Andrea Duran Goes 7-for-7 as UCLA Softball Sweeps Cal Poly
March 3, 2006
LOS ANGELES - UCLA senior 3B Andrea Duran went 7-for-7 with two home runs, two doubles and three RBI on Friday as UCLA (15-1) swept Cal Poly in a doubleheader as part of the opening day of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. Game scores were 9-1 and 8-0, both in five-inning games. Earlier in the day, the first scheduled contest between Santa Clara and San Jose State was rained out, before Santa Clara earned a 7-0 victory over San Jose State to open tournament play.
Tournament action will continue throughout the weekend. The Bruins and San Jose State open Saturday's action with a 10 am doubleheader, followed by a doubleheader between Cal Poly and Santa Clara scheduled to begin at 3 pm.
Game 1: Rained Out
Heavy rains that lasted until late morning forced the cancellation of the opening game of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament between San Jose State and Santa Clara. The game will not be made up.
Game 2: Santa Clara 7, San Jose State 0
Santa Clara capitalized on 10 hits, scoring two runs in the first, two in the fourth and three in the seventh inning to defeat San Jose State by a score of 7-0. Jessica Clee went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Ashley Blier had two RBI for the Broncos in the contest.
Game 3: UCLA 9, Cal Poly 1 (5 innings)
After allowing a leadoff single from Cal Poly's Lisa Modglin, junior pitcher Lisa Dodd fought through a mid-inning rain storm where the Mustangs loaded the bases before Melissa Pura flied out to end the inning.
The Bruins loaded the bases in the bottom of the first on a leadoff single from Duran and a sacrifice bunt by Krista Colburn followed by a walk to Lisa Dodd. Emily Zaplatosch then reached on an infield error, scoring Duran and advancing Dodd to second base. A walk to Jodie Legaspi loaded the bases for Celina Rubalcaba, who drew an RBI walk to score the Bruins second run. Whitney Holum then connected on a single just over the head of the Mustangs second baseman, bringing home Zaplatosch to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead after one inning of play.
Duran would also lead off this second inning with a single, stealing her second and third bases of the game in the inning. She is the first Bruin to steal three bases in a game since All-American Natasha Watley accomplished the feat in a May 18, 2003, game against Michigan State at NCAA Regionals.
With Duran on third base and Colburn, who had drawn a walk, on second, Dodd drew her second walk of the game and all three players would come around to score on a grand slam home run by Legaspi, improving the UCLA lead to 7-0.
A one-out home run to left field by Duran gave UCLA its eighth run, and a ninth run came across in the fourth inning on a two-out rally that opened with pinch hitter Kristen Dedmon drawing a two-out walk. She was replaced by Ashley Herrera to run the bases. Pinch-hitter Danielle Peterson then connected in a single to left field, and Herrera would then come around to score on Duran's fourth hit of the game, a double down the left field line to make the score 9-1.
In the top of the fifth inning, Cal Poly's Sarah Iwata connected on a two-out solo home run to centerfield, completing the scoring with UCLA winning 9-1 in five innings of play. Dodd earned her sixth victory of the season, striking out four and scattering four hits for the win.
Game 4: UCLA 8, Cal Poly 0 (5 innings)
UCLA's momentum did not stop in the second half of the doubleheader, and neither did Duran's hitting streak. Duran led off the top of the first inning with a double down the left field line and scored on Krista Colburn's at-bat with Colburn taking second on the play. Dodd then drew a walk and both runners would score when Emily Zaplatosch connected on her second home run of the season, a three-run shot to left field, giving the Bruins a 4-0 lead.
With two outs in the second inning, Duran extended her hitting streak, connecting on her fourth home run of the season to left field and making the score 5-0, UCLA. The Bruins would add a pair of runs in the fourth inning as Shana Stewart led off with a single and went to second on a single by Tara Henry. Duran then earned her seventh hit in as many at-bats on the day, loading the bases with a single.
Krista Colburn then connected on a double roped down the right field line, scoring Stewart and Henry for UCLA's 6th and 7th runs of the game. The eighth and final run scored in the fifth as Legaspi doubled to lead off the inning, went to third on a single by Rubalcaba and came home on a single up the middle by Ashley Herrera. Duran did come to the plate with two outs in the fifth inning, but a base was open and the Mustangs chose to intentionally walk UCLA's hottest hitter.
Meanwhile, sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden was mowing down the competition, striking out 12 of the 16 batters she faced in the game. Selden had three strikeouts in the first inning, two in the second, struck out the side in the third, then posted two-K innings in the fourth and fifth for the complete game one-hit shutout. Selden is now 9-1 on the season.