CS-Fullerton 2, UCLA
CS-Fullerton 2, UCLA 1May 21, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden opened the game picking up where she left off on Friday afternoon, striking out Lindsey Bashor and Candice Baker in the first inning to tie and then surpass the UCLA single-season strikeout record of 359 set by Cal State Fullerton assistant coach DeeDee Weiman during the 1994 season. Selden would go on to strike out 10 batters in the game.
The game quickly turned into a pitching duel between Selden and Baker. Neither team had a runner past second base until Andrea Duran led off the third inning with a single, advanced to second on a ground-out by Tara Henry and went to third on a wild pitch, but was stranded at third base.
In the bottom half of the sixth inning, Cal State Fullerton (the designated home team for this game) struck quickly with Bashor and Amanda Kamekona opening the inning with consecutive hits, a single for Bashor and double for Kamekona. After Katie Gollhardt became Selden's sixth strikeout victim of the morning, Titans head coach Michelle Gromacki called for a squeeze play that resulted in a rundown sequence and Bashor being tagged out between third base and the plate. That critical play was the second out of the inning for the Bruins, and Selden got Baker to ground out to end the inning and the Titans threat.
The score remained knotted at 0-0 with both pitchers rolling through opposing batters until with two outs in the top of the 11th inning, Jodie Legaspi connected on her ninth home run of the season, a blast to left that just cleared the fence in front of the left field scoreboard.
Unfortunately, the wheels would come off of the cart for the Bruins in the bottom of the 11th inning. Crystal Vieyra opened the frame for the Titans on first base after being hit by a Selden pitch. Whitney Kroh followed by drawing a walk before Bashor perfectly executed a bunt, easily safe at first base to load the bases with no outs. A wild pitch would then score Vieyra to tie the game before a Gollhardt infield single put Kroh in motion towards the plate, where she would beat Legaspi's throw to score the game-winning run and end the three-hour, 35-minute marathon game.
UCLA then had to wait out a two and a half hour matchup between Loyola Marymount and UNLV with the Rebels advancing with a 4-1 win to play the Bruins at 5:10 pm, more than two hours behind schedule.
-- Courtesy UCLA