH LOS ANGELES REGIONAL
The fifth-seeded Bruins (40-11, 14-7 Pac-10) begin the NCAA Tournament at Easton Stadium on Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Saint Mary's (30-21, 14-4 Pacific Coast Softball Conference). The first game of the day features San Diego State (33-14, 11-4 Mountain West) and Fresno State (39-19, 15-6 Western Athletic) at 3 p.m. Action continues on Saturday and Sunday. Gametracker and live audio will be available for all games at UCLABruins.com.
The winner of the Los Angeles Regional will face the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional, which includes #12 LSU, Texas A&M, Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State. Super Regionals will be played at eight campus sites beginning May 28 and are a best 2-of-3 format.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
UCLA jumped up two spots to fourth in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings, earning 15 more points. There was no new USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll this week, in which the Bruins were ranked fifth last week.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
Gametracker will be available for all UCLA softball games this season at UCLABruins.com. In addition, all Regional and Super Regional contests will be broadcast on the UCLA website.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Bruins enter the postseason in the Top 30 nationally in seven statistical categories, including fourth in batting average at .330. UCLA is also eighth in home runs per game (1.51), ninth in slugging (.569), 12th in doubles per game (1.59), 13th in runs per game (6.53), 17th in earned run average (1.90) and 27th in fielding percentage (.971). Individually, senior Megan Langenfeld is in the Top 20 nationally in six categories, ranking second in slugging (1.020) and on base percentage (.658), third in batting average (.510), 12th in RBI per game (1.15), 14th in walks per game (0.88) and 17th in homers per game (0.34). Junior Monica Harrison is 16th in sacrifice hits per game (0.29), senior Julie Burney is 32nd in home runs per game (0.29), junior Donna Kerr is 34th in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (4.81) and junior GiOnna DiSalvatore is 36th in doubles per game (0.31).
MERCY MERCY ME
The Bruins have posted 18 run-rule wins this year and are one shy of the school record for a single season. The 2001 UCLA squad won 19 games by mercy rule. The 2010 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.
UCLA has scored 147 of its 333 runs this season with two outs for a 44.1 percentage. The Bruins have 131 two-out RBI, with an additional 16 runs coming across on errors, wild pitches or passed balls with two down. Senior Megan Langenfeld leads the team in two-out RBI, with 26 of her 47 runs batted in coming with two outs. Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore is second with 23, followed by senior Julie Burney and sophomore Andrea Harrison with 15 apiece.
BRUINS IN NCAA REGIONAL PLAY
UCLA is making its 26th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and holds a record of 164-40 (.804 winning percentage). During the Regional round, the Bruins are 72-8 (.900) and have gone undefeated 18 of 25 times, including last season when they defeated Long Beach State and Fresno State twice. Since Regional play moved to a four-team format in 2005, the Bruins are 14-3 (.824), advancing to the Super Regionals in `05, `06, `08 and `09.
FRIENDLY CONFINES OF EASTON STADIUM
The Bruins will be hosting an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season and for the 17th time in 26 tournament appearances. UCLA is 44-3 (.936) in 16 previous Regionals at Easton Stadium and 51-6 (.895) overall during postseason games in Westwood.
BRUIN PLAYERS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Senior Megan Langenfeld has produced three outstanding postseason, recording 19 hits in 41 at-bats for a .463 average with a home run and 12 runs batted in. Redshirt sophomore Samantha Camuso had a great postseason during her freshman year of 2008, going 8-for-22 (.364) with two homers and three RBI. In the circle, Langenfeld is 4-3 with a 1.94 earned run average and 43 strikeouts in 54 innings.
