May 28, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Danielle Peterson had a pinch-hit single in game one and fellow freshman Anjelica Selden fanned 15 batters and allowed just three earned runs over two games as UCLA rallied for a 5-4 and 3-2 win over Georgia on Saturday night to send the Bruins back once again to Oklahoma City and the Women's College World Series.
UCLA improves to 36-18 while Georgia ends the season 55-15.
In game one, UGA jumped out to a 4-0 lead with all four of their runs coming in the second inning, scoring three of those when UCLA left fielder Ashley Herrera dropped a two-out fly ball off the bat of UGA's Kim Windland.
The Bruins responded with three runs in the top of the third, getting a leadoff homer from Andrea Duran to close the gap to 3-1. After a bunt single by Tara Henry and walk to Caitlin Benyi, the pair was moved up to second and third on a sac bunt by Emily Zaplatosch. Henry would score on a sac fly to deep right by Jodie Legaspi, also allowing Benyi to move up to third. Kristen Dedmon's single to left brought home Benyi with the third run of the inning.
UCLA took the lead in the sixth inning as Krista Colburn opened the inning with a single to left. Colburn was lifted for pinch runner Danesha Adams, who moved up to second base on an infield grounder by Lisa Dodd. Ashley Herrera then hit a grounder to short. UGA's attempt to throw out Adams at third failed, with the throw heading wide and allowing Adams to score the tying run and put Herrera at second. Duran flied out to center for the second out, bringing up Peterson as a pinch hitter for Henry. Peterson nailed the 0-1 pitch into center field to score Herrera, just Peterson's second hit of the season and giving UCLA its first lead of the weekend series at 5-4.
Selden, meanwhile, settled down and at one point fanned seven of eight UGA batters and allowed just one Bulldog runner to reach second base over the final five innings as UCLA earned a 5-4 win and sent the series into a third, and decisive game.
UCLA jumped on UGA in the bottom of the first inning, getting a walk by Henry plus four-straight singles from Benyi, Zaplatosch, Legaspi and Dedmon as UCLA took a 2-0 lead and sent Georgia to the bullpen. New UGA pitcher Katie Griffith coaxed a grounder back to the circle by Colburn, but her throw home sailed high and allowed Zaplatosch to score and give UCLA a 3-0 lead.
That run-scoring error would play a big role as UGA, after seeing its first 10 batters retired in order by Selden, got a single by Katie Lewis and a homer to left by Wendland to cut the gap to 3-2. UGA threatened in the sixth inning, but Selden coaxed a foul popup by Jessica Doucette to keep the Bruins on top. Selden fanned UGA pinch hitter Jade Jarvis swinging for the final out of the game and send UCLA to the Women's College World Series once again.
UCLA pounded out 18 hits on the day, getting a 3-for-6 effort by Dodd and Benyi and a 4-for-7 evening by Colburn. Selden improves to 25-12 on the season, scattering seven hits and one run with nine strikeouts in the opener and allowing just three hits with two runs and six strikeouts in the finale.
UCLA will face a familiar foe in the WCWS opener as the seventh-seeded Bruins will take on second-seeded California on Thursday, June 2. Exact times and broadcast schedule for UCLA's games in Oklahoma City will be announced in the next couple of days.