Softball Completes Regular Season at Cal, Stanford
May 10, 2006
UCLA enters the final week of Pac-10 play with a 14-3 conference record and a 'magic number' of 1 to clinch the 2006 Pac-10 title over Arizona. Any combination of one UCLA win over its last three conference games or one Arizona loss over its last four will give the Bruins the conference championship and corresponding automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Tournament field will be announced on Sunday at 12:30 pm Pacific Time on ESPNews.
Bruins Win Two, Wash Out One in Oregon
UCLA was able to post a 7-0 victory at Oregon on Friday and a 1-0 win at No. 5 Oregon State on Saturday, but Sunday's contest against the Beavers in Corvallis was rained out.
On Friday, UCLA opened the scoring with a five-run second inning, sending nine players to the plate. A two-RBI single from Krista Colburn and RBI singles from Tara Henry and Caitlin Benyi aided in the five-run effort. An additional two runs came home in the sixth inning when Ashley Herrera and Henry opened the inning with slap-hit singles and Andrea Duran narrowly missed a home run, putting a two-RBI triple off of the yellow piping atop the fence in right center to make the score 7-0 in UCLA's favor.
In contrast, Saturday's contest was a pitchers duel. The Bruins had runners on the corners in the first inning but were unable to score, while Oregon State was unable to advance any of their five base runners past second base during the first three innings of play. Anjelica Selden entered the game with one out in the third inning and retired all 14 batters she faced, seven via strikeout, to top 800 career K's. Offensively, UCLA got all it needed in the top of the fifth as Duran doubled and Benyi had the RBI single to lead UCLA to the 1-0 win.
NCAA Selection This Sunday
Following this weekend's schedule of games at Cal and Stanford, the Bruins will return home to await NCAA Tournament selection. The 2006 NCAA Division I Softball Selection Show will air live on ESPNews at 12:30 pm this Sunday, May 14. UCLA has held the top spot in both national polls since April 11.
The Bruins have hosted an NCAA Regional site in five of the last seven seasons. Last year, UCLA was the No. 7 seed in the NCAA field and played host to a Regional site as well as a Super Regional, the first year this format was used. Information on UCLA's postseason schedule will be posted on the Bruins website at www.uclabruins.com as soon as possible following Sunday's selection show.
UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents
No. 5/6 California (42-11, 10-8 Pac-10): UCLA leads the all-time series 69-18. Last Meetings: Cal and UCLA split the pair of games they played at Easton Stadium on April 1-2, with Cal taking Saturday's game by a 10-3 score and UCLA winning on Sunday by a 3-1 margin.
No. 9/10 Stanford (33-15, 7-11 Pac-10): UCLA leads the all-time series 43-10. Last Meeting: UCLA won the Pac-10 opener for both teams by a 5-4 margin on March 31 in dramatic fashion, as a walk-off double with two outs in the seventh inning by Whitney Holum broke a 4-4 tie.