Huskies Fall Short In Slugfest With UCLA, 10-6
April 6, 2007
LOS ANGELES-- The 12th-ranked Washington softball team fell on the short side of a slugfest with UCLA Friday afternoon, 10-6. The Huskies gave up seven unearned runs while tagging Bruin hurler Anjelica Selden for six earned runs- the most she's allowed all season. The loss dips Washington to 23-10 on the season and 1-3 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins improve to 26-9 overall and 2-2 in conference action.
Senior Dena Tyson got the Huskies on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning, blasting a two-run home run over the right-centerfield wall. The homer marked her team-leading ninth dinger of the season and pushed her season total to 30 RBIs.
The Bruins answered in the bottom half of the frame to knot the score at 2-2. Krista Colburn drew a leadoff walk and was moved into scoring position by Jaisa Creps with a sacrifice bunt. Lisa Dodd then lined a double off the centerfield wall to drive in Colburn and Dodd scored on a single to single to centerfield by freshman Megan Langfield to pull even with the Huskies.
Washington tacked on another run in the third inning to pull ahead 3-2 on a RBI-single by sophomore Alicia Matthews. Selden got into a bit of trouble with a leadoff single by Ashley Charters, a walk to Dominique Lastrapes and a wild pitch put runners on second and third. Selden intentionally walked Tyson to load the bases and Matthews blooped a single into shallow left-centerfield to regain the Huskies' lead.
The Bruins came back in the bottom of the third to score seven runs, only one earned, on three hits and an error. UCLA loaded the bases with a pair of walks, a hit batter and a single. Julie Burney then hit into a fielder's choice with the out at home but the throw to first base for the attempted double play got past first baseman Amanda Fleischman and allowed the go-ahead run to score and extend the inning. The Bruins again loaded the bases using a single by Tara Henry and another walk before Creps belted a grand slam over the scoreboard in left field to put UCLA on top 9-3 and chase UW starter Danielle Lawrie from the game. Caitlin Noble entered the game and got a ground out back to the circle to end the inning.
Washington showed some life in the fifth frame, scoring three runs on four hits. Lastrapes led off the inning with a single to right field, followed by a Tyson single to centerfield. Matthews then hit another single to shallow left-center that fell between both outfielders and the shortstop to score Lastrapes. Lauren Greer kept the rally going with a double on Selden's first offering to score two more runs and bring the Huskies within three at 9-6. Lawrie then belted a line drive to third base and Burney was able to double off Greer at second for the first two outs of the inning. Selden then got Stuart to fly out to left field to preserve a three-run UCLA lead.
The Huskies threatened again in the sixth, loading the bases with a single by Lastrapes sandwiched between walks to Koziol and Tyson. Selden was then able to strikeout Matthews to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Bruins scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with two hits and an error to push its lead to 10-6 and Seldon surrendered just one hit in the seventh inning to close out the game.
Lawrie (14-6) took the loss as she allowed nine runs (three earned) on five hits with five strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Noble gave up one unearned run on four hits and struck out one in 3.1 innings of relief.
Selden (14-5) earned the win as she allowed six runs on nine hits and struck out seven.
Washington and UCLA return to action Saturday with a 1 p.m. game at Easton Stadium.