SCOUTING THE GAELS
Saint Mary's won the inaugural Pacific Coast Softball Conference Tournament last weekend at its home field. After losing the first contest of the three-game series on Friday to Portland State, the Gaels came back to win 3-0 and 7-4 on Saturday to take the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Saint Mary's went 14-4 in the PCSC to win the Coastal Division and a spot in the conference championship. The Bruins and the Gaels had 11 common opponents during the regular season, including Pac-10 teams California and Stanford. UCLA was 18-2 against the 11 teams, while Saint Mary's was 10-13. The Gaels are hitting .259 as a team with 35 home runs and 43 stolen bases, averaging 4.2 runs per game. Sophomore Michelle Mounts leads the team with a .367 average and 19 stolen bases, while sophomore Kayla Gonzales holds a .336 batting average with 15 sacrifice hits. Senior Jenna Smith is tops on the team with eight homers and 34 RBI. The Gaels also have sophomore Mandy Camuso, who has started 43 games this season and is the younger sister of UCLA redshirt sophomore Samantha Camuso. In the circle, the Gaels hold a team ERA of 3.04. Sophomore Britany Linton leads the team in wins (17-11), adding a 2.46 ERA and 90 strikeouts in a team-best 196 innings. Sophomore Kimberly Green has a team-low 2.37 ERA, a 7-4 record and 23 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS V. GAELS
The Bruins have never lost in 10 meetings to the Gaels. The last time the teams met was on March 4, 2000 in La Jolla, Calif., with UCLA coming out on top 6-0. The Bruins are 4-0 at Easton Stadium against the Gaels and have outscored them 76-3 in the 10 wins.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS
San Diego State, which was 33-14 overall during the regular season, finished in second in the Mountain West Conference with an 11-4 record. The Bruins and the Aztecs had 13 common opponents during the regular season, including Pac-10 teams California, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington, as UCLA went 20-4 against those squads and San Diego State went 13-5. The Aztecs are hitting .295 as a team with 23 home runs and 57 stolen bases, averaging 4.2 runs per game. Three players are batting over .300, led by senior Brittany Knudsen, who is hitting .396 with three homers, 27 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Sophomore Justeen Maeva is tied for the team lead with four home runs, adding a team-best 36 runs batted in and a .372 average, while junior Jessica Camello is batting .370. Junior Samantha Beasley leads the Aztecs in the circle with a 0.96 earned run average, a 28-9 record, 11 shutouts and 345 strikeouts in 226 1/3 innings. Sophomore Bailey Micetich is 2-5 with a 3.63 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS V. AZTECS
The Bruins are 58-2 all-time against the Aztecs and have won 51 in a row against their neighbors to the south. San Diego State's only victories were in 1977 and 1978, both by scores of 2-1. The teams were scheduled to meet at the San Diego Classic on March 7 but were rained out. Last season, UCLA defeated San Diego State twice, winning 6-2 in nine innings on Feb. 8 at Easton Stadium on a walk-off grand slam by Kaila Shull and 4-3 on Feb. 28 in San Diego. The Aztecs have played the Bruins tough over the last seven matchups, with five of them decided by one or two runs. UCLA is 26-0 at home against San Diego State and 3-0 in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins beat the Aztecs twice in the 2001 Regionals at Easton by scores of 3-1 and 11-0 in five innings. In 2006, UCLA knocked off San Diego State 7-0 in Westwood. Megan Langenfeld has allowed only two unearned runs in 10.1 innings against the Aztecs with 11 strikeouts, while Donna Kerr is 2-0 with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Offensively, Andrea Harrison is 2-for-6 (.333) with a homer and two RBI, Shull has driven in five runs and Dani Yudin has a pair of runs batted in.