Bruin Softball Signs Five to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 20, 2002

The UCLA softball team has signed five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, head coach Sue Enquist announced today. Jaisa Creps, Kristen Dedmon, Lisa Dodd, Tara Henry and Jodi Legaspi will start at UCLA in the fall of 2003.

Jaisa Creps is a catcher from Valencia, CA, (Valencia HS) who has been a starter for the Valencia soccer and softball teams throughout her high school career. Creps was a 2002 All-CIF selection and a member of the 2001 and 2002 ASA 18 Gold National Championship teams playing with Batbusters.

Kristen Dedmon, a pitcher and first baseman from Yorba Linda, CA, (Esperanza HS) went 20-5 in the circle last year for Esperanza, recording 17 shutouts and a 0.07 ERA. She was named the MVP of two tournaments last season and has played ASA travel ball with the Firecrackers. Her father, Jeff, pitched for the Atlanta Braves from 1983-87 and for the Cleveland Indians in 1988.

Lisa Dodd, a pitcher and shortstop from San Diego, CA (Mira Mesa HS), was the San Diego CIF Player of the Year and the Union Tribune Player of the Year for the 2002 high school season. Last season, she had a .468 batting average and a 0.10 ERA, going 17-1 with 228 strikeouts, 14 shutouts and four no-hitters in the circle for Mira Mesa. For her high school career, she has a 41-4 record. She was a member of the 2002 Batbuster National Championship team and was named to the U.S. Junior World Championship Team last month.

Tara Henry is an outfielder from Orange, CA (El Modena HS), and was also a member of the Batbusters National Championship team last summer. Henry stole 39 bases as a freshman for El Modena, and is a two-time All-CIF selection. She posted a .410 batting average for El Modena in 2002 and earned second-team ASA All-America honors last summer.

Jodi Legaspi is a shortstop from Garden Grove, CA (Pacifica HS). Legaspi is a two-time All-CIF and All-Orange County Register selection who has also earned ASA Junior All-America honors in 2000 and 2001. A member of the Batbusters ASA 18 Gold National Championship team, she was named to the U.S. Junior World Championship Team last month.

Dodd and Legaspi will join current Bruin freshman Emily Zapalatosch on the USA Junior Women's National Team, which will compete at the First Pan American Junior Women's Softball Championship, Dec. 13-21, 2002, in Sonoro, Mexico. The top five teams in this tournament will earn a berth into the 2003 ISF Junior Women's World Championships in Nanjing, China.

'Overall, I believe that this is one of the most talented recruiting classes in the country,' said Enquist. 'They come to our program with a wealth of experience and know the attitude that it takes to win. This class enjoys the challenge of being on top and will make our program better.'

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