Selden Shuts Out Arizona State, 4-0
April 15, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA Softball team made it two straight Pac-10 wins on Friday afternoon at a newly renovated Easton Stadium, defeating Arizona State 4-0. Bruin freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden struck out nine in a one-hit shutout performance, while Lisa Dodd connected on her fourth home run of the season to open the scoring for UCLA. With the win, the Bruins improve to 21-10 (2-4 Pac-10), while the Sun Devils fall to 26-14, 1-7 Pac-10.
UCLA opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when Lisa Dodd connected on her fourth home run of the season to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
That lead would hold until the bottom of the fifth inning when a leadoff single by Caitlin Benyi, part of a 2-for-2 afternoon for the junior, was followed by a successful sacrifice from Tara Henry, putting Benyi into scoring position. Andrea Duran then connected on an RBI double that went off the wall down the right field line, scoring Benyi from second base.
In the sixth, UCLA added another pair of runs on a two-out rally. Krista Colburn opened the rally with a two-out single, which was followed by a single from Ashley Herrara that gave the Bruins two runners on with two outs. An intentional walk issued to Benyi loaded the bases for lefty slap hitter Tara Henry, who connected on a single to shallow left field that plated both Colburn and Herrera to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Selden was striking out nine Sun Devils and retired the last 10 consecutive batters sent to the plate by Arizona State. The only hit she allowed on the afternoon was recorded by ASU 3B Jen McCard with two outs in the third inning. Selden did not walk a batter in the game as she recorded her 13th victory of the season.
UCLA returns to action on Saturday and Sunday with home games against No. 2 Arizona. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 2:05 pm in a game that will be televised live by ESPNU (DirecTV channel 609). Sunday's contest is slated for a 1:05 pm first pitch and will be televised live by ESPN.