Feb. 10, 2004
The Bruins continue on the tournament trail this weekend, traveling to the UNLV Classic in Las Vegas this weekend. The Bruins will play three of their five scheduled games against teams ranked in both national polls. Tournament games will take place both at UNLV's on-campus facility (Eller Media Stadium) and at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in Henderson, NV, but the Bruins will play all five of their games in Henderson.
Bruins Sweep Long Beach State Tournament
UCLA opened its 2004 season with four victories last weekend at the Long Beach State Softball Tournament in Lakewood, CA. A 4-0 win over Santa Clara in the season opener was UCLA's 10th consecutive season-opening win, and was the first career victory for freshman Lisa Dodd. UCLA's second game of the day was a showdown with Pac-10 foe Washington. That game featured a monstrous home run by freshman Kristen Dedmon, a shot that cleared a 30-foot fence that stands approximately 220 feet down the left field line at Mayfair Park. The 5-3 UCLA victory marked a milestone for Keira Goerl, as it was her 100th career win as a Bruin.
Sunday's action opened with a 5-1 win over Long Beach State with Emily Zaplatosch recording her first home run of the season and finished with an error-filled 6-2 victory over San Diego State. UCLA contributed two of the game's nine errors to complete tournament play.
Goerl Wins 100th Game vs. Washington on Saturday
Junior All-American pitcher Keira Goerl reached an impressive career milestone with Saturday's win over No. 5/6 Washington, becoming the first Bruin and the 32nd player in NCAA Division I history to win 100 games. Goerl went on to earn victory number 101 on Sunday against Long Beach State. She is the NCAA's active victories leader, and is currently tied for 27th on the NCAA's all-time list. Goerl will continue to move up that list with every victory. The NCAA career record of 151 wins (Courtney Blades, 1997-2000) is probably out of Goerl's reach, but 114 wins would crack the top-10 and 120 wins would land her in the NCAA's all-time top-five.
Four Bruins on USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List
ASA/USA Softball announced its initial watch list for the third annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award on Feb. 5. Four Bruins, seniors Keira Goerl and Claire Sua and sophomores Caitlin Benyi and Emily Zaplatosch, are on the 40-player list. Former UCLA great Stacey Nuveman won the inaugural award following the 2002 season. This award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
Advance Tickets On Sale for March 28 Game with U.S. Olympic Team
Advance tickets are now on sale for the March 28 game between UCLA and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team at Easton Stadium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for youth, and are available through the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN. Tickets for all other UCLA softball events must be purchased day-of-game at Easton Stadium.