Softball Falls to Texas in Extra Innings
Feb. 27, 2005
CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - UCLA left 10 runners on base and committed two errors in the eighth inning, giving No. 4 Texas a 3-0 extra-innings victory on the final day of the Palm Springs Classic. The game was a pitchers duel for seven scoreless innings with UCLA freshman Anjelica Selden striking out 13 and Texas junior Cat Osterman striking out 17 batters. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 11-4 on the season. Texas is now 10-2. Both teams went 3-2 in tournament play this weekend.
UCLA earned the first baserunner of the game as Andrea Duran posted a one-out single to left in the bottom of the first inning, but the Bruins were unable to advance the runner. The Longhorns had their first baserunner in the top of the second inning when Bruin right fielder Lisa Dodd lost a fly ball in the sun and Megan Willis was credited with a hit on the play, but Willis was also unable to advance.
The Bruins loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth inning as Jodie Legaspi was hit by a one-out Osterman pitch and was replaced by pinch runner Ashley Herrera. Emily Zaplatosch then singled to left field and Krista Colburn drew a two-out walk to load the bases for Jen Schroeder, who became Osterman's 10th strikeout victim of the game.
In the sixth, the Bruins got a runner in scoring position on two walks, but again were unable to advance the pair. With Selden having recorded 11 strikeouts and Osterman with 15, the teams went to extra innings in a scoreless game.
Pinch-runner Lacy Robinson was the International Tiebreak runner at second base for the Longhorns in the eighth inning. UT's Alexis Garcia popped out on an attempted sacrifice bunt, but Robinson would move to third base on a bunt by Melaine Jarrett, giving UT runners on the corners with one out.
An infield error by the Bruins plated the tiebreak runner for the first run of the game. After MicKaylaPadilla grounded out for the second out of the inning, a second infield error scored two runs to give the Longhorns a three-run lead before Selden recorded her 13th strikeout of the day to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Andrea Duran was UCLA's tiebreak runner at second base, where she would stay throughout the inning. Osterman struck out the first two batters she faced in the eighth before Emily Zaplatosch drew a walk to give UCLA two runners on with two outs, but first baseman Kristen Dedmon could not extend the rally, instead becoming Osterman's 17th Bruin to strike out in the game.
Despite posting an eighth consecutive start with double-figure strikeouts, Selden suffered the loss in the circle, falling to 7-1 on the season. As a team, the Bruins are now 11-4 on the year.
UCLA returns to action on Thursday in Fresno, Calif., at the Bulldog Classic.