UCLA scored five runs in the sixth, the most by a single team in the 2005 Women's College World Series, and got another outstanding outing from freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden to down Michigan 5-0 and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three national championship series.
Selden went the distance, allowing four hits and striking out 11 in the winning performance. She has yet to walk a batter in the WCWS.
"I'm proud of the poise our players showed," UCLA head coach Sue Enquist said. "We set a plan, and we did a good job of going to Plan B. You have to adjust when the stakes are high. I told them that we will see a completely different Michigan team tomorrow."
The Bruins' five-run sixth started in wild fashion as Ritter hit Andrea Duran with a pitch that was questioned and reversed in a conference with the game's umpires. Tara Henry followed and reached via an error on Michigan third baseman Grace Leutele. Henry hit a foul ball on the previous pitch that appeared to possibly be a bunted third strike, but she was given another opportunity as it was ruled a slap.
After Caitlin Benyi was hit by another pitch to load the bases, Emily Zaplatosch took advantage of the opportunity and drove a Ritter offering to the gap in left center to score Duran and Henry and make it 2-0.
Ritter, who took the loss as she allowed four runs on just two hits with six strikeouts in five innings, gave way to sophomore Lorilyn Wilson, and she uncorked a wild pitch to Jodie Legaspi that allowed Benyi to score to make it 3-0 Bruins. After Wilson walked Legaspi, Kristin Dedmon dropped a bunt single that scored pinch runner Alissa Eno to make it 4-0. Two hitters later, Lisa Dodd singled to score Legaspi and give UCLA a 5-0 lead it wouldn't relinquish.
"I told the team that it wasn't a bad game -- it was one bad inning," Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins said. "The difference was that we didn't make any offensive adjustments off (Anjelica) Selden. We have to do a better job at the plate. We tried too hard to make something happen out there. I know, though, that these kids are not defeated."
The two teams meet again Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. A win by UCLA will give it it's 12th NCAA title, while a Michigan victory will force a deciding Game 3 Wednesday night. The games will be televised on ESPN.