No. 14 Ranked Softball Downed By No. 2 UCLA, 4-1
May 6, 2001
LOS ANGELES - No. 14 ranked Oregon State could not pull off the upset as the No. 2 UCLA Bruins tallied a 4-1 victory in Sunday's Pacific-10 Conference softball game.
The Beavers fall to 40-22-1 overall and 7-10 in Pac-10 action with the loss, while UCLA improves to 53-4 on the season and 14-4 in conference play.
Similar to Saturday's Bruin victory, UCLA got on the board early with three runs in the opening inning. After a leadoff single, Natasha Watley stole second base and advanced to third after a single by Stephanie Ramos. Tairia Mims followed with a sacrifice fly to deep left field that scored Watley. Power hitter Stacey Nuveman then blasted a two-run homer over the left-centerfield fence to give the Bruins a 3-0 advantage.
Oregon State took advantage of a pair of UCLA errors in the second inning to score its lone run. Sophomore Shelly Prochaska reached on a leadoff error by Mims at first base and Traci Feldt's sacrifice bunt moved Prochaska to second. Sophomore Steph Adams followed with an infield single to Watley at shortstop, whose over-throw to first base allowed Prochaska to score.
The Bruins added another run in the third when Nuveman's single plated Mims who led off the inning with a double.
Junior Crystal Draper picked up the loss to fall to 26-10 on the season, despite allowing just eight hits and striking out four.
'Other than the first inning, I think Crystal pitched a really good ball game,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'When you face a team of that caliber and you fall behind in the first inning, sometimes you try to do too much.'
Oregon State tallied five hits in the contest.
'Overall, I felt we played well but were trying too hard because we got down so quickly,' said Walker.
Oregon State returns home to host No. 3 Stanford on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex.
Oregon State - 010 000 0 - 1 5 1
UCLA - 301 000 x - 4 8 2
Draper and T. Feldt, Prochaska (5) (OSU), Goerl and Nuveman (UCLA). WP - Goerl (24-1), LP - Draper (26-10). HR - Nuveman (UCLA). 2B - Mims (UCLA), Guthrie (OSU). SB - Watley (UCLA).
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