Stanford, Cal Up Next for UCLA Softball
April 5, 2005
The Bruins continue on the road this weekend, traveling to Stanford and California for the second weekend of Pac-10 play. UCLA will conclude this upcoming weekend having played seven consecutive road games. The Bruins had a disappointing start to the 2005 conference schedule last weekend, dropping all three games in the state of Oregon. Saturday's game at California will be televised live on FOX Sports West 2 with Tracy Warren and 1999 Women's College World Series MVP Julie Adams calling the action.
Bruins Win Final Non-Conference Game vs. Cal State Fullerton
UCLA's offense scored early and often on Tuesday night in Fullerton as UCLA defeated the Titans by an 8-0 margin in six innings. Four Bruins had multi-hit games, including Caitlin Benyi, Andrea Duran, Jodie Legaspi and Ashley Herrera. Duran had two doubles in the game, and Lisa Dodd connected on a sixth-inning home run to put UCLA in position for the run-rule victory.
Weather Forecasts Juggled Oregon Schedule
The Bruins opened Pac-10 play on Friday afternoon in Corvallis, Ore., falling to Oregon State by a 2-1 margin. Adrienne Alo homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning before a Kristen Dedmon RBI single plated Emily Zaplatosch to tie the game at 1-1 in the second inning. The teams would trade zeroes until the eighth inning when a bases-loaded single by Mia Longfellow gave the Beavers a 2-1 victory. Freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden struck out 11 batters in the game, but the Bruins left eight runners on base in the game.
UCLA then headed south to Eugene, Ore., where the Bruins and Ducks were scheduled play a single game on Saturday and a second game on Sunday. Saturday's weather was dry, but weather forecasts for the upcoming 72 hours predicted plenty of rain, prompting the teams to request and receive permission from the Pac-10 to play a doubleheader on Saturday.
The Ducks struck early in the first game of the twin bill, scoring two unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. UCLA was down 3-0 before a Duran home run put the Bruins on the board in the top of the sixth inning, but UCLA was unable to pull any closer to Oregon, falling 3-1.
In the nightcap, a Dedmon home run with two outs in the second inning gave UCLA a 1-0 lead, but Ashley Richards countered with a two-run shot of her own in the bottom half of the frame to tie the score at 1-1. Oregon would take the lead in the third inning on a RBI single by Lovena Chaput for the 2-1 victory.
UCLA vs. Stanford: UCLA leads series 41-8; Last Meeting: UCLA won 3-1 in 12 innings on May 30, 2004, at the Women's College World Series; Last Cardinal Win: Stanford won 1-0 on April 23, 2004, at Easton Stadium.
UCLA vs. California: UCLA leads series 66-15; Last Meeting: UCLA won 3-1 on May 31, 2004 in Oklahoma City, Okla. (NCAA Championship Game); Last Golden Bears Win: California won 2-1 on May 7, 2004, in Berkeley.
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