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Fresno State, which went 39-19 during the regular season, placed second in the Western Athletic Conference with a 15-6 record. The Bruins and the Bulldogs had 10 common opponents, including Pac-10 foes Arizona and Washington, as UCLA went 11-5 against those teams and Fresno State went 6-5. The Bulldogs are hitting .291 as a team with 46 home runs and 36 stolen bases, averaging 4.3 runs per game. Five different players are batting over .300, led by junior Haley Gilleland, who is hitting .370 with a team-best 19 stolen bases. Sophomore Michelle Moses is tops on the squad with 17 homers and 53 RBI, adding a .348 average, while junior Caitlin Stiglich is batting .356 with five home runs and 35 runs batted in. In the circle, Moses has a team-low 1.88 earned run average, an 11-1 record and 143 strikeouts in 111 2/3 innings. Junior Morgan Melloh is 17-10 with a 3.08 ERA and a team-best 222 strikeouts in 154 1/3 innings, while sophomore Mackenzie Oakes is 11-8 with a 2.94 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 109 2/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS V. BULLDOGS
The Bruins lead the all-time series against the Bulldogs 41-10 and have won 12 straight matchups. The teams met on March 5 in San Diego, with UCLA coming back to win 5-4. A recap and box score from that game can be found on page 10 of this release. The Bruins are 13-1 at home against the Bulldogs, with Fresno's lone win coming on April 12, 1994 (6-2). UCLA is 12-3 in the NCAA Tournament against Fresno State, winning a pair of Regional matchups last season at Easton Stadium by scores of 4-2 and 9-5. The Bruins have won the last five postseason meetings against the Bulldogs. Megan Langenfeld is 5-for-6 (.833) in her career against Fresno State with a homer and four RBI, also throwing a complete-game, three-hitter last May 16 with five strikeouts. Donna Kerr is 3-0 with 21 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings over three appearances. Kaila Shull is 6-for-12 (.500) with five RBI, Andrea Harrison is 5-for-13 (.385) with a homer and three RBI, Julie Burney is 4-for-12 (.333) with a home run and three runs batted in and GiOnna DiSalvatore and Dani Yudin are both 4-for-13 (.308) with three RBI.
DANG LANG ... THE HITTER
Senior Megan Langenfeld drove in what proved to be the game-winning runs on Saturday against Arizona and had hits in all three contests, including her 14th home run of the season on Friday. Langenfeld went 2-for-4 with a double on Thursday and concluded the regular season with a two-run double and two walks on Saturday. She enters the playoffs leading the team in average (.510), runs batted in (47), slugging (1.020), on base percentage (.658), walks (36) and hit by pitches (10). The senior is also second with 38 runs scored and 14 home runs and fourth with 10 doubles. Langenfeld hit a team-best .444 during Pac-10 play with a team-high 21 walks, posting seven multiple-hit games. She had two hits against Oregon State (April 18), Stanford (April 23 and 25), Oregon (April 30 and May 2), California (May 7) and Arizona last Thursday to give her 17 multiple-hit contests on the year, which is third on the team. On April 30 against the Ducks, Langenfeld drove in a career-high five on a three-run double and a two-run single, also adding two RBI in the May 2 contest with Oregon. The weekend prior to that, the senior was named Pac-10 and USA Softball National Player of the Week after posting four homers, eight RBI and six runs scored in a three-game sweep of Stanford. Langenfeld tied a career high with two homers and drove in four in both the first and third contests against the Cardinal. Four of Langenfeld's 17 multi-hit games have been three-hit affairs against Cal Poly (Feb. 19 and March 23), Portland State (Feb. 21) and Northwestern (Feb. 27). She drove in multiple runs in all of the games and homered in each contest except against Northwestern, posting four RBI in the February affair with Cal Poly and three RBI in the other three matchups. Langenfeld had five straight, multiple-hit games from Feb. 19-26. She has 14 multi-RBI games, which leads the team. Langenfeld has hitting streaks of eight (Feb. 19-27) and six (Feb. 13-17) games this season and has reached base in all but one game via either a hit, walk or hit by pitch. The senior has scored multiple runs in a game 10 times, including three apiece in both ends of a doubleheader at UCSB and at Stanford on April 23. She has also been walked twice in a game nine times and at least once in 26 of her 40 contests.
