March 5, 2004
SAN DIEGO, CA - UCLA extended its season-opening winning streak to 17 games on Friday afternoon in San Diego, CA, with a 4-1 victory over Syracuse and a 4-0 win over Cal Poly. Freshman shortstop Jodie Legaspi went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored with a home run in the day's first game, while Ashley Herrera and Stephanie Ramos homered against Cal Poly.
UCLA 4, Syracuse 1
The Bruins opened the scoring early, posting three runs in the top of the first inning. Caitlin Benyi led off the game by drawing a five-pitch walk. After a single by Andrea Duran, Stephanie Ramos put down a successful sacrifice bunt, but she would reach base and Benyi would score on a Syracuse error. The rally continued on a two-RBI single by Jodie Legaspi, scoring Duran and Ramos.
Legaspi accounted for UCLA's fourth run of the game in the top of the third inning, putting her third home run of the season over the left field fence for a solo shot.
In the circle, Keira Goerl threw just 38 pitches and faced the minimum number of batters through five innings. In the sixth, Goerl loaded the bases on two hits and a hit-by-pitch, but she was able to strike out the side and did not allow Syracuse a run in the inning. Goerl finished with nine strikeouts, including the final two outs of the game, and no walks as she improved to 10-0 on the season.
UCLA 4, Cal Poly 0
The Bruins batted as the home team in the second game of the day, with Caitlin Benyi leading off the UCLA half of the first inning with a double to the fence in right field. In the third inning, Ashley Herrera led off the inning with her home run of the season, a solo shot to left field. After a one-out ground-rule double by Andrea Duran, Stephanie Ramos belted her sixth home run of the season, also to left field, giving UCLA the 3-0 lead after three innings.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bruins pushed across a fourth run on three walks, a single and an RBI ground-out by Lisa Dodd. Dodd was in the circle for the Bruins in the game, striking out six and allowing three hits while not walking a batter in the game. The Mustangs had just one runner reach second base, and no runners reached third in the game. Dodd is now 7-0 on the aseason.
UCLA returns to action with a 1 pm game against host San Diego State on Saturday.