Softball Hosts Five Games This Week
April 25, 2006
UCLA faces an unusually busy Pac-10 schedule this week, as Washington travels to Los Angeles on Wednesday for 12 scheduled innings before the Bruins play host to Arizona and Arizona State on the weekend. Wednesday's schedule will begin at noon with the resumption of a game that was washed out in Seattle on April 15. Play will begin in the top of the third inning with UCLA's Ashley Herrera leading off. The regularly scheduled game then take place with the Bruins batting as the home team.
After playing host to Arizona on Friday afternoon at 1 pm, the Bruins play host to Arizona State for the final regular season games of the 2006 season. Prior to Saturday's game, UCLA will present AIAW National Championship rings to members of the 1978 softball team, while Sunday will be Senior Day at Easton Stadium, honoring Caitlin Benyi, Andrea Duran, Alissa Eno and Emily Zaplatosch. Sunday's game against Arizona is SOLD OUT.
FANS ENCOURAGED TO ARRIVE EARLY ON WEDNESDAY
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.
Bruins Sweep Ducks, Fall to Beavers
Two solo home runs powered Oregon State to a 2-0 win over UCLA on Friday at Easton Stadium, but the Bruins bounced back with a pair of wins over Oregon to complete the weekend. After honoring the donors who made the $500,000 renovation of Easton Stadium possible, UCLA put up six runs in the bottom of the first inning, sending 11 batters to the plate in the frame Jodie Legaspi added a two-run home run in the fourth inning and Lisa Dodd tied her career-high with 10 strikeouts in the circle.
The Bruins kept the offense going on Sunday, batting around and scoring five runs in the second inning of a 5-2 win. Legaspi led off the frame with her 12th home run of the season and a two-run single by Krista Colburn and a sacrifice fly from Caitlin Benyi sealed the victory. Sunday's game was the 50th career victory for Bruin sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden, who passed DeeDee Weiman for fifth place on UCLA's career strikeout list in the sixth inning of Sunday's game when she recorded her 747th career K.
UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents
No. 14/14 Washington (29-15, 3-7 Pac-10): UCLA leads the all-time series 36-18. Last Meeting: UCLA won 6-0 on April 14 in Seattle in a game televised by FOX Sports Net. Notable: The Bruins and Huskies played two innings of the April 15 game before winds of up to 33 MPH combined with heavy rain and hail forced the suspension of the game. The teams will resume that game at noon on Wednesday before playing the originally scheduled game.
No. 3/3 Arizona (34-8, 5-5 Pac-10): UCLA leads the all-time series 58-47. Last Meeting: UCLA swept both games in Tucson earlier this month, winning 2-1 and 8-3. In the April 9 game, all three of UCLA's senior starters, Benyi, Duran and Zaplatosch, homered in their final game at Hillenbrand Stadium. Notable: UCLA has now won six straight meetings with the Wildcats dating back to the 2004 season.
No. 8/10 Arizona State (41-7, 5-4 Pac-10): UCLA leads the all-time series 82-17. Last Meeting: UCLA won by a 7-4 margin on April 7 in Tempe. Notable: The Sun Devils are vastly improved from last season, when they posted a 4-17 record for their Pac-10 season.