Softball Plays Three Games This Week

Feb. 14, 2006

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UCLA's offense exploded in its first weekend of the 2006 season. In the opener alone, the Bruins set four offensive school records with 22 runs scored, 21 RBI, 14 walks and a 12-run fourth inning. The 22 runs scored and 21 RBI top the team's total through the first five games of the 2005 season when UCLA had a .283 team batting average with 20 runs, 18 RBI and 12 extra-base hits to its credit at that point. Through the same number of games in 2006, UCLA has a .443 team batting average with 54 runs scored, 49 RBI and 22 extra-base hits to go with four run-rule victories and a 2-1 win over San Diego. The Bruins currently have 12 multi-hit player-games, a mark that was not reached until the 16th game of the 2005 season.

Bruins Win Campbell/Cartier Tournament
UCLA blazed through the competition at the 2005 Campbell/Cartier season-opening tournament in San Diego last weekend, posting four run-rule victories and five total wins for the weekend. Three UCLA pinch-hitters, Kristen Dedmon, Celina Rubalcaba and Danielle Peterson, all had hits in their lone official at-bat of the tournament while the Bruins currently have five multi-game starters with a .400 batting average or higher, Jaisa Creps with a .600 average, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored.

Of the eight Bruin hitters who started all five games last weekend, seven of them are hitting over .300, led by Emily Zaplatosch (8-for-16, 3 R, 4-2B, 3 RBI) and Jodie Legaspi (8-for-16, 3 R, 2-2B, 1-HR, 7 RBI) who are both hitting .500. The Bruins RBI leader is currently senior 3B Andrea Duran, who is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with seven runs scored, two triples, a home run and eight RBI, while Caitlin Benyi and Tara Henry have eight runs scored apiece.

In the circle, sophomore Anjelica Selden continues to dominate, having pitched 15 innings with 34 strikeouts, one walk, three hits and a 0.00 ERA.

Ticket Sales Underway for March 15 vs. Michigan
Although UCLA does not generally sell advance tickets for softball, tickets for the Bruins March 15 game against Michigan are currently on sale. The game, which features a rematch of the 2005 NCAA Championship Series participants, is scheduled for a 6 pm PT first pitch and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents
Long Beach State (2-3): UCLA leads series 58-7. Last Meeting: UCLA won 5-1 on Mar. 11, 2004, the third of three meetings between the Bruins and 493rd that season -- all UCLA victories.

#22/20 Fresno State (2-3): UCLA leads series 36-10. Last Meeting: UCLA won 7-0 on March 6, 2005, at the Bingham Toyota Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif., as Anjelica Selden struck out 16 while throwing her second no-hitter in as many days Notable: The Bruins and Bulldogs have faced off in the NCAA Championship Game four times, most recently in 1990. UCLA is 4-0 in those games. The Bulldogs will play a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday against Pacific before traveling to Los Angeles.

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