Benyi Homers Twice as UCLA Run-Rules Oregon State
May 13, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Three home runs and 11 hits powered UCLA over No. 6 Oregon State on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium. The Bruins now have a record of 29-16, 10-10 Pac-10, while OSU is now 40-13, 13-7 Pac-10, with the loss. UCLA junior 2B Caitlin Benyi had two home runs in the game, while 3B Andrea Duran connected on her fifth longball of the season.
The UCLA offense started the scoring early, as Tara Henry drew a one-out walk before Benyi connected on a 3-0 pitch for her ninth home run of the season, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
UCLA manufactured three runs in the second inning, as Krista Colburn led off with a a walk then stole second base before Lisa Dodd dropped a bloop double into right center field, giving UCLA runners at second and third base with no outs. Ashley Herrera followed with a double of her own on a ball that dropped fair then squired to the fence, allowing Herrera to advance, Dodd to go to third and Colburn to score UCLA's third run of the game. An Andrea Duran single to right center plated both Dodd and Herrera for a 5-0 lead for the Bruins after two innings of play.
Another one-out rally plated three additional runs for the Bruins in the third inning. Krista Colburn posted a one-out infield single, followed by a left-side single from Lisa Dodd. After OSU starter Ta'Tanya McElroy was replaced in the circle by Amy Klever, Herrera successfully executed a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position before Andrea Duran connected on her fifth home run of the season, a three-run shot over the scoreboard in left field. A leadoff home run by Benyi in the fourth would complete the scoring on the day with UCLA leading 9-0.
In the circle, Anjelica Selden pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out four without issuing a walk.
The Bruins and Beavers complete the 2005 regular season on Saturday afternoon at Easton Stadium with a scheduled 1 pm first pitch. UCLA's only senior, catcher Nicole Sandberg, will be honored in a pre-game ceremony. Following Saturday's game, the 2005 NCAA Tournament field will be announced at 4:30 pm on Sunday, live on ESPNEWS.