NCAA Softball Regional Begins Friday

May 17, 2006

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UCLA, the 2006 Pac-10 Conference Champion, opens postseason play on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium as the top seed in the NCAA Tournament as the Bruins take aim at a 12th National Championship. The Bruins open against Missouri State with Long Beach State and San Diego State also appearing in UCLA's regional.

Tickets For NCAA Regional On Sale Now!
Tickets for UCLA Softball's NCAA Regional are currently on sale through the UCLA Central Ticket Office. A three-day All-Sessions ticket is $28 for adults and $16 for students and can be pre-purchased via phone at 310-UCLA-WIN. Single-day passes are $10 for adults and $6 for students and will be on sale at the gate on gamedays.

Bruins Clinch Pac-10 Crown
The Bruins broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the fourth inning on May 11 at California en route to a 2-0 win that clinched the 2006 Pac-10 Championship. After Andrea Duran led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Krista Colburn, Caitlin Benyi had an RBI single to score Duran and stole second base before scoring on a single by Emily Zaplatosch to give the Bruins the 2-0 lead. Anjelica Selden pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out nine. UCLA went on to drop two one-run contests at Stanford to finish out conference play, but still earned the top seed in this year's NCAA Tournament field.

Duran Pac-10 Player of the Year, Enquist COY
UCLA's Andrea Duran has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Year and head coach Sue Enquist the conference Coach of the Year, it was announced on Wednesday. Duran completed the regular season leading the Bruins in batting average, hits, RBI, slugging percentage, stolen bases, doubles, triples and home runs. This is the 11th time that a UCLA player has been selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Year and the first time since Natasha Watley earned the honor in 2003. It is the third Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor for Enquist, who piloted UCLA to its eighth Pac-10 Championship, and her first since the 1999 season.

A total of nine Bruins earned All-Conference honors with Caitlin Benyi, Duran, Jodie Legaspi and Anjelica Selden earning first-team honors, Krista Colburn and Emily Zaplatosch named to the second team and Lisa Dodd, Alissa Eno and Tara Henry tabbed for Honorable Mention notice.

UCLA vs. NCAA Regional Opponents
No. 2 seed San Diego State (32-13 At-Large, Mountain West): UCLA leads the all-time series 54-2. Last Meetings: The Bruins won the teams lone meeting this season with a 2-1 win at the Campbell/Cartier Tournament on Feb. 12. Notable: The Bruins and Aztecs met in the 2001 NCAA Regional at Easton Stadium with UCLA winning 3-1 and 11-0 (5 inn). Aztecs associate head coach Kelly (Howard) Warren played at UCLA from 1993-96.

No. 3 seed Long Beach State (30-20, At-Large, Big West): UCLA leads the all-time series 59-8. Last Meetings: The Bruins and Beach split a pair of meetings this season, both taking place at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif. On Feb. 15, Long Beach State won 1-0 despite being one-hit by Bruin sophomore Anjelica Selden. In the March 12 rematch, the Bruins prevailed 4-2. Notable: Long Beach State assistant coach Stephanie Swenson played at UCLA from 1998-2001.

No. 4 seed Missouri State (40-15, Missouri Valley Champions): UCLA leads the all-time series 2-0. Last Meeting: The Bruins and Bears last met on May 18, 1996, at NCAA Regionals with UCLA prevailing 8-2. Notable: Previously known as Southwest Missouri State, this is the Bears first year as Missouri State.

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