UCLA 2012 Softball World Series Capsule

UCLA Bruins
Pac-12 (36-18, 12-12)

The Bruins are one of the most superior offensive teams in the country and lead the way in several categories including team batting average and homeruns per game. Led by freshman phenomenon Stephany LaRosa, who is 6th in the nation with a .445 batting average,  20th in the nation with 16 homeruns and 8th in the nation with 60 RBI’s and senior outfielder Katie Schroeder, who is 33rd in the nation with a .412 batting average and leads UCLA with 16 stolen bases. However, senior infielder Samantha Camuso has added 13 homeruns and 48 RBI’s, senior utility player Andrea Harrison added 14 homeruns and 46 RBI’s and junior outfielder B.B. Bates 14 homeruns and 48 RBI’s.

Big Wins: 4/14 vs Washington (5-0), 5/4 vs Arizona (10-4), 5/5 vs Arizona (7-2)
Bad Losses: 2/25 vs Fresno State (3-6), 3/2 vs Michigan (3-5), 3/3 vs Auburn (1-11)
Coach: Kelly Inouve-Perez (6 seasons at UCLA)

Why They Can Surprise:
Offense, offense and more offense! The Bruins have assembled one of the most powerful offenses in the country with 81 total homeruns and 367 runs scored. They have only been shut out twice this season, both times to number one ranked and Pac 12 leader California.  

Why They Can Disappoint:
While offense wins fans, defense wins championships. UCLA is making nearly an error per game and their pitchers, while talented, are still young and lack the polish of some of their rivals. If UCLA wants to make a run for the championship the pitching of sophomore Jessica Hall and freshman Ally Carda will have to mature quickly and their defense will have to tighten up. However, we should see this team climb in the ranking over the next couple of years.

Key Field Players:
Stephany LaRosa, Freshman, IF, .445 BA, 16 HR, 60 RBI
Katie Schroeder, Senior, OF, .412 BA, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 16 SB
Samantha Camuso, Senior, IF, .376 BA, 13 HR, 48 RBI
Andrea Harrison, Senior, UTL, .362 BA, 14 HR, 46 RBI
B.B. Bates, Junior, OF, .370 BA, 14 HR, 48 RBI
Dani Yudin, Senior, UTL, .315 BA, 7 HR, 36 RBI
Talee Snow, Sophomore, IF, .302 BA, 19 RBI

Key Pitchers:
Jessica Hall, Sophomore, Pitcher, 3.17 ERA, 19-12 W/L, 14 CG, 200.2 IP, 199 SO
Ally Carda, Freshman, Pitcher, 3.38 ERA, 13-5 W/L, 6 CG, 120.0 IP, 97 SO

By the Numbers:
Batting Average: .349 (3rd in nation, 1st in conference)
Earned Run Average: 3.36 (149, 8)
Fielding Percentage: .963 (92, 7)
Scoring Offense: 6.92 (6, 3)
Home Runs per Game: 1.55 (3, 1)
Doubles per Game: 1.63 (5, 1)
Triples per Game: 0.20 (57, 3)
Stolen Bases per Game: 0.65 (191, 9)
Slugging Percentage: .599 (1, 1)
Double Plays per Game: 0.31 (86, 7)

Recent Postseason Appearances:

2011Regionaldefeated Jacksonville, lost to Florida, defeated Jacksonville, defeated Florida, eliminated by Florida
2010Regionaldefeated St. Mary's, defeated San Diego State, defeated Fresno State
2010Super Regionaldefeated Louisiana
2010WCWSdefeated Florida, defeated Hawaii, defeated Georgia
2010Championshipdefeated Arizona
2009Regionaldefeated Long Beach State, defeated Fresno State, defeated Fresno State
2009Super Regionaleliminated by Missouri
2008Regionaldefeated Cal State Fullerton, defeated Nevada, defeated Nevada
2008Super Regionaldefeated Georgia
2008WCWSdefeated Arizona, lost to Arizona State, eliminated by Florida
2007Regionaldefeated Loyola Marymount, lost to Hawaii, eliminated by Loyola Marymount

*all team stats through 5/6

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