DANG LANG ... THE PITCHER
Langenfeld earned both Bruin victories in the circle at Arizona last weekend, striking out a season-high eight on Thursday and pitching 5 2/3 innings of relief for the win on Saturday. Making her first start since Feb. 27, the senior allowed five runs, 10 hits and three walks in eight frames in Thursday's extra-inning victory. Two days later, she came in the game in relief and struck out three, giving up two runs, five hits and two walks. Langenfeld is 10-1 with three saves on the year with a 1.29 earned run average and 56 strikeouts in 87 innings. She was a perfect 6-0 in Pac-10 play with two saves, posting a 1.43 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 44 innings. The senior pitched 17 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings to open conference action from April 16 to May 7, earning wins against Stanford (April 25), Oregon (April 30) and California (May 7 and 8), to go along with saves versus Stanford (April 24) and Oregon (May 2). Langenfeld pitched at least three innings of scoreless relief in four of those games, tossing three hitless innings on April 24 at Stanford, five shutout frames the next day against the Cardinal, 4 1/3 scoreless innings on April 30 versus Oregon and 5 2/3 shutout innings on May 8 against Cal. Her four victories during non-conference play came against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Northwestern (Feb. 27) and Long Beach State (March 26). She pitched five shutout innings and struck out four against the Lady Vols and fanned a half dozen in six shutout frames against Davis. The senior also struck out six against Northwestern and fanned seven against Ohio State on Feb. 28. Langenfeld's most impressive performance this season may have come in back-to-back games on Feb. 14. The senior threw a career-high 13 innings in a hard-luck, 4-2 loss to Michigan. 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.
Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore enters the postseason as one of the hottest hitters in the nation and earned her second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor this year and fourth of her career after going 7-for-9 (.778) with a home run, four RBI, three runs scored, two doubles and three walks in a series victory at Arizona. DiSalvatore had multiple hits in all three games, going 2-for-3 with a double on Thursday, 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a solo home run on Friday and 3-for-3 with a two-run single and a double on Saturday. On the year, DiSalvatore is second on the team with a .399 batting average, 45 RBI and a .458 on base percentage. She is also first with 16 doubles and 44 runs scored, fourth with 20 walks and a .649 slugging and tied for fourth with eight home runs. Since taking over the leadoff spot in the lineup 15 games ago, DiSalvatore is hitting .481 with five homers, 21 RBI, 15 runs scored, five doubles, an .889 slugging and a .541 on base percentage. She has hits in 13 of 15 games and at least a pair of base knocks in 10 of those contests. The junior also has at least one RBI in 11 of the 15 games and multiple RBI eight times. DiSalvatore posted three-hit contests against Stanford (April 23) and Oregon (April 30), adding two-hit affairs against Oregon State (April 16 and 18), Stanford (April 25) and Oregon (May 1 and 2). In the RBI department, she had three against OSU (April 16) and Oregon (May 2) and two versus OSU (April 17 and 18), Oregon (May 1) and Cal (May 7). DiSalvatore had five home runs during Pac-10 play, hitting .425 with a team-best 21 RBI and seven doubles. She left the yard in three straight games against Oregon (May 1 and 2) and Cal (May 7), also homering at OSU on April 17. The junior leads the Bruins with 20 multiple-hit games, with 12 of them coming during Pac-10. She is also tied for second with 13 multiple-RBI contests, producing eight in conference. DiSalvatore had a career-high, 10-game hitting streak from April 16 to May 7, batting .475 (19-for-40) with four homers, 17 RBI and 12 runs scored. She has two other hitting streaks of at least seven games this season, reaching safely in seven in a row from March 23-28 (.455 BA) and nine straight from Feb. 14-24 (.586 BA). In the midst of her February 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. She has scored multiple runs in a game nine times, including three runs on five occasions.
