Bruin Softball Alumnae Game a Success

Jan. 23, 2005

IRVINE, CA - UCLA Softball held its annual Alumnae Game and hitting clinic on Sunday afternoon in Irvine, Calif., at Bill Barber Park's Deanna Manning Stadium. Following a two-hour hitting clinic, current and former UCLA softball players enjoyed a four-inning game in which the White defeated the Blue by a 4-1 margin.

The Blue team struck first with a second-inning leadoff triple from current sophomore Jodie Legaspi. Legaspi would then score on a single up the middle by Monique Mejia, who was the starting second baseman as a senior on UCLA's 2003 NCAA Championship team.

Pitching dominated the day, as freshman Anjelica Selden pitched two innings for the white team before being replaced by former Bruin DeeDee Weiman. The pair allowed just three hits and one run.

For the Blue team, sophomore Lisa Dodd started the game and pitched two innings before being replaced by Bruin alum Stephanie Swenson for an inning.

Traditional softball rules applied through three and a half innings until the Blue team fielded nine outfielders and seven infielders behind Dodd in the bottom of the fourth inning. In that inning, 2004 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Tairia Mims Flowers doubled when a ground ball snuck through the infield and found a group of Blue team players 'lounging' in the outfield grass.

Flowers stole third base, and came home to tie the game at 1-1 on a seeing-eye single by Kristen Dedmon that bounced its way like a pinball through four infielders on the right side of the diamond. A walk to Krista Colburn gave the Blue team two runners on for alum Alleah Poulson who hit an inside the park home run on a ball that stayed just fair down the left field line to give the White team its first lead of the game at 4-1.

Following that half-inning, two groups of youth players were then given a chance to 'Shadow a Champion,' as a youth player alternated with a Bruin All-American or Olympian at each defensive position while assistant coach Gina Vecchione hit grounders to each position.

After two rounds of 'Shadow of Champions,' the Bruins returned to the field as Lisa Fernandez entered the circle for some slow-pitch batting practice. Several players popped up before Monique Mejia lined out to Lisa Dodd at first base and Lorraine Maynez-Cordova hit a long fly ball just fair down the right field line to end the Alumnae Game festivities. The fans were given an additional treat with an autograph session following the game.

UCLA, the two-time defending NCAA Champions, will begin its 2005 regular season one week from today, Sunday, January 30, with a noon doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara. The Bruins will then return to Deanna Manning Stadium at Bill Barber Park in Irvine on Wednesday, February 2, for a single game against UC Riverside before playing host to the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, February 4-6, at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif.

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