Selden Fans 11 Batters in 1-0, 8-Inning Softball Loss to Texas
March 15, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Anjelica Selden allowed just five hits and fanned 11 batters without a walk, but fifth-ranked Texas used an eighth-inning single by right fielder Amber Hall to knock off seventh-ranked UCLA on Tuesday afternoon at Easton Stadium, 1-0 in eight innings.
The eighth inning was played under international tie breaker rules with each team opening the frame with a runner on second base.
UCLA falls to 16-6 while Texas improves to 19-3.
UT threatened in the top of the first, getting bunt hits by leadoff batter Tina Boutelle and Hall followed by a sac bunt to give the Horns runners on second and third with one out. However, Selden fanned shortstop Desiree Williams for the second out and got Rachael Cook to ground out to get out of the inning.
The Bruins had at least one runner on base in each of the first four innings and six of the eight total as UT starter Meagan Denny walked six in 3 1/3 innings. However, Denny came up with strikeouts to end the first three frames and was relieved by Cat Osterman after two walks in the bottom of the fourth inning. Osterman fanned Ashley Herrera and Tara Henry to get out of the fourth inning. The Bruins finally got their first, and only, hit of the game on a single to left by Emily Zaplatosch to leadoff the sixth inning.
Selden, meanwhile, was cruising in the circle, allowing no hits again until the sixth inning. Neither team advanced a runner as far as third base again until the eighth inning when the tie-breaker rule went into effect.
UT opened the eighth with a sac bunt by Boutelle and took a 1-0 lead on a single up the middle by Hall, who was sacrificed to second base. Williams followed with a single through the left side, but Hall was gunned down at the plate by UCLA left fielder Krista Colburn to keep the Horns from adding to their lead.
UCLA opened the bottom of the eighth with Caitlin Benyi on second base and got a leadoff walk by Andrea Duran. However, that would be as far as the Bruins would get as strikeouts by Jodie Legaspi and Zaplatosch and a grounder by Colburn ended the game and gave the visiting Longhorns the victory.
Selden (10-3) fanned 11 without a walk in the hard-luck loss. She has now fanned at least 10 batters in a game for all 13 of her starts as a true freshman. Two of her three losses this season have come in extra inning, international tie breaker games to Texas, with none of the runs credited as earned runs to Selden in her 16 innings pitched against UT. Osterman (9-2) picks up her second tie-breaker win over the Bruins this season.
UCLA is back in action on Thursday, hosting Utah State in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Easton Stadium.