Softball Opens Five-Game Road Swing at Arizona State

April 5, 2006

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After opening Pac-10 play with a 2-1 record at Easton Stadium last weekend, UCLA now takes to the road for its next five games. The road trip opens this weekend with a Friday night contest at Arizona State before heading south for Saturday and Sunday contests at Arizona.

Holum, Colburn Hit Bruins to Two Wins
Both of UCLA's victories on the opening weekend of Pac-10 play featured an impressive offensive performance by a Bruin hitter. Friday's win over Stanford was thanks in large part to junior DP Whitney Holum. A two-out, two-RBI single with the bases loaded in the fifth inning tied the game at 4-4 and Holum would end the game with an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, completing a 2-for-3 day with three of the team's five RBI.

Sunday's win over California featured a similar performance by sophomore outfielder Krista Colburn, who knocked her fourth home run of the season with one out in the bottom of the first inning and followed with her team-leading fourth triple of the season to score two more Bruin runs in the bottom of the second inning. That was all the offense UCLA would need on the day, as UCLA went on to win, 3-1.

Selden Records 700th Career Strikeout
When California's Gina Leomiti struck out to open the bottom of the fifth inning on April 2, she became the 700th strikeout victim in the young career of UCLA sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden. Selden set the UCLA single-season strikeout record as a freshman in 2005, and is now less than 400 strikeouts away from the Bruins career strikeout record of 1,095, held by All-American Keira Goerl. Selden's current career total of 703 strikeouts ranks sixth on UCLA's all-time list, with Olympic gold medalists Amanda Freed (760) and Lisa Fernandez (784) less than 100 strikeouts away. DeeDee Weiman is fifth on UCLA's all-time list with 746 career K's.

UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents
No. 9/9 Arizona State (37-3, 1-0 Pac-10): UCLA leads series 81-17. Last Season: UCLA swept the season series last year, winning 4-0 at Easton Stadium on April 15 before winning 6-0 and 8-0 (5 inn) in Tempe on May 7-8. Notable: The Sun Devils were only able to complete one of their three scheduled games around rainstorms in Oregon last weekend. On Friday, their game at Oregon was suspended with a 2-1 ASU lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Saturday saw a 3-2 eight-inning win at Oregon State and Sunday's game was rained out. The suspended game will be completed and the rained out game will be played on the final weekend of the regular season when the Oregon schools travel to Arizona.

No. 1/3 Arizona (30-4, 1-1 Pac-10): UCLA leads series 56-47. Last Season: UCLA won all three meetings against the Wildcats with 9-1 (6 inn) and 6-1 victories April 15-16 at Easton Stadium and a 6-0 Bruin victory on May 6 in Tucson. Notable: The Wildcats were rained out on Sunday at Oregon after losing at Oregon State on Friday and defeating the Ducks on Saturday. The rainout will be made up on May 11 in Tucson.

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