Anjelica Selden Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

April 19, 2005

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After a successful opening weekend at the newly renovated Easton Stadium, the Bruins continue their Pac-10 homestand with a pair of games against Washington this weekend. The Huskies played four innings of a halted game against Arizona on Friday afternoon, then posted two run-rule victories over Arizona State on the weekend.

Selden Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
Bruin freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, it was announced on Tuesday. Selden, from Vacaville, Calif., was 3-0 in two starts and a relief appearance last weekend against the Arizona schools. In two complete-game starts, Selden earned a 4-0 victory over No. 22 Arizona State and a 9-1 win over No. 2 Arizona, throwing 14 innings while allowing seven hits, one unearned run, striking out 19 and walking three (one intentionally). She also had a win in relief on April 17 against the Wildcats, pitching three innings and striking out three. For the week, she had a 1.31 ERA, went 3-0 in 16 innings work and allowed only four runs, three earned. Against the Sun Devils on April 15, Selden pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out nine without issuing a walk. The lone hit was surrendered the final batter of the third inning, and the Sun Devils had just two baserunners on the day (one reached via error) while Selden threw just 83 pitches. It was her ninth solo shutout of the season. On April 16 against the Wildcats, Selden gave up an unearned run in the top of the third inning after working out of a no-outs bases-loaded jam in the second inning. After that unearned run crossed the plate, Selden allowed just three Wildcat base runners for the remainder of the game, and struck out four of the last five batters she faced, including recording all three outs via strikeout in the sixth inning. She struck out 10 batters in the game for her 15th double-figure strikeout performance this season. Stanford's Michelle Smith earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors.

Bruins Open Easton Stadium with Three Wins Over Arizona, ASU
UCLA posted three exciting and much-needed victories last weekend in the first games played at a newly renovated Easton Stadium. The two weekend games were played in front of sellout crowds of 1,328 fans and live national television audiences.

Friday's opener saw the Bruins dispatch Arizona State by a 4-0 margin. Freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden tossed a one-hit shutout, striking out nine batters without issuing a walk. Offensively, Lisa Dodd connected on a solo home run in the second inning to open the scoring, and the Bruins used an RBI single by Andrea Duran in the fifth and a two-RBI bases-loaded single by Tara Henry in the top of the sixth inning to accumulate the four-run victory.

In front of a live television audience on ESPNU, the Bruins dispatched No. 2 Arizona on Saturday afternoon, the first time the Bruins had recorded a run-rule victory over the Wildcats since May 7, 1999. Selden pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning and allowed an unearned run in the third, but went on to a second impressive performance in the circle in as many days, striking out 10 for her 15th double-figure strikeout game of the season. UCLA's offense came alive in the fourth inning, as Emily Zaplatosch connected on a two-run home run to give UCLA the lead before Krista Colburn extended the lead with a three-run shot of her own. In the fifth, UCLA posted two more runs off of Arizona relief pitcher Taryne Mowatt on RBI singles from Jodie Legaspi and Kristen Dedmon. The floodgates opened in the sixth, as a three-run home run from Zaplatosch gave her five RBI on the day and ended the game because of the eight-run rule with a 9-1 UCLA victory.

The Bruins picked up on Sunday morning where they had left off on Saturday, as Zaplatosch homered for the third time in as many at-bats, this time a three-run shot off of Arizona starter Alicia Hollowell. Legaspi followed with a home run of her own to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead after an inning of play. That score would hold through five innings as Bruin starting pitcher Lisa Dodd allowed one run on five hits, striking out three. Selden then came into the circle and retired the side in the fifth before allowing a solo home run in the sixth. In the seventh, Selden allowed a two-run double to tie the game, but her offense countered in the bottom of the inning as Zaplatosch used a bases-loaded single to record her second walk-off hit in as many days, giving UCLA a 5-4 win. Zaplatosch had three home runs and nine RBI in two games against the Wildcats.

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UCLA vs.Washington: UCLA leads series 34-16; Last Meeting: Washington won 1-0 on May 5, 2004, at Easton Stadium; Last Bruins Win: UCLA won 5-3 on Feb. 7, 2004, at the LBSU Invitational in Lakewood, Calif. UCLA's last Pac-10 win over the Huskies was on Apr. 30, 2003, in Seattle.

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