Softball Falls to Washington, 2-1
April 23, 2005
LOS ANGELES - The 10th-ranked UCLA softball team had its five-game winning streak snapped on Sunday afternoon at Easton Stadium, falling to No. 25 Washington by a score of 2-1. All three runs in the game were scored via home runs. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 24-11 (5-5 Pac-10), while the Huskies improve to 22-15 (4-6 Pac-10). The two teams will meet again on Wednesday in Seattle to finish the season series.
Washington struck first in the game as Washington right fielder Lauren Greer hit a two-run home run after Sarah Hyatt drew a one-out walk. Greer's home run bounced off of the yellow piping atop the Easton Stadium outfield wall, then into the screen protecting the scoreboard in left field as Bruin left fielder Ashley Herrera was almost able to make a play on the ball.
The 2-0 Washington lead held until the bottom of the fifth inning when Kristen Dedmon led off the inning by taking a 2-1 pitch over the fence in right center field, hitting the batting cage beyond the fence in right center.
Caitlin Noble earned the win for the Huskies, pitching seven innings, scartering six hits and striking out eight. Lisa Dodd pitched six and two-thirds innings, striking out three and allowing four hits. She was charged with the loss. Freshman Anjelica Selden came in to the game with two outs in the top of the seventh inning and earned a strikeout for the final out of the inning.
UCLA returns to action on Wednesday afternoon with a single game against the Huskies in Seattle, the beginning of a five-game week for the Bruins. UCLA will then return home for a Friday 1 pm game against California before hosting Stanford for a single game on Saturday at 2 pm and a doubleheader at 11 am and 1:30 pm on Sunday. Sunday became a doubleheader when the 11 am game was added as a make-up game for a rainout at Stanford on April 8. Friday's game will be televised live on ESPNU, while the originally scheduled weekend games will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on ESPN2. Saturday's game will air at 6 pm PT, while Sunday's game will air at 7 pm PT.