UCLA Softball Shuts Out Bethune-Cookman, Defeats Notre Dame

Feb. 25, 2005

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - UCLA improved to 10-2 on the 2005 season with a 5-0 victory over Bethune-Cookman and a 3-1 win over Notre Dame on the first day of the Palm Springs Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. Junior 2B Caitlin Benyi hit her second home run of the season in the day's opener and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the nightcap against Notre Dame.

In the bottom of the third inning against Bethune-Cookman, Krista Colburn led off the inning with a first-pitch single up the middle, but was tagged out on a fielders choice with Jen Schroeder safe at first on the play. Schroeder, the designated player, was replaced on the basepaths by Ashley Herrera, who stole second base. Herrera would score on a home run, the second of the season, hit by junior Caitlin Benyi to give UCLA a 2-0 lead.

UCLA added a run in the fourth inning as Jodie Legaspi connected on a one-out single through the left side, and would steal second base. Legaspi came around to score on an RBI single to right field by sophomore 1B Kristen Dedmon to give the Bruins a 3-0 advantage.

Bethune-Cookman threatened in the top of the fifth inning, loading the bases with no outs on a walk, a hit and a fielders choice with no out on the play. UCLA's defense then stepped up and recorded three consecutive fielders choice outs with the first two outs recorded at the plate and the third on an unassisted play at third base by Andrea Duran to preserve the shutout for Bruin pitcher Lisa Dodd.

Dodd finished with a shutout for her fourth victory of the year. She struck out three in the contest.

The Bruins returned to the diamond for a late game against Notre Dame on Friday evening. The Irish opened the scoring in the top of the first inning as Megan Ciolli led off the game with a single up the middle. Stole second base and scored on an RBI single by Meagan Ruthrauff to give Notre Dame the 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the frame, Benyi led off with a single and went to second on an Andrea Duran single to left field. The pair of runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Dodd. They would advance again with Benyi scoring the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly by Jodie Legaspi on a ball that was caught up against the temporary fence in right field. A wild pitch during the at-bat of Emily Zaplatosch scored Duran to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead after one complete inning.

The Bruins added an insurance run in the fifth inning as Benyi reached on a one-out single and went to second on an Irish throwing error. She scored on an RBI single by Andrea Duran to complete the scoring with UCLA leading 3-1.

Freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden posted yet another double-figure strikeout game, her sixth of the season. She struck out 11 in the contest and walked one, her first walk in over 38 innings in the circle.

The Bruins return to action on Saturday with a 1 pm game against Oklahoma State and a 6 pm game against Wisconsin. UCLA will finish tournament play on Sunday morning at 11 am against Texas.

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