|| Caitlin Benyi
Second-Team NFCA All-America at second base. First-Team All-Pacific Region at 2B. First-Team All-Pac-10.
Went 2-for-3 with a run scored in UCLA'ls WCWS opener against Tennessee. Had a fifth-inning RBI single for UCLA's second run in the 3-1 Game 2 win over USF at Super Regionals. Homered in UCLA's postseason opener with a two-run second inning shot against Missouri State. Had at least one hit in each of UCLA's three games at Regionals. Hit .375 going 3-for-8 with a run scored against the Bay Area, including going 2-for-3 in UCLA's Pac-10 clinching win at Cal on May 11. Had RBI singles in both games in the state of Oregon during the first weekend in May, posting an RBI single in the second inning of UCLA's five-run second inning at Oregon May 5 and had an RBI single to score the game's only run against OSU the following day. Hit .429, going 3-for-7 against the Arizona schools over the final weekend in April. Tripled and scored the game's only run in the sixth inning of UCLA's 1-0 win over ASU on April 29. Went 2-for-2 with two of the Bruins three hits in that game. Had an RBI single to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead in UCLA's 3-2 12-inning loss to Washington on Apr. 26. Went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in the nightcap. Was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI at Washington on Apr 14. Went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run on April 9 at Arizona, her final collegiate game in her home state. Had a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning vs. Michigan. Doubled, walked twice and scored twice on March 14 vs. UNLV. Missed eight games with a right ankle sprain from Feb. 25 (Texas A&M) through March 5 (Santa Clara). Returned to the lineup as the DP against Cal State Fullerton on March 8. Went on to hit .538 for the LBSU Tournament, leading the team with seven hits, three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. Generated RBI with a sacrifice fly, single, doubles and home runs on the weekend. Home runs at LBSU Tourney were the 50th and 51st of Benyi's career and went over the centerfield fence approximately 250 feet from home plate (standard NCAA max is 225). Went 2-for-8 with three RBI and a home run at the Palm Springs Classic. Twisted her right ankle scoring the game-tying run against Kansas on Feb. 25 and missed the final two games of the Palm Springs Classic. Hit a two-out single in the bottom of the 10th inning to start the game-winning rally on Feb. 19 vs. #22/25 Fresno State. Eventually scored the game-winning run. Hit .467 for the Campbell/Cartier Tournament, going 7-for-15 with two home runs, eight runs scored and seven RBI along with six walks. Had a grand slam against Sacramento State, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two walks and five RBI in the game. Scored twice against Cal Poly later that night. Scored three runs and drew three walks against UC Santa Barbara. Went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI against UMass. Had at least one hit in each game at the Campbell/Cartier.
Second-Team NFCA All-America at second base. UCLABruins.com/MetRX, USA Softball and Pac-10 Player of the Week for Week ending May 8. First-Team All-Pac-10. First-Team All-Pacific Region at 2B
Perfect on 28 defensive chances at the Women's College World Series. Homered in the second game of the Championship Series to give UCLA a 2-0 lead in the game. Hit .333 at NCAA Regionals, going 5-for-15 with five runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, four RBI and a 1.067 slugging. For the month of May, hit .447, going 21-for-47 with 17 runs scored, four doubles, eight home runs, 17 RBI and a 1.043 slugging percentage. Hit .444 (4-for-9) for the Super Regional series with Georgia, the highest total for a UCLA starter. Had a hit in all three games of the series with the Bulldogs, including a double in Friday's opener and runs scored in both of Saturday's wins. Missed the first five games of the season with a stress reaction on a bone spur in her right ankle. Returned to the lineup on Feb. 5 vs. Cal State Fullerton. Was hitless in that game, but went 4-for-7 for the remaining two games of the Winsberg Tournament. Hit her first home run of the season on Feb. 13 vs. Syracuse, leading off the game with a homer to right center. Had a two-run home run against Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 25. Longest hitting streak of the season was seven games, starting with the Feb. 27 extra-innings loss to Texas at the Palm Springs Classic and extended through the Bulldog Classic. Went 2-for-2 with three RBI, a run scored and a home run at Cal State Fullerton on Mar. 29. Drew three walks in six plate appearances against Oregon on Apr. 2. Had a team-high .571 batting average against the Arizona schools, going 4-for-7 with three runs scored. In UCLA's five-game week ending May 1, led the team with a .497 batting average, seven hits and a .667 slugging percentage. Also had a home run and five RBI on the week. At Arizona/Arizona State May 6-8, Benyi earned Pac-10 and USA Softball Player of the Week honors after hitting .750 (6-for-8) with a .818 on-base percentage, 2.000 slugging percentage, six runs scored, a double, three home runs and six RBI. Followed that with a .300 weekend against the Oregon schools, scoring three runs with two home runs and five RBI to go with a .900 slugging percentage.