Sophomore Andrea Harrison recorded her 19th multiple-hit game of the season on Thursday at Arizona, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. She enters the postseason third on the team with a .358 batting average and 13 home runs, second with 14 doubles and a .692 slugging and fourth with 41 runs batted in and a .421 on base percentage. Harrison is second on the team in multiple-hit games and fourth with 12 multi-RBI contests. The sophomore earned her first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor on May 3 after going 6-for-11 (.545) with four home runs and eight runs batted in a three-game sweep of Oregon. Harrison tied career highs with two homers and four RBI on May 1 and 2. She scored three times and equaled a personal best with three hits on May 1 and followed that up with a pair of two-run homers the next afternoon. Five of Harrison's multi-RBI games came during Pac-10 play, as she drove in a pair in three straight contests against Oregon State (April 18) and Stanford (April 23 and 24). Eight of her 19 multi-hit contests came in conference. She had three hits at Stanford (April 23) and two versus Arizona State (April 9), OSU (April 16 and 18) and Cal (May 7), homering against ASU (April 9) and Stanford (April 24). The sophomore has produced hitting streaks of 11 and 10 games this season. She hit .459 (17-for-37) during her career-high, 11-game streak, which ran from March 21 to April 10, with six home runs, 14 runs batted in, 10 runs scored and six multiple-hit games. Harrison had four home runs in a three-game span on March 28 and April 9. She went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a homer in the first game of a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount (March 28) and posted a pair of solo bombs, her first career, two-homer contest, in the nightcap. Harrison plated three runs in the second game of a doubleheader against UNLV on March 27 and has added nine more contests with two RBI. The sophomore drove in runs in seven straight games from March 26 to April 10 (12 total). Harrison hit safely in 10 straight from Feb. 19-27, batting .417 (15-for-36) with six runs batted in and a pair of home runs. She has scored multiple runs in a game nine times this season.
PAC-KING A PUNCH
Sophomore Dani Yudin hit her sixth home run of the season on Thursday at Arizona, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Yudin is batting .326 on the year with six homers and 20 runs batted in, adding six doubles, 21 walks, which is tied for second on the team, and a .449 on base percentage, which is third on the squad. The sophomore had hits in 14 of the Bruins' 21 Pac-10 games, producing multiple hits in six of them. Yudin had two hits against Washington (April 1), Oregon State (April 18), Stanford (April 23), Oregon (April 30) and California (May 7). She has seven two-hit games this season, also going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in against Fresno State on March 5. Yudin has four games with multiple runs batted in. She had three RBI on a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly at Stanford on April 24 and drove in a pair on a two-run bomb on April 3 at Washington. Five of Yudin's six homers came during Pac-10 play, as she also left the yard against Arizona State (April 9) and California (May 7). Her first home run of the season came against UC Davis on Feb. 20. Yudin hit .345 during conference action with five homers and 11 RBI. The sophomore had a career-high, eight-game hitting streak from April 11-30, posting a .579 average (11-for-19) with four RBI, six runs scored and nine walks.
Junior Donna Kerr pitched superb in a tough-luck loss on Friday at Arizona, striking out 10 in 6 1/3 innings while allowing two runs, six hits and three walks. Kerr started each of the last two games against the Wildcats and leads the Bruins with 28 games started to go along with a team-best 17-7 record, 30 appearances, 10 complete games, six solo shutouts, 139 2/3 innings and 168 strikeouts. The junior holds a 2.31 earned run average and has held opponents to a .188 batting average. Kerr started 15 of the Bruins' 21 games during Pac-10 play, earning wins against Washington (April 1), Oregon State (April 16 and 18), Stanford (April 23) and Oregon (May 2). She blanked the Huskies in the conference opener, striking out eight in a four-hitter. Kerr also threw three scoreless frames in the win over OSU, fanned eight in a one-hit, five-inning complete game at Stanford and earned her 50th career victory against Oregon. The shutout at Washington marked part of a stretch in which the junior didn't allow an earned run in 30 straight innings from March 23 to April 2. Kerr has been a part of 10 of the Bruins' 15 shutouts, including solo blankings 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 12 of her 28 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), North Carolina and Oregon State (April 18). 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), Cal State Northridge and Portland State. She allowed only one hit in all three of those appearances.
