Feb. 7, 2004
LAKEWOOD, CA - UCLA won both of its games on the opening day of its 2004 season, defeating Santa Clara, 4-0, and No. 5 Washington by a score of 5-3. In the opener, freshman Lisa Dodd earned a shutout for her first career victory as a Bruin, while senior Keira Goerl won her 100th collegiate game in the nightcap.
In the opener, UCLA batted as the visiting team against Santa Clara, and Stephanie Ramos recorded the first UCLA hit of the season, putting a single through the right side of the infield with two outs in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the frame, freshman pitcher Lisa Dodd gave up two of the three hits she allowed in the game, but aggressive base running by the Broncos led to a play at the plate when freshman right fielder Ashley Herrera threw cleanly to sophomore catcher Emily Zaplatosch for the final out of the inning.
UCLA batted around in the third inning, as freshman Kristen Dedmon led off the inning by smashing her first career hit to deep right center field for a double. Herrera came in to pinch-run for Dedmon, went to second base on a single by Caitlin Benyi, and both runners would score on a deep triple to right center by Andrea Duran.
Meanwhile, Dodd retired 13 consecutive batters before allowing a two-out walk to Keri Reisinger in the bottom of the sixth. The runner would advance to second base on a ground-out and a single straight up the middle by Vanessa Werner had Reisinger trying for home. However, Bruin center fielder Stephanie Ramos fielded the ball cleanly and threw a strike to the plate, where Zaplatosch made the tag and ended the inning.
The Bruins finished the game with four runs on seven hits, and forced the Broncos into three fielding errors. Dodd struck out six and walked one in her collegiate debut. UCLA played strong error-free defense in its opener for the 1-0 victory. It is UCLA's 10th straight win in a season opener. UCLA has not lost its first game of the season since dropping a 2-1 decision to Arizona State in the 1994 season opener.
UCLA 5, Washington 3
Against Washington, UCLA batted as the home team. The Huskies scored first, putting up an unearned run on a squeeze play in the bottom of the first inning. UCLA countered in the top of the second inning, however, plating three runs to take the lead.
The rally started with a lead-off walk from Zaplatosch, who was replaced for pinch runner Ashley Herrera, who came around to score on a hard-hit double by Jodie Legaspi. With one out in the inning, Kristen Dedmon stepped into the box and crushed a two-run home run over the 25-foot fence in left field, giving UCLA the 3-1 lead.
Washington cut UCLA's lead to one run in the bottom of the frame, as Dena Tyson led off the inning with a double, stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-2 in UCLA's favor. The Huskies added an unearned run in the fourth inning, as Kathy Fiske led off with a single, advanced on a ground out and scored on a Bruin error with two outs to tie the score at 3-3.
UCLA countered with two unearned runs of its own in the top of the fifth inning, as Andrea Duran led off with a single, Stephanie Ramos reached on an error and the bases became loaded on an infield hit by Claire Sua. The Huskies were able to get outs on the next two plays, a fielders choice by Zaplatosch and a strikeout by Legaspi, but a single to shallow left field dropped for a two-RBI single and first collegiate hit for Lisa Dodd to give UCLA the 5-3 lead.
Meanwhile, Keira Goerl recorded six of her nine strike outs over the final 11 batters of the game. She finished with nine strikeouts and one walk, earning her 100th career pitching victory.
UCLA returns to action on Sunday, February 8, with a 3:30 pm game against tournament host Long Beach State, followed by a 5:30 scheduled start against San Diego State in the final game of the tournament.