Softball Sweeps Opening Day at LBSU Invitational
March 9, 2007
LAKEWOOD, Calif. - Freshman 3B Julie Burney homered in each of UCLA's games on Friday afternoon at the Long Beach State Invitational as the Bruins (18-6) defeated Southern Utah 7-2 and Eastern Kentucky by a score of 8-0 in five innings. Burney went 3-for-6 on the day with a 1.500 slugging percentage and three RBI.
Game 1: UCLA 7, Southern Utah 2
UCLA pounded out 10 hits in their first game of the day en route to a 7-2 victory over Southern Utah. Batting as the visiting team, the Bruins opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning. Jodie Legaspi opened the frame with a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second base by Megan Langenfeld. A Jaisa Creps single to right would score Legaspi, and a Whitney Holum hit to left gave the Bruins two runners on with one out. A fielders choice recorded the second out of the inning before a Tara Henry single loaded the bases once again.
Krista Colburn then roped a single up the middle, scoring two runs to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
The fifth inning saw Lisa Dodd lead off with a home run, her team-leading sixth of the season, to give UCLA a 4-0 lead. UCLA followed with a two-out rally that opened with Creps reaching on a two-base error and score on a single by Holum. Julie Burney followed with a home run of her own, her fourth of the year, to give the Bruins a 7-0 lead.
That was plenty of offense for the Bruins, who capitalized on five innings in the circle by Lisa Dodd, who struck out two batter en route to the victory in the circle. Freshman Whitney Baker tossed the final two innings, striking out four and walking one without allowing a hit.
Game 2: UCLA 8, Eastern Kentucky 0 (5 inn)
UCLA put up its first run of the night in the bottom of the first inning as Krista Colburn led off with a single, followed by a one-out walk from Lisa Dodd. When a Jodie Legaspi blast to deep centerfield was dropped by the Colonels, Colburn was able to score from second on the play to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
In the second, Julie Burney connected on her third home run in as many games, clearing the 30-foot fence in left center, an outfield wall that is well beyond the NCAA recommended distance at approximately 250 feet from the plate.
UCLA's big inning came in the fourth when the Bruins sent 10 batters to the plate. The rally started with consecutive one-out singles from Holum, Burney and Henry. A single to right by Colburn dropped in for an RBI single with each runner advancing a base and pinch-runner Shana Stewart coming in to score. Kaila Shull then doubled to the fence in centerfiefld, a two-RBI hit that would have been a grand slam in any regulation ball park, bringing the score to 5-0.
With two outs, Legaspi reached on an EKU fielding error, bringing up Langenfeld, who clobbered a double to the gap in left center to score the eighth and final run of the game.
Langenfeld pitched a five-inning shutout, working around four hits and four defensive errors, walking one and striking out four on the night.
UCLA returns to action on Saturday afternoon at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, playing a 3:45 pm game against Canisius and a 6 pm game against tournament host Long Beach State.