University City of San Diego's Lisa Dodd was the state junior player of the year last season when she was at Mira Mesa and was able to get such a high honor because she can both hit and pitch.

This year, it's Dodd's hitting that has been even more noteworthy than her pitching. In a 9-0 win early this week over University of San Diego, Dodd smashed an inside-the-park home run in the second inning that was her 16th reported homer of the season. That gave her a new state record, surpassing the previous best of 15 for one season by Fia Parker of Oakland Skyline in 1982.

Since a reporter representing the San Diego Union-Tribune was present at the game against University, there was no question about Dodd's home run in that game.

There was a question about her reported 14th homer, though, that came during a game against Clairemont since the Clairemont scorebook had it down as a double. Correspondent Harold Abend brought the discrepancy to light in phone conversations with the two coaches. Both Clairemont and University City coaches are now standing behind the home run call, so Dodd's 16th homer apparently really was her 16th homer and not just her 15th.

In the same game, Dodd finished with three hits in four at-bats with a triple and two RBI. She upped her season batting average to .600 (57 for 95), which includes seven home runs in just her last seven games.

University City should be the top seed in the CIF San Diego Section Div. III playoffs and has been No. 3 in the section overall rankings for the past few weeks. No. 1 Mt. Carmel and No. 2 Bonita Vista are in different playoff divisions.

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