No. 12 Softball Upsets No. 1 UCLA
March 30, 2002
SEATTLE - The 12th-ranked University of Washington softball team scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to knock-off top-ranked UCLA, 9-6, Saturday at Husky Softball Stadium. The Huskies, who trailed by as many as four runs, claimed the team's first win over UCLA since 2000, moving to 30-9 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins fell to 33-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
With the Huskies trailing 6-5 entering the bottom of the sixth, senior Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) started the rally by reaching base on a walk. Simpson then moved to second when UCLA third baseman Toria Auelua over threw her target at second after fielding a bunt by UW sophomore Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.).
After a ground out by junior Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) moved Simpson and Roach to second and third, Bruin relief pitcher Keira Goerl (16-3) intentionally walked clean-up hitter Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) to load the bases. UW sophomore Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) then came through with a clutch RBI single through the left-side as three runs scored, the latter of which came home on an errant throw by UCLA leftfielder Stephanie Ramos, which ended up in the Bruins' dugout.
Oleson, who advanced to third on Ramos' error, came home one batter later, when pinch hitter Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) snuck a grounder past All-American shortstop Natasha Watley, who was unable to come up with the ball to her right.
UW relief pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) then retired three of the final four Bruin batters in the seventh to move to 13-5 overall and complete the Husky upset.
Earlier in the game, Clark erased an early 0-2 deficit in the first inning with a two-run home run - her 14th of the season - to also score Simpson, who had lead-off with a walk.
After UCLA broke the 2-2 tie with a run in the third, the Bruins added to their lead an inning later when catcher Stacey Nuveman launched a three-run home run to take a 6-2 advantage.
The Huskies, however, made it a one-run ball game with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Kathy Fiske (Temecula, Calif.) started the inning with a lead-off home run, before Clark recorded her third hit of a game - a double to right-center field - to score Simpson. Roach, who reached base on a single, came across with the final run of the inning, as UCLA second baseman Monique Mejia was unable to field a short blooper by Rivera.
The UW win is its first against the nation's No. 1 team since the Huskies also downed the Bruins 1-0 back on May 15, 1999. The nine runs, meanwhile, are the most allowed by UCLA since a 9-1 loss to Arizona on May 7, 2000.
Washington will continue its four-game home stand with its final non-conference games of the season Tuesday versus Portland State in doubleheader action beginning at 2 p.m. The Huskies then head out on the road for three games in Arizona, April 5-7.
Saturday, March 30, 2002 -
#12 Washington vs. No. 1 UCLA (Husky Softball Stadium)
Score By Innings R H E
UCLA 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 6 11 4
UW 2 0 0 3 0 4 X 9 7 2
E - Boek, Clark, Watley, Ramos, Auelua, Mejia LOB - UW 7, UCLA 9
2B - Mims, Ramos, Buck, Clark HR - Nuveman, Clark, Fiske SH - Mejia 2, Roach
WP - Tia Bollinger (13-5) LP - Keira Goerl (16-3)