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Arizona?s Comeback is Thwarted by UCLA?s Walk-Off Win
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/19/2005
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Los Angeles, Calif ?- The No. 2 Arizona softball team (31-6, 5-4) lost to No. 13 UCLA, 5-4, (23-10, 4-4) in walk-off fashion at Easton Stadium Sunday. 

 

UA junior Alicia Hollowell (21-5) lost for the second straight day, and surrendered more walks than strikeouts for just the second time in 127 career appearances.

 

UCLA freshman Anjelica Selden (15-6) earned the win for her three innings of relief work, despite blowing the Bruins’ lead.

 

After the Cats scored a run in the top of the first, UCLA took a commanding 4-1 lead late into the game.  UA cut the deficit to two runs on Candace Abrams’ first long ball of the year, and eventually tied the game on a two-run double off the bat of Kristie Fox.

 

Ultimately, though, it would be UCLA who had the last laugh, as Emily Zaplatosch singled in the game-winning run with the bases loaded in the seventh.

 

In front of a sellout crowd of 1,328 that filled the stadium 45 minutes prior to the first pitch, UA got off to a fast start, as Caitlin Lowe led off the game with an infield single.  After advancing to second on Autumn Champion’s groundout, Lowe scored on a Fox single down the right field line.

 

In the bottom of the first, UCLA responded in convincing fashion.  After a Caitlin Benyi walk and an Andrea Duran single, Zaplatosch cracked a three-run homer to left.  The home run was the third in as many at-bats for Zaplatosch.  On the very next pitch, Jodie Legaspi clubbed a round tripper of her own to increase UCLA’s lead to 4-1.

 

To lead off the fifth, Champion’s infield single knocked Bruin starter Lisa Dodd out of the game, bringing in yesterday’s winner Selden.  Selden proceeded to pop up Fox and strike out the next two UA batters.

 

The Cats cut UCLA’s lead to two when Abrams lined a home run over the right-center field wall, in the sixth inning.

 

With the top of the order up in the seventh, Lowe led off with an infield single, followed by a Champion walk.  A Selden wild pitch moved both runners up, setting the stage for Fox.  The sophomore shortstop stepped up by bringing both runners around with a two-run double to right-center field.

 

That would be all the scoring for UA in the inning, as Selden struck out Callista Balko, induced Jennifer Martinez into a fielder’s choice, and popped up Abrams.

 

UCLA led off its half of the seventh with a Benyi single to left.  Tara Henry walked on four pitches, before Duran worked the count full and drawing a walk to load the bases.  With no outs and a Bruin occupying every base, Zaplatosch singled in Benyi to end the game.  In the two games against UA, Zaplatosch had nine of UCLA’s 13 RBI.

 

Arizona returns home for a pair of games against in-state rival Arizona State.  The Cats will take on the Sun Devils at Hillenbrand Stadium on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.  Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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