No. 1 UCLA Shuts Out No. 6 California, 3-0
April 26, 2002
BERKELEY - No. 6 California (44-15, 8-5 Pac-10) was blanked by the top-ranked Bruins (42-6, 10-3 Pac-10), 3-0, Friday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field. UCLA starting pitcher Keira Goerl tossed a no-hitter for her team-leading 23rd win of the season. The loss ended the Golden Bears' five-game winning streak.
The Bruins did most of their damage in the opening inning as Natasha Watley belted the first pitch of the game up the middle. Two more hits followed, as Amanda Freed and Tairia Mims both reach base on bloop singles to bring in Watley for the first score. Cleanup hitter Stacey Nuveman then smashed a RBI single into center to make it 2-0, UCLA.
Goerl struck out only four Bear batters, but Cal could not get anything going on offense as the sophomore pitcher limited it to numerous ground balls.
The Bears biggest threat came in the bottom of the second inning when senior Candace Harper drew a walk and junior Veronica Nelson reached on an error by third baseman Toria Auelua. But Courtney Scott struck out swinging to end the inning.
Cal prepares to face No. 8 Washington in a two-game set, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. The Bears defeated the Huskies, 4-1, in their last meeting, April 12.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke Field
vs. UCLA (41-6, 9-3)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EUCLA 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 11 1California 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Win: Goerl (23-4) and NuvemanLoss: Forest, Cal (19-9), Bobrow (6) and ScottHome Runs: NoneAttendance: 300