Bruin Softball Travels to Lakewood, Calif.
March 9, 2006
The fourth-ranked Bruin softball team travels to Lakewood, Calif., this weekend for its final regular season tournament of the 2006 season. At the Long Beach State Tournament, the Bruins will face No. 24/RV Mississippi State, Mercer, Syracuse and the host 49ers.
Just Over 300 Tickets Remain for Michigan Game
As of March 7, only 315 tickets remain for next week's NCAA Championship Series rematch between UCLA and Michigan at Easton Stadium. Although UCLA does not generally sell advance tickets for softball, tickets for the Bruins March 15 game against Michigan are currently on sale at 310-UCLA-WIN or online through ticketmaster.com. 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.
Selden Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
UCLA sophomore Anjelica Selden has earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for a second consecutive week. Selden went 3-0 with a 0.37 ERA last weekend at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Classic, pitching two one-hitters and fanning 32 of the 66 batters she faced over 19 innings in the circle. Opposing batters hit just .081 against her on the week. This is Selden's sixth Pac-10 Player of the Week award and UCLA's 90th weekly honor all-time.
Bruins Outscore Winsberg Opponents 49-6, Go 6-0
The Bruin offense produced 49 runs, a .362 batting average and a .645 slugging percentage last weekend at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament while posting an undefeated record against Cal Poly, San Jose State and Santa Clara. Offensively, the team was led by senior Andrea Duran, who hit .611 for the weekend (11-for-18), scoring 13 runs, 3-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 6-RBI and a 1.389 slugging percentage with five walks and five stolen bases. She opened the tournament with eight consecutive hits over three games, becoming just the fifth Bruin to accomplish that feat. In the opening game of the tournament, Duran became the first Bruin since Natasha Watley in 2003 to steal three bases in a single game, and she homered in UCLA's first three games of the Winsberg Tournament.
UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents
Cal State Fullerton (10-11): UCLA leads series 33-31-1. Last Meeting: UCLA won four of the six meetings between the Bruins and Titans last season, including two on the final day of NCAA Regionals at Easton Stadium to advance to Super Regionals.
Mississippi State (18-3): UCLA leads series 1-0. Last Meeting: UCLA won 5-0 on Feb. 12, 1999, at the Fiesta Bowl Classic.
Mercer (record not available): UCLA leads series 1-0. Last Meeting: UCLA won 5-0 in six innings at the UNLV Softball Classic.
Syracuse (8-7): Series is tied 1-1. Last Meeting: Syracuse won 2-1 in the Bruins only game of the rain-soaked Kajikawa Classic in Phoenix on Feb. 13, 2005.
Long Beach State (10-7): UCLA leads series 58-8. Last Meeting: Long Beach State won 1-0 on Feb. 15, 2006, at Mayfair Park. Notable: UCLA's Anjelica Selden pitched a one-hitter in that game as the Bruins out-hit The Beach 5-1.
Selden Strikes Out Competition
Sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden has picked up in 2006 right where she left off at last year's Women's College World Series. Through 12 appearances in 2006, Selden has pitched six complete-game shutouts in 10 starts, holding an 11-1 record and 0.19 ERA. Selden has struck out 138 batters while walking just 20 for a 6.9:1 K:BB ratio and an average of 13.1 strikeouts per seven innings pitched.
During those 12 appearances in the circle, Selden has recorded 16 innings with three strikeouts, including seven instances of striking out the side (three up, three down).
Duran Leads Bruin Offense
Senior 3B Andrea Duran exploded offensively at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, hitting .611 (11-for-18) with 13 runs scored, three doubles, a triple, three home runs and six RBI for a 1.389 slugging percentage. She also drew five walks for a .680 on-base percentage. Duran scored at least one run in each of UCLA's six games over the weekend, and her 13 runs scored more than doubling the number of runs scored by the Bruins opponents (6).
