Cal State Fullerton Upsets #2 UCLA 1-0 in Eight Innings
March 12, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Senior Anjelica Selden struck out nine, but Cal State Fullerton upset second-ranked UCLA 1-0 in eight innings on Wednesday at Easton Stadium to snap the Bruins' 19-game winning streak.
The Bruins fall to 25-3 with the loss, while the Titans improve to 13-10-1.
After seven scoreless innings, the game moved to the top of the eighth with the international tiebreaker rule in effect. Ari Cervantes was put on second to start the eighth for Cal State Fullerton and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jenna Wheeler. Torrie Anderson then lifted a fly ball to center field for the second out. Freshman Katie Schroeder made a great throw home, but Cervantes just slid under the tag of junior catcher Jennifer Schroeder to put the Titans ahead 1-0.
In the bottom of the eighth, freshman Grace Murray started at second and advanced to third on a sacrifice by Jennifer Schroeder. However Cal State Fullerton's Jessica Doucette got Katie Schroeder to ground out to second and junior Amanda Kamekona to fly out to left to finish off the upset.
Selden saw her scoreless innings streak fall after 33 2/3 innings, but the senior has still not allowed an earned run in her last 47 1/3 innings. Besides the unearned run, Selden (12-2) gave up two hits and one walk, retiring 12 in a row at one point.
Doucette (7-4) tossed eight shutout frames for the Titans, fanning three and giving up four hits and one walk.
In the third, the Bruins had a runner at third with one out, but couldn't get the run in. Jennifer Schroeder led off with a single up the middle and was pinch-run for by freshman Lauren Mirabal. After Katie Schroeder moved Mirabal to second on a bunt, Mirabal advanced to third on her team-leading eighth stolen base of the season. But Doucette retired Kamekona on a ground out to third and senior Krista Colburn on a fly out to right to end the threat.
The Bruins had another runner at third, this time with two outs in the sixth, after Katie Schroeder singled, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. However Doucette induced freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore into an inning-ending grounder to keep it scoreless.
In their final game before taking a 12-day break for winter quarter finals, the Bruins host Cal State Northridge at 1 p.m. at Easton Stadium.