Softball Completes Regular Season, Hosts Oregon Schools
May 11, 2005
UCLA complets its 2005 regular season this weekend with home games against Oregon and No. 6 Oregon State. Saturday's game will be Senior Day for the lone senior on the Bruins roster, Nicole Sandberg. Sandberg and Oregon State's two seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony. The NCAA Championship field for 2005 will be announced on Sunday at 4:30 pm Pacific Time on ESPNEWS.
Benyi, Dodd Sweep Pac-10 Weekly Honors
UCLA junior Caitlin Benyi has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, and UCLA sophomore Lisa Dodd has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 3-9, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced on Tuesday. Benyi was also honored as the ESPN.com/USA Softball national Player of the Week.
Benyi hit .750 in the weekend sweep of No. 3 Arizona and ASU, going 6-for-8 with six runs scored, a double, three home runs and six RBI for a 2.000 slugging percentage. With her one walk and two hit-by-pitches figured in, Benyi had an .818 on-base percentage for the week, reaching base in 9-of-11 plate appearances. In the win on May 6 over Arizona, Benyi went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, including the game-winning run (UCLA's first of the game). In that contest, Benyi had a double, a single, a solo home and three runs scored. The victory completed a season sweep of the Wildcats by UCLA for the first time since 1985 and the first three-game winning streak for UCLA over Arizona since 1995. In the victory on May 7 over the Sun Devils, Benyi was hit by a pitch in the first inning, had a grand slam home run in the third and was hit by a pitch in the seventh. Sunday's run-rule win saw Benyi go 2-for-2 with two runs scored, including a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Dodd pitched two complete-game shutouts on the road against No. 3 Arizona and Arizona State. In those two starts, Dodd pitched a seven-inning shutout in UCLA's 6-0 win over No. 3 Arizona, striking out three, and followed that performance with a second complete-game shutout, this time a five-inning one-hitter against Arizona State. In the win on May 8, Dodd allowed a two-out hit in the first inning, then proceeded to retire the next 13 batters she faced in the game. The first-inning hit by the Sun Devils was the only base runner of the day for ASU. Her pitching line for the week was a 0.00 ERA, a 2-0 record, two complete-game shutouts, 12 innings pitched, five strikeouts, and two walks, allowing nine hits in the process. Dodd helped the Bruins offensively as well, hitting .500 for the weekend (4-for-8) with two runs scored, a double, a home run and three RBI with a 1.000 slugging percentage.
This is the fifth weekly honor for Benyi and the first for Dodd. The awards are the 87th and 88th all-time honors for the Bruins, respectively.
UCLA vs. Oregon : UCLA leads series 55-11; Last Meeting: Oregon swept a doubleheader against the Bruins on April 2, winning 3-1 and 2-1; Last Bruins Win: UCLA won 2-0 on April 30, 2004, in Eugene.
UCLA vs. Oregon State: UCLA leads series 68-7; Last Meeting: Oregon State won 2-1 on April 1, the Pac-10 opener for both teams; Last Bruins Win: UCLA won 3-1 on May 2, 2004, in Westwood.