Softball Splits Saturday Slate at Louisville Slugger
Feb. 17, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The ninth-ranked UCLA softball team posted a split of their Saturday schedule at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas on Saturday, falling to Oklahoma State by a score of 8-1 before posting an 8-0 five-inning victory over host UNLV. The Bruins complete their weekend schedule on Sunday with an 11:30 am game against Wright State at the Stephanie Lynn Craig complex in Henderson, Nev.
Game 1: Oklahoma State 8, UCLA 1
Oklahoma State struck first, posting two unearned runs in the top of the second inning. A one-out error put Krystle Sanchez on the basepaths. After Bruins starting pitcher Whitney Baker issued a two-out walk, Shianne Cruce connected on a two-run double that bounced off the top of the left field fence and back into play, scoring both Sanchez and Emily Blackburn.
A third run came across in the third inning as Shanel Scott reached on an error and would score on Courtney Totte's one-out sacrifice fly to right.
UCLA cut the lead to two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Julie Burney drew a leadoff walk, advanced on a pair of ground outs and scored on a single through the left side of the infield by Krista Colburn.
Unfortunately, the Cowgirls answered with three more runs in the top of the fifth inning. After Lauren Kitchens led off the inning with a double, UCLA head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez brought in Anjelica Selden, who gave up a sacrifice bunt before allowing a single to score Kitchens and a two-run home run by Totte to give Oklahoma State the 6-1 advantage.
Kitchens connected again in the sixth inning for a two-run home run, making the score 8-1. That was plenty of offense for Oklahoma State, as the Bruins pounded out eight hits but stranded 11 runners on the evening.
Game 2: UCLA 8, UNLV 0 (5 innings)
UCLA's bats struck early and often in the nightcap against the host Rebels. After going down in order in the top of the first inning, UCLA sent eight batters to the plate and scored three runs during the top of the second. The rally opened with a single from Jodie Legaspi. Legaspi was sacrificed to second base by Megan Langenfeld and went to third on a passed ball. After a walk issued to Danielle Peterson, both runners advanced on a throwing error by the Rebels catcher, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
The rally continued as Julie Burney connected on an RBI single, giving UCLA runners on the corners. Peterson scored on a slap-hit single by Tara Henry, and Burney came across on a single up the middle by Krista Colburn, bringing the score to 3-0 in UCLA's favor.
Two more runs came across in the third as Lisa Dodd led off the inning with a single, went to third on a Langenfeld double and scored on a Whitney Holum double. Langenfeld would come home on a Peterson sacrifice fly, making the score 5-0 in UCLA's favor.
The Bruins put themselves in position for the run rule victory in the top of the fifth. Legaspi led off with a walk and scored from first base on a double just fair down the right field line by Langenfeld, who scored on a Whitney Holum home run to make the score 8-0.
Anjelica Selden earned the win, striking out eight and walking two in a two-hit shutout.