Softball Downs Kansas, No. 8 Texas A&M in Palm Springs
Feb. 25, 2006
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The UCLA softball team improved its record to 12-1 on Saturday night at the Palm Springs Classic, posting victories over Kansas and No. 8 Texas A&M by scores of 4-3 and 5-0, respectively. Jodie Legaspi went 2-for-2 with two runs scored in the first game of the day while Lisa Dodd had solo home runs in consecutive at-bats and Anjelica Selden struck out 10 in the nightcap against A&M.
Game 1: UCLA 4, Kansas 3
The Bruins manufactured two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The rally started with a one-out single to right by Jodie Legaspi, who went to second on a walk by Lisa Dodd. The pair advanced on a ground-out by Jaisa Creps, and a ball-four wild pitch in the at-bat of Ashley Herrera scored Legaspi and moved Dodd to third. Herrera then stole second and an errant throw into the outfield advanced her to third and scored Dodd to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third, the Jayhawks answered with two runs of their own. The rally started with a leadoff single by Nettie Fierros, dropping in shallow left center for a single. A sacrifice moved Fierros to second base, and she would score on a double by Val Chapple to tie the score at 2-2.
Kansas took the lead in the top of the fifth inning on one-out solo home run by Chapple, making the score 3-2. The Bruins would bring in sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden three batters later, and she struck out both batters that she faced to end the inning.
UCLA put together a rally of its own in the bottom of the sixth inning as Caitlin Benyi laid down a bunt and was safe at first on the play. After an infield single from Emily Zaplatosch, who was replaced by pinch runner Celina Rubalcaba, a single to right by Jodie Legaspi tied the game at 3-3, scoring Benyi from second and advancing Rubalcaba to third. Ashley Herrera then connected on a single to left field, plating Legaspi for the go-ahead run.
The Jayhawks threatened in the top of the seventh inning, posting back-to-back two-out singles before Selden notched her third strikeout of the inning to close the game with the Bruins winning 4-3. In 2-2/3 innings of relief work, Selden recorded seven of eight possible outs on strikeouts.
Game 2: UCLA 5, Texas A&M 0
Lisa Dodd went 3-for-3 with a double and two solo home runs as UCLA defeated No. 8 Texas A&M by a 5-0 margin on Saturday night at the Palm Springs Classic.
Dodd got UCLA's first hit of the game with a two-out double to right center in the first inning. Jodie Legaspi followed with the first of her two hits in the game to lead off the second inning with a single, but was unable to advance past second base. In the third, Dodd stepped to the plate once again and belted her third home run of the season, a solo shot to left, to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
The scenario repeated itself in the fifth inning as Dodd connected on another two-out home run to double the Bruins lead to 2-0.
In the sixth, Legaspi led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Whitney Holum and after a wild pitch advanced her to third base, was thrown out at the plate when Celina Rubalcaba grounded into a fielders choice. Rubalcaba, who was making her first career start as a Bruin, had a run scored and a walk and fielded all four defensive chances at second base cleanly.
Ashley Herrera extended the two-out rally as she reached on an error, advancing Rubalcaba to second base. Kristen Dedmon then stepped in as a pinch hitter and put a single through the left side, scoring Rubalcaba and advancing Herrera to second base. After Andrea Duran roped a double to left, scoring Herrera and putting Tara Henry, who was running for Dedmon, on third base. Krista Colburn then hit a ground ball to the A&M shortstop, who made a mental mistake and threw to second base, allowing Henry to score, bringing the UCLA lead to 5-0.
That was more than enough offense for Selden, struck out 10 and walked two while pitching a two-hit shutout against the Aggies.
The Bruins conclude Palm Springs Classic play on Sunday morning with a scheduled 11 am first pitch against No. 10 Oklahoma. The Bruins and Sooners will immediately follow the conclusion of the 9 am LSU-Stanford game, which is also on the Wrigley Easton Red Field at the Big League Dreams complex in Cathedral City, Calif. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.