Softball Wins Opening Game of Super Regional Play
May 27, 2006
LOS ANGELES - An RBI single in the first from Emily Zaplatosch and a solo home run from Lisa Dodd in the sixth inning powered top-ranked UCLA to a 2-0 victory over the University of South Florida on Saturday afternoon. UCLA (47-7) leads the best-of-three Super Regionals series 1-0.
The Bruins and Bulls return to the Easton Stadium diamond on Sunday at noon. The game will be televised live on ESPNU and could be simulcast on ESPN if the Tennessee-Michigan super regional does not require a third game.
After USF's first two hitters recorded singles, the Bruins got out of the inning with two Anjelica Selden strikeouts and a ground-out to end the inning. In the bottom of the first, Andrea Duran drew a leadoff walk, stole second, was sacrificed to third by Krista Colburn and came home for the game's first run on a two-out single to shallow right field by Emily Zaplatosch to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
Selden retired 12 consecutive Bulls from the second through the fifth inning, but Samantha Ray led off the sixth inning with a bunt single, followed by a walk to Christie Chapman and Tiffany Stewart was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Selden was then able to get Krista Holle to ground into a 5-2-3 double play and Ashley Bullion popped out to end the inning and the threat, leaving UCLA with a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.
With two outs in the in the sixth inning, Dodd completed a 2-for-2 day at the plate with her ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to left field to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
USF got a leadoff single by Jessica Landau to open the seventh, but could not advance the runner further as UCLA picked up the win.
Selden scattered five hits in the shutout victory, walking just one and fanning nine. In the process, she moved up to second on the UCLA single-season strikeout list, ending Saturday's game with 354 strikeouts on the year, passing DeeDee Weiman (349 in 1994). Only Selden's 485 strikeouts last year as a freshman is higher on the Bruins single-season charts.