Softball Hosts Stanford, California This Weekend

April 20, 2004

This Week:
FRIDAY (4/23):
1 pm vs. #T-9/10 Stanford � Easton Stadium
SATURDAY (4/24): 2 pm vs. #5/4 California � Easton Stadium
SUNDAY (4/25): 1 pm vs. #5/4 California � Easton Stadium

UCLA continues its longest homestand of the 2004 season this weekend as the Bruins will play host to the Bay Area schools with a Friday game against Stanford and a weekend set against California. The Bruins have winning all-time records against both schools. Against the Cardinal, UCLA holds a 37-7 all-time advantage, including a sweep of the season series in 2003. The Bruins also swept the regular season series against California. However, the Golden Bears knocked UCLA into the losers bracket at the Women's College World Series with a 7-3 10-inning victory in the opening game of the WCWS for both teams. UCLA was able to get the last word on the 2003 rivalry, defeating the Golden Bears 1-0 in nine innings on Championship Monday as Keira Goerl pitched the first no-hitter in NCAA Championship game history to win UCLA's 10th National Championship. UCLA has a 63-14 all-time record against Cal.

Caitlin Benyi Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Bruin sophomore Caitlin Benyi was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for April 13-19, it was announced on Tuesday. Benyi hit .600 (6-for-10) in three games against Oregon State and Oregon, including a 1.500 slugging percentage, three walks, a .692 on-base percentage, three home runs, three RBIs and three home runs, one in each game of the weekend series. Benyi has currently homered in four straight games for UCLA, and Benyi homers opened and closed the weekend for the Bruins, as she had a lead-off home run to open weekend play in Friday's win over Oregon State before hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning of UCLA's 3-2 win over Oregon on Sunday. It is Benyi's first career Pac-10 weekly honor.

Benyi Blasts Bruins to 2-1 Weekend vs. Oregon Schools
A pair of Caitlin Benyi home runs served as bookends to UCLA's first weekend of Pac-10 play at Easton Stadium, as the sophomore hit a lead-off home run to open the bottom of the first inning of UCLA's 6-0 win over Oregon State and her first-pitch home run to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning defeated Oregon on Sunday afternoon at Easton Stadium. She has now homered in four straight games and has 15 home runs this season.

In UCLA's series opener against Oregon State on Friday, a three-run first inning was followed by a three-run fifth as the Bruins pounded out 10 hits on the day in the team's first Pac-10 win of the season. Keira Goerl moved into ninth place on the NCAA's career victories chart with the win.

The Bruins allowed four runs in the top of the first inning on Saturday against Oregon, and were unable to come back and tie the game, although a two-run homer by Lisa Dodd and a solo shot by Benyi brought the Bruins within one run in the 4-3 loss.

Sunday saw a total team effort from the Bruins, who played 15 of their 19 players, including all three pitchers, against the Ducks in the extra-innings win. After Dodd pitched the first five innings of the game, Michelle Turner came in and pitched three solid innings for the equivalent of a Major League Baseball �hold.� Turner was relieved by Goerl, who struck out three of the six batters she faced in the ninth and 10th innings before Benyi's walk-off shot gave the Bruins a 3-2 win.

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