Softball Wraps Up Regular Season with 5-1 Win Over Oregon State
May 14, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Jodie Legaspi homered and had an RBI single and Caitlin Benyi added a two-RBI single as the 12th-ranked Bruins ended the regular season with a 5-1 win over sixth-ranked Oregon State on Saturday afternoon at Easton Stadium.
UCLA improves to 30-16 overall and finishes fifth in the Pac-10 at 11-10 in league play. Oregon State falls to 40-14 and ends up as part of a four-way tie with Arizona, Cal and Stanford for the conference title at 13-8 in Pac-10 play.
UCLA got on the board in the second inning as Legaspi crushed her eighth homer of the year as the Bruins took a 1-0 lead. OSU tied it at 1-1 in the top of the third as Mia Longfellow's two-out single to center field brought home Alana Mendoza.
The Bruins answered right back with four runs in the bottom of the third, reclaiming the lead immediately as Ashley Herrera singled up the middle to open the inning and scored on Andrea Duran's triple to right center. Tara Henry reached on an infield single and stole second base, setting the table for Benyi, who singled to right center to score both Duran and Henry for a 4-1 advantage. After a sac bunt by Emily Zaplatosch, Legaspi came through again as her single up the middle scored Benyi with what proved to be the final run of the game.
In the circle, Anjelica Selden was in control all afternoon for UCLA, allowing just three hits and fanning eight batters, retiring the final 12 batters she faced to improve to 19-10 on the year. OSU's Brianne McGowan (33-8) took the loss, allowing eight hits and five runs in six innings.
Offensively for UCLA, Duran was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in the leadoff spots while Henry and Benyi each went 1-for-3 with a combined two runs and two RBIs in the Nos. 2 and 3 spots in the order. Legaspi added a 2-for-3, one run, two RBI effort in the Bruin victory.
UCLA now awaits the NCAA Tournament selections to find out their opening weekend opponents and site. The pairings and sites will be announced live on ESPNEWS on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. PT.