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Six Bruins in China for Softball Junior World Championships
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/11/2003

Oct. 11, 2003

Six UCLA softball players, Caitlin Benyi, Jaisa Creps, Lisa Dodd, Andrea Duran, Jodie Legaspi and Emily Zaplatosch, are in China this week to participate for Team USA at the Junior Women's World Championships in Nanjing, China. This will mark the first time that China has ever hosted a world softball championship. Rain and inclement weather on Oct. 12 forced postponement of the tournament schedule. The revised schedule for the United States is listed below. The Jr. Women's World Championship is a 19-under competition played once every four years.

The U.S. earned a berth into the World Championships after winning the Pan Am Region championship in December. Under first year head coach Pam Newton, the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team totally dominated its competition at the championship in Hermosillo, Mexico. The USA posted a perfect 8-0 record, while outscoring its opponents 91-0. Additionally, the U.S. pitching staff combined for four no-hitters and two perfect games.

The United States captured gold at the 1987 and 1995 ISF Junior Women's World Championships. In 1999, the last Junior Women's World Championship, the USA finished second behind Japan.

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee.

As the National Governing Body, the ASA is responsible for identifying, selecting and training male and female athletes to compete in World, Pan American and Olympic competitions. In addition to those duties, the ASA conducts the only recognized National Championship competitions in the United States.

For complete coverage of the USA Softball National Team visit our web site at www.usasoftball.com.

Date, Opponent, Time (Eastern Standard Time for games)
Oct. 13, Netherlands, 9 am (9 pm EST Oct. 12)
Oct. 14, Argentina, 11:30 am (11:30 pm EST Oct. 13)
Oct. 15, Thailand, 11:30 am (11:30 pm EST Oct 14)
Oct. 15, Canada, 7:30 pm (7:30 am EST Oct. 15)
Oct. 16, Chinese Taipei, 3 pm (3 am EST Oct. 16)
Oct. 17, Russia, 3 pm (3 am EST Oct. 17)
Oct. 18-20, Playoffs, TBA

** Due to time and date changes Live Stats via www.usasoftball.com may be unavailable. Please visit www.usasoftball.com for further notice. NOTE: Please follow Eastern Standard Time for LIVE STATS if available! **

Pool A
Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Korea, Philippines

Pool B
United States, Chinese Taipei, Canada, Russia, Netherlands, Argentina, Thailand


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