UCLA, Stanford Split Softball Doubleheader
May. 1, 2005
LOS ANGELES - UCLA completed a five-game week with a doubleheader against No. 5 Stanford on Sunday at Easton Stadium, posting an 8-0 run-rule victory in the first game of the day before falling 5-3 in the nightcap. The day's second game will air on ESPN2 an 7 pm PT tonight. After today's games, UCLA has a record of 25-14 (6-8 Pac-10), while Stanford sits at 37-11 (10-5 Pac-10).
Game 1: UCLA 8, Stanford 0 (5 innings)
Lisa Dodd pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out four to earn her seventh victory of the season as the Bruins posted their fifth run-rule victory of the season, connecting on eight hits for eight runs. UCLA batted as the visiting team in this game, as it was a make-up from the April 8 contest that was rained out at Stanford.
After trading zeroes in the first two innings of play, the Bruin offense came alive in the third inning. The rally started with a lead-off walk from Ashley Herrera, who advanced to second on an infield error during a fielders choice at-bat from Tara Henry. A Caitlin Benyi single loaded the bases, and Jodie Legaspi connected on a two-RBI single to score Herrera and Henry on the play. A Kristen Dedmon home run, her fifth long-ball of the year, completed the UCLA scoring in the inning and gave the Bruins a 5-0 lead.
UCLA had more offensive power in the fourth inning with a rally that once again started with Herrera. Herrera reached on an infield error, advancing on a single by Andrea Duran. The pair of runners moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Henry before Herrera scored on a sacrifice fly by Benyi. Emily Zaplatosch would then bring Duran home with an RBI double before being replaced by pinch-runner Alissa Eno. Legaspi would connect yet again, putting an RBI single into right field, scoring Eno from second base to put UCLA in position for a run-rule win with an 8-0 lead.
That was all the offense Dodd would need, as UCLA completed the make-up game with a run-rule win, winning 8-0 in five innings.
Game 2: Stanford 5, UCLA 3
UCLA's offense picked up in game two where it left off in the opener, putting up three runs in the third inning for an early lead. The rally opened with a Lisa Dodd double to lead off the third inning, followed by an Ashley Herrera single that gave the Bruins runners on the corners. After Herrera stole second base to give UCLA two runners in scoring position, Tara Henry would connect on an RBI single to right field, scoring Dodd and giving the Bruins runners on the corners again. A Benyi single to left field scored Herrera, follwed by a Zaplatosch double that gave the Bruins a 3-0 advantage after three innings of play.
UCLA freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden held the Cardinal to one hit through her first five and a third innings in the circle before luck turned in Stanford's favor. With one out in the sixth, Lauren Lappin was awarded first base on a ball that appeared to be fouled off of her leg. Michelle Smith followed with an infield single that took a tough hop on Bruin 3B Duran, who was still nearly recorded an out on the play. Instead, the Cardinal had runners on first and second for Leah Nelson, whose sacrifice bunt landed just far enough away from the Bruin infielders that she was able to beat the throw to first for a bunt single that would load the bases.
After Jackie Rinehart hit into a fielders choice with the out at the plate, Erin Howe hit a two-RBI single that brought the Cardinal within one run at 3-2. Selden struck out Elizabeth Bending for the final out of the inning, preventing further damage, but a leadoff home run by pinch-hitter Meghan Sickler tied the game and a two-run home run by Smith in the seventh powered the Cardinal to the 5-3 victory.
UCLA returns to action on Friday night, May 6, in Tucson, Ariz., where the Bruins will face Arizona in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU. The Bruins will then travel to Tempe, Ariz., for a weekend set of games against Arizona State.
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