Late Rally Falls Short as Bruin Softball Downed by Huskies, 8-6
April 7, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Krista Colburn went 3-for-4 and Jodie Legaspi added a two-run homer, but 12th-ranked Washington scored seven times in the final two innings to hold off UCLA on Saturday afternoon, 8-6. The Bruins had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh but their last inning rally fell just short of success.
UW improves to 24-10, 2-3 Pac-10, while UCLA falls to 26-10, 2-3 Pac-10.
Washington got on the board first off UCLA starter Megan Langenfeld as UW starting pitcher Danielle Lawrie launched a solo homer in the top of the second for a 1-0 Husky lead.
UCLA answered with the tying run in the bottom of the third as Tara Henry drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a Colburn double to left field. The Bruins took a 3-1 lead with two more runs in the fifth inning, getting a leadoff single by Colburn and a two-out, two-run homer by Legaspi.
UW opened the top of the sixth with back-to-back hits off Langenfeld before the Bruins went to the bullpen to being in Anjelica Selden. The Husky bats stayed hot, however, as UW welcomed Selden with two-straight hits to tie the game at 3-3. After catcher Alicia Mathews fanned for the first out of the inning, right fielder Lauren Greer crushed one over the center field wall to give UW a 6-3 lead. The Huskies added what proved to be two important insurance runs in the seventh inning off Selden, getting a two-RBI double by Dominique Lastrapes for an 8-3 margin.
UCLA rallied in the bottom of the seventh as Colburn and Lisa Dodd singles sandwiched around a walk to Jaisa Creps loaded the bases with no one out. The first pitch to Legaspi got past the catcher, but Colburn was thrown out at home plate for the first out of the inning. Legaspi was intentionally walked to reload the bases, but Langenfeld was hit by the first pitch she saw to score Creps and close the gap to 8-4.
That would end the day for Lawrie in the circle as Caitlin Noble entered in relief to face Kaila Shull, who snapped a 0-for-14 streak with a two-RBI single to right as UCLA crept closer at 8-6. Unfortunately, that would be as close as UCLA would get as Noble fanned Whitney Holum and Julie Burney to end the game.
Colburn tallied three of UCLA's seven hits on the afternoon while Legaspi and Shull each had two RBIs. UW leadoff hitter Ashley Charters also went 3-for-4 while Greer and Lastrapes had three RBIs apiece as UW collected 12 hits as a team.
Lawrie (15-6) earned the win for Washington, hurling 6 1/3 innings allowing six hits and six runs with six walks and five strikeouts. Noble picked up her first save of the year, allowing one hit and two strikeouts to the three batters she faced.
Selden (14-6) took the loss in relief for UCLA, allowing six hits and five runs (four earned) with no walks and two strikeouts in just one inning of work. Langenfeld scattered six hits and allowed three runs with no walks and four strikeouts in five-plus innings. Whitney Baker relieved Selden in the top of the seventh and retired all three batters she faced.
UCLA now hits the road for seven-straight games, starting with next weekend's road trip to Oregon State (Fri., April 13) and Oregon (April 14-15).
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