HOT BAT FOR THE HOT CORNER
Senior Julie Burney had hits in all three games last weekend, going 4-for-11 (.364) with her team-leading 15th home run on Thursday. With the score tied at five in the top of the eighth, Burney led off with a bomb to straightaway center to give her home runs in each of the last six Pac-10 series. The senior is third on the team with 43 runs batted in and a .667 slugging percentage and tied for second with 21 walks. During the last six weekends, Burney homered against Arizona State (April 9), Stanford (April 24), Oregon (May 1) and California (May 9), also hitting a pair of bombs against Oregon State (April 16 and 17). Burney is second on the team with 13 multiple-RBI games. Six of those contests came during her 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, Game 1), UC Davis (Feb. 20) and UNLV (March 27) and has driven in a pair against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), UCSB (Feb. 17, Game 2), Northridge (Feb. 19), CSU Bakersfield (March 21) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). Burney has nine multiple-hit games, going 3-for-3 against UCSB and Fullerton and posting two-hit contests against Northridge, Baylor (Feb. 27), UNLV, LMU, Stanford (April 24) and Oregon (May 1). Burney has scored multiple runs in a game four times, including three at Oregon State on April 16.
SWINGING A HOT STICK
Senior Kaila Shull is heating up at the right time, finishing her final Pac-10 season with a .333 batting average after posting a pair of two-hit games last Thursday and Saturday at Arizona. Shull drove in a run on an RBI single on Thursday, walked twice and scored on Friday and doubled and scored twice on Saturday. The senior is batting .261 on the year with four homers and 12 runs batted in, adding 15 walks, 23 runs scored and seven sacrifice hits, which is second on the team. Shull had three home runs and seven RBI during Pac-10 play with 13 runs scored and seven walks. The senior had hits in 11 of the 17 Pac-10 games she had at-bats in. She homered in three straight against Oregon (April 30 and May 2) and California (May 7), going 1-for-2 with three runs scored, two RBI and two walks in the first contest with the Ducks, 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the second game and 2-for-3 against Cal. Her two multiple-hit games last weekend give her five on the season, as she also went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI against Portland State on Feb. 21. Shull hit her first home run of the year in the season opener against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), driving in a pair. She also had two RBI against UTEP on March 6. The senior has scored runs in seven of her last nine games (11 total).
The Bruins stole victory from the jaws of defeat on May 8 thanks to the heroics of freshman B.B. Bates, who hit a walk-off, three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to give UCLA a 3-1 victory over Cal. Bates scored runs in all three games against the Golden Bears and has crossed home plate 32 times this season, which is fourth on the team. She is batting .325 with three homers and 27 runs batted in, adding a team-best six stolen bases. Bates is fourth on the team with 16 multiple-hit games. She had at least two hits and an RBI in three straight games from April 25 to May 1, going 3-for-4 with three RBI at Stanford (April 25), 2-for-4 with an RBI against Oregon (April 30) and 2-for-3 with two RBI the following evening versus the Ducks. Bates has hits in 11 of her last 17, including two-hit contests against Arizona State (April 11) and Oregon State (April 17). She had a pair of three-hit affairs in the first game of doubleheaders against UNLV (March 27) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). Bates also had a pair of hits in the second game of both twinbills and has added two-hit contests against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), Colorado State (Feb. 26), Fresno State (March 5), Long Beach State (March 26) and in both games of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield on March 21. Bates had a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 21 to March 5, batting .387 (12-for-31) with eight runs batted in, four runs scored and a pair of homers. The freshman has driven in multiple runs in seven games, knocking home three and hitting her first collegiate home run against Cal State Fullerton. She left the yard in her very next game and had two RBI against Colorado State. Bates also drove in a pair in the first game of a doubleheader against UNLV and the second game of a nightcap at LMU. The freshman has scored two runs in a game five times and had her first, two stolen-base contest against UC Davis on Feb. 20.
