Softball Falls to Syracuse, 2-1
Feb. 13, 2005
TEMPE, AZ - After two full days of rainouts, the UCLA softball team took to the field at ASU's Farrington Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., for what would be their only game of the Kajikawa Softball Tournament. The Bruins fell to Syracuse, 2-1, with all runs being scored on home runs. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 7-2 on the season, while Syracuse is now 1-0.
Junior 2B Caitlin Benyi led off the game with her first home run of the year, a shot over the fence in right center field. The Bruins recorded a hit the third inning and two more in the fourth, but were unable to push an additional run across.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Orange started a one-out rally with a single by Cassie Morales. She was replaced by pinch runner Joscie Kaup. Alexis Switenko popped out for the second out of the inning, but Courtney Mosch capitalized with a two-run home run to left field to give Syracuse a 2-1 lead.
UCLA opened the top of the fifth inning with a walk by designated player Jaisa Creps, who was replaced to run by flex player Ashley Herrera, but Whitney Holum grounded into a fielders choice, Benyi struck out and Andrea Duran grounded up the middle, where Syracuse shortstop Switenko made a nice play to knock down the ball and was able to crawl to tag second base to end the inning before Holum could reach the bag.
Kristen Dedmon led off the top of the seventh inning with an infield single and was replaced by pinch runner Shana Stewart. Stewart went to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Krista Colburn, but the final two Bruins fouled out to end the game.
UCLA is scheduled to return to action on Friday, February 18 with a 2 pm game against Georgia at the Campbell/Cartier Tournament in San Diego.
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