#5 UCLA 2, #22 UW 1

SEATTLE - Angelica Selden pitched a three hit complete game to lead the fifth ranked UCLA Bruins to a 2-1 win over the 22nd ranked Huskies in the opener of a two game series at Husky Softball Stadium on a chilly Friday afternoon.

On a day with occasional sunbreaks but mostly overcast skies and a 30 minute delay due to hail, the Huskies and Bruins managed to get the game into the books.

With the loss the Huskies dropped to 4-6 in the Pac-10 and 25-15-1 overall wh ile the Bruins improved to 9-2 and 37-5.

Selden improved to 19-3 with her 17th complete game of the season, giving up only an unearned run on three hits and one walk. She struck out 14, including the last three batters of the game. Given the way she pitched she would have had her sixth shutout of the season had it not been for an error in the bottom of the fifth.

In that inning Selden hit Dani Stuart on the knee to lead off the inning. Jessica Ventoza pinch ran for Stuart. The next batter Alyson McWherter then laid down a sacrifice bunt. GiOnna DiSalvatore charged in from first to field the bunt and attempted to force Ventoza at second. Her throw went into center field, allowing Ventoza to race home from second.

Meanwhile, the Bruins could have easily put the game out of reach offensively against Husky starter Aleah Macon as they continually put her in jams. In the first Katie Schroeder and Krista Colburn singled but Schroeder got nailed at third on a perfect throw from McWherter to Stuart. Macon then got both Amanda Kamekona and Megan Langenfeld to fly out.

In the second, the Bruins loaded the bases with two outs when DiSalvatore tried to score on what would have been a wild pitch, but got tagged out by catcher Alicia Blake.

In the third the Bruins loaded the bases again with only one out and finally got on the board to take a 1-0 lead. DiSalvatore singled off Macon's glove to score Schroeder. They could have really put the Huskies in a hole as they still had the bases loaded but Macon struck out Samantha Camuso swinging and got Monica Harrison to foul out to Blake to end the inning.

The Bruins went up 2-0 in the top of the fifth when Kamekona lined a 1-1 pitch from Macon over the left field wall for her eighth home run of the season.

In both the sixth and seventh the Bruins had runners at second and third but Macon kept the Huskies in the game, escaping unscathed.

In the bottom of the seventh the Huskies got the tying run aboard when Bailey Stenson led off with a bunt single, but Selden struck out Stuart, McWherter and Amanda Fleischman, all swinging, to end the game.

Macon dropped to 14-8 despite recording her 16th complete game of the season for the Huskies. She allowed 10 hits and three walks while striking out six.

The Huskies and Bruins conclude the brief two game series at Husky Softball Stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Then the Huskies return to the road for a single game at Stanford on Friday, April 25 and two games at California on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.

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