Dodd's Blast Lifts #11 UCLA Softball Over #5 Arizona
March 31, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Lisa Dodd broke a scoreless tie with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning and Anjelica Selden tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout as 11th-ranked UCLA knocked off fifth-ranked Arizona on Saturday afternoon at Easton Stadium, 2-0.
Both teams now have identical records on the season, each at 25-8 overall and 1-1 in Pac-10 play.
After both teams were retired in order in the first inning, Arizona opened the second with a Jenae Leles double to the wall in right-center field. However, she could not advance beyond second as Selden fanned both Sarah Akamine and Laine Roth, sandwiched around an infield popup by Callista Balko, to quickly thwart the threat.
UCLA opened the bottom of the second with a walk to Jodie Legaspi for the Bruins first runner of the afternoon, but she was stranded at first as the game remained scoreless. Legaspi would be stranded again in the fourth inning after her two-out single to left.
Arizona threatened in the third inning as Caitlin Lowe reached on a two-out bunt single and proceeded to steal second base, but Chelsie Mesa grounded out to Dodd at second base to end the frame.
UCLA opened the bottom of the fifth with a leadoff double by Jaisa Creps, who moved up to third base two batters later on a grounder by Julie Burney. However, Tara Henry popped to shortstop to keep the teams tied at 0-0.
UCLA finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth. After a groundout by Krista Colburn to open the inning, Kaila Shull drew a four-pitch walk, setting the stage for Dodd, who crushed a full-count pitch to center field as the liner barely cleared the Easton Stadium wall. That would give the Bruins all the scoring they would need as Selden retired Arizona in order in the seventh inning to give UCLA the 2-0 victory.
Selden improved to 13-4 on the season, allowing just two hits, and none past the third inning, while fanning six and walking just one. Taryne Mowatt (18-7) took the loss for UA, allowing three hits and two runs with two walks and four strikeouts in her six innings in the circle.
The Bruins and Wildcats join a logjam of Pac-10 teams at 1-1 in league play this weekend. Arizona State has opened the weekend 2-0 while Washington is 0-2. The other six squads (UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal and Stanford) are all now 1-1 in the opening weekend of conference play.
UCLA and Arizona wrapup the weekend on Sunday with a 1 p.m. single game at Easton Stadium.
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