Softball Earns Enquist's 800th Career Win With Victory Over UC Riverside
Feb. 2, 2005
IRVINE, CA - With a stiff wind blowing straight in from center field at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif., the UCLA softball team scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to a 3-0 win over UC Riverside on Wednesday afternoon. UCLA improves to 3-0 on the season while the Highlanders fall to 0-1 with the loss. Although it was a home game for the Bruins, the game was played in Irvine due to the ongoing renovation of Easton Stadium on the UCLA campus.
The victory was the 800th career win for UCLA head coach Sue Enquist, making her the 21st softball coach in NCAA history to reach that milestone.
The Bruins opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs on three hits and a Highlander error. The inning opened when Andrea Duran reached on an error, stole second base, was sacrificed to third by Tara Henry and scored on a single up the middle by Jodie Legaspi. Emily Zaplatosch followed with a single of her own, and Kristen Dedmon walked to load the bases for freshman Krista Colburn. Colburn extended her remarkable season-opening streak with an eighth straight hit, this one a single to right field, scoring Legaspi and Zaplatosch to give UCLA a 3-0 lead after one inning.
Dodd would pitch the first four innings of the game, striking out four and allowing just one hit. She moved to right field and was replaced in the circle by Anjelica Selden in the top of the fifth inning.
UCLA threatened again in the bottom of the sixth inning as Jodie Legaspi led off with a double down the left field line. She went to third base on a single by Emily Zaplatosch but those two runners were left stranded, leaving the score at 3-0.
Neither UCLA pitcher allowed a run on the day. Lisa Dodd earned the win to go 2-0 on the season, while Selden recorded her first career save by pitching the final three innings. She struck out six and allowed two hits. Neither pitcher walked a batter.
Offensively, Emily Zaplatosch went 3-for-3 with a double with a run scored, while Jodie Legaspi went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Colburn's consecutive hits streak was snapped in the fourth inning, but not before she recorded a two-RBI single in the first inning.
UCLA returns to action on Friday afternoon with a doubleheader against Georgia to open the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. The tournament will be played at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif., and the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 3 pm.