Softball Travels to Seattle for Weekend Set
April 12, 2006
Through two weekends of conference play, the Bruins sit atop the Pac-10 standings with a 5-1 record. UCLA continues a five-game road swing this weekend, playing Friday and Saturday games at Washington. Friday's game is scheduled for a 3 pm PT first pitch, and will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net. In Southern California, it will air on FSN Prime Ticket this Sunday, April 16, at 1 am and 3 pm, on Monday, April 17, at noon, and on Wednesday, April 19, at 2 pm.
Andrea Duran Earns Four Weekly Honors
Bruin senior 3B Andrea Duran has been named the USA Softball/ESPN.com National Player of the Week, Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week, Pac-10 Player of the Week and UCLA/MetRx Student-athlete of the Week following her performance at Arizona State and Arizona last weekend. She hit .545 for the weekend series with home runs to lead off both Friday and Sundays games as well as a her first career two-home run game at Arizona State on Friday. For the weekend, her totals included a .545 average (6-for-11) with five runs scored, a double, three home runs, four RBI and a 1.455 slugging percentage.
Bruins Sweep Arizona Schools
UCLA hit seven home runs as a team and out-scored its opponents 17-8 last weekend, notching a 7-4 win over No. 9/8 Arizona State before sweeping No. 2/4 Arizona in Tucson with scores of 2-1 and 8-3. In addition to Duran's award-winning performance, Scottsdale, Ariz., natives Caitlin Benyi and Emily Zaplatosch also homered in their final career game at Arizona's Hillenbrand Stadium. UCLA's wins on Saturday and Sunday were the first two home losses of the 2006 season for the Wildcats.
Legaspi, Selden Named to USA Softball Top-25
Two Bruins, junior shortstop Jodie Legaspi and sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden, have been named among the 25 finalists for the 5th Annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. The Top 25 is comprised of players representing 18 colleges and seven different NCAA Division I Conferences. Among the list are 12 seniors, seven juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen.
On May 10, just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named. On May 31 the list will be cut to three and those final three players will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner at the 2006 NCAA Women's College World Series. Past winners of the award include Stacey Nuveman (UCLA-2002), Cat Osterman (Texas-2003, `05) and Jessica Van der Linden (Florida State-2004).
UCLA vs. This Week's Opponent
No. 14/14 Washington (28-12, 2-4 Pac-10): UCLA leads series 35-18. Last Season: Washington took two of three meetings with the Bruins last season with UCLA winning 4-3 on April 22 and UW taking the April 23 meeting by a 2-1 margin and the April 27 game in Seattle by a score of 3-2.