UCSB Falls to No. 2 UCLA 9-3 in the SDSU Campbell/Cartier Tournament
Feb. 10, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Kendra Singley finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and Jessica Hejna recorded her second triple of the day, but Lisa Dodd, who went 2-for-3 with four RBI and also earned the victory in the circle, and the UCLA offense were too much for UC Santa Barbara. With the loss, the Gauchos fall to 2-1 on the year.
The second-ranked Bruins improve to 3-0 on the young season.
UCLA jumped on freshman pitcher Tami Weston early, as the first four batters she faced reached base. After third baseman Andrea Duran homered to lead off the game, Weston hit and batter and walked two and the Bruins took a 2-0 lead.
With runners on second ant third, junior transfer Ginger Gutierrez (Ventura College) came in and gave up a one out, two run double to starting pitcher Lisa Dodd, as the Bruin lead increased to 4-0. Gutierrez eventually struck out the final two batters of the inning to stop the bleeding.
After the Gauchos were unable to get anything going in their half of the first, UCLA added two more in the second inning when shortstop Jodie Legaspi hit a bases loaded single and the Bruin lead ballooned to 6-0.
Santa Barbara got on the board in the bottom of the third with two runs of its own. With one out, freshmen Ericka Hansen and Christine Ramos hit back-to-back singles to left field. After junior left fielder Jessica Hejna walked to the load the bases, Singley reached on an error that allowed Hansen and Ramos to score.
UCLA came right back, adding two runs in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Dodd and a one run single off the bat of right fielder Shana Stewart.
UCSB responded adding a run in the fifth inning when Hejna tripled down the right field line with one out. She then scored on a RBI single to left by Singley.
Weston took the loss for the Gauchos after facing only four batters in the first inning and giving up four earned runs. She failed to record an out in her Gaucho debut.
Dodd earned the victory for the Bruins after pitching seven complete innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and striking out three. She improves to 2-0 on the year.
Action continues at the Campbell/Cartier Tournament Saturday, February 11 when UCSB squares off with No. 7 Cal at 5:00 p.m. at the SDSU Softball Stadium.