Softball Wins Both in Lakewood
March 12, 2006
LAKEWOOD, Calif. - The fourth-ranked UCLA softball team posted a pair of victories on the final day of the Long Beach State Tournament, defeating No. 23 Mississippi State 3-0 before downing host Long Beach State by a 4-2 margin. Senior 2B Caitlin Benyi belted her 50th and 51st career home runs in the game. In the opening game of the day, sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selde struck out 14, walking one and allowing just one hit, while Lisa Dodd earned the win in the nightcap for UCLA (25-1).
The Bruins return to action this week with two single games at Easton Stadium. On Tuesday afternoon, UCLA hosts UNLV for a 2:30 pm first pitch before Wednesday's highly anticipated contest with No. 9 Michigan. The game between the Bruins and Wolverines is a rematch of the 2005 NCAA Championship Series and is scheduled for a 6 pm PT first pitch. The game will air live on ESPN2. Tickets for the game are currently for sale on ticketmaster.com or at 310-UCLA-WIN.
Game 1: UCLA 3, Mississippi State 0
Caitlin Benyi rapped her 50th career home run off of the scoreboard in left centerfield in the top of the first inning to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead, and UCLA would never look back. The Bruins added a run in the fourth inning when Jodie Legaspi led off the inning with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Lisa Dodd, went to third on a single by Jaisa Creps and came home to score when the catchers throw went into the outfield as pinch runner Alissa Eno stole third base.
In the fifth, a two-out double from Krista Colburn was followed by a double to left by Benyi, plating UCLA's third run of the game.
That was more than enough offense to support sophomore Anjelica Selden for her 14th win of the season. Selden struck out 14 batters in the game while issuing just one walk and a single Bulldog hit.
Game 2: UCLA 4, Long Beach State 2
Andrea Duran led off the Bruins second game of the day with a hard-hit single to the Long Beach State third baseman, was sacrificed to second and came around to score on the second home run of the day by Caitlin Benyi.
The Beach put together a rally in the fourth inning as Jessica Beaver led off the inning with a single. Michelle.Turner then hit into a fielders choice with the Bruins narrowly missing the putout at second base. UCLA then cut down the lead runner at third base on a fielders choice by Lacy Tyler before a single from Ashley Weber loaded the bases. Kourtnee Gervasi followed with another fielders choice with the out at the plate. An infield error with two outs allowed Long Beach State to push a run across the plate, cutting the UCLA lead to 2-1.
That third run would increase in importance in the top of the sixth inning as Tyler led off the inning with a double, followed by a single from Weber that gave The Beach runners on the corners. After Gervasi was hit by a pitch, Brooke LeSage drew an RBI walk to bring Long Beach State within a run once again at 3-2. The Bruins then converted two consecutive fielders choice plays with the out at the plate before Tiffanie Wedell grounded out to Benyi to end the inning.
UCLA answered again in the bottom of the frame as Jodie Legaspi drew a full-count walk to lead off the inning. Pinch runner Alissa Eno was sacrificed to second by Lisa Dodd and would come in to score the Bruins fourth run on a two-out double to the fence by Ashley Herrera, bringing the score to 4-2 in UCLA's favor.
Dodd threw just five pitches to set The Beach down in order to complete the game. Dodd struck out five and walked one in the game for her 11th victory of the 2006 season.