Bruins Defeat Mercer, Syracuse, in Long Beach State Tournament Action
March 11, 2006
LAKEWOOD, Calif. - The fourth-ranked UCLA softball team posted two victories on Saturday at the Long Beach State Tournament, defeating Mercer 8-0 in six innings before dispatching Syracuse, 3-0. In the second game of the day, sophomore outfielder Krista Colburn became the first Bruin softball player in 11 years to triple twice in the same game.
The Bruins are scheduled for two games on the final day of the Long Beach State Tournament, a 12:15 pm start against No. 23 Mississippi State followed by a 2:30 pm game against host Long Beach State. Games will be played at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif.
Game 1: UCLA 8, Mercer 0 (6 innings)
UCLA opened the scoring in the top of the first inning as Andrea Duran drew a full-count walk to lead off. She would steal second during Krista Colburn's at-bat, then go to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Colburn before coming home to score on a sacrifice fly by Caitlin Benyi.
With two outs, the Bruins extended the rally on a double to left center by Emily Zaplatosch, followed by an inside-the-park home run by Jodie Legaspi to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead after one-half inning of play.
Mercer loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning on a line-drive single by Sarah Harding, followed by two walks, but Selden got Jamie Madruga to ground into a fielders choice to end the inning with the Bruins continuing to lead, 3-0.
The Bruins put together another rally in the top of the third inning. Andrea Duran led off with a single up the middle, stole second and scored on a single from Colburn. A double to left by Benyi plated Colburn and after Zaplatosch was hit by a pitch, gave the Bruins two runners on base. Legaspi then dropped a hit into shallow right field, but because the ball was catchable, pinch-runner Alissa Eno was unable to get a good jump on the play and was thrown out at second base, crediting Legaspi with a fielders choice. Lisa Dodd and Jaisa Creps followed with consecutive singles, plating two more runs and giving UCLA a 7-0 lead after two and a half innings of play.
UCLA plated its final run in the top of the sixth inning as Tara Henry placed a perfect bunt for a hit to open the inning and Andrea Duran then reached on a fielders choice with the out at second base. After Duran stole her third base of the game, she came in to score on a single to right by Krista Colburn, her second RBI of the game. That gave the Bruins an 8-0 lead, enough to end the game after the sixth inning.
In the circle, Anjelica Selden finished the game with a dozen strikeouts, including striking out 10 of the 12 batters she faced in the second through fourth innings.
Game 2: UCLA 3, Syracuse 0
In the second game of the day, a two-out rally in the top of the third inning led to the first run of the game. Krista Colburn opened the rally with a rope triple down the right field line, and she came home on a double to right center by Caitlin Benyi to give the Bruins the 1-0 lead after three and a half innings.
UCLA capitalized on another two-out rally in the top of the fifth inning, as Benyi and Emily Zaplatosch drew two-out walks. Jodie Legaspi then roped a single up the middle, scoring Benyi and advancing Zaplatosch to second base on the play, increasing the Bruin lead to 2-0 after four and a half innings of play.
With a one-out triple in the top of the seventh inning, Krista Colburn became the first Bruin in 11 years to triple twice in the same game. Nicole Odom last accomplished that feat on Feb. 18, 1995, in a game against California.
Colburn would score UCLA's third and final run when Benyi pushed a single through the right side of the Orange infield to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.
In the circle, Lisa Dodd pitched four perfect innings before allowing an infield hit to lead off the fifth. The Bruins would cut down the lead runners on the next two plays before Nicole Miller grounded out to Dodd to end the inning. She finished the game with four strikeouts, scattering three hits as she improved to 10-0 on the season.