UCLA Defeats Texas, 3-0, Advances to NCAA Championship Series
June 5, 2005
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The UCLA softball team extended its Women's College World Series consecutive wins streak to a record 12 games on Sunday night in Oklahoma City, posting a 3-0 defeat of fourth-seeded Texas to advance to the NCAA Championship Series. The Bruins (39-18) are the only team in the tournament with fewer than 40 wins on the season and were the seventh seed when the Tournament opened just over two weeks ago. UCLA will face either Michigan or Tennessee in the best-of-three series which will begin at 6:30 pm Central Time on Monday night.
UCLA jumped on Texas starter Meagan Denny in the bottom of the first inning, as Andrea Duran drew a lead-off walk. Tara Henry then grounded into a fielders choice with the out at second base. After Caitlin Benyi fouled out and Emily Zaplatosch drew a two-out walk, Jodie Legaspi roped a single down the left field line, scoring Henry from second base before an errant throw from left fielder Tina Boutelle finished the play with Zaplatosch on third base.
Kristen Dedmon then hit an infield ground ball but a bad throw to first base by Texas shortstop Desiree Williams scored Zaplatosch, and put Legaspi on third and Dedmon on second base for Krista Colburn, who singled to right to score Legaspi for UCLA's third run of the inning.
After Colburn's RBI single, the Longhorns brought in All-America pitcher Cat Osterman, who retired all 16 Bruin batters she faced in the game.
Meanwhile, Selden retired 13 straight batters until pinch-hitter Jaclyn Daniels led off the sixth inning reaching on a Bruin infield error. After MicKayla Padilla struck out for the first out of the inning, Tina Boutelle became the second Longhorn of the inning to reach via error as Selden over-threw a ball to first base, giving Texas runners on second and third. Chez Sievers then became Selden's 10th strikeout victim of the game. Desiree Williams then struck out to end the inning and the Texas threat.
Selden finished the game with 12 strikeouts and no walks, her 25th double-figure strikeout performance of the season. She is now 28-12 on the season.
The Bruins will return to the Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium field on Monday, June 6, at 6:30 pm Central Time and will face either Michigan or Tennessee in the first game of the NCAA Championship Series. UCLA is the two-time defending NCAA Champion. This is the first year of the best-of-three format to determine the NCAA Division I Softball Champion.