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20070331 Softball Loses Heartbreaker, 2-0
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Release: 03/31/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">LOS ANGELES, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State></st1:place> ? </B>The two most vaunted programs in college softball history squared off and added another chapter to the historic rivalry on Saturday afternoon.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The fifth-ranked <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> softball team fell to No. 14 UCLA 2-0 in a nail-biter of a game that saw a combined five hits for both teams.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The loss for the Wildcats and victory for the Bruins moves both teams to identical 25-8 overall records and 1-1 marks in Pac-10 play.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UA&rsquo;s Taryne Mowatt and UCLA&rsquo;s Anjelica Selden turned in a pair of pitching gems, tossing a combined 14 innings with only nine batters reaching base for the two teams combined.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt surrendered two runs on three hits as she saw her record drop to 18-7 on the year.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on">Selden</st1:place>&rsquo;s two-hit shutout bumped her to 13-4.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The deciding factor in the game would ultimately be a two-run homer by UCLA senior second baseman Lisa Dodd in the sixth inning.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">After both sides were retired in order in the first, Jenae Leles made her return to the cleanup spot count with a leadoff double in the second.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>However, the Wildcats would not hit the ball in fair territory the rest of the inning as a pair of strikeouts and a foul pop up left Leles stranded in scoring position.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UCLA had its first base runner in the bottom of the second as Jodie Legaspi drew a leadoff walk.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt then proceeded to retire the next three Bruin hitters to keep the game scoreless.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Mowatt did not allow a hit through the first three and two-thirds innings, until Legaspi singled to left in the fourth, but a groundball back to the circle ended the rally, holding the score firm 0-0 to end the fourth inning.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UCLA would make another unsuccessful rally in the fifth, but Mowatt once again kept the Wildcats and Bruins locked in the 0-0 tie.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Bruin catcher Jaisa Creps led off the fifth with a line double off the center field wall, giving UCLA only its second hit of the contest.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt then struck out Kristen Dedmon, before inducing Julie Burney into a groundout and Tara Henry into popping up to short.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UCLA finally broke through in the sixth with a two-run homer by Dodd.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Bruins opened their half of the frame with the top of the order.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mowatt retired leadoff hitter Krista Colburn before allowing a walk to Kaila Shull.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Dodd then gave the Bruins the first two runs of the game with a full count home run to center field with her ninth home run of the year.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">UCLA&rsquo;s <st1:place w:st="on">Selden</st1:place> retired the final 10 Wildcat batters she faced.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Game Notes:<o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">- Arizona&rsquo;s two hits represents its lowest offensive output in that category since a 2006 WCWS victory over Texas last June.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Up Next: </B><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> wraps up its opening Pac-10 weekend with a 1 p.m. date with UCLA on Sunday at Easton Stadium. </P>
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