Softball falls to Stanford, 3-2

May 12, 2006

STANFORD, Calif. - UCLA (43-6, 15-4 Pac-10) dropped its Friday night contest at Stanford by a 3-2 margin. The Bruins gave up runs in the first and third innings but the Bruins came back with two in the fourth to tie before the Cardinal plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the win. Lisa Dodd suffered the loss for the Bruins.

Stanford struck first as Bruins starting pitcher Lisa Dodd walked leadoff batter Catalina Morris before striking out the next two batters. Morris stole second and came around on a single to left by Maddy Coon to give the Cardinal a 1-0 lead. Stanford would proceed to load the bases with a walk and infield single, but was unable t push an additional run across the plate.

The Cardinal added a run in the third inning when Lauren Lappin led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Missy Penna to increase the Stanford lead to 2-0. Stanford loaded the bases again on a walk to Coon and Erin Howe and a single to shallow right by Tricia Aggabao, but Anna Beardman lined out to end the inning and the threat.

The Bruins were able to tie it up in the top of the fourth inning. The one-out rally started with a singles from Emily Zaplatosch, who was replaced by pinch runner Alissa Eno, Jodie Leagspi, an RBI single up the middle by Lisa Dodd and an RBI single just fair down the first base line by Whitney Holum to tie the game at 2-2.

A two-out double from Morris followed by a single to shallow center by Rinehart gave Stanford a late 3-2 lead.

Lisa Dodd suffered the loss, just her second of the 2006 season, striking out three in the game.

The Bruins and Cardinal complete their regular season schedules on Saturday with a 1 pm first pitch at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. Both teams will then await the announcement of the 2006 NCAA Tournament field, which will be announced at 12:30 pm Pacific Time Sunday on ESPNews. UCLA is guaranteed a spot in the tournament field by virtue of its 2006 Pac-10 Championship.

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