Bruins Softball Falls to Washington, 6-5

April 10, 2004

SEATTLE - A five-run fifth inning powered eighth-ranked Washington (28-7, 4-0 Pac-10) to a 6-5 victory over UCLA on Saturday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium in Seattle, Wash. Caitlin Benyi hit her fourth lead-off home run of the season to start the game for the Bruins, who fall to 27-5 (0-4 Pac-10) with the loss.

UCLA's lead-off hitter, Caitlin Benyi, got the Bruins on the board early in the first inning, hitting her12th home run of the season. It was the fourth time this year that Benyi has led off a game with a home run. Andrea Duran continued the rally, hitting a single through the left side if the Husky infield Claire Sua followed with a one-out full-count walk, and Jodie Legaspi then singled down the left field line, scoring Duran from second base to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. That was UCLA's first run in Pac-10 play this season that had not scored via a home run, bases-loaded walk or bases-loaded hit by pitch.

After Emily Zaplatosch drew a walk to load the bases, Washington Co-Head Coach Scott Centala came out to talk to Husky starter Tia Bollinger before she faced Bruin designated player Lisa Dodd. Dodd grounded into a fielders choice with the out at the plate before Ashley Herrera struck out to end the inning with the Bruins leading 2-0.

In the top of the second inning, Benyi drew a one-out walk and advanced to second base on a single to center field by Duran. A full-count walk to Stephanie Ramos loaded the bases for Sua, who drew an RBI walk of her own to give UCLA a 3-0 lead. Amanda Simpson pinch-ran for Sua as Jodie Legaspi grounded into a fielders choice with the out at the plate before Zaplatosch flied out to deep right field for the final out of the inning.

The Huskies cut the lead to two runs when Kristen Rivera led off the bottom of the second inning with her 14th home run of the season, a shot over the left field fence to make the score 3-1.

Another rally started in the bottom of the third inning as Dominque Lastrapes reached on a Bruin error with one out, and went to third on a single to left field by Aimee Minor. Bruin starting pitcher Keira Goerl responded by striking out Sarah Hyatt for the second out of the inning before Rivera lined out to end the inning and the Washington threat.

Lisa Dodd led off the top of the fifth for the Bruins reaching on a Washington error before being replaced by pinch-runner Julie Hoshizaki. Ashley Herrera followed with a chop-hit single to left field before Washington made the pitching change, replacing Bollinger with Ashley Boek in the circle. Tara Henry then drew a full-count walk off of Boek to load the bases for Benyi with no outs.

Benyi grounded into a fielders choice, and for the third time in the game, the Huskies were able to gun down the lead runner at the plate in that situation. The scene repeated in UCLA's next at-bat, as Andrea Duran also grounded into a fielders choice with the out at the plate. Stephanie Ramos was then hit in the hands by an 0-1 pitch and called back to the plate. With a 1-2 count, Ramos was hit again, driving Tara Henry in to score UCLA's fourth run of the game. Claire Sua then grounded into UCLA's third fielders choice of the inning, but the ball was mis-handled at third base, allowing Benyi to score UCLA's fifth run and leaving the bases loaded for Legaspi, who grounded into a fourth fielders choice to end the inning.

After Rita Roach led off the bottom of the fifth inning by drawing a walk, she advanced to second on a ground-out by Lastrapes and came home to score Washington's second run on an RBI single by Aimee Minor. After Hyatt grounded out to advance Minor, the Bruins chose to intentionally walk Rivera to set up the force play with two outs. Dena Tyson followed with a hard-hit ground ball single up the middle, scoring Minor. Both runners would advance an additional base as the Bruins tried for the out at the plate, giving Washington runners on second and third with two outs for Fiske, who gave the Huskies the lead with a three-run home run over the left field fence. That hit gave Washington a 6-5 lead at the end of five innings.

The only Husky not to bat in the fifth innig, Courtney Jeffries led off the bottom of the sixth with a single to center field, went to second on a walk to Roach and was thrown out at third base when Lastrapes grounded into a fielders choice for the first out of the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Minor advanced the pair, but Hyatt fouled out to end the inning with the score still 6-5 in Washington's favor.

With the top of the Bruin order at the plate to start the top of the seventh inning, Benyi was called out on strikes, Duran reached on an error, Ramos was called out on strikes for the second out of the inning, and Sua struck out to end the game.

The Bruins return to action with their Pac-10 home opener next Friday, April 16, with a 1 pm first pitch against Oregon State at Easton Stadium.

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