Softball Falls to Long Beach State, 1-0
Feb. 15, 2006
LAKEWOOD, Calif. - The second-ranked UCLA softball team suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday night at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif., falling to Long Beach State 1-0. Pitcher Anjelica Selden struck out 13 and allowed just one unearned run in the contest and senior catcher Emily Zaplatosch went 2-for-3 in the game.
The Bruins had a chance to score in the top of the fourth inning as Caitlin Benyi led off with a single just past the 49ers second baseman, followed by a single from Zaplatosch that was roped off of Long Beach State third baseman Melanie McCauley before ricocheting into the air and allowing both runners to advance safely. After a Jodie Legaspi sacrifice advanced Benyi and pinch-runner Alissa Eno into scoring position, Lisa Dodd roped another ball hard to McCauley at third, but this time McCauley was able to catch the ball for an out. Pinch hitter Danielle Peterson then grounded out to end the inning and the threat with the game still scoreless.
In the bottom half of the inning, Long Beach State benefited from two umpiring calls that were changed in their favor. LBSU pitcher Michelle .Turner reached first base to open the frame when, after originally being called out, she was ruled safe as the first base umpire changed his call, feeling that Dodd had pulled her foot off the first base bag.
After Selden walked the next batter and struck out Lacy Tyler, Brooke LeSage put down what appeared a successful sacrifice bunt after Benyi made a nice scoop in the dirt at first base. After Long Beach State head coach Pete Manarino came out to argue, the umpires met and, for the second time in the inning, took an out away from the Bruins, feeling that LeSage reached base before Benyi had control of the ball.
With the 49ers now having the bases loaded with one out, Long Beach State notched its only hit of the night as Kourtnee Gervasi singled just past Benyi's glove through the right side of the infield, scoring Turner, but Krista Colburn was able to throw out pinch runner Franciska Morlet at the plate for the second out of the inning.
With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Emily Zaplatosch roped a double off of the top half of the centerfield fence, approximately 245 feet from the plate. Zaplatosch was replaced by Jaisa Creps on the basepaths, but Legaspi was unable to advance the runner, leaving the score 1-0 in favor of The Beach. That was the last rally the Bruins were able to put together as UCLA suffered its first loss of the 2006 season.
UCLA returns to action with a pair of non-conference games this weekend against No. 22/25 Fresno State at Easton Stadium. Saturday's game is scheduled for a 2 pm first pitch while Sunday's game will begin at 1 pm.
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