No. 5/6 Cardinal Drops Season-Opener To No. 2/3 Bruins, 5-4

March 31, 2006

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Los Angeles, Calif. - Stanford (26-5) fell to UCLA (29-2), 5-4, this afternoon after scoring four runs in the sixth inning to tie the game. The Bruins' Whitney Holum drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure the victory for UCLA.

The first two innings passed without a run for either team. With two outs in the top of the third inning, senior catcher Lauren Lappin got on base with an error by the second baseman. Freshman short stop Maddy Coon knocked a single up the middle to advance Lappin, but the half inning ended without a Cardinal run.

UCLA's first batter in the bottom of the third inning, Ashley Herrera slammed a home run over the center field fence to put the Bruins in the lead. Tara Henry was walked to first for UCLA and Andrea Duran reached on a fielder's choice, with Henry successfully advancing to second base. Krista Colburn then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners. Freshman pitcher Missy Penna struck out one batter and Coon threw out the next at first to end the inning with UCLA in the lead, 1-0.

With UCLA at bat in the bottom of the fifth, Duran hit a single to left field, but was later caught stealing at second base. Colburn followed with a single to second. Emily Zaplatosch knocked a base hit up the middle and Jodie Legaspi was walked to first to load the bases. Alissa Eno entered the game to pinch run for Zaplatosch. With the bases loaded and two outs, Lisa Dodd was walked to score Colburn. Holum slammed a single just over the reach of Coon to score Eno and Legaspi for a 4-0 Bruin lead. Dodd advanced to third on a wild pitch before sophomore Becky McCullough entered the game to pitch. With two Bruin runners on, sophomore rightfielder Anna Beardman ended the inning as she snagged Herrera's ball over the shoulder.

On a full count in the top of the sixth, Lappin got on base with an error by the short stop. Coon moved Lappin to second with a single to left field. Freshman third baseman Michelle Smith followed with a hard single to center field, scoring Lappin from second to put the Cardinal on the board. Junior leftfielder Jackie Rinehart advanced both runners with a ball to the shortstop, but was out at first on the play. Penna dropped a hit in center field to score Coon and proceeded to take second base on the throw. Junior infielder Lindsay Key entered the game as a pinch hitter and knocked in Smith and Penna with a base hit past pitcher Anjelica Selden to tie the game, 4-4.

McCullough allowed just one hit and assisted two outs in the bottom of the sixth to end the inning without a Bruin run.

With the game tied, the Bruins tallied three-straight outs to head into the bottom of the seventh. Legaspi hit a double to right center to get on base for UCLA and Dodd then flied out to Rinehart. With two outs, Holum hit a double to left center, scoring Legaspi and ending the game for a 5-4 Bruin victory.

Penna went 2-3 at the plate with one run and one RBI. Key was 1-1 with two RBI and Smith was 1-3 with one run and one RBI. Coon was also 2-4 with one run. Legaspi was 2-3 for the Bruins with two runs and Holum was 2-3 with three RBI.

In the circle, Penna struck out two in four and a half innings, while McCullough walked none and allowed three hits in two innings. UCLA's Selden struck out seven batters and allowed seven hits in seven innings.

The Cardinal now travels to Seattle to take on the Huskies tomorrow at 2:00 pm. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest.

Score by Innings                  R  H  E-----------------------------------------Stanford............ 000 004 0 -  4  7  0UCLA Bruins......... 001 030 1 -  5 10  2-----------------------------------------
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