Bruins Score Program-Record 22 Runs in Season Opener
Feb. 9, 2006
SAN DIEGO - The second-ranked UCLA softball team opened its 2006 season with an offensive explosion, defeating Sacramento State 22-3 before downing Cal Poly by a 13-0 margin. The 22 runs scored against the Hornets in the season opener was one of four UCLA records set in the game and senior catcher Emily Zaplatosch was the day's top hitter, going 6-for-8 with three doubles and three RBI.
Game 1: UCLA 22, Sacramento State 3 (5 innings)
UCLA capitalized on an eight-walk inning by Hornet pitching in the second inning before pounding out 13 hits in the final two innings for a 22-3 victory over Sacramento State. It was the first time UCLA had scored double-digit runs since a 10-0 run-rule victory at Arizona State (Game 2) on May 15, 2004. UCLA had not scored 20 runs in a single game since a 20-0 five-inning victory at UC Riverside on Feb. 5, 2003, also in the second game of the doubleheader.
Four team single-game records were set in the contest: 22 runs, 21 RBI, 14 walks and 12 runs scored in a single inning (bottom 4th).
UCLA's scoring opened with a disastrous inning by Sacramento State relief pitcher Cassie Cervantes. Cervantes came in to the game to start the bottom of the second inning and hit or walked nine of the first 10 batters she faced. Cervantes continued to struggle with her control in the third inning as the Bruins scored 10 runs on four hits through three innings of play.
The Bruins offense exploded in the fourth inning, pounding out 10 hits and scoring 12 runs. Andrea Duran hit Tara Henry home to open the scoring with her first triple of the season. Duran would score on a single by Krista Colburn, but was out on a fielders choice hit by Caitlin Benyi. Emily Zaplatosch followed with a double to right center before Jodie Legaspi hit UCLA's first home run of the season, a three-run shot to left field. Lisa Dodd followed by with a double and Whitney Holum reached on an error to give the bruins two runners on with two outs. After two walks issued to Ashley Herrera and Henry, her fourth walk of the night, pinch-hitter Danielle Peterson connected on an RBI single as did Colburn before Caitlin Benyi connected on her first home run of the season, a grand slam to complete the Bruins scoring with 22 runs.
Game 2: UCLA 13, Cal Poly 0 (5 innings)
Against the Mustangs, UCLA scored early and often. The first run of the game came in the first inning when Benyi drew a two-out walk, followed by an RBI double down the left field line by Zaplatosch.
The Bruins then posted a nine-run second inning as Dodd led off with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Alissa Eno. Eno came around to score when a sacrifice bunt by Jaisa Creps was thrown into the outfield on a Cal Poly error, leaving Creps at third base on the play. Ashley Herrera then connected with a double of her own, scoring Creps. Tara Henry then beat out a bunt single, advancing Herrera to third. The pair would score on a single by Andrea Duran, making the score 5-0. After a pitching change, Krista Colburn connected on a single before Zaplatosch had an RBI single, followed by an RBI double for Jodie Legaspi. Zaplatosch and Legaspi both crossed the plate after a Lisa Dodd home run to left field pushed the score to a 10-0 UCLA advantage.
The Bruins added three runs in the fifth inning, as sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden struck out 12 batters and allowed just one first inning hit in the shutout victory.
UCLA returns to action with a 1 pm scheduled first pitch against UCSB at the San Diego State Softball Stadium on the SDSU campus.