Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament Next for Bruin Softball
March 1, 2006
UCLA plays host to the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament this weekend with Cal Poly, Santa Clara and San Jose State coming to Easton Stadium for the weekend's schedule. The tournament is named for former Bruin Stacy Winsberg who played on UCLA's 1982, `84 and `85 NCAA Championship teams. Winsberg passed away on the morning of December 12, 2002, from a cerebral blood clot. She had been battling lung cancer since early that fall.
Andrea Duran, Anjelica Selden Earn Pac-10 Weekly Honors
UCLA's Andrea Duran and Anjelica Selden earned the Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the Week awards for Feb. 20-26, it was announced on Tuesday. For the complete release, please Click Here.
Bruins Down Highlanders, Sweep Palm Springs Foes
UCLA's Andrea Duran led the way for the Bruins at UCR on Tuesday, going 2-for-2 with two doubles, a sacrifice fly and two RBI as UCLA won 2-0. Lisa Dodd struck out five and walked one in the shutout victory to improve to 4-0 on the 2006 season.
UCLA then traveled to the Palm Springs Classic where the Bruins joined Oregon State and Texas as the only teams to go 5-0 in tournament play. The weekend's schedule included wins over three ranked teams, No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 19 LSU. Against A&M, Lisa Dodd went 3-for-3 with a double and two solo home runs before being walked in the sixth inning. At the Palm Springs Classic, sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden struck out 41 batters, including 15 against the Sooners and went 4-0 with an 0.30 ERA for the weekend.
Ticket Sales Underway for March 15 vs. Michigan
Although UCLA does not generally sell advance tickets for softball, tickets for the Bruins March 15 game against Michigan are currently on sale. The game, which features a rematch of the 2005 NCAA Championship Series participants, is scheduled for a 6 pm PT first pitch and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
April 14 Game at Washington Will Be Televised
UCLA's April 14 game at Washington will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net. Exact air times have not yet been announced, but will be no earlier than the Sunday following the game (Apr. 16). This is one of three games selected for the Pac-10 television package, which also includes Arizona at Stanford on April 21, and Cal at Oregon State on April 28.
UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents
Cal Poly (4-11): UCLA leads series 16-3. Last Meeting: The Bruins posted a 13-0 five-inning victory over the Mustangs on Feb. 9 at the Campbell/Cartier Tournament. Notable: Cal Poly head coach Jenny Condon coached with UCLA assistant Gina Vecchione at Oregon State. Both of Poly's assistant coaches, Keira Goerl and Claire Sua, played at UCLA and were members of the 2003 and 2004 back-to-back NCAA Championship teams.
Santa Clara (5-8): UCLA leads series 12-0. Last Meeting: UCLA won 6-5 on Mar. 6, 2006, at the Bingham Toyota Bulldog Classic
San Jose State (6-6): UCLA leads series 8-0. Last Meeting: UCLA won 3-0 on Feb. 5, 2002, at the Cal State Northridge Early Bird Classic in a game played at UCLA's Easton Stadium
Selden Strikes Out Competition
Sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden has picked up in 2006 right where she left off at last year's Women's College World Series. Through nine appearances in 2006, Selden has pitched five complete-game shutouts in seven starts, holding an 8-1 record and 0.13 ERA. Selden has struck out 106 batters while walking just 16 for a 6.6:1 K:BB ratio and an average of 13.6 strikeouts per seven innings pitched.
During those nine appearances in the circle, Selden has recorded 13 innings with three strikeouts, including five instances of striking out the side (three up, three down).
Three Bruin Seniors Drafted by NPF
Three of UCLA's senior starters, Caitlin Benyi, Andrea Duran and Emily Zaplatosch were all selected in the first round of the National Pro Fastpitch draft on Feb. 16. Duran was selected by the Connecticut Braketts while Zaplatosch was drafted by the Texas Thunder and Benyi was chosen by the Akron Racers. Players selected in the senior draft will be permitted to pursue any available roster spot on their assigned team following the completion of their NCAA eligibility but may not try out or sign with the respective franchise or an agent until the 2006 college season is finished. UCLA had more players selected than any other school with three.
Five Bruins Named to USA Softball Watch List
Among the 50 players named by the Amateur Softball Association to the fifth annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award are five UCLA players. Seniors Caitlin Benyi, Andrea Duran and Emily Zaplatosch are joined by junior Jodie Legaspi and sophomore Anjelica Selden comprise 10 percent of the national list. UCLA's Stacey Nuveman won the inaugural USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award in her senior season of 2002.
A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a Top-25 finalist, but once the Top-25 is named on April 5, the remaining finalists must be selected from that list. The list will be cut to 10 players on May 10 and three finalists will be announced May 31 with the 2006 winner being named during the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City in June.
Bruins Set Four School Records on Opening Day
UCLA's 2006 season began with an offensive explosion at the Campbell/Cartier Tournament in San Diego, Calif. In the first game of the season, UCLA defeated Sacramento State by a 22-3 margin. That game saw the Bruins establish four new school records: 22 runs scored, 12 runs scored in an inning (bottom of the 4th), 14 walks and 21 RBI. Individually, Tara Henry tied the school record with four runs scored in that game and recorded three walks, tied for the fifth-most in a game in Bruin history. Caitlin Benyi recorded five RBI in the contest, including a grand slam home run. Five RBI in a single game is the third-highest total in UCLA history, a mark that has been reached 27 times including this instance.
During the Campbell/Cartier Tournament, seven of the eight Bruin hitters who started all five games hit over .300, led by Emily Zaplatosch (8-for-16, 3 R, 4-2B, 3 RBI) and Jodie Legaspi (8-for-15, 3 R, 2-2B, 1-HR, 7 RBI) who both hit .500.