Softball Begins Second Half of Pac-10 Schedule in Oregon

April 28, 2004

This Week:
FRIDAY (4/30):
2 pm at #11/11 Oregon � Eugene, OR
Saturday (5/1): 2 pm at #16/18 Oregon State � Corvallis, OR
Sunday (5/2): 1 pm at #16/18 Oregon State � Corvallis, OR

The Bruins begin the second half of the Pac-10 schedule the same way they opened conference play, with two consecutive road weekends. The excursion begins this Friday, as UCLA travels to Eugene, OR, for the deciding game of the season series against Oregon. The Bruins and Ducks split the weekend series in Westwood two weeks ago, and the Bruins hold a 54-9 advantage in the all-time series.

UCLA will then travel to Corvallis, OR, for a weekend set against Oregon State. The Bruins and Beavers have split their two earlier meetings this season with OSU winning 3-2 in a non-conference game at the Clovis Auto Row Classic on Mar. 14, and the Bruins winning the Pac-10 matchup at Easton Stadium on Apr. 16. UCLA holds a 66-6 all-time record against Oregon State.

Bruins Take Two from California, Fall to Stanford, 1-0
Last weekend featured a pitchers duel between UCLA's Keira Goerl and Stanford's Dana Sorenson, as each pitcher struck out eight opposing batters. UCLA had its chances in the game, but lost 1-0 to the Cardinal in Friday's action. It was the first time this season that the Bruins had been shut out.

After head coach Sue Enquist made some lineup changes for Saturday's contest against Cal, the Bruin softball team responded with five runs in a game that featured 3-for-4 performances with an RBI and two runs scored from both lead off hitter Stephanie Ramos, who hit her 10th home run of the season in the sixth inning, and Caitlin Benyi, who had occupied the top spot in the lineup all season, but moved down to third on Saturday. Claire Sua accounted for two RBIs on the day, including a perfectly executed suicide squeeze play in the fifth inning to score Benyi. Lisa Dodd got the win for the Bruins while Goerl recorded her second career save.

Sunday's game followed a similar pattern as Andrea Duran scored on a Claire Sua single in the first and third innings before Ramos took her 11th home run of the season over the right field fence to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. The Golden Bears scored an unearned in the top of the seventh inning, but Goerl was able to record her 18th victory of the season, striking out three and scattering seven hits.

Two Bruins Among USA Softball's 25 Player of the Year Finalists
ASA/USA Softball announced its 25-player list of finalists for the third annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award on April 7. The list included two Bruin seniors, Keira Goerl and Stephanie Ramos. Goerl was on the initial watch list , and Ramos, who was added to the list after proving herself as UCLA's top hitter so far this season. The list will be cut to 10 players on Friday, April 20. Former UCLA great Stacey Nuveman won the inaugural award following the 2002 season. This award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

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