Walk-Off Homer by Harrison Gives #4 Bruins 2-1 Victory Over #10 Arizona
May 2, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Monica Harrison picked a great time for her first collegiate home run, hitting a one-out bomb over the left-field wall in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the fourth-ranked Bruins to a 2-1 win over #10 Arizona on Friday at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins improve to 42-5 overall with the victory and 14-2 in Pac-10 play. They sit in second place in the league, just one game back of 15-1 Arizona State, which comes to Easton Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. The Wildcats fall to 31-16 and 8-8 in league with the loss.
Selden was perfect through the first three innings and the Bruins got her a run in the bottom of the third. Junior Jennifer Schroeder was hit by a pitch to lead off and was pinch-run for by freshman Lauren Mirabal. Making her return to the lineup after suffering a dislocated left ankle on Feb. 16 and missing 38 games, senior Ashley Herrera laid down a perfect bunt to move Mirabal to second.
Mirabal stayed at second on a slap single to short by Katie Schroeder, but both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch from Arizona's Taryne Mowatt. It would be a key wild pitch, as senior Krista Colburn lifted a fly ball to right that allowed Mirabal to score and put the Bruins ahead 1-0.
Arizona got its first two base runners in the fourth on a walk and a hit by pitch, but Selden blanked the Wildcats in the hit column for the first 5 2/3 innings. In the sixth, K'Lee Arredondo's double to right broke up the no-hitter, but Selden retired Jenae Leles on a ground out to end the inning.
In the seventh, the Wildcats were down to their last strike, but Sam Banister came through with her sixth homer of the season to left on a 1-2 count to even the game at one.
Mowatt retired the first batter in the bottom of the seventh, but Harrison ended things in the next at-bat, launching a 2-0 pitch to left to begin the Bruin celebration.
Mowatt pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs, four hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
The top two teams in the Pac-10 standings face off this weekend, as top-ranked Arizona State comes to Westwood. Saturday's 3 p.m. and Sunday's 12 p.m. contests are both sold out. Gametracker and live audio will be available on UCLABruins.com.