« Softball 2008

Anjelica Selden

School

UCLA

Position
Pitcher
ERA
1.01
W-L
27-3

Classroom

In the classroom, Selden has made significant strides in her academic studies and was recognized on the Athletic Director’s honor roll during the spring of 2007 for attaining a 3.0 grade point average during that quarter. In January 2008, Selden was honored by The National Consortium for Academics and Sports with the NCAS Academic Momentum Award. The female representative of the Western Region, the inaugural award was created to recognize student-athletes who have improved significantly in their academic success. Selden is scheduled to graduate in the summer of 2008 and will apply for the master’s program at UCLA next fall. Among the occupations she has thought about pursuing following her days as a softball player is a career in sports marketing.

Character

On the field, Selden is a vocal leader, constantly encouraging her teammates. While there are no official team captains on the UCLA softball team, seniors are expected to be the leaders on the squad, a role that Selden has flourished in. As it is for most student-athletes, the delicate balance of keeping softball, school and a personal life in order is tough for Selden. Away from the field, Selden endured some personal hardships during her junior season which forced her to embrace her flaws, as well as challenge her to use her strengths to fix some of her weaknesses. Typically a person who would normally not ask for help, Selden had to accept her vulnerability and spoke up by asking for help during her time of need.

Community

Selden works numerous softball camps, including the UCLA Softball Residence Camp, which not only allows youngsters to train with the softball team but allows them to spend time with the Bruins outside of the camp. Additionally, Selden participates in Marathon Kids, a program that encourages kids to walk or run a marathon distance of 26.2 miles in a six-month period and teaches them how to eat a well-balanced diet.

Competition

Selden will go down as one of the greatest pitchers in the history of UCLA softball when she concludes her career in 2008. She is a two-time All-American, three-time All-Pacific-10 Conference and All-Pacific Region selection, two-time National Player of the Week and eight-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. Already the school’s all-time strikeout leader, a mark established in just her junior season, Selden has the possibility of reaching first on UCLA’s career list in appearances, complete games and innings pitched. In just her first season, Selden led the Bruins to the Women’s College World Series Championship Series, and after the Bruins finished shy of the WCWS last year, the senior is determined to help lead UCLA back to Oklahoma City. On an individual level, Selden struggled in 2007, but is off to an outstanding start to her 2008 campaign, sparking memories of her early domination as a freshman and sophomore.