Softball Bruins Drop a 3-1 Decision to Washington
April 9, 2004
SEATTLE - UCLA dropped a 3-1 decision to eighth-ranked Washington (27-7, 3-0 Pac-10) on Friday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium in Seattle, despite taking a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. Claire Sua was the bright spot offensively for the Bruins (27-4, 0-3 Pac-10) on the day, going 3-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run in the third inning.
The Bruins had two runners on with no outs in the top of the second inning, as Emily Zaplatosch led off the inning reaching base on a Husky error before being replaced by pinch-runner Amanda Simpson. Lisa Dodd followed with a single through the left side of the Husky infield, but the pair was unable to advance, as the next two Bruin hitters struck out and Caitlin Benyi grounded into a fielders choice to end the inning.
Washington countered in the bottom half of the second as leadoff hitter Dena Tyson was hit by a pitch from Bruin starter Lisa Dodd. After Kathy Fiske grounded out, Amanda Oleson walked to give the Huskies two on with two outs. Dodd was able to get out of the jam, spearing a chopper hit by Rita Roach and throwing Roach out at first base for the final out of the inning.
With two outs in the top of the third inning, Claire Sua got the Bruins on the board, crushing her sixth home run of the season over the left field fence to give UCLA a 1-0 lead. It would prove to be the only run of the game for the Bruins.
In the bottom half of the inning, Washington tried for a two-out rally of its own, as Aimee Minor walked and Kristen Rivera broke up Dodd's no-hit bid with a line drive single up the middle, before Tyson flied out to end the inning and the threat.
The Bruins loaded the bases in the top of the fourth inning on a one-out error that allowed Lisa Dodd to reach base. Designated player Whitney Holum then drew a walk and was replaced by flex player Julie Hoshizaki to pinch run. After Caitlin Benyi drew a two-out walk to load the bases, Andrea Duran hit a fly ball to shallow left field that looked like it was going to drop for the hit, but Husky shortstop Amanda Oleson made a great play in the grass in shallow left field to catch the fly ball and end the inning.
Kristen Rivera led off the bottom of the sixth inning for Washington with a double to shallow center field, a play that concluded with Bruin centerfielder Stephanie Ramos and shortstop Jodie Legaspi colliding as both attempted to catch the ball. Ramos was slow to get up on the play, but stayed in the game as Jessica Wilkinson came in to pinch-run for Rivera at second base. After a four-pitch walk to Tyson, Fiske hit a ground ball down the third base line that was fielded by Andrea Duran, who touched third base for the first out of the inning and made the play at first base for a double play.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, the ball was called foul, and UCLA head coach Sue Enquist and assistant coach Gina Vecchione came out of the Bruin dugout to argue the call with home plate umpire Willie Newman. At the conclusion of the argument, Bruin assistant coach Gina Vecchione was thrown out of the game for leaving the dugout with Enquist to argue the call. Kelly Inouye-Perez took over Vecchione's regular spot coaching first base in the top of the seventh inning.
When her at-bat resumed, Fiske popped out on the infield fly rule, recording the first out of the inning. Oleson then stepped in with two on and one out and ripped a line drive foul down the right field line to even the count at 1-1 before taking the next three pitches to load the bases with a walk, bringing Courtney Jeffries to the plate. Jeffries worked the count full before putting a fly ball just over the head of Caitlin Benyi at second base for the game-tying RBI.
Pinch-hitter Robyn Wike was hit by the first pitch thrown by Dodd, scoring the go-ahead run for the Huskies. Lastrapes then singled through the right side of the infield to give Washington a 3-1 lead and bringing Aimee Minor to the plate. Minor took the first pitch delivered by Dodd over the left field fence, but it was just foul. Minor went on to ground into a fielders choice, with the Bruins recording the second out of the inning at the plate. Hyatt would then ground into another fielders choice to end the inning with Washington leading 3-1.
The Bruins went quietly in the top of the seventh, leaving the final score 3-1 in Washington's favor. Lisa Dodd got the loss for UCLA, falling to 11-2 on the season. She walked six and struck out two while allowing five hits in the game.
The Bruins and Huskies return to action on Saturday afternoon with a 2 pm start at Husky Stadium in Seattle. The game is sold out.