Softball Defeats Stanford at Women's College World Series
May 25, 2001
OKLAHOMA CITY - Two home runs provided all the offense UCLA would need on Friday night, as the Bruins defeated Stanford, 5-0, at Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. UCLA (61-5) will now have Saturday off, and will return to action on Sunday at 2:30 pm Central Time against a to-be-determined opponent. That game will be televised live on espn2. Stanford falls into the losers bracket and will play the winner of Saturday morning's Michigan-California game in Game 9 at 6:30 pm on Saturday.
Bruin shortstop Natasha Watley led off the game with a double down the left field line, but the Bruins were unable to advance her past second base. In the home half of the first, Jessica Mendoza posted a one-out single through the pitchers circle with one out. With walks to Sarah Beeson and Jessica Allister, the Cardinal had the bases loaded with two outs before Cassi Brangham fouled out to end the inning.
UCLA did not have another base runner until the fourth inning, when Tairia Mims led off with a double down the right field line. After an intentional walk to Stacey Nuveman, Claire Sua connected on her 10th home run of the season, clearing the fence in right field.
After a single through the left side of the infield by Amanda Freed, third baseman Toria Auelua homered over the left field fence, her second round-tripper of the season and chasing Stanford starter Dana Sorensen from the game.
Freshman Keira Goerl (27-2), making her first appearance in the circle at the Women's College World Series, earned the win after pitching five innings and allowing just three hits while striking out five. It is the third time this season that Goerl has beaten the Cardinal, and has allowed just five hits in 14 innings against Stanford. Courtney Dale pitched the final two innings of the game for the Bruins, retiring all six batters she faced.