Caitlin Benyi Blasts Two Homers in 9-3 UCLA Victory over Oregon

April 13, 2003

EUGENE, OR - The Bruins capitalized on two Caitlin Benyi home runs and an impressive 10-for-15 performance including five extra-base hits by the top four batters in the order, as UCLA downed Oregon by a score of 9-3 on Sunday afternoon. With the win, UCLA improves to 34-5 on the season (6-3 Pac-10) while Oregon falls to 21-13 (3-7 Pac-10).

UCLA started the game quickly, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. A lead-off walk by Natasha Watley started the rally. Watley would steal second base and score when Caitlin Benyi singled to right field and the Oregon right fielder bobbled the ball in the outfield. Tairia Mims then doubled to the wall in right center field, giving UCLA runners on second and third with no outs.

Claire Sua then stepped to the plate and reached on a ball that was touched by both Oregon's third baseman and shortstop, but was fielded by neither. Benyi would score on the play, giving UCLA a 2-0 lead after half an inning of play.

The Bruins added two more runs in the top of the second inning on a two-out rally that started with a single from Watley, who stole second base and scored on a home run by Caitlin Benyi, her fourth of the season and second in as many days.

Oregon loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning on three Keira Goerl walks, but were unable to push a run across. Leaving the Bruins to take a 4-0 lead through two complete innings.

Benyi added two more runs to the Bruin lead in the fourth inning, after Natasha Watley put down a one-out bunt single, stole second and Benyi hit her second home run of the game, this time knocking the ball off of the scoreboard in left field to make the score 6-0.

At the break between the fourth and fifth innings the skies opened with heavy rain and a bit of hail, and the field was covered during the 1-hour, 13 minute rain delay. The tarp was pulled at approximately 3:35 pm and play resumed at 3:45 pm in a light rain with the Bruins batting in the top of the fifth inning.

After a 1-2-3 top of the fifth inning, Oregon recorded their first hit of the afternoon with one out in the fifth inning on a double by Beth Boskovich, followed by a two-run home run by Andrea Vidlund, her sixth of the season, to make the score 6-2.

UCLA posted three additional runs in the top of the seventh inning, as Claire Sua bounced her ninth home run of the season off of the top of the scoreboard, scoring two runs, and Toria Auelua added a home run of her own, a solo shot down the left field line.

Vidlund homered again with one out in the bottom of the seventh to make the final score 9-3. UCLA returns to action on Friday at 2 pm against Washington at UCLA's Easton Stadium.

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