Softball Uses Comeback to Down Ducks 6-4

May 4, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Despite spotting Oregon four runs, the second-ranked UCLA Bruins came back to top the Ducks by a 6-4 margin. The win improves UCLA's record to 51-4 overall (12-4 Pac-10), while Oregon falls to 27-34 (1-15 Pac-10).

The Ducks put three runs on the board before UCLA came to bat for the first time, all three scoring on a home run to right field by Duck left fielder Andrea Vidlund. In the fourth, the Ducks added another run to take a 4-0 lead.

The Bruins did not begin their comeback until the bottom of the fourth inning. Left fielder Stephanie Ramos started the inning with a one-out single, followed by a single to right by Mims, who advanced to second when the Ducks threw to third in an attempt to gun down Ramos. After the first of two intentional walks on the day to Bruin catcher Stacey Nuveman, Claire Sua came through with a two-RBI double.

From there, a Courtney Dale double cleared the basepaths, scoring Nuveman and Amanda Simpson, who was pinch-running for Sua, to tie the game.

The Bruins took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. The Ducks intentionally walked Nuveman with two outs and the bases empty, then walked Sua after she crushed a 3-2 pitch just inches foul of the left field pole to put runners at first and second. Dale then hit into what would have been a fielders choice, but Oregon shortstop Kate Peterson put an errant throw into right field while trying to get Sua out at second base. That error scored both Sua and Erin Rahn, who was pinch-running for Nuveman, to give the Bruins a 6-4 lead.

Freshman Keira Goerl pitched all seven innings, striking out nine without a walk. Goerl is now 23-1 on the season.

The Bruins return to action on Saturday afternoon with a 2 pm first pitch against No. 14 Oregon State. The Bruins conclude their Pac-10 weekend on Sunday with a 1 pm first pitch against the Beavers. Sunday's game will be senior day for four Bruin seniors: Lupe Brambila, Courtney Dale, Marin Noack and Stephanie Swenson.

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