Holum's Walk-Off Double Downs Stanford, 5-4
March 31, 2006
LOS ANGELES - A walk-off double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning by Whitney Holum gave UCLA a win in its Pac-10 opener on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium by a 5-4 margin over Stanford. The Bruins (29-2, 1-0 Pac-10) were led offensively by Holum, Jodie Legaspi and Krista Colburn, who each contributed two hits to UCLA's team total of 10 on the day.
After two innings of no-hit softball tossed by Stanford's Missy Penna, junior Ashley Herrera got the Bruins on the board with a home run, her third of the season, to lead off the bottom of the third inning. The Bruins added three more runs in the fifth inning, sending eight batters to the plate.
The rally started when Andrea Duran singled to lead off the inning, but Duran would be thrown out stealing second base. Krista Colburn followed with a single and went to second on a single up the middle by Emily Zaplatosch. Jodie Legaspi drew a walk to load the bases, followed by an RBI walk from Lisa Dodd to plate UCLA's second run of the game. A two-run single to right by Holum plated pinch-runner Alissa Eno and Legaspi to give the Bruins a 4-0 win.
Stanford would counter in the top of the sixth inning. Lauren Lappin led off the inning by reaching on an error and went to second on a single from Maddy Coon. Lappin came around to score from second base on a single from Michelle Smith, bringing the score to 4-1 in UCLA's favor.
A two-out single to centerfield from Penna plated Coon, and pinch-hitter Lindsay Key then connected on a single that tipped off of UCLA pitcher Anjelica Selden's glove just enough to change directions and prevent Caitlin Benyi from making the final out of the inning, a play that scored both Penna and Smith to tie the game at 4-4.
After both teams went down in order in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh, UCLA rallied in the final half-inning of regulation. Jodie Legaspi connected on a one-out double off the fence in right centerfield, and was unable to tag and advance on a ball hit to deep left field by Lisa Dodd. Holum then stepped in and connected on her second hit of the day, plating Legaspi on a double to left center to end the game.
Selden earned the victory in the circle for the Bruins, improving to 16-2 on the season. She struck out seven in the game and did not allow a walk to the Cardinal.
UCLA returns to action at 2 pm on Saturday afternoon against California.