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Top-Ranked Bruins Defeat No. 3 Softball
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/28/2006
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. ?- The third-ranked Arizona softball team (34-9, 5-6) fell to top-ranked UCLA (38-5, 10-3) in an 8-2 decision on Friday afternoon.

 

In what was Leslie Wolfe’s second start of the year, the Wildcats opened the game up right by scoring a run in the top of the first.  Senior left fielder Autumn Champion laid down a bunt single and stole second base to start the opening-frame rally.  After a rare Kristie Fox strikeout, UCLA hurler Anjelica Selden walked the next three Arizona hitters to bring in the game’s first run.

 

UCLA responded with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning, as Andrea Duran led off with a single up the middle.  After a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, Emily Zaplatosch hit a single up the middle of her own to drive Duran in, tying the game at one run apiece.

 

UCLA got the leadoff hitter on once again in the second inning, which bit the Wildcats once again.  Three singles and a pair of stolen bases later, UA found itself on the wrong side of a 2-1 ballgame. 

 

The Wildcats stayed within the one-run margin until the bottom of the fifth, when Duran led off with a home run, prompting Taryne Mowatt to come in and relieve Wolfe.  Three batters, later Zaplatosch gave UCLA its second solo home run of the inning, and in turn increasing the lead to 4-1.  Duran would bat again in the sixth, and made the at-bat count, as she cracked a grand slam.

 

The Wildcats strung together a rally of their own in the seventh, but Duran’s bases-loaded blast would be too much to overcome in one inning.  Chelsie Mesa drew a one-out walk and Laine Roth singled to put runners at first and second for the Wildcats.  After an Adrienne Acton fly out, Caitlin Lowe laced an RBI-double to right, but the damage had already been done.

 

Game Notes:

-         Leslie Wolfe made her first Pac-10 start since a May 14, 2005, victory at Stanford.

-         Autumn Champion is one run away from cracking UA’s top 10 in all-time runs scored.  She currently has 172.

 

Up Next: The Wildcats will play No. 15 Washington on Saturday and Sunday in Seattle.  Log on to gohuskies.com for free live stats.

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