California Drops WCWS Opener to UCLA, 2-1
June 2, 2005
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Left fielder Ashley Herrera homered in the fifth inning and seventh-seeded UCLA added the winning run in the sixth as the Bruins came from behind to defeat No. 2 Cal, 2-1, in the opening game of the Women's College World Series Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Bears (52-14), who hadn't dropped a WCWS opener since 2001, were relegated to the loser's bracket with Thursday's loss. Cal, making its seventh-consecutive WCWS appearance, will play third-seeded Arizona in an elimination game Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. UCLA advances to face Tennessee on Friday at 7 p.m. The Volunteers defeated Arizona, 1-0, in the day's first game.
'All aspects of our game were just a little shy of what they needed to be,' Cal head coach Diane Ninemire said. 'I feel very positive that this team will fight back. They've been in this situation before and they're a very mature group. I know come Saturday they will give it their all and they'll be prepared to play Arizona.'
Third baseman Vicky Galindo singled with one out in the third for Cal and, after stealing second, advanced to third on a groundout by shortstop Chelsea Spencer. The next batter, center fielder Kaleo Eldredge, grounded a pitch back to UCLA starter Anjelica Selden (26-12), who knocked the ball down and threw low and in the dirt to first baseman Lisa Dodd. Galindo scored with ease for a brief 1-0 Cal lead.
Cal starter Kelly Anderson (28-9) didn't allow a base hit until Bruins second baseman Caitlin Benyi singled to lead off the fourth. UCLA would strand two runners in the inning after previously leaving two in scoring position in the second.
Anderson's luck ran out in the fifth as Herrera lined a one-out pitch over the left field wall to tie the game 1-1. An inning later, Benyi reached on a leadoff error by Cal first baseman Julie Meyer before catcher Emily Zaplatosch singled.
Ninemire pulled Anderson (28-9) in the sixth for junior Kristina Thorson, who induced a fielder's choice from UCLA shortstop Jodie Legaspi that forced Benyi out at third. A wild pitch moved Zaplatosch and Legaspi into scoring position and after Thorson struck out UCLA designated player Kristen Dedmon, right fielder Krista Colburn singled home Zaplatosch for the winning margin.
Selden, meanwhile, had put the clamps on the Cal offense. After Spencer reached on an error by Legaspi in the fourth, Selden retired the final 11 Cal batters she faced.
NOTES: Cal is 6-4 all-time in opening-round games at the WCWS ... the last time the Bears lost a first-round game they fell to Arizona, 3-2, to open the 2001 WCWS ... Cal is 3-3 following a first-round loss at the WCWS ...Cal is now 18-17 in 10 appearances at the WCWS and 67-45 in NCAA Tournament play ... all four of Cal's games against UCLA this season have been decided by one run ... Thursday was Cal's first loss when the opponent commits two-plus errors (34-1) ... Anderson fell to 3-3 when giving up a home run ... Galindo tallied her team-lading 49th run and 19th stolen base in the loss ... Cal has scored first in eight of nine postseason games in 2005 ... the Bears are 21-11 against top-25 teams this season.
Softball ResultWomen's College World SeriesOpening RoundASA Hall of Fame Stadium; Oklahoma City, Okla.June 2, 2005
UCLA 000 011 0 - 2 4 2California 001 000 0 - 1 3 1
Selden and Zaplatosch; Anderson, Thorson (6) and WoodsW - Selden (26-12); L - Anderson (28-9)HR - Herrera (3)Records: Cal 53-14; UCLA 37-18