Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Softball Loses Heartbreaker, 2-0
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 01, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. ?- The two most vaunted programs in college softball history squared off and added another chapter to the historic rivalry on Saturday afternoon.  The fifth-ranked Arizona 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.


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.


UA’s Taryne Mowatt and UCLA’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.  Mowatt surrendered two runs on three hits as she saw her record drop to 18-7 on the year.  Selden’s two-hit shutout bumped her to 13-4.


The deciding factor in the game would ultimately be a two-run homer by UCLA senior second baseman Lisa Dodd in the sixth inning.


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.  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.


UCLA had its first base runner in the bottom of the second as Jodie Legaspi drew a leadoff walk.  Mowatt then proceeded to retire the next three Bruin hitters to keep the game scoreless.


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.


UCLA would make another unsuccessful rally in the fifth, but Mowatt once again kept the Wildcats and Bruins locked in the 0-0 tie.  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.  Mowatt then struck out Kristen Dedmon, before inducing Julie Burney into a groundout and Tara Henry into popping up to short.


UCLA finally broke through in the sixth with a two-run homer by Dodd.  The Bruins opened their half of the frame with the top of the order.  Mowatt retired leadoff hitter Krista Colburn before allowing a walk to Kaila Shull.  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.          


UCLA’s Selden retired the final 10 Wildcat batters she faced.


Game Notes:

- Arizona’s two hits represents its lowest offensive output in that category since a 2006 WCWS victory over Texas last June.


Up Next: Arizona wraps up its opening Pac-10 weekend with a 1 p.m. date with UCLA on Sunday at Easton Stadium.