Softball Downs Gauchos, 9-3 at Campbell/Cartier Tournament
Feb. 10, 2006
SAN DIEGO - UCLA continued its offensive-minded start to the 2006 season on Friday afternoon, defeating UC Santa Barbara, 9-3, at the Campbell/Cartier Tournament hosted by San Diego State. The Bruins recorded 11 hits in the game, with pitcher Lisa Dodd going 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI and striking out three.
Andrea Duran started the game with a leadoff home run just over the left field fair pole, UCLA's first home run to lead off a game since Caitlin Benyi opened the Feb. 13, 2005, game against Syracuse with a home run.
UCLA's next batter, Krista Colburn, was hit by a pitch, followed by a walk to Benyi. Emily Zaplatosch would draw another walk with the fourth ball a wild pitch, scoring Colburn and advancing Benyi to third base. Zaplatosch advanced on a groundout by Jodie Legaspi, and the pair would come around to score on a double through the right side of the infield by Lisa Dodd. Shana Stewart, opened her first career start with a single through the left side as the Bruins batted around in the first inning, scoring four runs.
After UCSB hit Colburn in the top of the second inning and then walked the bases full before Jodie Legaspi slugged a two-RBI single, advancing to second base on the throw home, bringing the score to 6-0 in UCLA's favor.
UCLA gave up two runs in the bottom of the third inning but answered with two of its own in the top of the fourth. Benyi led off the inning with her third walk of the game. She advanced to second on a hit-and-run by Zaplatosch and went to third on a fly-out by Legaspi before scoring on a Shana Stewart single, bringing the score to 8-2.
UCSB's Jennifer Davis led off the botton of the fourth inning with a fly ball to deep right field. Stewart was able to make a spectacular running catch, crashing into the fence on the play. Despite earning a hit later in the inning, the Bruins would hold, taking the game to the top of the fifth with an 8-2 UCLA lead. After the Gauchos put up a third run in the bottom of the fifth, the Bruins added a run of their own in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Lisa Dodd, bringing the score to 9-3
The Bruins return to action on Saturday night with a scheduled 7 pm first pitch against UMass.