Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No. 2 Softball Falls to No. 3 UCLA, 8-3
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 09, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 2 Arizona softball team (31-6, 2-3) fell, 8-3, to No. 3 UCLA (33-3, 5-1), on Sunday afternoon at Hillenbrand Stadium.


Taryne Mowatt (13-4) drew the loss, as she gave up four runs in two-plus innings.  UCLA’s Anjelica Selden (19-2) tossed a complete game and got the win.


UCLA jumped on Mowatt right out of the gate for three runs on two homers in the first three batters of the game.


In the bottom of the second, Jenae Leles and Laine Roth started the UA half of the inning with a pair of hit-by-pitches.  With two runners on and no out, Mowatt helped herself in a big way, crushing Selden’s first pitch over the retired jersey numbers in left field.  The game-tying blast was Mowatt’s first career long ball and UA’s 35th of the season.


In the top of the third, Mowatt gave up a leadoff single to Andrea Duran, who had homered off of her to start the game.  UA head coach Mike Candrea then went to the bullpen for just the third time this season, bringing in Alicia Hollowell to pitch and moving Mowatt to right field in place of Jill Malina.


With Duran on first, UCLA’s Krista Colburn laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing Duran to second.  Then, Caitlin Benyi singled to center, scoring Colburn.  Benyi advanced to second on the throw home and to third on a UA fielding error.  Emily Zaplatosch followed next with an infield single, scoring Benyi for UCLA’s fifth run.


The Bruins tacked on a pair of unearned insurance runs in the fourth, along with a Zaplatosch home run in the fifth, bringing the score to 8-3 in favor of UCLA.  Zaplatosch would be Hollowell’s last batter, and Leslie Wolfe would get her second appearance this year.


In the bottom of the fifth, the Wildcats had two of their first three batters reach base via single in the fifth, but no runs scored.


Up next: The Wildcats hit the road for eight Pac-10 road contests over the next three weeks, before returning home on May 3 to host Arizona State.,   Next weekend, UA travels to Tempe, where it will face Arizona State on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.


Game notes:

-         Laine Roth, who replaced Sam Banister at first base in the top of the fifth, saw her first action in the field as a collegiate softball player.

-         Arizona surrendered three unearned runs.  Coming into the game, UA had given up only one unearned score all year.

-         Arizona is 19-2 when it homers.  Both losses have come in the last two days to UCLA.

-         Danielle Rodriguez had her first collegiate at-bat, when she pinch hit for Sam Banister in the sixth inning.  The appearance was also just the second pinch hitter UA has had all year.