Softball Posts Run-Rule Victory over Cal State Fullerton

March 29, 2005

FULLERTON, Calif. - UCLA posted five runs in the first two innings and Anjelica Selden pitched a one-hit shutout as UCLA defeated Cal State Fullerton 8-0 in six innings. The Bruins improve to 19-6 on the season while the Titans fall to 12-12. Selden earned the win in the circle for the Bruins while Caitlin Benyi led the UCLA offense with three RBI in the game.

The Bruins wasted no time getting their offense going, as Caitlin Benyi led off the game with a single through the left side of the Titan infield. Benyi was thrown out on a fielders choice by Tara Henry, who went to third on a double to the fence in straightaway center field by Andrea Duran, and Henry would score on a single just fair down the left field line to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead after one inning of play.

In the top of the second, UCLA added four more runs to their total, opening with a walk to Kristen Dedmon, who was replaced by pinch runner Alissa Eno. Eno advanced to second when Ashley Herrera sprinted out a bunt single, giving the Bruins two on with no outs. Krista Colburn sacrificed the pair into scoring position, and they would come around to score on a single up the middle by Benyi, bringing the score to 3-0 Bruins. Benyi advanced to second on an outfield error on the play, and would go to third on an infield single by Tara Henry. Both Bruin runners would come around to score on a double by Duran, her second consecutive fly ball to drop on the warning track of the Titan Softball Complex for a double.

The fifth inning saw a sacrifice fly from Benyi score UCLA's sixth run of the game, and in the sixth a two-run home run from Lisa Dodd put the Bruins in position for a run-rule victory with an 8-0 lead.

That was plenty of offense for UCLA starting pitcher Anjelica Selden, who struck out nine Titans in the game. She allowed just four baserunners in the game with two batters reaching on Bruin errors, only one hit allowed and a walk, the first allowed by Selden in 40 innings in the circle. It was the first start of her collegiate career in which Selden did not record double-figure strikeouts. She is now 11-3 on the season.

UCLA returns to action on Friday afternoon at Oregon State. The game is scheduled for a 3 pm first pitch, and will be the Pac-10 opener for both squads.

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