Softball Squeaks By Fresno State, 1-0 in 10 innings
Feb. 19, 2006
LOS ANGELES - The second-ranked UCLA softball team completed the weekend sweep of Fresno State on Sunday afternoon at Easton Stadium, winning 1-0 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Caitlin Benyi had two of UCLA's six hits on the day and scored the game's only run while Bruin pitcher Anjelica Selden struck out 18.
Fresno State loaded the bases in the top of the first inning as Haley Perkins led off the game with a single, Jenna Cervantez reached on a Bruin fielding error. Selden then struck out Christina Clark and got Nichole Willis to ground out before Robin Mackin walked to load the bases. The inning ended when Meryann Barr roped the ball to Bruin 3B Andrea Duran, who caught the line drive to end the inning.
UCLA had one hit in the first inning by Caitlin Benyi and a hit in the second by Lisa Dodd, but neither team had another runner past first base until the top of the fourth when two Selden walks gave the Bulldogs two on with two out, but they were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
The pitchers duel continued with UCLA getting a runner in scoring position in the sixth inning as Krista Colburn led off the inning with a single down the right field line and advanced to second on a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Caitlin Benyi, but UCLA was unable to get her past second base.
In the top of the seventh, the Bulldogs loaded the bases once again, as Ashley White drew her third walk of the day to lead off the inning. After Shannon Garvin struck out, pinch-runner Katrina Jacques advanced to second on an infield hit by Haley Perkins and after Cervantez struck out for the second out of the inning, the Bruins pitched around Clark to load the bases. The move paid off when Nichole Willis grounded to Lisa Dodd at first base and Dodd was able to scoop the ball to Benyi on the bag at first to end the inning.
Whitney Holum was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning for the Bruins, but fielders choices by Ashley Herrera and Tara Henry left the Bruins with just a runner on first base. Andrea Duran walked, but the rally would end there, sending the game to extra innings.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, the Bruins started with the top of the order and put together a two-out rally that would prove to be the game winner. Benyi started the rally with a single through the left side of the infield, followed by a single to left field by Emily Zaplatosch. The pair advanced on a wild pitch and the bases were loaded when Jodie Legaspi drew a walk and the game would end when Lisa Dodd was hit by a pitch.
Offensively, Benyi was 2-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt on the day and was the only Bruin with double-figure hits in the game. Selden struck out 18 batters, the second-highest strikeout total of her Bruin career behind only a 23-strikeout, 14-inning effort against Ole Miss last season.
UCLA returns to action on Tuesday afternoon with a 2 pm first pitch at UC Riverside before traveling to the Palm Springs Classic next weekend. The Classic, hosted by Oregon State University, will take place at the Big League Dreams complex in Cathedral City, Calif.