Softball Splits Opening Day at Palm Springs Classic
Feb. 23, 2007
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - UCLA started Friday's competition with a run-rule defeat of Michigan State before falling to top-ranked Tennessee on the opening day of competition at the Palm Springs Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.
Game 1: UCLA 8, Michigan State 0, 6 inn
All nine of UCLA's hitters had at least one hit as the Bruins defeated Michigan State, 8-0, in six innings. Kristen Dedmon had a bases loaded walk-off RBI single to invoke the eight run rule in the bottom of the sixth.
UCLA opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Krista Colburn led off the game with a single. After Kaila Shull narrowly missed a home run that was hit into a stiff wind blowing straight in from left field, Lisa Dodd drew a walk, pushing Colburn to second base. A fly ball to deep right field by Jodie Legaspi advanced Colburn to third before a single through the right side of the Spartans infield by Megan Langenfeld scored Colburn, but the inning ended when Dodd was thrown out trying to advance from first to third base on the play.
UCLA would add a run with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning as Julie Burney connected on a home run to left field during a brief respite from the incoming gusts of wind, making the score 2-0.
In the fifth inning, Shull and Legaspi drew walks before a Langenfeld single loaded the bases for UCLA. Whitney Holum then connected on a single to left, scoring Shull and Legaspi to double the Bruins lead to 4-0.
UCLA sent all nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. The one-out rally opened with a bunt single by Tara Henry, followed by a hard-hit single from Colburn that advanced Henry to third and put Colburn on second when the Spartans attempted to throw Henry out at third. Shull then singled through the right side of the infield, scoring Shana Stewart, who came in to pinch run for Henry after she took a tag to the jaw on the previous play. Dodd would single home Colburn, then a walk to Legaspi and a single by Langenfeld loaded the bases for Dedmon, who hit an RBI single to invoke the eight-run rule and end the game.
Langenfeld earned the win for UCLA, pitching a one-hit shutout, striking out five and she did not issue a walk in the game. Langenfeld now holds a 4-1 record on the 2007 season.
Game 2: Tennessee 6, UCLA 1
A Krista Colburn solo home run was the highlight of the second game of the day for the Bruins, but it was not enough offense to lead UCLA to the win.
The Lady Vols put up four runs in the top of the second inning and another pair in the fourth en route to the 6-1 victory. Aside from Colburn's home run, Jodie Legaspi, Kaila Shull and Julie Burney accounted for the remainder of UCLA's five hits on the day.
Anjelica Selden took the loss for the Bruins, striking out eight batters on the day.
The Bruins return to action with a pair of games on Saturday. UCLA opens with a 3 pm game against Maryland followed by a 5:30 pm contest against the PFX All-Stars at the Big League Dreams complex in Cathedral City, Calif.
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