Softball Opens Eight-Game Homestand Friday

April 19, 2006

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After a wet weekend in the state of Washington, the Bruin softball team returns to Easton Stadium for an eight-game homestand that will open this weekend with games against Oregon State and Oregon. UCLA will then play host to Washington on April 26 for the completion of Saturday's suspended game and the regularly scheduled 2 pm game before completing its 2006 regular season schedule with the Arizona schools April 28-30.

FANS ENCOURAGED TO ARRIVE EARLY THIS WEEKEND
Fans attending this weekend's series between UCLA and the Oregon State/Oregon are encouraged to arrive early in order to allow adequate time for parking. The primary parking facility for Easton Stadium, Lot 11 (which is just across Bellagio from the stadium), is currently under construction and will not have its full capacity available for this weekend's series with the Beavers and Ducks. Once Lot 11 is full, cars will be directed down to either the Sunset Village lot on DeNeve Drive or to Lot 7 on Charles E. Young Drive, next to Drake Stadium. Parking Services will staff the SV and Lot 7 structures as necessary to accommodate softball fan parking.

UCLA Shuts Out Huskies; Saturday Washed Out
The Bruins knocked out eight hits and pushed across six runs in Friday afternoon's 6-0 victory over Washington. On a cold, overcast day in Seattle, Jodie Legaspi opened the scoring for the Bruins with her 10th home run of the season in the second inning. Caitlin Benyi would go 3-for-4 on the day, knocking in two runs, while?Whitney Holum had a two-RBI single in the fifth inning. Anjelica Selden struck out six and walked one while pitching a four-hit shutout for her 20th win of the season. On Saturday, the teams were able to play two innings before heavy rain and hail, combined with 30+ MPH winds forced a stoppage in play. The game will be resumed on April 26 at noon at Easton Stadium.

Easton Stadium Grand Opening Ceremonies Saturday
Immediately prior to Saturday's game between the Bruins and Ducks, UCLA Softball will recognize the donors who made the renovation of Easton Stadium possible. The facility, with the exception of the Sharron Backus Clubhouse and playing surface, was gutted and re-built between October 2004, and April of 2005. The first game played in the renovated Easton Stadium was on April 15, 2005, in a nationally televised game against Arizona State.

Now that the finishing touches to the facility, including the front entrance landscaping and gate, press box and screening are completed, UCLA plans to recognize its primary donors to the $500,000 renovation project this Saturday. The ceremonies were originally scheduled for April 1, but were postponed due to the mens basketball team's participation in the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis that weekend.

UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents
No. 9/9 Oregon State (30-7, 2-4 Pac-10): UCLA leads the all-time series 70-7. Last Season: Oregon State won the Pac-10 opener for both teams on April 1 in Corvallis, Ore., before UCLA swept the final two games of the regular season at Easton Stadium with scores of 9-0 (5 inn) and 5-1. The Beavers were still able to come out of the four-way tie for the Pac-10 title with the conferences automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Notable: OSU head coach Kirk Walker and assistant coach Crissy Buck are both UCLA graduates. Buck was the starting shortstop on UCLA's 1999 NCAA Championship team and played for the Bruins from 1999-2002.

Oregon (19-13, 1-3 Pac-10): UCLA leads the all-time series 55-12. Last Season: The Ducks swept the season series with UCLA last season, winning 3-1 and 2-1 in a doubleheader in Eugene, Ore., on April 2 and taking the final game of the series, 3-0 at Easton Stadium on May 12. Notable: The Ducks have completed just four of the nine Pac-10 games scheduled to have been played at this point in the season. Their March 31 game against Arizona State was suspended and April 2 game vs. Arizona was cancelled due to rain. Oregon's April 7 game at Cal was also suspended due to rain, and last weekend's Civil War games with OSU have been moved to Wed., April 26, in Corvallis., Ore.

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