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Herrera Homer Rallies Bruins to 2-1 Win Over Cal

Ashley Herrera homered and Anjelica Selden pitched a complete-game three-hitter as UCLA rallied from an early deficit to knock off California 2-1 in a rematch of the past two national title games. 

Just as in last year’s title tilt, the Golden Bears jumped on top early as Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American Vicky Galindo singled, stole second and then scored on a throwing error by Selden. 

That would be all the offense Cal would be able to muster as Selden would go on to retire 12 of the final 13 batters she faced. 

“Anjelica did a good job being poised on the mound,” UCLA head coach Sue Enquist said. “We had clutch performances, and I was proud of how we played the game overall. We stuck to a team plan offensively. I tip my hat to Cal. They have a terrific team, and they have wonderful pitching. But today, it was our turn to get a win.” 

With Selden keeping the Bruins’ Pac-10 foes in check, UCLA’s offense got into gear in the fifth off Cal starter Kelly Anderson. With one away in the fifth, Herrera provided the offensive spark as she sent a home run over the left field fence. 

The Bruins broke the 1-1 tie in their following at-bat. Caitlin Benyi reached on an error to lead off the frame, and Emily Zaplatosch advanced her with a single up the middle to chase Anderson from the game. The Bruins quickly welcomed Kristina Thorson to the game as Krista Colburn delivered a two-out base hit up the middle to score Zaplatosch with the go-ahead run. 

Anderson took the loss as she went five innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Thorson hurled the following two frames, giving up a hit with three strikeouts. 

“I thought we didn’t come out and play as well as we should have. We didn’t get the pitching performance we needed, and defensively, we made some errors,” Cal head coach Diane Ninemire said. “All aspects of our game were just a little shy of what they needed to be.” 

The Golden Bears will face Arizona in an elimination game Saturday at 11 a.m. UCLA advances to face Tennessee Friday in a 7 p.m. contest.