UCLA Kicks Off Homestand Against Washington
April 17, 2003
UCLA will play eight of their next nine games at Easton Stadium,beginning this weekend with Friday and Saturday contests againstthird-ranked Washington. The Huskies and Bruins both hold Pac-10 recordsof 6-3, and are tied for second place in the Pac-10 standings, two gamesbehind first place Arizona (8-1 Pac-10). Saturday's game will feature apresentation of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year trophy toUCLA's Stacey Nuveman, who was the inaugural recipient of the award lastyear. The award will be presented by ASA Regional Commissioner Steve Monson.
Eight Bruins Invited to USA Softball Team Camp
USA Softball has announced a list of 45 players invited to participatein a selection team camp, June 4-8, at the ARCO Olympic Training Centerin Chula Vista, CA. Eight current or former Bruins are among that45-player list, including Courtney Dale (1997, 99-2001), Lisa Fernandez(1990-93), Amanda Freed (1999-2002), Keira Goerl, Lyndsey Klein(1999-2000), Tairia Mims, Stacey Nuveman (1997, 99, 2001-02) and NatashaWatley. Two teams will be selected following the team camp. The Nationalteam will represent the USA at the U.S. Cup in Honolulu, HI (June19-22), the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., Canada (July 4-13) and the PanAmerican Games in Santo Domingo (August 5-14). The USA Softball EliteTeam will compete in the Canada Cup as well as the Japan Cup inYokohama, Japan (July 18-20). USA Softball has scheduled the Women'sOlympic Team Selection camp for September 3-8, 2003 in Chula Vista, CA.For a complete list of players invited to the June Team Camp, log on towww.usasoftball.com
Benyi Blasts Three Home Runs in Oregon
The Bruins opened their weekend of play in Corvallis, OR, with a 6-1victory over Oregon State. The game featured home runs by Natasha Watleyand Tairia Mims and an eight-strikeout effort by Keira Goerl. OnSaturday, the Bruins fell behind early to Oregon, and were down 5-1before staging an impressive comeback that fell just short. The first ofCaitlin Benyi's three weekend home runs started the Bruin comback in thefifth inning, a solo shot to left field. In the sixth, the Bruins usedthree substitutes and loaded the bases with one out, but were unable topush a run across to shorten the gap. The top of the order led off theinning on singles by Watley, Benyi (scoring Watley) and Mims, before anRBI single by Stephanie Ramos brought the Bruins to with one run at 5-4.Unfortunately, UCLA was unable to push the tying run across, and lost bythat score.
Sunday's game was a story of Bruin domination, as UCLA chased Oregonstarting pitcher Anissa Meashintubby from the game after facing justthree batters. The top of the UCLA order did the majority of the damagein the 9-3 victory, as the top four batters in the lineup went 10-for-15including two doubles and three home runs. Benyi recorded her fourthhome run of the season, a two-run shot, in the second inning, andfollowed with another two-run homer in the fourth. Claire Sua postedUCLA's third home run of the day with a two-run shot of her own in theseventh inning, followed by a solo home run from Toria Auelua thatcompleted the 9-3 UCLA win that was delayed by over an hour due to rain.
UCLA vs. This Week's Opponent
No. 3/3 Washington-- UCLA holds a 27-12 all-time record against theHuskies, including last year's 2-1 series win. The Huskies have a recordof 37-5-1 (6-3 Pac-10). Washington travels to Easton Stadium havingswept the Oregon schools, defeating Oregon 9-0 in five innings onFriday, Oregon State by a 3-1 margin on Saturday, and winning on Mondayby a 7-0 margin after the game was postponed by a day due to rain inCorvallis. The Huskies are coached by Teresa Wilson.
Next Week in Bruin Softball
UCLA remains at Easton Stadium for the next two weekends, hosting theBay Area schools on April 25-27 before traveling to Washington for anApril 30 game and returning home May 2-4 for the final three regularseason home games of 2003.