Sophomore Samantha Camuso broke out of an 0-for-17 slump with a single in the sixth inning of Friday's game at Arizona, but it was her at-bat on Saturday where she struck out that proved to be a big one for the Bruins. With two down in the fourth inning, Camuso went down swinging, but the pitch bounced and went to the backstop, allowing the sophomore to reach first base. Two singles, a walk and an error later, UCLA went from down 2-0 to ahead 3-2, going on to win 6-4 in the regular-season finale. Camuso is batting .296, tying for fourth on the team with eight homers and placing fifth with 32 runs batted in and 19 walks. She hit her eighth home run of the season on April 23 at Stanford and went 2-for-3 in the series finale on April 25 for her 10th multiple-hit game. Camuso posted three hits in the first game of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield on March 21 and also has two-hit contests 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 redshirt sophomore has seven multiple-RBI games this season, driving in a pair on April 18 at Oregon State. Camuso knocked home four runs in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB. She has added three-RBI contests against Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly (Feb. 19) and two-RBI affairs versus Florida Atlantic, Texas and UTEP. Camuso has homered in all of her multi-RBI games with the exception of the UTEP and Oregon State contests. She has also belted solo jacks against Colorado State and Washington (April 2). The sophomore has scored twice in a game four times.
HITTING IN THE TWO HOLE
Like her teammate mentioned above, junior Monica Harrison was hitless in 13 straight at-bats before producing hits in each of the last two games of the Arizona series. She singled and walked on Friday and singled and scored on Saturday and enters the postseason batting .276 with two homers and 17 RBI. She leads the Bruins with 14 sacrifice hits, is third with 11 doubles and fourth with 34 runs scored. The junior had a pair of multiple-hit contests at Stanford, going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI on April 23 and 2-for-5 on April 25. She also went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in and runs scored on April 18 at Oregon State. Harrison has 11 multi-hit games. The junior has a pair of three-hit contests to her credit at UC Riverside (March 3) and CSU Bakersfield (March 21), driving in a season-high three against the Roadrunners. She also had two-hit games against 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 RBI and four doubles. She has five multiple-RBI games, recording two in back-to-back affairs against Long Beach State (March 26) and UNLV. The junior hit her first home run of the year against Tennessee and also left the yard against Bakersfield. She has scored twice in a game six times.
BAKER COOKING IN THE CIRCLE
Redshirt junior Whitney Baker won her third game of the season on May 1 against Oregon, striking out a season-high six and allowing three hits and two runs in a five-inning victory. Baker is 3-1 on the year with a 3.25 earned run average and 18 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings. The junior won her first game of the year on April 17 at Oregon State, tossing five shutout innings and fanning four while allowing only two hits and a walk. Baker retired the last seven Beavers she faced, as well as 13 of the last 14. In her next start on April 24 at Stanford, she struck out three and gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in four innings. Baker made her season debut against Arizona State on April 9. She retired all three batters she faced in the seventh inning, striking out one. The junior came back two days later to earn the start against the Sun Devils and tossed a complete game with two strikeouts, allowing two runs and eight hits. Baker, who has been ravaged by injuries throughout her 3 1/2 years as a Bruin, has played in just 37 games at UCLA.
Freshman Charlotte Dolan came through with a pinch-hit, RBI single on Saturday at Arizona, driving in the Bruins' fourth run in a 6-4 victory. She has hits in five of the last seven games she has posted official at-bats in and is batting .269 with three homers and 13 runs batted in. Dolan, who is 2-for-5 as a pinch-hitter, had four RBI in Pac-10 play, driving in two at Oregon State (April 16) and one at Stanford (April 24). The freshman left the yard in successive games against Texas (Feb. 26), Baylor (Feb. 27) and Northwestern (Feb. 27). Four of the seven games in which Dolan has recorded RBI have been multi-RBI contests. She had three against Baylor and Northwestern, also notching her first two-hit game against the Wildcats, and had two against Loyola Marymount (March 28) ... junior Grace Murray has appeared in the seventh-most games this season for the Bruins, coming off the bench as a pinch-runner in 44 contests. Murray has scored 22 runs, which is ninth on the team. She has crossed home plate in nine of her last 16 contests, including twice in a pair of pinch-running appearances against Arizona ... junior Katie Schroeder, who played in only seven games this season, will not return this year due to a left leg injury. Schroeder hit .364 with a homer and three RBI through the first two weekends of the season. She will apply for a medical redshirt, and if granted, will be a fourth-year junior in 2011.