Bruins One Win Away From Softball Title
June 6, 2005
OKLAHOMA CITY - A two-RBI double by junior catcher Emily Zaplatosch sparked a five-run sixth inning for UCLA on Monday night as the Bruins won the first game of the best-of-three Championship Series over Michigan by a score of 5-0. The Bruins (40-18) and Wolverines (63-7) return to the Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium on Tuesday night at 6:30 pm Central Time for the second game of the Series.
Michigan ace Jennifer Ritter struck out six of the first seven Bruin batters she faced in the game, but UCLA regrouped offensively the second time through the lineup, as Andrea Duran opened the fourth inning with a single. The Bruins would have two base runners that inning, the team's first two of the game, but could not score.
Anjelica Selden was turning in a similar pitching performance for UCLA, posting 10 strikeouts through the first six innings, including a three-strikeout performance in the fifth inning. The defensive play of the game for the Bruins, however, came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Michigan's Alessandra Giampaolo hit a fly ball to deep left field where a reaching Ashley Herrera brought back a home run ball for an out.
After a stellar first five innings in the circle, Ritter opened the sixth inning by hitting Andrea Duran as the leadoff batter of the inning. Tara Henry followed with a sacrifice running bunt that was mis-handled by Michigna 3B Grace Leutele, giving the Bruins runners on first and second with no outs. After Caitlin Benyi was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Emily Zaplatosch took a 2-2 pitch deep to left center, scoring Duran and Henry to give UCLA a 2-0 lead with no outs.
After Ritter was replaced in the circle by Lorilyn Wilson, a wild pitch scored Benyi and advanced pinch-runner Alissa Eno to third base, where after a Jodie Legaspi walk, Eno would score on a Kristen Dedmon single for UCLA's fourth run of the inning. A two-out single through the right side by Lisa Dodd plated Legaspi for the Bruins fifth and final run of the inning.
Selden closed out the game by retiring five of the final six batters she faced. The freshman All-American faced just three batters over the minimum, allowing four hits, striking out 11 without a walk. Selden is now 29-12 on the season.
The Bruins and Wolverines will return to the Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium field again on Tuesday, June 7, for the second game of the Championship Series. The game will air on ESPN beginning at 4:30 pm Pacific Time.