Softball Run-Rules Arizona, 9-1 in Six Innings
April 16, 2005
LOS ANGELES - For the first time since May 7, 1999, the Bruin softball team posted a run-rule victory over the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 1,328 at Easton Stadium. Junior catcher Emily Zaplatosch had two home runs and five RBI, including a three run walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to give UCLA the 9-1 run-rule victory. UCLA improves to 22-10 (3-4 Pac-10) with the win, while Arizona falls to 31-5 (5-3 Pac-10) with the loss.
Arizona centerfielder Caitlin Lowe led off the game with a single but UCLA pitcher Anjelica Selden countered by striking out the next two batters of the game and getting Jackie Coburn to ground out to end the top of the first inning. Coburn was injured on her run down to first base and did not return to the field in the game.
In the circle for the Wildcats, starting pitcher Alicia Hollowell retired the first eight Bruins she faced before Ashley Herrera came up with a two-out single in the bottom of the third inning.
The Wildcats had loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning, but Selden was able to work out of the jam, forcing Cryatal Farley into a fielders choice with the out at the plate. Alyson Von Liechtenstein then became Selden's third strikeout victim of the game, and Lowe also grounded into a fielders choice to end the inning.
Arizona opened the scoring in the third inning as Kristie Fox connected on a one-out double to left center. After a two-out intentional walk was issued to Shelly Schultz, a UCLA infield error plated Fox to give the Wildcats a 1-0 advantage after three at-bats.
The Bruin offense came alive in the fourth inning as Andrea Duran led off with a double, was wild pitched to third base and scored on the third home run of the season by Emily Zaplatosch to give the Bruins a 2-1 advantage. Jodie Leagaspi followed with a third consecutive hit for the Bruins, this time a single to left field, before being replaced by pinch-runner Alissa Eno. After Lisa Dodd sacrificed Eno to second base, she would come around to score on the second home run of the year by Krista Colburn, a shot to straightaway center field, to give UCLA a 4-1 lead after four complete innings.
Despite a change in the circle for the Wildcats, the Bruin offense did not slow down against Wildcat freshman Taryne Mowatt. A one-out rally plated another two runs for UCLA, starting with a walk to Tara Henry followed by a single from Andrea Duran and a walk to Zaplatosch to load the bases. A single to right by Jodie Legaspi upped the score to 5-1 UCLA before a two-out single to right by Kristen Dedmon gave UCLA a 6-1 advantage.
It was more of the same in the sixth inning as Ashley Herrera led off the inning with a single, went to second on a single by Tara Henry, and the pair scored on a walk-off home run by Zaplatosch, her second of the game and fourth of the season, to give UCLA the 9-1 run-rule victory.
In the circle for UCLA, Selden improved to 14-6, striking out 10 and allowing one unearned run in six innings in the circle. It was her 15th double-figure strikeout game of the season.
The two teams will square off again on Sunday in the final game of the weekend set. Game time is scheduled for 1:05 pm, and the game will be televised live by ESPN. The game is expected to sell out, so fans are encouraged to come to the stadium early.