Tara Henry Homers as Bruin Softball Sweeps Saturday Slate
March 10, 2007
LAKEWOOD, Calif. - Senior CF Tara Henry hit her first career home run on Saturday evening at the Long Beach State Invitational as her Bruin team downed Canisius, 1-0 and dispatched the host 49ers 12-1 in five innings. As a team, UCLA had 15 hits on the day and did not allow an earned run.
Game 1: UCLA 1, Canisius 0
The Bruins leaded the bases in each of the first two innings without the benefit of a hit, drawing two walks and a hit-by-pitch in the first and three walks in the second, but UCLA was unable to capitalize on either opportunity, stranding seven runners through the first three innings.
The first Bruin hit of the game came with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning as Lisa Dodd connected on her team-leading seventh home run of the year, hitting just above the first horizontal divider in the chain-link fence that stretches from left to center field, a location that by ground rule mandates a home run.
That 1-0 Bruin lead was enough to hold up under an impressive performance in the circle from freshman Whitney Baker. After giving up a walk and a bloop single in the top of the first inning, Baker proceeded to retire 17 consecutive Golden Griffin batters, finishing with a two-hit shutout, striking out nine.
Game 2: UCLA 12, Long Beach State 1 (5 inn)
UCLA wasted no time getting on the board in the second game of the night. Kaila Shull connected on a one-out solo home run to right field in the top of the first inning. Jodie Legaspi followed with a rocket back to the pitchers circle which unfortunately connected with the shoulder of 49ers starter Lacey Tyler's shoulder, an injury that forced her out of the game and Melissa DeMarco into the circle for Long Beach State.
Megan Langenfeld knocked the first pitch she saw from DeMarco into centerfield for an RBI triple and after a walk to Jaisa Creps, Langenfeld cam home to score on a Julie Burney single up the middle. The play continued with Burney and Creps each taking an additional base on the play, and Creps coming in to score and Burney taking third on a throwing error by the 49ers. When Whitney Holum reached on a fielding error, it plated the fifth and final UCLA run of the opening inning.
The offensive show continued in the second when UCLA plated three more runs on four hits and an error. Lisa Dodd connected on an RBI single, as did Burney and Holum in the inning.
In the fourth, UCLA sent nine batters to the plate, scoring four additional runs on four hits. The highlight of the game was an inside the park home run by Bruin senior centerfielder Tara Henry, the first home run of her UCLA career, to give the Bruins a 12-0 advantage after three and a half innings of play.
The Beach plated an unearned run in the fourth inning, but the 12 runs of offense was more than enough for Anjelica Selden, who struck out 11 batters and did not issue a walk in the game.
UCLA completes its Long Beach State Tournament schedule on Sunday with a 5 pm scheduled first pitch against Notre Dame at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif.