Softball Downs Cal in Nine Innings for First Pac-10 Win
March 31, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Sophomore second baseman Monique Mejia hit an RBI single to left field in the top of the ninth inning to give UCLA a 2-1 win over third-ranked Cal. With the win, the Bruins improve to 36-1 overall, 1-1 Pac-10, while the Golden Bears fall to 39-3, 0-2 Pac-10.
The Bruins opened the game with a leadoff single by centerfielder Amanda Freed, and continued to hit the ball throughout the afternoon. The Bruins had hits in each of the first six innings, and manufactured their first run in the top of the fourth inning. Left fielder Lupe Brambila led off the inning reaching base on an error by Cal third baseman Candace Harper. Brambila advanced to second on a groundout by Freed, and to third on a sacrifice bunt by Natasha Watley. She crossed the plate on an RBI double to left center by UCLA third baseman Tairia Mims.
Meanwhile, Bruin freshman pitcher Keira Goerl opened the game by retiring the first 11 batters she faced before Harper reached on a two-out error by Watley in the fourth inning. The Golden Bears put together a rally in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 1-1.
Neither team was able to score in the seventh or eighth. In the ninth, Bruin designated player Courtney Dale led off with a double to right center, and was replaced by pinch runner Julie Hoshizaki. Hoshizaki advanced to third on a single to right by Marcel Torres, giving the Bruins runners on the corners with one out and Mejia at the plate. The sophomore second baseman came up big, hitting an RBI single to right field to score Hoshizaki and give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, Cal catcher Courtney Scott led off with a double to right field, but the Bruins capitalized on a pop-fly out, strikeout and groundout to Mejia to end the game.
The Bruins and Bears return to action on Sunday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field on the Berkeley campus. First pitch is scheduled for 1 pm Pacific Daylight Time.