Softball's Comeback Falls Short, Stanford Defeats UCLA 7-5
April 30, 2005
LOS ANGELES - A five-run third inning was not enough on Saturday afternoon, as the UCLA softball team fell to Stanford by a 7-5 margin. This game will air at 6 pm PT on ESPN2. The Bruins and Cardinal will return to the field at Easton Stadium at 11 am on Sunday for a doubleheader. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, as there will be only 100 tickets available for sale at the gate, beginning at 9:30 am. UCLA takes a record of 24-14 (5-8 Pac-10), while Stanford has a record of 36-10 (9-4 Pac-10).
Stanford opened the scouring with a five-run onslaught in the top of the first inning, opening with consecutive singles from Catalina Morris and Lauren Lapin. The pair advanced into scoring position on an outfield fly-out by Michelle Smith, and came home to score on a bases-loaded single to right by Jackie Rinehart, giving the Cardinal a 2-0 lead. Erin Howe then connected on her fourth home run of the year to right field, completing the five-run first inning.
The scoring continued in the second with a one-out single from Morris followed by a two-out home run to left field by Smith, her 17th of the season, giving the Cardinal a 7-0 advantage after an inning and a half of play.
The UCLA bats came alive in the bottom of the third inning. Andrea Duran led off the inning for the Bruins with a single, stole second, and went to third on a single to right by Tara Henry. Caitlin Benyi followed with an RBI single to right, scoring Duran and putting the Bruins on the board. A two-out single by Kristen Dedmon scored Henry, and when Jodie Legaspi reached on a Stanford error to load the bases, Lisa Dodd followed with a ground-out RBI to cut the Stanford lead to 7-3. Krista Colburn followed with a two-RBI double to bring the Bruins within two runs at 7-5.
Unfortunately for UCLA, the game would then turn into a pitchers duel. In the final four innings of play, Stanford would accumulate just three hits and UCLA was held to the same as the Cardinal won the game by a 7-5 margin.
Sunday will see a doubleheader played at Easton Stadium with the Bruins batting as the visiting team against the Cardinal in the 11 am contest, a make-up game to take the place of an April 8 rain-out at Stanford. The teams will then return to the field for the day's regularly scheduled game, a 1:30 pm contest that will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by ESPN2 at 7 pm. Fans are encouraged to come early, as there will be just 100 tickets available at the gate beginning at 9:30 am. A sell-out crowd is anticipated for Sunday's doubleheader.