Zaplatosch Blasts Texas Out of WCWS; UCLA Advances, 2-0
June 3, 2006
OKLAHOAMA CITY, Okla. - Senior catcher Emily Zaplatosch connected on a single, home run and double and became the first player in 2006 with three hits off of Texas ace Cat Osterman as UCLA advanced to a Sunday semifinal match-up with Northwestern following a 2-0 win over the Longhorns at the Women's College World Series.
Sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden finished with 12 strikeouts, no walks and allowed just three hits on the day as the Bruins advance to a Sunday match-up with Northwestern in the WCWS semifinals. UCLA has eliminated Texas from the WCWS in all three of Cat Osterman's appearances in Oklahoma City.
The Bruins threatened in the second inning with singles from Emily Zaplatosch and Jodie Legaspi to lead off the inning, but when Lisa Dodd lined out to third base, pinch runner Alissa Eno was doubled off of second base and Whitney Holum struck out to end the inning and the threat.
The third inning saw Andrea Duran come to the plate with two outs and record an inside-the-park home run on a ball that made it to the fence down the right field line and bounced off the fence long enough for Duran to score on the play. With one out in the fourth, Emily Zaplatosch blasted her seventh home run of the season, her first homer since the April 28 game against Arizona at Easton Stadium.
Coming to bat to lead off the seventh inning, Zaplatosch completed a perfect evening at the ballpark with a double, her third hit of the game. She is the only player in 2006 to record three hits in a game against Texas pitcher Cat Osterman. Zaplatosch also caught Selden's 12-K performance in the circle.
UCLA advances to face Northwestern on Sunday in semifinal action. UCLA must beat the Wildcats twice in order to advance to the NCAA Championship Series. The first game is scheduled to begin at noon Pacific Time and will be televised live by ESPN.