Jelly on a Roll as Fifth-Ranked Bruins Cap Off Perfect Weekend

Feb. 24, 2008

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Senior Anjelica Selden set a career high for strikeouts in a seven-inning game with 17, throwing a three-hitter, as the fifth-ranked Bruins capped off a perfect weekend with a 6-2 victory over #2 Northwestern on Sunday at the Palm Springs Classic.

The Bruins improve to 13-2 on the season and went 5-0 this weekend with four victories over Top 20 teams.

Selden's previous high in strikeouts in a seven-inning game was 16, set on two occassions. The senior improves to 7-1 on the season, allowing only two unearned runs in the complete-game effort.

UCLA used the long ball for the second straight game, receiving two-run homers by both sophomore Julie Burney and junior Amanda Kamekona in a five-run fourth.

The Bruins had a chance to jump out to an early lead in the bottom of the second thanks to some wildness by Northwestern starter Lauren Delaney, who walked freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore and then hit freshman Samantha Camuso and junior Jennifer Schroeder to load the bases with one out. But Delaney retired the final two batters via the strikeout to end the threat.

Northwestern (7-2) scored twice in the top of the fourth on a pair of unearned runs. Tammy Williams reached on an error and advanced all the way to third on the play. Nicole Pauly then chopped a ball to second. Kamekona came home with it, but the throw was too late, allowing Williams to score and Pauly to advance to second. Selden retired the next two batters, but Erin Dyer singled through the left side to plate Pauly to make it a 2-0 Wildcats lead.

But UCLA rallied with five in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Camuso walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double to left-center by Schroeder to cut the lead in half. With freshman pinch-runner Amy Crawford in the game for Schroeder at second, Burney brought her in on a homer to left-center, her first jack of the season, to put the Bruins up 3-2. Freshman Monica Harrison then reached on an error, and one batter later, came home on Kamekona's team-leading fourth homer of the season to make it 5-2.

The Bruins added to their lead in the fifth. DiSalvatore walked to start off the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. Sophomore Megan Langenfeld then singled through the right side and when Jordan Wheeler booted the ball in the outfield, DiSalvatore was waved home to put UCLA up 6-2.

Freshman Katie Schroeder had two hits for the Bruins, who had six as a team.

Delaney went the distance for the Wildcats, allowing six runs (three earned), five hits and three walks in six innings with four strikeouts. Dyer had two singles for Northwestern.

The Bruins host Cal State Bakersfield in a Wednesday game at Easton Stadium at 2:30 p.m. and then head to San Diego to resume tournament play at the San Diego Classic. UCLA faces James Madison (2 p.m.) and San Diego (4:30 p.m.) on Friday at USD, Eastern Michigan (9 a.m.) and San Diego State (2 p.m.) on Saturday at SDSU and St. Peter's on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at USD.

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