Feb. 19, 2006
LOS ANGELES - The No. 22 Fresno State softball team narrowly lost to No. 2 UCLA 1-0 in 10 innings, Sunday at Easton Field. It was a pitchers duel that featured Fresno State freshman Robin Mackin and UCLA sophomore Anjelica Selden. Both pitchers went the distance, each matching the other inning for inning. Not until the bottom of the tenth did the Bruins plate the game's only run when Lisa Dodd was hit by Mackin's pitch, scoring Caitlin Benyi from third.
Mackin struck out Andrea Duran to lead off the final inning, then got Krista Colburn to pop out. But with two outs, the Bruins singled twice and reached on a walk before scoring the clinching run. Fresno State fell to 4-5 on the season, while UCLA improved to 7-1.
In the first, freshman infielder Haley Perkins hit Bruins starter Angelica Selden's second pitch through the right side for a single. Sophomore infielder Jenna Cervantez reached on an error by Selden. With two outs in the inning and the bases loaded, freshman Merryann Barr lined a 1-1 pitch that was barely caught by UCLA infielder Andrea Duran to end the frame.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the top of the seventh. Ashley White walked to lead off the inning. One out later Haley Perkins lined Selden's pitch right back to the circle and too hard for the Bruin star pitcher to handle. Fresno State senior Christina Clark walked with two outs to load the bases, but junior catcher Nicole Willis grounded out to first to end the inning.
The Bruins threatened in the bottom of the ninth. Lisa Dodd lead off the inning with a drive into the right center gap, but Bulldog center fielder Shannon Garvin made a tremendous diving catch to take away a hit from the Bruins. UCLA's Whitney Holum singled with one out, advanced to second on Ashley Herrera's sacrifice bunt and then to moved to third on a wild pitch. But Mackin induced pinch hitter Kristen Dedmon to foul out and end the frame.
With the win, Selden improved to 4-1 on the year, while Mackin dropped to 4-3. Selden held the `Dogs scoreless on three hits and seven walks while striking out 18. Mackin allowed one run on six hits, walking five and striking out six.
Fresno State is in action again on Wednesday, Feb. 22, when it hosts UC Davis in a double header. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Bulldog Diamond. Get your tickets today by calling 278-DOGS or through gobulldogs.com.
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