June 2, 2006

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Game 4: Tennessee 4, UCLA 3

  • UCLA is making its 22nd trip to the WCWS and is aiming for its 100th national title in school history. The Bruins own an all-time record of 86-26 and have been to the last eight WCWS. In opening-round games UCLA fell to 18-4 (more wins than any other NCAA team). The last time the Bruins lost an opening-round game was in 2003, a 7-3 defeat to California, but UCLA bounced back to beat Cal, 1-0, in the national championship game.
  • The Lady Vols are making their second straight appearance in the WCWS and only their fourth overall showing in the NCAA Tournament. The Vols have won their opening game in both of their trips to the WCWS. Tennessee improved to 11-0 in night games and 23-0 in neutral site games.
  • The Bruins' five-game winning streak against the Vols was snapped tonight but they still lead the all-time series 5-2. Both schools met in last year's WCWS with UCLA taking the 3-1 triumph in second-round action. Tennessee improved to 2-7 all-time against No. 1-ranked teams with its two victories over eventual national champion Michigan in the 2005 WCWS and UCLA tonight.
  • Tennessee came in as the top fielding team in the country with a .980 fielding percentage, but committed two costly errors against the Bruins. UT has committed two or more errors six times this season with four of those games resulting in losses.
  • Tennessee upped its record to 9-8 when the opponent scores first. UCLA, meanwhile, fell to 43-3 when scoring first and 22-2 when leading after the first inning.
  • UT's Sarah Fekete's single in the top of the seventh set an SEC single-season record (108) for hits and extended her hitting streak to 10 games. The previous SEC mark was 107 hits held by teammate Lindsay Schutzler in 2005.
  • Tennessee's Kristi Durant pounded the eventual game-winning RBI with a single up the middle in the seventh. Durant owns the SEC career record with 203 RBI. The previous record was 191 held by Kelly Kretschman of Alabama (1998-2001). The senior designated player gave UT is first lead of the game with an RBI single down the right field line in the top of the sixth. She finished with a 2-for-4 outing with two RBI.
  • The Lady Vols' India Chiles picked up UT's second hit of the game in the sixth and extended her hitting streak to 12 games, a career best.
  • UT's Tonya Callahan tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth with a single that scored two runs, one on an error. Ironically, it was Callahan's solo homer that scored Tennessee's only run last season in UCLA's 3-1 win over the Vols in the WCWS.
  • UT pitcher Monica Abbott fanned 11 Bruins, marking the 22nd time this season she has recorded double-digit strikeouts and the 83rd time in her career.
  • UT's Shannon Doepking broke up Anjelica Selden's no-hitter with a single up the middle in the top of the fifth. She is 4-for-7 in her last three outings.
  • UCLA pitcher Anjelica Selden gave up her second-highest hit total of the season (nine). Her season high was 11 hits surrendered against Washington on April 26, 2006 - a 7-6 win for the Bruins.





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