Bruins, Huskies Split Marathon Day of Softball
April 26, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Fans at UCLA's Easton Stadium witnessed more than six hours of softball on Wednesday afternoon as UCLA and Washington split a pair of games with UW winning a resumed game 3-2 in 12 innings before the Bruins won the originally scheduled game by a score of 7-6. During the nightcap, UCLA sophomore Anjelica Selden moved into fourth place on UCLA's career strikeout list. The Bruins finish the day with a record of 37-5, 9-3 Pac-10 while Washington is now 30-16, 4-8.
Game 1: Washington 3, UCLA 2 (12 innings)
The first order of business on Wednesday afternoon was the completion of a game that started in Seattle on April 15 and was suspended after two innings due to rain, hail and high winds. The game resumed with Ashley Herrera leading off in the top of the third inning with no score in the contest.
Herrera led off the third inning with a slap-hit single and stole second, but was unable to advance. In the fourth, a Lisa Dodd home run put the Bruins on the board, and UCLA added to the lead in the fifth when Andrea Duran led off with a double after Washington 1B Ashley Charters lost the high fly ball in the sun. Duran was sacrificed to third by Krista Colburn and a Caitlin Benyi single plated the second Bruin run of the game for a 2-0 lead.
That score held until the bottom of the sixth inning when Washington tied the game. A Lauren Greer single opened the rally, advancing to second on a Dominique Lastrapes ground out and she would come around to score on a Charters triple. A squeeze play with Sarah Hyatt putting the bunt down scored Charters to tie the game.
From there, the contest became a pitchers duel. UCLA's Anjelica Selden came in to pitch in the bottom of the seventh and proceeded to retire the first 13 batters she faced before giving up a single to Lauren Greer, but Selden continued to face the minimum through the 11th inning as UCLA turned one of their two double plays in the game to end the inning and the threat.
Meanwhile, the Bruins offense was getting runners on base but could not push the go-ahead run across the plate. UCLA had two runners on to lead off the eighth inning, but were unable to score. In the ninth, UCLA had the bases loaded with one out but were unable to score, and had a leadoff double from Colburn in the 11th and were unable to convert.
Washington finally pushed in the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning. Aimee Minor pounded a two-out double to right field and came around to score on a Bruin throwing error to end the game more than three hours after it had resumed.
Lisa Dodd struck out four and allowed jut four hits during her six innings in the circle while Selden struck out seven, allowing just two hits while facing 19 batters.
Game 2: UCLA 7, Washington 6
Washington picked up in the second game where it left off in the first. Dominique Lastrapes drew a leadoff walk, was wild pitched to second, went to third on a ground-out by Dena Tyson and came home on a single by Aimee Minor to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third, Lastrapes led off with a single and scored on a home run by Aimee Minor to give Washington a 3-0 lead, and Sarah Hyatt upped the lead to 4-0, cranking her eighth home run of the season just inches over the top of the left field fence.
The Bruins would bounce back nicely in the bottom of the frame as Tara Henry led off with a slap-hit infield single, stole second base and came home on a single to left by Andrea Duran. After a fly ball to the warning track in left by Krista Colburn allowed Duran to advance to second, the Bruins had runners on the corners after a Caitlin Benyi single to left, and nicely placed single through the right side by Emily Zaplatosch plated Duran to bring the Bruins to within two runs.
Legaspi followed with a single up the middle, scoring Benyi from second base and giving the Bruins runners on first and second. After a pitching change brought game one winner Danielle Lawrie back into the game, Lisa Dodd connected on her seventh home run of the season to put the Bruins in the lead, 6-4.
With Henry leading off again in the bottom of the fourth, she drew a leadoff walk, stole the second of her three bases in the game, and scored from second on a single to left by Benyi to give UCLA a three-run lead at 7-4.
That final run would prove critical down the stretch. In the sixth, Washington's Hyatt singled and was replaced by pinch runner Marnie Koziol, who stole second base and scored on a single just fair down the third base line by Brooke Woodward, making the score 7-5 in UCLA's favor.
The bottom of the seventh inning saw Lastrapes lead off with a walk, go to third on a double from Ashley Charters and score on a single from Tyson that rocketed up the middle off the glove of Selden and over to Legaspi at shortstop, leaving Legaspi with no play. A walk to Minor loaded the bases with no outs, but Selden responded, striking out Hyatt for the first out. Ashlyn Watson then hit a fly ball to shallow right center field that was caught on the run by Henry, but the Huskies did not challenge the arm of the Bruins centerfielder, leaving the bases loaded. Washington head coach Heather Tarr then replaced Alicia Matthews with pinch-hitter Moojen, who struck out to end the game and the threat with UCLA winning 7-6.
Selden struck out 10, walked three in the game, earning her 22nd win of the season. She now has 764 career strikeouts, passing former Bruin All-American and Olympic gold medalist Amanda Freed (1999-2002, 760 K's) for fourth place on UCLA's career strikeout list. Selden now needs just 21 strikeouts to pass Lisa Fernandez for third place on the Bruins all-time list.
UCLA returns to action with a key weekend series against Arizona and Arizona State, hosting the Wildcats on Friday and the Sun Devils over the weekend. A busy weekend is on tap both on campus at UCLA and at Easton Stadium, as the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is on campus Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday at the 2 pm game against ASU, UCLA will recognize its 1978 AIAW Championship Team, while on Sunday the Bruins will honor their 2006 senior class. Sunday's game against the Sun Devils is a sellout.