May 26, 2004
OKLAHOMA CITY - UCLA sophomore 2B Caitlin Benyi was named a first-team NFCA Louisville Sluger All-American, while senior pitcher Keira Goerl was named to the All-America second team, it was announced on Wednesday night.
This is the first career All-America honor for Benyi, who was a second-team All-Pacific Region honoree last season and a first-team All-Region selection at second base this season. Benyi leads the Pac-10 in home runs with 22, and has the top batting average on the UCLA team, entering the Women's College World Series with a .395 batting average, 64 hits, 14 doubles and 39 RBIs.
Goerl, a first-team All-American as a pitcher the past two seasons, was named to the NFCA All-America second team this season. Following some struggles in the circle during the first half of the Pac-10 season, Goerl has returned to the form that earned her Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2003 WCWS as UCLA won its 10th National Championship. Goerl enters the WCWS with a 1.05 ERA and 254 strikeouts in 234 innings in the circle. At UCLA's NCAA Regional last weekend, Goerl recorded 39 strikeouts while issuing just one intentional walk en route to Regional Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors for the third consecutive season. Goerl is the first Bruin in history to record 100 career victories and the first with 1,000 career strikeouts.
Opening Ceremonies for the 2004 Women's College World Series, where this year's All-Americans were to be announced and honored, were cancelled due to thunderstorm and tornado warnings.
Unless weather conditions force schedule changes on Thursday, the defending NCAA Champion Bruins will open their title defense on May 27 at 11:30 am Pacific Time. UCLA will face Stanford live on ESPN with Pam Ward and Stacey Nuveman calling the action.