Feb. 9, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - After a hard-fought loss to Texas in the first game of the day, head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez earned her first career coaching victory on Friday afternoon against Syracuse at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. UCLA fell to No. 17 Texas, 1-0, in the opening game of the day, then made quick work of Syracuse, winning 14-4 in six innings.
Game 1: Texas 1, UCLA 0
The Bruins and Longhorns played six scoreless innings before Texas put up two hits for a run in the top of the seventh inning to earn the victory in the season opener for both teams.
UCLA had the first baserunner of the game as Tara Henry reached on a first-inning throwing error by Texas shortstop Desiree Williams and went to second base on the play. Kristen Dedmon drew a second-inning walk with pinch-runner Kelsey Enquist going to second base on an errant pick-off throw by Megan Willis.
Texas did not earn its first base runner of the game until Williams doubled to left to lead off the fourth inning, but she was stranded at second base.
UCLA pitcher Anjelica Selden posted at least one strikeout in each inning of the game, including striking out the side in the sixth inning. She finished with nine K's on the day.
The Bruins lone hit of the game came from Ashley Herrera, who led off the sixth inning with a slap-bunt single. She beat the throw at first base, but immediately fell to the ground with an injury to her left knee and was removed from the game. She was replaced by Julie Burney, who was thrown out at second base on a fielders choice on the following play.
Texas opened the top of the seventh with a ground-out to Burney who replaced Herrera defensively at third base. Loryn Johnson followed with an infield single and pinch-runner MicKayla Padilla stole second base, giving the Longhorns a runner on second with one out.
After Tallie Thrasher fouled out for the second out of the inning, Willis was hit by a pitch before Kacie Gaskin roped a single just fair down the third base line, plating Padilla from second base to give UT the 1-0 lead after six and a half innings.
Lisa Dodd drew a one-out walk for the Bruins for the team's fourth base runner of the day, but she was unable to advance as Texas closed out the victory.
Game 2: UCLA 14, Syracuse 4 (6 inn)
Batting as the visiting team against the Orange, UCLA opened the game with a walk to Krista Colburn, who advanced to third base on a pair of ground outs, but was unable to score.
After Syracuse posted a pair of hits to lead off the bottom of the first, freshman pitcher Megan Langenfeld drew two ground-outs to shortstop Jodie Legaspi and recorded her first career strikeout to keep the game scoreless.
UCLA busted out its bats in the second inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring five runs on two hits and six walks. A similar inning followed in the third with five additional runs on four hits in the inning.
Leading the way offensively for the Bruins was Krista Colburn, who went 2-for-2 with two walks and a double on the day. Jodie Legaspi and Kristen Dedmon shared the team lead with three RBI apiece in the contest.
Three of the team's freshmen, Langenfeld, Kaila Shull and Julie Burney started the contest and UCLA's fourth freshman, Whitney Baker, also saw her first action in a UCLA uniform, coming in to pitch the final two innings of the game.
The Bruins posted their final four runs of the night in the top of the sixth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate. Burney led off the inning with a double to left and scored when Shull connected on UCLA's first home run of the season, a two-run shot to center. After Colburn drew her third walk of the day, she went to second on a Tara Henry single and came home on a Langenfeld double.
Langenfeld earned her first career victory in the circle, striking out two and allowing three hits without issuing a walk in the contest.