USA Softball (2004)
Played in 17 of a possible 18 games with the USA Schutt Elite Team at the Canada Cup and Champions Cup. Hit .314 for the tour with a double and a triple. Played in all nine games for USA Elite at the World University Games in October. Team won gold. Scored three runs with three RBI and a double.
First-Team All-America at second base. First-Team All-Pacific Region at second base. First-Team Easton All-America. First-Team All-Pac-10. NCAA Division I Home Run Champion (24 HR, 0.43/game). All-tournament at the Women's College World Series. Unanimous selection to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team. Pac-10 Player of the Week for Apr. 19 and May 11. NFCA National Player of the Week for May 12.
Started UCLA's last 22 games at second base after splitting time between 2B and RF previously. Entered the WCWS with a season-long 11-game hitting streak, capped by a sixth-inning solo HR against Alabama in the Regional Final. Extended that streak to a season-high 12 games in UCLA's WCWS opener with a home run against Stanford. Hit .500 (5-for-10) with five walks (3 IBB), two home runs, a double and three RBIs at Regionals. Hit leadoff for the Bruins in 53 of the team's 56 games, racking up seven first-inning leadoff home runs. Also led off an inning other than the first with a home run on four occasions (2/20 vs. Baylor, 2/21 vs. Northwestern, 4/18 first pitch vs. Oregon in 10th inning and 5/22 vs. Alabama). Had two walk-off HR's (2/13 vs. Nebraska; 4/18 vs. Oregon) and two additional walk-off hits (2/14 vs. Wisconsin; at SDSU, 3/6). Led UCLA with a .379 season batting average. Had a .864 slugging percentage for the season, the top total for a Bruin since UCLA slugger Stacey Nuveman concluded her career in 2002. Homered in four straight games in mid-April (4/10 @ Washington, 4/16 vs. Oregon State, 4/17 vs. Oregon, 4/18 vs. Oregon). 4/10 and 4/16 were leadoff home runs and 4/18 was a walk-off shot on the first pitch of the bottom of the 10th inning. Led the team in multi-hit games with 19. NCAA Statistical Rankings: 2nd in slugging percentage (.864), 42nd in walks per game (0.57), 20th in runs per game (0.91)
USA Softball (2003)
Named to the 2004 Women's National Elite Team. Played with Team USA on the silver medal-winning Junior World Championship team in October 2003. Was Team USA's top hitter, batting .519 (14-for-27) during the tournament. Also had a team-high five doubles and three home runs, and was second to fellow Bruin Emily Zaplatosch with nine RBIs. Had a team-high 1.037 slugging percentage at the Junior World Championship.
Played with Teamsmith Nationals during the summer months.
Second-team All-Pacific Region. Second-team All-Pac-10.
Had the game-winning RBI on the first pitch off of Texas ace Cat Osterman with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in UCLA's dramatic second victory over the Longhorns in the Women's College World Series semifinals. Her hit was a single through the right side of the infield that scored Natasha Watley to give UCLA the 2-1 victory and put the Bruins in the NCAA Championship Game. Had a 2-for-2 game with four runs scored and an RBI against Colgate in her first career postseason game. Singled in her final at-bat against Michigan State on May 17, scoring the go-ahead run when Tairia Mims homered in the seventh inning. Started the year hitting in the ninth spot in the lineup. Moved to the two spot on Feb. 26 at UC Santa Barbara. Only Bruin starter without an error on the season, playing all 61 games in the outfield.
Four-year letterwinner in both softball and soccer. Named first-team All-State by the Arizona Republic as a senior. Also earned first-team All-Scottsdale, and was named the Northeast Valley Player of the Year. Played ASA travel softball for Paradise Valley Premier. Team finished fifth at the 2002 ASA Gold National Tournament. Horizon's softball and soccer teams each won four Regional Championships during Benyi's career. Soccer team won the 2001 State Championship. Named first-team All-State in soccer. Two-time Arizona Republic Player of the Year in soccer. Also named All-Scottsdale for soccer. High school teammate of fellow freshman Emily Zaplatosch in both soccer and softball.