Bruins Best Cardinal, 3-0
May 5, 2007
Los Angeles, Calif. - A three-run third inning lifted the No. 12 UCLA Bruins to a 3-0 victory over the No. 15/16 Stanford softball team today,setting up a rubber game for the 2007 series tomorrow. Stanford falls to 31-16-1 overall with the loss and 6-10-1in the Pac-10, while UCLA improves to 34-14, 10-7 Pac-10.
UCLA loaded the bases in the second inning, after a walk and a pair of two-out singles by Whitney Holum and Kaila Shull.The Cardinal kept composure, however, and retired center fielder Tara Henry to keep thegame scoreless.
The Bruins threatened again in the fourth inning, putting two on with no out after Jodie Legaspi singled andbeat out a fielder's choice. A sacrifice bunt put both runners in scoring position, but the Cardinal defensepulled together once again and got two quick outs to keep the Bruins off the board.
In the fifth inning, UCLA finally capitalized, scoring three runs that would prove to be the game. Henryled off with a single to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Krista Colburn. Jaisa Creps thencame through with an RBI single, and, on the next at bat, Bruin homerun leader LisaDodd ripped a ball over the left field wall to score two more.
Stanford's best chance came in the sixth inning, after infield singles by Tricia Aggabao and Jackie Rinehart puttwo on for the Cardinal. The Bruins retired two batters, however, and upheld the shutout for UCLA pitcher MeganLangenfeld.
Stanford notched four hits in the game, the most in the team's last five Pac-10 contests. Aggabao extended her hittingstreak to a season-long seven games, while Rinehart, Michelle Schroeder and Michelle Smith picked up theremaining hits for the Cardinal.
Stanford and UCLA return to action tomorrow at Easton Stadium, with first pitch set for 1 p.m.
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