Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From UC Riverside
April 25, 2001
RIVERSIDE, CA - The UCLA softball team swept both games of a non-conference doubleheader at UC Riverside on Wednesday, with run-rule game scores of 12-0 and 8-0. With the victories, the second-ranked Bruins improve to 46-4, while the Highlanders fall to 11-36-1 on the season.
The Bruins scored early and often in both games. In game one, sophomore shortstop Natasha Watley led off with a single. After Tairia Mims and Stacey Nuveman walked to load the bases with one out, freshman first baseman Claire Sua drew an RBI walk, bringing Watley home for the first run of the game. Senior Courtney Dale followed with a two-RBI single, scoring Mims and Nuveman for a three-run opening inning for the Bruins.
UCLA added five more runs in the third inning on five hits. Nuveman drew her second walk of the game to lead off, and scored on a shot to centerfield by Sua, her seventh home run of the season. Three more runs would cross the plate in the inning, with RBI hits by Monique Mejia and Stephanie Ramos to give the Bruins an 8-0 lead
Three additional runs scored in the fourth, with RBIs by Dale, Mejia and left fielder Erin to give the Bruins an 8-0 lead
Three additional runs scored in the fourth, with RBIs by Dale, Mejia and left fielder Erin Rahn. The final run of the game would score in the top of the fifth when Mims led off with a walk and was hit home on an RBI single by Mejia to make the score 12-0 Bruins.
Freshman Keira Goerl, pitching just minutes away from her hometown of Moreno Valley, pitched three perfect innings to earn the win, and shared the no-hitter with Dale for UCLA's second no-hitter of the season. Goerl struck out three, while Dale recorded one 'K'
In the nightcap, the Bruins recorded eight runs on nine hits with all eight runs crossing the plate in the first three innings. Watley extended her consecutive games hitting streak to 29, which is tied for the ninth-longest streak in NCAA Division I history. She was 3-for-3 in the game with three RBI, three runs scored and a walk. Dale started in the circle for UCLA and pitched the first two innings, while senior Stephanie Swenson pitched the final three innings to earn the win. She is now 6-0 on the season.
UCLA returns to action on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium to start a critical Pac-10 series against the Bay Area schools. Friday's game is against No. 4 California, while Saturday and Sunday will se the third-ranked Stanford Cardinal visit UCLA. Game time on Friday and Saturday is 2 pm, while Sunday's game is scheduled for a 1 pm first pitch and will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com.