Duran started the weekend with hits in her first eight official at-bats, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI, a double and a home run in the opening game of the Cal Poly doubleheader. She followed with a 3-for-3 performance that included two runs scored, an RBI, a double and a home run before being intentionally walked to load the bases in her final at-bat of the night. She led off the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader against San Jose State with a home run, giving her hits in eight straight official at-bats. She would ground out in her next plate appearance to end the streak. Duran is the fifth Bruin to post at least eight consecutive hits, joining Stacey Nuveman (10 straight in 1999), Natasha Watley (9 straight in 2000), Stephanie Ramos (8 in 2004) and Krista Colburn (8 last year) in accomplishing that feat.
In the first game of the Cal Poly doubleheader on March 3, Duran also stole three bases in that game, the first Bruin to accomplish that feat since Natasha Watley in a May 18, 2003, NCAA Regional game against Michigan State. Duran scored at least one run in every game of tournament play. Her only hitless game was the second San Jose State contest in which she went 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly, two walks and two stolen bases.
Legaspi LongBalls Lead Bruins
Junior shortstop Jodie Legaspi is tied with Duran for the Bruins team lead with five home runs, four of them during the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. Legaspi slugged a 1.176 during the Winsberg, connecting on a grand slam, two solo home runs and a two-run shot to lead the team with nine RBI on the weekend.
April 14 Game at UW Will Be Televised
UCLA's April 14 game at Washington will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net. Exact air times have not yet been announced, but will be no earlier than the Sunday following the game (Apr. 16). This is one of three games selected for the Pac-10 television package, which also includes Arizona at Stanford on April 21, and Cal at Oregon State on April 28.
Three Bruin Seniors Drafted by NPF
Three of UCLA's senior starters, Caitlin Benyi, Andrea Duran and Emily Zaplatosch were all selected in the first round of the National Pro Fastpitch draft on Feb. 16. Duran was selected by the Connecticut Braketts while Zaplatosch was drafted by the Texas Thunder and Benyi was chosen by the Akron Racers. Players selected in the senior draft will be permitted to pursue any available roster spot on their assigned team following the completion of their NCAA eligibility but may not try out or sign with the respective franchise or an agent until the 2006 college season is finished. UCLA had more players selected than any other school with three.
Five Named to USA Softball Watch List
Among the 50 players named by the Amateur Softball Association to the fifth annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award are five UCLA players. Seniors Caitlin Benyi, Andrea Duran and Emily Zaplatosch are joined by junior Jodie Legaspi and sophomore Anjelica Selden comprise 10 percent of the national list. UCLA's Stacey Nuveman won the inaugural USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award in her senior season of 2002.
A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a Top-25 finalist, but once the Top-25 is named on April 5, the remaining finalists must be selected from that list. The list will be cut to 10 players on May 10 and three finalists will be announced May 31 with the 2006 winner being named during the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City in June.
Bruins Set Four Records on Opening Day
UCLA's 2006 season began with an offensive explosion at the Campbell/Cartier Tournament in San Diego, Calif. In the first game of the season, UCLA defeated Sacramento State by a 22-3 margin. That game saw the Bruins establish four new school records: 22 runs scored, 12 runs scored in an inning (bottom of the 4th), 14 walks and 21 RBI. Individually, Tara Henry tied the school record with four runs scored in that game and recorded three walks, tied for the fifth-most in a game in Bruin history. Caitlin Benyi recorded five RBI in the contest, including a grand slam home run. Five RBI in a single game is the third-highest total in UCLA history, a mark that has been reached 27 times including this instance.
During the Campbell/Cartier Tournament, seven of the eight Bruin hitters who started all five games hit over .300, led by Emily Zaplatosch (8-for-16, 3 R, 4-2B, 3 RBI) and Jodie Legaspi (8-for-15, 3 R, 2-2B, 1-HR, 7 RBI) who both hit .500.
UCLA senior 2B Caitlin Benyi sprained her right ankle while scoring the game-tying run in UCLA's 4-3 victory over Kansas on Feb. 25. The injury is not serious and her status is day-to-day.