Anjelica Selden No-Hits Fresno State, Bruins Also Defeat Santa Clara
March 6, 2005
FRESNO, CA - Freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden pitched a no-hitter for the second consecutive day as UCLA swept its final two games of the Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif. In the team's first game of the day, the Bruins defeated Santa Clara 6-5 before Selden took to the pitching circle in the nightcap, striking out 16 and pitching a perfect game for six and a third innings before an error gave Fresno State its only runner of the game in a 7-0 UCLA win. The Bruins are now 16-5 on the season.
UCLA 6, Santa Clara 5
Batting as the visiting team, the Bruins posted three runs on two hits in the top of the first inning. Caitlin Benyi led off and tried to take two bases on an Andrea Duran single to right field, but was thrown out at third. After Jodie Legaspi reached on a fielders choice with Duran safe at second base, Emily Zaplatosch ripped a three-run home run to left field, giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead.
The bottom of the second saw the Broncos plate a run as Katie Johnson led off the inning with a walk, went to second on a Jillian Cassel single and scored on a Shannon Linerud single to cut the UCLA lead to 3-1.
A Lisa Dodd solo home run brought the Bruin lead back to three runs at 4-1.
The Broncos put together a four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Valerie Mock led off with a single and went to second on a ground out by Vanessa Werner. Mock came around to score Santa Clara's second run on an RBI double by Linerud, who would score on a Maggie Godfrey pinch-hit RBI single to bring the Broncos within a run at 4-3, but the damage did not stop there as centerfielder Jessica Clee followed with her third home run of the season, a shot over the fence in right center to give the Broncos a 5-4 advantage after six innings.
In the top of the seventh, Tara Henry led off with a shot to left field that nearly dropped for a hit but was snagged for an out by Cassel. Benyi then drew a one-out walk before Duran lined out to Cassel for the second out of the inning. A Jodie Legaspi single to right field advanced Benyi to third base. With two outs, Emily Zaplatosch then stepped in and ripped a double to deep left center field, scoring Benyi and Legaspi to once again give the Bruins the advantage at 6-5.
After Kristen Dedmon and Krista Colburn had tag-teamed in the circle for the Bruins during the first six innings of the game, head coach Sue Enquist went with her ace, Anjelica Selden, for the final inning in the circle. Selden threw 10 pitches and struck out two of the three batters she faced in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn her second save of the season.
UCLA 7, Fresno State 0
The game opened with two innings of a pitchers duel between Fresno State's Jamie Southern and UCLA's Anjelica Selden. In the top of the third inning, Tara Henry led off with a bunt single, stole second base and advanced to third on a ground-out by Caitlin Benyi. Andrea Duran would fly out to right field, but not deep enough to score the runner. After a Jodie Legaspi walk, the Bulldogs were able to escape the inning with the game remaining a scoreless tie.
Tara Henry led off the top of the fifth inning for the Bruins with an infield single, followed by a two-run home run to left field by Caitlin Benyi, her fourth home run of the season, to give UCLA a 2-0 advantage after four and a half innings of softball.
In the top of the seventh inning, Tara Henry once again led off with an infield single. She went to second on a perfectly executed hit-and-run single by Duran. The bases were loaded when Jodie Legaspi reached to load the bases when a blooper dropped out of Fresno State shortstop Christina Clark's glove down the line in shallow left field, a play that was ruled an error.
Emily Zaplatosch followed by grounding into a fielders choice. Fresno State attempted to make the play at the plate but the throw home pulled Bulldog catcher Nichole Willis off of the plate, allowing Henry to score UCLA's third run of the game.
After a Krista Colburn fielders choice created the second out of the inning, Lisa Dodd dropped a two-RBI double down the left field line, followed by a two-RBI single from Kristen Dedmon to give the Bruins a 7-0 lead after six and a half innings of play.
In the circle, UCLA's Anjelica Selden pitched a gem, striking out 16 hitters and tossing a perfect game for six and one-third innings before an infield error gave Fresno State its first baserunner of the evening. Selden struck out the side in the second, fifth and sixth and K'd seven straight batters beginning with the first out of the fifth inning. It is Selden's second career no-hitter and her second in as many days. It is the 92nd no-hitter in Bruin softball history.
UCLA returns to action on March 15 with a single game against Texas at Easton Stadium.