No. 2 UCLA Hands No. 8 California a Rare Loss, 3-0
April 13, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The second-ranked UCLA Bruins (35-6, 4-3 Pac-10) shutout No. 8 California (39-13, 5-3 Pac-10), 3-0, Saturday afternoon at Easton Stadium in a Pac-10 conference game.
In the top of the first, the Golden Bears squandered a golden opportunity to go ahead in the game when they had the bases juiced with no outs. Junior Veronica Nelson just got a piece of a Keira Goerl fastball sending it back to the pitcher, who forced out Candace Harper at home, doubling up Nelson at first. Goerl ended Cal's threat by striking out Courtney Scott.
Monique Mejia started off the bottom of the fourth inning with a bloop single to center. Erin Rahn then beat out shortstop Chelsea Spencer's throw to first. Natasha Watley smashed a RBI double to right, bringing in Mejia. Amanda Freed put UCLA up 2-0 with a sac fly to center, allowing Rahn to tag up at third.
All-American Stacey Nuveman, the conference's top hitter and homerun leader, blasted her 11th homer of the season over the right field wall to provide the final margin.
Junior Jen Deering suffered just her second loss of the year, ending her winning streak at eight games. Deering struck out four batters and walked four in five innings of work. Freshman Cassie Bobrow came in to finish the game, going one inning and allowing just one hit.
The Bears have a rematch with UCLA Sunday at 1 p.m. at Easton Stadium.