Softball Sweep Gauchos in Season-Opening Doubleheader
Jan. 30, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, CA - The two-time defending NCAA Champion UCLA Softball team opened its season with an offensive explosion, recording five home runs and four triples in a doubleheader sweep at UC Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoon. UCLA won the opening game by a score of 5-1 and the nightcap by a 9-1 margin in seven innings. UCLA freshman Krista Colburn went 7-for-7 with a home run, a triple, three runs scored, four RBIs and a stolen base on the day, while another freshman, Anjelica Selden, struck out 14 in the second game of the doubleheader.
Santa Barbara's Lindsey Herrin put the first run of the day on the scoreboard, hitting a solo home run to lead off the second inning, but the Gauchos lead didn't last for long as sophomore 2B Ashley Herrera hit UCLA's first home run of the 2005 season to lead off the third inning and tie the game at 1-1.
That score held until the top of the fifth inning when junior 3B Andrea Duran tripled to lead off the fifth inning and scored when the throw in to the infield got away from the Gauchos infielder covering third base, allowing Duran to score and give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
Back-to-back solo home runs from Kristen Dedmon and Krista Colburn with one out in the sixth inning upped UCLA's lead to 4-1, and a solo shot by Jodie Legaspi in the seventh inning completed the scoring in the game. Bruin pitcher Lisa Dodd struck out seven and allowed four hits in the game, while freshman LF Krista Colburn went 3-for-3 with two singles, and a home run in the game.
In the second game of the day, the Bruins opened with a two-run home run by Legaspi in the top of the first inning, scoring Andrea Duran who had singled to lead off the game. UCLA manufactured three more runs in the second inning as Colburn started a 4-for-4 game with a single. She came around to score, along with Herrera, when Andrea Duran hit her second triple of the day. Duran would score on a passed ball to give the Bruins a 5-0 lead after an inning and a half.
A walk to Legaspi opened the Bruin third inning. She would come around to score on an RBI single by Colburn to take the UCLA advantage to six runs.
Meanwhile, freshman Anjelica Selden made her Bruin debut in impressive fashion, striking out the first four batters she faced and eight of the first 10 Gauchos to step to the plate, including striking out the side in the first and third innings.
UC Santa Barbara's lone run of the second game came on a solo home run by UCSB's Kendra Singley in the sixth inning. The Bruins were able to put up three additional runs in the seventh inning. The rally started with a leadoff single by Legaspi, followed by a double from Kristen Dedmon and a two-RBI single from Colburn, completing her 7-for-7 first day as a Bruin. Colburn would come around to score on a single by Whitney Holum.
For the game, Selden struck out 14 and allowed just three hits to the Gauchos. UCLA had five extra-base hits in the game, and had four triples in the doubleheader, one more than the team's total for the entire 2004 season (3).
UCLA returns to action on Wednesday afternoon, February 2, with a single game against UC Riverside at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif. The Bruins will then play host to the fourth annual Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament Feb. 4-6, at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif.