Bruin Seniors Set To Close Out Home Season

April 29, 2003

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Following a one-day trip to Seattle on Wednesday, the Bruins will returnto Easton Stadium to close out its home schedule for the 2003 season.

The weekend games will be the final games at Easton for UCLA's fourseniors, Toria Auelua, Monique Mejia, Tairia Mims and Natasha Watley,because UCLA was not among the eight schools selected to host an NCAARegional (list released on Monday). Saturday's game against Oregon Statewill be the first night game in the history of Easton Stadium, and willbegin at 7 pm. A pre-game ceremony honoring UCLA's senior class willtake place on Sunday.

UCLA Downs Cal, Stanford For Weekend Sweep
The Bruins opened their weekend schedule with a 10-0 run-rule victoryover California that featured home runs by Tairia Mims, Claire Sua andAndrea Duran. Sua's fourth-inning shot was her 12th of the season, andmarked her fourth straight game with a home run.

In Saturday's game against Stanford, Keira Goerl shut out the Cardinal,striking out seven and scattering six hits. After five and a halfscoreless innings, Emily Zaplatosch drew a two-out walk and scored fromfirst base on an RBI double from Toria Auelua to give the Bruins a 1-0lead that would stand up for the victory. Sunday's game took a differentpath, as Stanford went up 1-0 in the top of the third inning beforeCaitlin Benyi drew an RBI walk to tie the game in the bottom half of theinning. In the fifth, the Cardinal took a 2-1 lead on a solo home runbefore Natasha Watley posted her seventh home run of the season to tiethe game at 2-2. Two impressive defensive plays by the Bruin outfieldkept the score knotted at two until the bottom of the eighth inning,when Watley clubbed her 8th home run of the year, a walk-off shot tocenter, for the 3-2 UCLA win.

UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents

No. 4/4 Washington-- The Bruins and Huskies will become the final Pac-10group to compete their 'travel partner' series this Wednesday inSeattle, as the Bruins took both games from the Huskies at EastonStadium with a 5-2 win on April 18 and a 10-0 six-inning win on April19. The Huskies are coached by Teresa Wilson, and are led by KristenRivera (.377 BA, 19 HR) with Tia Bollinger (22-6, 1.19 ERA) and AshleyBoek (17-3, 1.54 ERA) sharing duties in the circle.

No. 20/23 Oregon-- UCLA holds an all-time record of 52-8 against Oregon,including a split of the season series in Eugene on April 12 and 13. TheDucks took the Saturday game by a score of 5-4 before UCLA won Sunday'srain-delayed game by a 9-3 margin. Oregon is coached by Kathy Arendsen,and is led offensively by Andrea Vidlund (.340 BA, 9 HR) while AmyHarris (14-11, 1.45 ERA) leads the Ducks in the circle.No. RV/RV Oregon State-- The Bruins hold a 63-5 all-time record againstthe Beavers, including a 6-1 win in Corvallis on April 11. Oregon Stateis coached by Kirk Walker, and are led offensively by Brynnen Guthrie(.385 BA) and in the circle by Monica Hoffman (20-13, 1.97 ERA).

Next Week in Bruin Softball
UCLA concludes its regular season schedule next week with a trip toArizona and Arizona State. The Bruins and Sun Devils will play aseason-ending doubleheader on Saturday night, then UCLA will return toLos Angeles in anticipation of learning its postseason destination. TheNCAA Tournament field will be announced on May 11 at 7 pm Pacific Time,live on ESPNews.

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