Softball Splits Friday Games in Fresno
March 4, 2005
FRESNO, CA - The UCLA softball team split its Friday games at the Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif., falling to Ole Miss by a 3-2 score in a game that took 14 innings and nearly four hours to play, before defeating Iowa State by a 9-0 margin in five innings. UCLA is now 13-5 on the season. In the first game of the day, UCLA freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden posted a Pac-10 record 23 strikeouts in the loss to Ole Miss, and every Bruin in the starting lineup had at least one hit in the victory over Iowa State.
Ole Miss 3, UCLA 2 (14 innings)
Neither team was able to put a run across the plate during regulation. Ole Miss had just two baserunners in the first seven inning, while the Bruins had runners in scoring position in the first and second and left the bases loaded in the sixth inning.
Meanwhile, freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden had reached double-figure strikeouts by the sixth inning and finished regulation with 12 K's through seven innings.
The International Tiebreak Rule took effect in the eighth inning, placing the last out of the previous inning on second base to start each half-inning. Both teams put up a run in the eighth inning. UCLA's run came with Caitlin Benyi as the ITB runner, going to third on a sacrifice bunt by Andrea Duran and coming home on a single to right by Jodie Legaspi.
In the home half of the eighth, the Rebels tied the game at 1-1 with pinch-runner Kayla Mosley as the ITB runner going to second on a bunt single by Chloe Kloezeman and scoring on an infield error by the Bruins.
The teams traded rallies in the next two innings before the Bruins plated a run in the 11th inning with Duran as the ITB runner scoring on a hard-hit single to center by Legaspi. Again, Ole Miss answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the frame as Kloezeman was the ITB runner, went to third on a sacrifice and scored on a passed ball to make the score 2-2 after 11 innings.
The teams traded zeroes in the 12th and 13th innings, although Bruin pitcher Anjelica Selden started to re-write the UCLA Softball record book in the 12th inning. Selden opened that inning with her 19th strikeout, tying the UCLA record for strikeouts in a game played with the pitching rubber 43 feet from the plate. Prior to the 1988 season, the rubber was just 40 feet from the plate, and under those playing rules UCLA legend Debbie Doom recorded three 25-strikeout games. (twice in 0-0 ties in the 1982 season and once in a 1-0 UCLA loss to Long Beach State in 1984).
UCLA got a runner to third base in the top of the 14th inning, but was unable to push a run across. In the bottom half of the frame, Rebecca McIntire served as the Rebels tiebreak runner. With two outs in the inning, Lynette Karp stepped into the batters box, having replaced Brittany Warner who was ejected from the game for arguing after being called out on a fouled bunt with two strikes in the 12th inning. Karp roped a first-pitch double to the warning track in right field, easily scoring McIntire from second base to win the game by a 3-2 margin.
Selden would finish the game with 23 strikeouts, the highest total since the pitching distance was increased to 43 feet for the 1988 season and the optic yellow ball was introduced for the 1993 campaign. The 23-strikeout game is the fourth-highest single-game total in NCAA Division I history and is tied for 11th on the single-game NCAA Division I strikeouts list. The number is also a Pac-10 record for a single game since the conference did not oversee women's sports until the 1986 season.
UCLA 9, Iowa State 0 (5 innings)
Batting as the visiting team, UCLA's bats came alive to start the team's second game of the day against Iowa State. Caitlin Benyi led off the game with a single to left field, but was out on a fielders choice with the out at second base during the at-bat of Andrea Duran. Duran stole second and came around to score on a double to the fence in right center field by shortstop Jodie Legaspi. Emily Zaplatosch followed with a triple that landed just inches fair down the right field line to score Legaspi, and Zaplatosch would come home on an RBI single by right fielder Lisa Dodd, giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead.
Freshman Krista Colburn made her UCLA pitching debut in the game and struck out two of the first three batters she faced in the bottom of the first inning, earning all three outs via strikeout in the second inning and notching seven strikeouts with just one walk through three innings in the circle.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Bruins broke the game open, scoring six runs on as many hits and sending 10 to the plate in the inning.
The one-out rally started with five consecutive hits: a single by Kristen Dedmon, a double down the right field line by Ashley Herrera, an infield single by Tara Henry to load the bases and an RBI single by Caitlin Benyi to bring pinch-runner Alissa Eno home. A two-RBI double from Andrea Duran scored Herrera and Henry to put UCLA up 6-0. A ground-out by Legaspi gave the Bruins runners on second and third before Zaplatosch was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Colburn then stepped in and delivered a bases-clearing triple to give the Bruins a 9-0 lead after three and a half innings of play.
That was all Colburn would need as she completed the four-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and two walks to go 1-0 in the circle for her Bruin career.
UCLA returns to action on Saturday morning with an 11 am game against St. John's.
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