Softball Dominates Stanford, Wins 8-0 in Five Innings

April 28, 2001

LOS ANGELES - The Bruins scored early and often on Saturday afternoon at Easton Stadium, defeating the third-ranked Stanford Cardinal 8-0 in five innings. With the win, the second-ranked Bruins improve to 48-4, 9-4 Pac-10, taking over second place in the Pac-10 from the Cardinal. With the loss, Stanford falls to 44-8-1, 9-5 Pac-10.

After a 1-2-3 top of the first for Bruin pitcher Keira Goerl, Natasha Watley led off with a walk in the bottom of the frame for the Bruins. After a fly-out by centerfielder Stephanie Ramos, third baseman Tairia Mims stepped to the plate and blasted her 15th home run of the season, giving UCLA a 2-0 lead.

That score held until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Bruins would put up five additional runs. Second baseman Crissy Buck led off with a double, and was replaced by pinch runner Monique Mejia. Mejia would advance to third on a single by Marcel Torres, and score on a squeeze play when Lupe Brambila laid down a bunt for the successful play.

A walk to Watley loaded the bases for Ramos, who flied out to Cassi Brangham in left field. Brangham, however, threw wild while sending the ball back into the infield, scoring Julie Hoshizaki, who was running for Ramos, and advancing Brambila and Watley to third and second, respectively. A walk to Mims re-loaded the bases for an RBI walk by Stacey Nuveman. The final two runs of the inning would score on a single by designated player Courtney Dale.

In the bottom of the fifth, Brambila came up with a one-out single, followed by a bunt single by Watley. A single down the left field line by Ramos loaded the bases for Mims, who singled home the game-ending run in UCLA's 8-0 win.

Goerl struck out two, did not allow a walk, and surrendered just one hit in the game, a third-inning single by Jessica Mendoza with two outs in the third inning.

The Bruins return to action on Sunday afternoon at Easton Stadium, with a 1 pm first pitch against Stanford. The game will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com with Lou Riggs calling the action.

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