Softball Downs California 2-0
April 27, 2001
LOS ANGELES - The second-ranked UCLA Bruins opened their conference weekend with a victory on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium, defeating the fourth-ranked Cal Bears by a 2-0 margin. With the win, the Bruins improve to 47-4, 8-4 Pac-10, while Cal falls to 47-9, 4-8 Pac-10.
Cal's best scoring chance came in the top of the first inning, when Bruin pitcher Keira Goerl spread three walks and two strikeouts through the first five Golden Bear batters, but got Cal catcher Courtney Scott to hit into a bases loaded groundout to end the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Bruin shortstop Natasha Watley led off with a single to Cal pitcher Nicole DiSalvio, but DiSalvio threw wildly to first base, allowing Watley to advance to third base. After walks by Bruin centerfielder Stephanie Ramos and catcher Stacey Nuveman to load the bases, Claire Sua earned an RBI groundout to score Watley.
UCLA's second run of the game would score in the bottom of the sixth inning when Nuveman smacked her 14th home run of the season over the right field fence to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
Goerl pitched five and two-thirds hitless innings before allowing back-to-back two-out singles in the sixth and a third single in the seventh inning. She walked three and struck out five to improve her record to 19-1 on the season.
UCLA returns to action on Saturday afternoon when No. 3 Stanford comes to Easton Stadium for the remainder of the weekend Pac-10 series. Saturday's game is slated for a 2 pm first pitch, while Sunday's game will start at 1 pm.
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