Softball Opens Pac-10 Play at Easton Stadium This Weekend
March 30, 2006
With Tuesday's doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara rained out, the Bruins will play their next game on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium, the team's Pac-10 opener against Stanford. The Bruins will then complete the weekend's schedule with Saturday and Sunday contests against California.
Pac-10 Play Opens At Home, First Time Since 1999
This is the first year that UCLA has opened Pac-10 play at home since the 1999 season when UCLA finished with a 63-6 record and posted a 22-6 conference record en route to winning both the Pac-10 and NCAA titles. The opponents for that opening weekend were Cal and Stanford with UCLA sweeping a pair of doubleheaders on March 27 and 28. The 1999 season was also the final year of the 28-game conference schedule, as the Pac-10 has used a 21-game conference slate since 2000.
Bruins Split Weekend Set
After taking 10 days away from competition for winter quarter final exams, UCLA returned to action on Saturday afternoon at Cal State Northridge, earning a 1-0 victory over the Matadors. UCLA pounded out five hits, and was led by junior centerifelder Tara Henry who went 2-for-3 with a pair of infield singles and scored the game's only run on the day. In the circle, Lisa Dodd allowed just two hits and struck out three to earn her 13th victory of the season.
On Sunday at Easton Stadium, the Bruins faced No. 16/18 Northwestern, taking a second-inning lead on a solo home run from Jodie Legaspi. After Northwestern tied the game in the fourth and took a 2-1 lead in the sixth, a Caitlin Benyi home run tied the game at 2-2 before the Wildcats pushed across the game-winning run in the top of the seventh. Anjelica Selden struck out eight batters in the game and took the loss to fall to 15-2 on the season.
UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents
No. 5/5 Stanford (26-4): UCLA leads series 42-10. Last Meeting: UCLA won two of the teams three meetings during the 2005 season. All three games were played in Westwood after an early-season rain out at Stanford on April 8.
No. 6/7 California (29-3): UCLA leads series 68-17. Last Meeting: The teams split their two meetings last season with the teams splitting an early-season weekend pair in Berkeley, Cal taking the April 29 meeting in Westwood and the Bruins winning the opening game of the Women's College World Series over the Golden Bears.