Softball Wins Both Games at Palm Springs Classic
Feb. 24, 2006
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - UCLA (10-1) posted two victories on the first full day of competition at the Palm Springs Classic, defeating Ohio State by a 4-1 margin in the opener and coming back to down No. 19/20 LSU by a 3-1 margin in the second game of the day. Against the Buckeyes, Anjelica Selden had nine strikeouts and the Bruins opened the day with two home runs, while Lisa Dodd pitched the Bruins to victory against LSU with Emily Zaplatosch connecting on a two-run home run in the sixth inning to seal the victory.
Game 1: UCLA 4 Ohio State 1
The Bruins opened the scoring with two solo home runs in the bottom of the first inning as Andrea Duran connected for her second home run of the season and Caitlin Benyi hit her third.
In the second inning, Jaisa Creps led off the inning with a single, but was out on a fielders choice hit by Ashley Herrera. Herrera would steal second and was joined on the bases by Duran, who drew a two-out walk. Herrera came around to score and Duran went to third on a single to right by Krista Colburn, with Colburn advancing to second when the Buckeyes defense threw home. The Bruins then added a fourth run on a single by Benyi for a 4-0 lead after two innings of play.
Ohio State answered in the bottom of the fourth as Bruin pitcher Anjelica Selden walked the leadoff batter, struck out Chelsea Baker. Stacy Hibma was then hit by a pitch before a Courtney Pruner single dropped just in front of Herrera in left field, scoring Megan Schwab. A two-out walk would load the bases, but Selden was able to get a ground out to end the inning with UCLA still leading 4-1.
That score would hold as the Bruins notched their ninth win of the season. Selden finished with nine strikeouts and allowed just one hit on the day.
Game 2: UCLA 3 LSU 1
Once again, the Bruins opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning as Andrea Duran led off the game with a single down the left field line. After stealing second, Duran went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Krista Colburn and came home to score on a sacrifice fly hit by Caitlin Benyi to deep centerfield.
The Tigers would tie the game in the top of the third inning on a two-out rally. After Lauren Castle drew a one-out walk, she was replaced at first base by Leslie Klein who hit into a fielders choice. A single that dropped in down the left field line by Vanessa Soto gave LSU runners on second and third. Stephanie Hill then stepped in and roped a hit to right field, scoring Klein. Soto also tried to score on the play, but was gunned down on a perfect throw to the plate by Whitney Holum to record the final out of the inning with the score tied 1-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, Duran started another Bruin rally by drawing a leadoff walk. She would go to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Colburn. Benyi then fouled out when Hill made an impressive catch of a foul ball over the LSU dugout, but Duran was able to take third base on the play. She would come home to score on a two-run home run by Emily Zaplatosch, her first of the season, to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead after six innings of play.
That was enough to seal the game for the Bruins, as pitcher Lisa Dodd completed her seven-strikeout one-run outing by setting the Tigers down in order in the top of the seventh.
UCLA returns to action with two games on Saturday at the Palm Springs Classic. UCLA opens with a 12:30 game against Kansas and finishes the day with an 8 pm start against No. 8 Texas A&M. The Bruins will finish this weekend's schedule at 11 am on Sunday against No. 10 Oklahoma, a game that will be broadcast live on ESPNU.