Softball Splits at Palm Springs Classic
Feb. 26, 2005
CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - The UCLA softball team split its games at the Palm Springs Classic on Saturday, falling to Oklahoma State by a score of 2-1 before defeating Wisconsin by a 2-0 margin. The Bruins are now 11-3 on the season and complete Palm Springs Classic play on Sunday morning with an 11 am game against Texas.
In the opening game of the day, the designated home team Oklahoma State put together a one-out rally with four consecutive singles to take an early lead with an RBI single from Dominique Van Nortwick followed by an RBI walk to Tara Jefferey. UCLA starting pitcher Lisa Dodd then struck out Jennie Killman for the second out of the inning and got Ashlyn Watson to fly out to end the inning with the Bruins trailing 2-0 after one complete inning..
UCLA threatened in the top of the fifth inning as Emily Zaplatosch drew a lead-off walk and Kristen Dedmon was hit by a pitch. Dedmon was replaced on the bases by Jaisa Creps and the pair of runners were advanced to second and third on a ground-out by Krista Colburn, but the Bruins were unable to push a run across and remained down 2-0 after four and a half innings.
In the top of the fifth inning, Caitlin Benyi led off the inning with a single to center field, was sacrificed to second on a successful sacrifice bunt by Andrea Duran and went to third on a ground-out by Lisa Dodd. Benyi would come around to score and cut the Cowgirl lead in half when Jodie Legaspi hit into an Oklahoma State error and Benyi was running on contact with two outs.
Lisa Dodd took the loss in the circle for the Bruins, pitching two innings and allowing both Cowgirl runs. She is now 4-3 on the season.
In the second game of the day, the Bruins faced off against Wisconsin with freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden in the circle. Selden struck out the first four batters she faced in the game and posted 14 Ks in the contest, her seventh double-figure strikeout game in as many starts.
The Badgers threatened in the bottom of the second inning, putting together a two-out rally with a single from Meghann Reiss followed by a walk to Anastasia Miller, the only walk Selden issued in the game. The Badgers were unable to capitalize on the opportunity, however, as Kaitlin Reiss struck out to end the inning and the threat.
In the top of the third, UCLA put together a threat of its own, as Tara Henry singled to left field and advanced to third on an Andrea Duran single with Duran taking second on the play. The Bruins were also unable to capitalize on the scoring opportunity, leaving the game scoreless after three complete.
Henry would start a one-out rally in the bottom of the fifth inning by drawing a walk. She advanced to second on a ground-out by Caitlin Benyi. Andrea Duran also walked, giving the Bruins two on for Lisa Dodd, who connected on a single just over the first baseman's head down the right field line to bring home both runners and give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
That was all that Selden would need as UCLA closed out the Badgers with Selden striking out the side in the fourth and fifth before starting the sixth with a K and recording two more strikeouts in the top of the seventh inning.
UCLA completes its schedule at the Palm Springs Classic on Sunday morning with an 11 am first pitch against Texas on Easton/Wrigley Field.