Caitlin Benyi Named NFCA National Player of the Week

May 12, 2004

UCLA sophomore 2B Caitlin Benyi has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week for the week of May 3-9.

This marks the second consecutive week that a Bruin has claimed the honor. Pitcher Keira Goerl took National Player of the Week honors last week.

Benyi led UCLA at the plate in four games last week. She went 9-for-15 (.600) with three doubles and three home runs against teams ranked among the nation's top 10.

Benyi went 2-for-4 against Washington and 2-for-3 against California in losing efforts. She hit a solo home run against the Bears and delivered a double in the 2-1 loss.

She tied a UCLA single-game record with two home runs in Sunday's 7-1 against Stanford. Six of her nine hits on the week were for extra bases, as she slugged at a 1.400 clip.

Benyi had multiple hits in all four of UCLA's games last week. On the season, the sophomore from Scottsdale, Ariz., leads the team with a .380 batting average, 18 home runs and 32 RBIs.

The Bruins return to action on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium with a 1 pm first pitch against No. 1 Arizona. UCLA then concludes its regular season on Saturday at 1 pm with a doubleheader against Arizona State. On Sunday, the NCAA Tournament field will be announced at 5:30 pm PT on ESPNews. UCLA has been selected to host an NCAA Regional beginning May 20.

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