Benyi Triples UCLA Softball Past Arizona State, 1-0
April 29, 2006
LOS ANGELES - A triple from UCLA senior Caitlin Benyi was one of just four hits on the day and led to the only run of the game as the Bruins (39-5, 11-3 Pac-10) defeated Arizona State, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at Easton Stadium. Lisa Dodd pitched five and a third one-hit innings while Anjelica Selden recorded the final five outs of the game, earning the win in the circle.
Prior to the day's first pitch, UCLA honored its 1978 AIAW Championship team, presenting National Championship rings to the Bruins first championship softball team. The day's length of game was also reminiscent of that era of softball as the teams played seven innings in just 96 minutes.
Neither team recorded a hit until the bottom of the fourth inning when a one-out single up the middle by Benyi broke up the no-hitter for ASU's Desiree Serrrano. The Bruins came up with another hit in the fifth inning on a Lisa Dodd single. Pinch-runner Alissa Eno advanced to second on a ground-out by Whitney Holum, but was unable to advance farther.
Dodd was also tossing a no-hitter heading into the sixth inning when Heidi Knabe led off the frame with a single through the left side of the infield. After pinch-runner Delenah Langley was sacrificed to second base, the Bruins brought in Selden to face the top of the ASU order. She got pinch-hitter Bridget Caron to pop out and Michele Smith grounded out to end the inning and the threat. Knabe's single turned out to be the only hit of the contest for the Sun Devils.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Benyi knocked a fly ball to the corner in right field where Michelle Smith was unable to make the play. Benyi safely advanced to third base for a triple and would score during the at-bat of Emily Zaplatosch on a wild pitch for the game's only run.
Dodd struck out two and did not issue a walk during her 5.1 innings in the circle, while Selden came in for the final five outs and struck out two without allowing a hit.
The Bruins and Sun Devils return to action on Sunday at 1 pm. The game is sold out, and UCLA will be honoring its five seniors, Caitlin Benyi, Andrea Duran, Alissa Eno and Emily Zaplatosch prior to the game.
Fans planning to attend Sunday's game should allow extra time for travel and parking as the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is also taking place on campus this weekend.