Softball Alumnae Game a Success
Nov. 4, 2006
LOS ANGELES - A day of light-hearted enjoyment at Easton Stadium saw the current UCLA team and the Bruin Softball Alumnae play four innings of a 1-1 tie before a 10-home run performance by Jodie Legaspi in the home run hitting contest gave the 2007 Bruins a 12-11 lead at the end of the day.
After an extended warm-up period, the Alumnae team led off the top of the first inning with the powerhouse lineup of Honda Broderick Cup winner and Olympic Gold Medalist Natasha Watley, current US National Team member Andrea Duran, Honda Broderick Cup winner and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Fernandez and All-American and Olympic Gold Medalist Tairia Mims Flowers.
The game held scoreless until the visiting half of the third inning when Amanda Simpson Allen led off the inning with a bunt single. She was advanced to second base by Nichole Victoria and scored from second base when Watley connected on the game's first hit, a rope just fair down the third base line that allowed Allen to score standing up.
The 2007 Bruins answered in the bottom of the fourth and final inning of play as Jodie Legaspi pounded a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield where it was caught by a barefooted Julie Marshall, one of eight outfielders playing that inning for the Alumnae. Kelsey Enquist scored on the play to tie the game at 1-1.
Two current Bruins, Kristen Dedmon and Jodie Legaspi opened the home run hitting contest with Dedmon putting one over the fence before Legaspi connected on 10 home runs in 13 swings to give the current Bruins a 13-1 advantage. The Alumnae countered with three home runs from Lisa Fernandez and four from Andrea Duran to close the gap to 12-8. After Megan Langenfeld failed to extend the current team's lead, Tairia Mims Flowers stepped in, needing four home runs to tie and five to give the Alumnae the win.
After putting her first swing over the outfield fence, Flowers made two outs and then put the next two over the fence to make the score 12-11 before a near miss became her third out, ending the competition.
UCLA Softball opens its first season under head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez on February 9, 2007, against Texas as the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
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