Softball Sweeps Doubleheader at ASU
May 12, 2001
TEMPE, AZ - The second-ranked UCLA softball team completed its regular season with a doubleheader sweep of No. 9 Arizona State on Saturday night at Farrington Stadium in Tempe, AZ. UCLA won the first game 1-0, and polished off the evening with an 8-6 extra inning win in the second game of the evening. The Bruins finish second in the Pac-10 with a 16-5 mark and a 55-5 overall record. ASU finishes the regular season with a 34-20 record (9-12 Pac-10). Game two of the doubleheader was the nation's last regular season softball game for 2001.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Bruins pushed across the lone run of the game in the fourth inning. Left fielder Stephanie Ramos led off the inning with a single, followed by a single from first baseman Tairia Mims. An error in the Sun Devil outfield on Stacey Nuveman's at-bat brought home Ramos for the only run of the game. Courtney Dale improved to 7-0 on the season with the first-game win.
In the nightcap, the Bruins put three runs up in the first inning, as Natasha Watley led off the game with a single, stole second, and came home on a single up the middle by Ramos. After Mims fouled out on a fly ball to the left-field fence, Nuveman connected on her 17th home run of the season, hitting the scoreboard in left field at Farrington Stadium.
UCLA took a 4-0 lead in the top of the third, as Watley led off with a double, advanced to third on an outfield error by the Sun Devils, and was brought home on a sacrifice fly by Mims. ASU scored in the bottom of that inning, on a solo home run by Phelan Wright. In the fourth, the Bruins made it 5-1 with a two-out solo home run by Amanda Freed before a second run was pushed across by the Sun Devils in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-2.
In the seventh, Mims led off with a single, and Julie Hoshizaki came in to pinch-run. Hoshizaki advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Marcel Torres, and went to third on a single by Claire Sua. Lupe Brambila then stepped to the plate for a successful squeeze play, scoring Hoshizaki from third on the sacrifice.
That sixth run proved critical, as the Sun Devils put together a four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 6-6. ASU started the inning with three straight hits, two singles and a two-RBI double by Kara Brun. Brun would then come around to score on a double by Erica Beach. The fourth run of the inning for the Sun Devils would score on a wild pitch by Keira Goerl, but ASU would strand the winning run on third base, sending the game to extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Toria Auelua led off with a single down the left field line, and was replaced by Erin Rahn to pinch-run. Rahn was thrown out on a fielders choice hit by Monique Mejia, but back-to-back singles by Watley and Ramos would load the bases for the Bruins with one out. A sacrifice fly by Mims plated lead runner Mejia, and a single by Stacey Nuveman, her fourth hit of the night, put Watley across to give the Bruins an 8-6 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, a single to shallow right by first baseman Nichole Thompson was all that the Sun Devils could muster, giving UCLA the 8-6 win.
UCLA now awaits the decisions of the NCAA selection committee, which will announce its postseason selections on Sunday, May 13, at 5:30 pm Pacific Time. The selection show will be broadcast live in the Los Angeles area on FOX Sports West 2.