OKLAHOMA CITY -- With one swing, Emily Zaplatosch turned a
series of Michigan mistakes into a giant problem.
Zaplatosch hit a two-run double to break open a scoreless game
and Anjelica Selden pitched a four-hit shutout to lift UCLA to a
5-0 win against Michigan in Game 1 of the Women's College World
Series championship Monday night.
UCLA (40-18) rallied for five runs in the sixth inning after
loading the bases without getting a hit. Michigan starter Jennie
Ritter (36-4) hit Andrea Duran with a pitch, Tara Henry reached on
third baseman Grace Leutele's fielding error and Ritter beaned
Caitlin Benyi with nobody out.
Zaplatosch then lined a double to the gap in left-center field
to score Duran and Henry.
"I was just trying to get a piece of the ball and foul off any
pitches that I didn't really want and try to make good contact with
what I wanted and lift it out there in the outfield," said
Zaplatosch, the Bruins' cleanup hitter. "I was going to be happy
to score one."
Michigan coach Carol Hutchins came out of the third-base dugout
twice during the sequence to argue calls by home plate umpire
Willie Newman. After UCLA coach Sue Enquist had protested, Newman
consulted with the other umpires and ruled that Duran was hit by
Ritter's pitch and that it did not glance off her bat as he had
originally decided. Replays appeared to show the ball glancing off
During Henry's at-bat, Hutchins argued that she bunted a
two-strike pitch foul and should have been ruled out. Newman
apparently ruled Henry was slap-hitting and not bunting the ball.
She slapped the next pitch to Leutele, who bobbled the ground ball.
"All those little things helped us gain momentum and I think
that gave us more confidence as a team," Zaplatosch said.
After Zaplatosch's double, Lorilyn Wilson relieved Ritter and
allowed Benyi to score on a wild pitch before walking Jodie
Legaspi. Alissa Eno, who pinch-ran for Zaplatosch, scored on a
squibber in front of the plate by Kristen Dedmon that Michigan
catcher Becky Marx was unable to field cleanly.
Lisa Dodd followed by grounding a single to center to score
Legaspi and give the seventh-seeded Bruins a 5-0 lead.
"It really wasn't a bad game for Michigan," Hutchins said.
"It was a bad inning. We had one bad inning."
Duran said she was surprised that Newman called the pitch a
strike, turned to him and said, "It hit me." Enquist said she
approached Newman after she noticed Duran talking to him.
"I just wanted him to check with either corner because the way
it deflected, it looked like it hit her," Enquist said.
Hutchins said she asked for Newman to do the same on the foul
Whether Nelson's calls were right or not, Hutchins said her team
needed to shut down UCLA from there. Instead, things snowballed
against the top-seeded Wolverines.
"I think the umpire missing that call changed the game,"
Leutele said. "I think we all knew what had happened and it was a
bad call, and I think that we needed to move on from it a little
bit and it was in the back of our heads."
Selden (29-12) struck out 11, walked none and didn't allow a
Michigan (63-7) runner to reach second.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Tuesday night.