Bruins Fall to Oregon State in Softball Pac-10 Opener
April 1, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - UCLA dropped its Pac-10 opener on Friday afternoon at Oregon State in an eight-inning pitching duel that finished 2-1 in favor of Oregon State. UCLA is now 19-7 on the season, 0-1 Pac-10, while the Beavers extend their school-record winning streak and improve to 22-6, 1-0 Pac-10. Anjelica Selden had 11 strikeouts but suffered the loss in the circle.
Oregon State opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning as Adrienne Alo took the first pitch delivered by Bruin starting pitcher Anjelica Selden and put it over the left field fence to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead. Selden would surrender one more base hit but recorded all three outs of the inning via the strikeout.
In the top of the second, the Bruins put together a rally to tie the game a 1-1. Emily Zaplatosch started the rally with a one-out double off of the right field fence, and went to second on a single up the middle by Lisa Dodd, giving the Bruins runners on the corners with one out. A Kristen Dedmon single that dropped just behind the Beavers second baseman scored Zaplatosch to tie the game.
After the teams traded zeroes for the next three innings, Oregon State looked to rally in the sixth with a lead-off single from Kelly Petersen, but Petersen was doubled off when Alo popped out on an attempt at a sacrifice bunt. Pinch-hitter Alana Mendoza would reach on an infield error, bringing Mia Longfellow to the plate. Mendoza took second on a wild pitch, giving Longfellow a runner in scoring position, but Longfellow became the 10th strikeout victim of the day for UCLA's Selden.
The Bruins rallied in the top of the seventh with a one-out double off of the right field fence by Caitlin Benyi, but the Bruins were unable to advance her past second base.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Lisa Allen led off the inning with a single up the middle, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ingrid Lochelt before being replaced by pinch-runner Natalie Johnson at second base. After an intentional walk was issued to Alo, Mendoza loaded the bases with a single and Longfellow connected on an RBI single to win the game, 2-1.
UCLA returns to action on Saturday afternoon with a 1pm scheduled first pitch at Oregon. The weekend series will conclude on Sunday at 1 pm at Oregon's Howe Field.