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No. 13 UCLA Knocks Off No. 2 Arizona
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/17/2005
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Los Angeles, Calif. ?- The No. 2 Arizona Softball team (31-5, 5-3) played just one game on Saturday, but from the look of things, the first three innings and the last three innings were two completely different games.  When all was said and done, the Cats suffered a 9-1 loss to No. 13 UCLA (22-10, 3-4) in six innings.

 

UA pitcher Alicia Hollowell (21-4) was charged with the loss after allowing just one base runner in her first three innings of work.  In the fourth inning, however, she got touched up for a pair of two-run round trippers.

 

UCLA freshman Anjelica Selden allowed at least one Wildcat to reach scoring position in each of the first three innings, before hurling four strikeouts in her final three scoreless innings of work.  Nine of Arizona’s 16 batters in the first three innings reached base, while just three of 11 Wildcats reached in innings four through six.

 

Following a scoreless first inning, Selden worked out of a no-out, bases loaded jam to keep the Wildcats’ offense at bay in the top of the second inning.

 

Selden and the Bruins weren’t so lucky in the third, when Kristie Fox smashed a one-out double to left-center field.  Following a Candace Abrams’ groundout, with first base still open, the Bruins elected to give Shelly Schultz an intentional pass.  Callista Balko came up next, bringing in the game’s first run via a throwing error charged to UCLA shortstop Jodie Legaspi, which allowed Fox to score.

 

In the bottom half of the frame, leftfielder Ashley Herrera looped a single into shallow left field for UCLA’s first hit of the game.  Bruin leadoff hitter Caitlin Benvi followed Herrera’s hit with a four-pitch walk, but Hollowell ended the threat with a strikeout of Tara Henry.

 

In the bottom of the fourth, UCLA third baseman Andrea Duran led off with a double to the same spot in left-center field that Fox clubbed her two-bagger.  After a Hollowell wild pitch, Emily Zaplatosch got hold of a pitch, sending it to straightaway center field to break up Hollowell’s shutout.

 

The Bruins weren’t done scoring, as Legaspi laced a single through the left side, before being lifted in lieu of pinch runner Allisa Eno.  Two outs later, Krista Colburn took Hollowell’s offering to dead center, where the ball just cleared the center field wall for another two-run blast.

 

UA freshman Taryne Mowatt spelled Hollowell in the bottom of the fifth, but didn’t have an answer for the UCLA offense, either.  When the inning came to an end, the Bruins left the bases loaded after padding their lead with two more runs.

 

The game came to an end in the sixth inning, when Zaplatosch hit another two-run homer to end the game, as per the eight-run mercy rule.

 

The Cats will take on UCLA again at Easton Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.  The game can be seen live on ESPN.

 

NOTES

Caitlin Lowe’s lead off single to left marked the eight time in the last 10 games that she has reached base to begin a game.

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