Softball Hosts UNLV, MIchigan This Week
March 13, 2006
This week, the Bruins will play two non-conference single games before taking 10 days away from competition so the players can focus on winter quarter final exams. Tuesday afternoon, UCLA plays host to UNLV in a single game at 2:30 pm before playing host to a nationally televised game against Michigan on Wednesday.
Approximately 250 Tickets Remain for Michigan Game
As of March 13, just over 250 tickets remain for Wednesday's 2005 NCAA Championship Series rematch between UCLA and Michigan at Easton Stadium. Tickets for Wednesday's game are currently on sale at 310-UCLA-WIN or online through ticketmaster.com. The game, which features a rematch of the 2005 NCAA Championship Series participants, is scheduled for a 6:05 pm PT first pitch and will be nationally televised live on ESPN2. The first 1,000 fans in attendance at the game will receive a glow-in-the-dark necklace.
Bruins Go 6-0 Last Week
UCLA opened last week's schedule with a 10-inning marathon against Cal State Fullerton. The Bruins prevailed, winning 1-0 in the bottom of the 10th inning on an RBI single by centerfielder Tara Henry. Anjelica Selden pitched a three-hit shutout against the Titans, striking out 19 in the game.
The Bruins then traveled to Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif., for the Long Beach State Tournament. UCLA was the only team to go undefeated in tournament play, posting two victories over No. 24/23 Mississippi State to go with wins over Mercer, Syracuse and host Long Beach State.
Returning from the lineup after missing eight games with an ankle injury, Caitlin Benyi hit .538 at the Long Beach State Tournament with a 1.231 slugging percentage and a .588 on-base percentage. Benyi led the team with two home runs, seven hits, three doubles and eight RBI on the weekend and created RBIs four different ways: sacrifice fly, single, double and home run. Benyi's home runs were the 50th and 51st of her UCLA career and went over the centerfield fence in a park where that fence is approximately 250 feet from the plate. A standard NCAA softball field has a centerfield fence at a maximum of 225 feet.
Other notables from the weekend's games came from Andrea Duran and Krista Colburn. Last weekend, Duran became the first Bruin in three years to steal three bases in a single game and she repeated the feat in Saturday's win over Mercer. Colburn knocked two triples in Saturday evening's win over Syracuse, becoming the first Bruin in 11 years to post two triples in the same game (Nicole Odom, Feb. 18, 1995, vs. California).
UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents
UNLV (13-13): UCLA leads series 19-1. Last Meeting: UCLA won 4-1 on May 21, 2005, at NCAA Regionals in an elimination bracket game at Easton Stadium.
No. 9/9 Michigan (11-5): UCLA leads series 8-4-1. Last Meeting: Michigan won the 2005 NCAA Championship Series with the Bruins taking the opening game, 5-0, before falling 5-2 and 4-1 (10 innings) last June. Notable: Michigan assistant coach Jen Brundage was a Honda Award Winning softball player at UCLA from 1992-95.