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Softball On The Road To No. 100

Led by UCLA's other Wizard of Westwood, the Bruin's softball team continued its assault on No. 100 by taking the first game of their Super Regionals series against South Florida yesterday.

An RBI single in the first from Emily Zaplatosch and a solo home run from Lisa Dodd in the sixth inning powered top-ranked UCLA to a 2-0 victory over the University of South Florida on Saturday afternoon. UCLA (47-7) leads the best-of-three Super Regionals series 1-0.

Here's the official recap and the typical Times paragraph.

The Bruins opened the tournament as the favorite, and I won't surprise many by saying that my bottom dollar is on the Bruins to take home the title.

The Bruins...[have] been atop the national rankings for most of the season and were the top overall seed in the 64-team NCAA tournament. UCLA easily won the Pac-10 title.

Contributing mightily to UCLA's success is pitcher Anjelica Selden, who gave up only five hits and struck out nine in seven innings for the Bruins in their latest win.

Selden, who has pitched the last two seasons with injuries to her pitching shoulder and arm, was at the top of her game last weekend, defeating Missouri State, Long Beach State and San Diego State.

After allowing two runs against Missouri State, Selden threw a pair of complete game shutouts against the 49ers and the Aztecs to allow the Bruins to advance to the Super Regionals.

The sophomore pitched every post-season inning for the Bruins last season and is eager to do so again this year.

"(My arm) is healthy, it's strong, and I feel like however many innings Coach needs me to pitch, I'm able to do it," Selden said.

Softball isn't really my bag, baby.  But, if it's yours, tune into the Lady Bruin's game today or check here.

The Bruins and Bulls return to the Easton Stadium diamond on Sunday at noon. The game will be televised live on ESPNU and could be simulcast on ESPN if the Tennessee-Michigan super regional does not require a third game.