Top-Ranked Bruins Spoil No. 16 Softball's Senior Day, 8-0
May 5, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The top-ranked UCLA Bruins spoiled No. 16 Oregon State's senior day, upending the Beavers 8-0 in Sunday's Pac-10 action at the OSU Softball Complex.
Oregon State falls to 38-20 on the season and 7-11 in conference play while the Bruins, winners of 14-straight, improve to 47-6 and 15-3 in the Pac-10.
A strange top of the second inning produced the first run of the game for UCLA. Stacey Nuveman led off the frame, drawing a walk, and was pinch-run for by Amanda Simpson. Simpson advanced to second base when the Beaver defense had a poor throw to second roll away from the bag, allowing Simpson to advance to third.
With Simpson at third and Claire Sua at first base, Crissy Buck flied out to shallow right field for the first out of the inning. Stephanie Ramos followed, flying out to deep left-center and scoring Simpson. Sua, however, had not tagged up before advancing, and was thrown out at first to end the inning.
Bruin hurler Keira Goerl kept the Beaver hitters guessing throughout the game as she pitched perfectly over the first five innings.
Oregon State pitcher Crystal Draper also threw well through five, allowing just a pair of hits.
'Defensively we gave them an opportunity and they scored early,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Crystal did a nice job up until the sixth inning when they broke it open.'
UCLA threatened in the fourth inning, with a walk and two hits but senior leftfielder Michelle Notaro gunned down pinch runner Julie Hoshizaki, with a perfect throw to Traci Feldt who was blocking the plate. With one-out and two runners still on base, Draper forced Buck to foul-out to senior first baseman Jenni Jodoin and then helped her own cause by fielding Ramos' grounder and tossing it to Jodoin to end the inning.
The Bruins got their bats going in the sixth. Amanda Freed led off with an infield single, which was followed by a double to right center from Tairia Mims and an intentional walk to Nuveman. Sua then produced an RBI single off the outfield fence to score Freed.
With the bases full, Buck stepped to the plate, but both teams were sent to the dugouts with no outs and a 2-1 count, as the light rain that had been falling throughout the game intensified.
After a 34-minute rain delay, both teams returned to the field and Buck connected on a two-RBI double to right field, giving the Bruins a 4-0 lead. Draper retired the next three batters in order, but a sacrifice fly by Ramos added to UCLA's scoring.
Jodoin broke-up the perfect game in the bottom of the sixth, reaching on a chopper down the first base line that was touched before rolling foul. Freshman Kelly Petersen followed with a walk but the Beavers were unable to capitalize.
UCLA added three more runs in the seventh when Nuveman sent her 87th career home run over the left field fence.
'We came to play today and were much more focused than yesterday,' said Walker. 'Unfortunately we ran into a pitcher (Keira Goerl) that's throwing extremely well and a team that's hitting the ball extremely well.'
Oregon State returns to action on Friday when the Beavers face No. 8 Stanford under the lights. First-pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
No. 1 UCLA - 010 004 3 - 8 8 0
No. 16 Oregon State - 000 000 0 - 0 1 1
Draper, Hunter (7) and Feldt (OSU), Goerl and Nuveman (UCLA). WP - Goerl (26-4), LP - Draper (13-6). 2B- Mims (UCLA), Buck (UCLA). HR - Nuveman (UCLA).