Bruins Defeat Stanford, 8-2 in WCWS Opener

May 27, 2004

Final Stats

OKLAHOMA CITY - UCLA (44-9) opened its Women's College World Series with a victory for the first time since the 2001 season on Thursday afternoon, posting an 8-2 win over Stanford (47-18) in Oklahoma City. Keira Goerl struck out seven, Caitlin Benyi hit her 23rd home run of the season and freshman Lisa Dodd went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a double in the game.

Stanford opened the scoring in the top of the first inning as Jackie Rinehart opened the game with a single, advanced to second on a ground-out by Catalina Morris and scored on an RBI double by Jessica Allister, giving the Cardinal a 1-0 lead.

The Bruins countered in the bottom of the frame as Andrea Duran posted a one-out double and came around to score on a single through the right side by Lisa Dodd to tie the game at 1-1.

The teams traded zeroes in the second and third innings before a solo home run by Leah Nelson, her sixth of the season, gave the Cardinal a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, however, UCLA answered with six runs on seven hits. The rally started with a walk by Claire Sua, who was replaced by pinch runner Amanda Simpson. Stephanie Ramos followed with a double to left, and Jodie Legaspi followed with an RBI single to right, scoring Simpson. A single up the middle by Ashley Herrera scored Ramos and pinch-runner Tara Henry to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead. Julie Hoshizaki followed with a single to left field that was nearly caught by Jackie Rinehart, giving the Bruins two runners on with Caitlin Benyi at the plate.

Benyi, who was named a first-team All-American at second base on Wednesday night, then posted her 23rd home run of the season, a three-run shot to straightaway center field. That home run gives Benyi sole possession of second place on UCLA's single-season home run list, behind only Stacey Nuveman. Nuveman is the NCAA's career record holder for Division I home runs, and did color commentary for ESPN on Thursday's game. Benyi's HR gave the Bruins a 7-2 lead after four innings.

UCLA added a run in the sixth inning as Andrea Duran drew a four-pitch two-out walk and would come around to score on a double by Dodd, bringing the score to 8-2, UCLA.

Senior three-time All-American Keira Goerl struck out seven batters in her seven innings in the circle, but had plenty of offensive power behind her as the Bruins posted eight runs on 11 hits in the contest. In addition to Benyi's three-run home run, freshman right fielder Lisa Dodd had an impressive offensive day, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a double in the game.

The Bruins advance in the winners bracket to play LSU on Friday at Noon Pacific Time on ESPN. The Tigers advanced with a 3-2 win over Michigan in a 13-inning marathon that immediately preceded the UCLA-Stanford contest. Stanford falls to the losers bracket and will play their next game on Saturday at 9 am PT against Michigan on ESPN.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 12
vs. Colorado State
College Station, TX
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Feb 12
at Texas A&M
College Station, TX
L, 1 - 5
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Wichita State
College Station, TX
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Feb 13
at Texas A&M
College Station, TX
W, 7 - 3
Sunday, Feb 14 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Colorado State
College Station, TX
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UCF
Cathedral City, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. Notre Dame
Cathedral City, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 5:30 PM PST
vs. Cal Poly
Cathedral City, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 9:00 AM PST
vs. LSU
Cathedral City, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Pacific
Cathedral City, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 5:30 PM PST
vs. Florida
Cathedral City, CA
Friday, Feb 26 - 12:30 PM PST
vs. Georgia
Cathedral City, CA
Friday, Feb 26 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. BYU
Cathedral City, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 9:30 AM PST
vs. Oklahoma
Cathedral City, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - 9:00 AM PST
vs. Northwestern
Cathedral City, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Charleston Southern
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Syracuse
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Florida State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. UC Davis
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. Mississippi State
Lakewood, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Lakewood, CA
Saturday, Mar 12 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Utah Valley
Lakewood, CA
Saturday, Mar 12 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa State
Lakewood, CA
Sunday, Mar 13 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Princeton
Lakewood, CA
Saturday, Mar 19 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Mar 20 - 3:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Mar 21 - 4:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Thursday, Mar 24 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 25 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 12:30 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, Mar 29 - 6:00 PM PST
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Saturday, Apr 02 - 7:30 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Apr 03 - 2:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Saturday, Apr 09 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 10 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Apr 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Apr 13 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 15 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 17 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - 2:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Apr 24 - 2:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Monday, Apr 25 - 7:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Friday, Apr 29 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 01 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 06 - 6:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
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