Softball Shuts Out No. 3 Arizona 6-0
May 6, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. - It was a solid night at the plate for the 12th-ranked Bruins Friday, as UCLA (26-15, 7-9 PAC-10) notchedfive hits to pick up a 6-0 win over No. 2 Arizona (34-9. 8-7 PAC-10) at Hillenbrand Stadium.
The win clinched the season-sweep for the Bruins, who defeated Arizona 9-1 and 5-4 earlier inthe season in Los Angeles. It makred the first three-game win streak against the Wildcats since 1995.Arizona had won 27 of the last 35 games in the series entering the season.
Lisa Dodd (8-5) picked up her eighth win of the year as she pitched a complete-game shutout asshe struck out three and walked two. Dodd allowed only eight hits on the night. The win marked herfourth complete-game shutout of the season.
Leslie Wolfe (3-1) suffered her first loss of the season in only her fifth start as she gave up sixruns on the night. Wolfe struck out three and walked one in the outing.
Caitlin Benyi led the Bruins at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run and scoring threeruns on the night.
Benyi led off the fourth with a double to give the Bruins a runner in scoring position for the firsttime in the game. Emily Zaplatosch then singled down the left field line to plate Benyi for the first run ofthe inning. It was the 11th pitch of the at bat as the junior catcher fought off Arizona's Wolfe until gettingthe pitch she wanted to drive down the line. Zaplatosch advanced to second on the throw home from leftfield. She was then replaced by Alissa Eno who came in to pinch run at second.
Jodie Legaspi laid down a sac bunt to advance Enoto third from second and the Bruins added asecond run on a bloop single to shallow right field from Crystal Dedmon to plate Eno and give UCLA the2-0 lead.
The sixth inning saw Benyi lead off with a single before scoring from first on a double to leftcenter from Zaplatosch. A single to left field from Legaspie advanced Zaplatosch to third and put runnersat the corners with no outs for the Bruins. Dedmon gound out to second in the next at bat, but advancedLegaspi to second. The Bruins scored again on the next at bat as Krista Colburn ground out to second toscore Zaplatosch . Dodd then helped herself with a single to left field to score Legaspi from third and giveUCLA the 5-0 advantage.
A home run for Benyi in the seventh inning to straight-away centerfield added to the Bruin lead,putting UCLA ahead 6-0. It marked the sixth round-tripper of the season for Benyi.
With one out in the seventh, Arizona mounted a rally, loading the bases with one out in theseventh on three straight singles from Courtney Fossatti, Allyson Von Liechtenstein and Caitlin Lowe.The Bruins got the second out of the inning with the force play at home on a grounder from AutumnChampion as the bases remained loaded with two outs. A grounder back to Dodd in the circle from Foxended the threat and the game as UCLA picked up the 6-0 win.
UCLA will return to action at 7 p.m. on Saturday with a game against the Sun Devils of ArizonaState. The Bruins won the first game of the series 4-0 in Los Angeles earlier in the year.
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