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Softball Travels to Washington for Pac-10 Pair of Games
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/07/2004

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April 7, 2004

This Week:
Saturday (4/9):
2 pm at #8/7 Washington ? Seattle, WA
Sunday (4/10): 2 pm at#8/7 Washington ? Seattle, WA

The Bruins continue on the road this weekend with a pair of Pac-10 games against the Washington Huskies. The trip to Seattle marks UCLA's second straight road weekend to open conference play. UCLA holds a 32-12 all-time advantage over the Huskies, sweeping all four games against UW last season, including eliminating the Huskies from the Women's College World Series. UCLA and Washington played on the opening day of UCLA's 2004 season with the Bruins winning by a 5-3 margin.

Two Bruins Among USA Softball's 25 Player of the Year Finalists ASA/USA Softball announced its 25-player list of finalists for the third annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award on April 7. The list included two Bruin seniors, Keira Goerl and Stephanie Ramos. Goerl was on the initial watch list , and Ramos, who was added to the list after proving herself as UCLA's top hitter so far this season. 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.

Bruins Come From Behind to Defeat Cal State Fullerton, 4-3
After giving up three unearned runs in the top of the second inning last Tuesday afternoon at Easton Stadium, the Bruins capitalized on a two-run home run by Emily Zaplatosch, her first since the UNLV Classic on Feb. 13, and a solo home run by Stephanie Ramos to tie the game at 3-3 by the end of the fourth inning. While Lisa Dodd was retiring 14 of the final 16 batters she faced in the game, it took the UCLA offense until the bottom of the seventh inning to push across the fourth and deciding run.

The game-winning rally started with back-to-back one-out walks by Zaplatosch and Dodd, followed by a single from designated player Kristen Dedmon to load the bases. UCLA freshman left fielder Tara Henry was then able to chop a slap-hit single over the third baseman's head to provide her second hit of the day and score the game-winning run, as pinch-runner Alissa Eno scored easily on the play.

Rain Washes Out Pac-10 Opener, Bruins Struggle at Hillenbrand
Unseasonable weather throughout the state of Arizona last weekend wreaked havoc with UCLA's first weekend of Pac-10 play, as UCLA's scheduled 7 pm game at Arizona State on Friday night was called off at 3 pm. On a similar note, Arizona's conference opener against Washington was also called for rain early in the day.

The second-ranked Bruins and top-ranked Wildcats tangled for the first game of their season series on a cool but dry evening on Saturday night in Tucson. After Lisa Dodd drew an RBI walk with nobody out in the top of the second inning, Caitlin Benyi belted her team-high 11th home run of the season over the left field fence for a grand slam that gave UCLA a 5-0 lead after an inning and a half. That lead held until the bottom of the seventh inning when the Wildcats used an RBI walk and grand slam of their own to tie the game before Shelly Schultz posted a two-run walk-off homer to seal the 7-5 victory.

Sunday's story began with a steady rain that started at first pitch and lasted throughout the first 30 minutes of the game prior to a 1 hour, 23 minute rain delay. The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Andrea Duran drew a one-out walk, Stephanie Ramos doubled and Claire Sua was intentionally walked to load the bases for Jodie Legaspi, who was hit by an Alicia Hollowell pitch for an RBI.

Following the rain delay, Arizona tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on a walk, stolen base and two wild pitches, before the Bruins posted three runs in the top of the fifth on a first-pitch home run by Duran and a two-run shot by Sua. UCLA's Keira Goerl took a no-hitter to the bottom of the sixth inning when Arizona posted four hits, including a game-tying shot by Caitlin Lowe. Schultz would come through again in the bottom of the seventh, with a walk-off single to seal the 5-4 Arizona win.


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