Softball Advances to NCAA Super Regionals With Sweep of Cal State Fullerton
May 22, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Anjelica Selden fanned 22 batters over two games and four different Bruins hit homers as UCLA advanced to next weekend's NCAA Super Regionals with a pair of 6-0 and 3-1 victories over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday at Easton Stadium.
UCLA improves to 34-17 while CSUF ends its season at 30-21.
The Bruins, seeded No. 7 in the NCAA Tournament, will host No. 10 seed Georgia in next weekend's Super Regional round. Game No. 1 in the best of three series will be played Friday night with games two and three (if necessary) on Saturday night at Easton Stadium. The NCAA has announced that the UCLA-UGA games will begin both nights at 6 p.m. PDT.
UCLA came out firing in game one as the Bruins jumped on CSUF starter Candice Baker for three runs in the top of the first, opening the game with a four-pitch walk to Andrea Duran followed by an infield single by Tara Henry. Following a successful sac bunt by Caitlin Benyi, junior catcher Emily Zaplatosch launched one over the wall in left field to give UCLA a 3-0 lead.
The Bruins struck again in the top of the second. With two outs, Henry drew a walk and came home when Benyi lined one over the center field wall to push the UCLA lead to 5-0.
Selden was cruising in the circle, allowing just three batters to reach base, two by hits and one by an error. Only once in the game did a Titan runner advance as far as second base as the Bruin freshman retired 15 of the final 16 batters en route to the victory. UCLA added a final insurance run in the sixth inning as Kristen Dedmon hit a liner over the center field wall for a solo homer and give UCLA the 6-0 victory and force a second regional title game.
In the second game, UCLA again struck in the first inning with a two-out rally. Benyi was hit by a pitch and moved up to second base on a single by Zaplatosch. Legaspi came through with a liner up the middle to bring home Benyi with the game's first run. The Bruins added a run in the fourth inning, getting a two-out single by Ashley Herrera and a triple by Duran after a weird carom off the center field wall.
Selden was even more dominant in game two, fanning the side in the first inning and retiring 15-straight batters from the second through seventh innings. UCLA took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth as Krista Colburn gave the Bruins an insurance run with a solo homer to right field.
Cal State Fullerton tried to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh, getting a pair of hits to trim the gap to 3-1. However, Selden fanned the final two batters of the game to give UCLA the victory and send the Bruins to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
Offensively, Legaspi went a combined 3-for-6 while Benyi was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Herrera also went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the pair of wins.
Selden ended the day with just one run and five hits allowed in 14 innings, fanning 22 batters without a walk. She now has 404 strikeouts on the season, the first Bruin ever to surpass the 400K mark in a season and marks the fourth-best season by a freshman in NCAA Division I history. Only Tennessee's Monica Abbott (582 in 2004), Texas' Cat Osterman (554 in 2002) and Northwestern's Lisa Ishikawa (469 in 1984) had more strikeouts in their collegiate freshman season. Overall, Selden's 404 strikeouts this year ranks 22nd in NCAA single-season history.