Tara Henry's 10th Inning Single Sinks Cal State Fullerton
March 8, 2006
LOS ANGELES - A one-out RBI single by junior centerfielder Tara Henry gave UCLA the 1-0, 10-inning victory over Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday afternoon at Easton Stadium. With the win, the fourth-ranked Bruins improve to 20-1 on the season. UCLA had 10 hits in the game with Krista Colburn and Henry each recording three hits in the game. Sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden struck out 19 batters in the game.
UCLA threatened to score in the bottom of the third inning when the Bruins loaded the bases on singles from Tara Henry and Krista Colburn as well as a walk from Emily Zaplatosch, but the Bruins could not push a run across, leaving the game scoreless after three innings.
Neither team would get a runner to third base until the fifth inning when Cal State Fullerton's Courtney Martinez drew a one-out walk, followed by a double down the left field line by Ashlee Weatherford. Selden was able to recover, getting fly-ball outs from the next two batters to end the inning and the threat.
The Bruins nearly broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth as Colburn led off with the third of her three singles on the day. She went to second base on a wild pitch and was waved home on a two-out single up the middle by Jodie Legaspi, but Colburn was tagged out on the play at the plate following a perfect throw home by Titan centerfielder Jenna Wheeler to end the inning.
UCLA loaded the bases in the ninth inning. Henry led off the inning with a perfect bunt that rolled down the third base line for a hit, but was thrown out at second base on the bunt attempt by Andrea Duran. After two-out walks to Caitlin Benyi and Emily Zaplatosch to load the bases, Legaspi grounded out to end the inning and send the game to the 10th inning.
It looked as if Cal State Fullerton would score the first run of the game in the top of the 10th inning as the first two batters of the inning, Martinez and Weatherford, were hit by Selden pitches. The pair advanced to third and second, respectively, on a sacrifice bunt by Crystal Vieyra before Selden struck out her 18th and 18th batters of the game to end the inning.
Lisa Dodd led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a double roped to the wall in left centerfield. She went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Celina Rubalcaba, and a walk drawn by Ashley Herrera gave the Bruins runners on the corners with one out. Henry then stepped in and put a fly ball to the grass in left field, scoring Dodd and ending the game with UCLA having the 1-0 victory in 10 innings.
In the circle, Selden pitched a three-hit shutout on the day, striking out 19 for her 12th victory of the season.
UCLA returns to action on Friday afternoon at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif., with a 3:45 pm first pitch against No. 23/24 Mississippi State, the Bruins first game of the Long Beach State Tournament. The Bruins are scheduled for two games on Saturday and two on Sunday in Lakewood, weather permitting.