Bruin Softball Opens Renovated Easton Stadium This Weekend
April 12, 2005
UCLA returns to a newly remodeled Easton Stadium this weekend for its first games in the new facility. The Bruins will play host to Arizona State and Arizona in a trio of games that will be televised by the ESPN family of networks. Sunday's game will also feature a 'Strike Out Cancer' promotion
Bruins, Golden Bears, Split Weekend Games; Stanford Game Rained Out
In the first of eight regular season televised games for the Bruins in 2005, defensive breakdowns led to a 2-1 loss to California on Saturday before defeating the Golden Bears by the same score on Sunday afternoon. Friday's scheduled game against Stanford was rained out and will be rescheduled when the Cardinal visits Los Angeles.
Three infield errors cost the Bruins dearly during Saturday's contest, as Cal scored an unearned run in the fourth inning to take the lead. UCLA responded in the top of the sixth when a leadoff single from Caitlin Benyi opened the game-tying rally that finished with an RBI single to left by Emily Zaplatosch. UCLA loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but was not able to push a runner across the plate. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Bruins left fielder Ashley Herrera almost made a diving catch to send the game to extra innings, but the ball dropped to the ground, allowing the Golden Bears to score the game winning run.
UCLA started Sunday's game with hot bats, taking advantage of consecutive one-out singles from Tara Henry and Andrea Duran followed by a bases-clearing two-out double from Zaplatosch to give UCLA a 2-0 lead. The game would then turn into a pitchers duel with Bruin freshman Anjelica Selden tossing a no-hitter through six and two-thirds innings before Cal's Haley Woods connected on a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Selden did get the win as UCLA triumphed by a 2-1 margin for the first Pac-10 victory of the 2005 season.
Bruins Host 'Strike Out Cancer Day' on April 17
UCLA Softball will host 'Strike Out Cancer Day' on Sunday, April 17, for its game against Arizona. The day's events will include a prize drawing for all fans in attendance. UCLA Softball is donating a number of items for a prize drawing to take place during the game. In exchange, fans will be encouraged to make donations to the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation to aid in cancer research. For more information, please visit the Softball page on www.uclabruins.com.
UCLA vs. Arizona State: UCLA leads series 78-17; Last Meeting: UCLA won 10-0 (5 inn) on May 15, 2004, at Easton Stadium; Last Sun Devils Win: ASU won 2-1 on May 25, 2002, at the Women's College World Series.
UCLA vs. Arizona: UCLA leads series 53-47; Last Meeting: UCLA won 3-2 on May 14, 2004, at Easton Stadium; Last Wildcats Win: Arizona won 5-4 on Apr. 4, 2004 in Tucson.