Bruin Softball Falls to Huskies, 3-2
April 27, 2005
SEATTLE - The 10th-ranked UCLA softball team lost a tough 3-2 game to Washington in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon, stranding a dozen runners in the loss. UCLA's Anjelica Selden struck out 11 in the game, including the side in the sixth inning. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 24-12 (5-6 Pac-10), while Washington improves to 25-15 (5-6 Pac-10).
The Huskies opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning as Ashley Charters led off the bottom of the first by drawing a walk. Charters was able to advance to third base on a slap-hit single by Dominique Lastrapes, and came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Kathy Fiske to give Washington a 1-0 lead after one inning.
In the visiting half of the third inning, Caitlin Benyi led off with a line-drive single up the middle, followed by a bunt single from Tara Henry to give the Bruins two runners on with no outs. Emily Zaplatosch then drew a one-out walk to load the bases for Jodie Legaspi, who would eventually foul out to left field, but not deep enough to score Benyi from third base. Lisa Dodd would then ground out on a mis-hit ball to end the inning with the Huskies still leading 1-0.
Washington added a run to their lead with a one-out solo home run by Lastrapes in the third inning and looked to add more as Kristen Rivera drew a walk and Fiske followed with a rocket of a ground ball just under the glove of a diving Jodie Legaspi, but after UCLA starting pitcher Anjelica Selden recorded her fifth strikeout of the game at the expense of Aimee Minor, Andrea Duran made a nice running scoop of a ground ball hit by Sarah Hyatt, and was able to record the final out of the inning with a throw to first base.
Washington relief pitcher Caitlin Noble walked the bases full of Bruins in the fourth inning, issuing walks to Kristen Dedmon, Krista Colburn and Ashley Herrera to load the bases. Noble was able to recover, getting the next three batters out to preserve her team's two-run lead.
Lauren Greer increased UW's lead to 3-0 with a lead-off home run to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Bruins were able to escape the inning without further damage.
Emily Zaplatosch started the fifth inning with a single to right field before being replaced by pinch-runner Jaisa Creps. Creps advanced to second base when the fielders choice throw to the bag at second base was dropped, giving the Bruins runners on first and second with no outs in the inning. Dodd put down a successful sacrifice bunt to move the pair of runners into scoring position, and they would both score on a single down the left field line by Kristen Dedmon to cut the Huskies lead to one run at 3-2. A double from Krista Colburn gave the Bruins another pair of runners in scoring position, but the team's left on base total went up to 11 through five innings when a fly ball hit by Benyi was caught on the warning track in center field to end the inning and the Bruin threat.
Following the Bruin rally, Selden struck out five of the next seven batters she faced, including the side in the bottom of the sixth inning to reach 11 K's on the day, her 17th double-figure strikeout game of the season, but that was not enough, as the Bruin offense could not push the tying run across the plate.
UCLA returns to Los Angeles tonight, and will open a four-game home weekend on Friday with a 1pm game against California that will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Stanford will then visit Easton Stadium for a 2 pm Saturday game that will air at 6 pm PT on ESPN2. Sunday's action will feature a doubleheader between the Bruins and Cardinal with the first game starting at 11 am. There will only be approximately 100 tickets available at the gate for Sunday's games with sales beginning at Easton Stadium at 9:30 am.