Bruins Split Saturday Schedule
Feb. 1, 2003
LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked UCLA softball team split its Saturday schedule at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, dropping the first game of the day 2-0 to No. 10 Cal State Fullerton before rebounding with a 5-4 win over No. 22 Alabama. In the first game of the day, Alabama defeated Cal State Northridge 3-0. The final game scheduled for the day, a contest featuring Cal State Fullerton and Loyola Marymount, was called after three innings and will not be completed or made up.
In the opener, junior pitcher Keira Goerl got off to a rough start when Fullerton's Gina Oaks put the first pitch just over the left field fence. The Titans would score a second run in the opening frame.
UCLA would threaten in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings, but would leave a total of 11 runners on base in the game. The bases were loaded on walks in both the third and fifth inning, but the Bruins were unable to push a run across.
Goerl improved after the first inning, striking out five and allowing just five baserunners through the final six innings. Fullerton won the game by a final score of 2-0, collecting eight hits to UCLA's three.
The second game of the day, against No. 22 Alabama, started on a similar note, but saw more Bruin offense than the opener. Alabama opened with two unearned runs in the top of the first inning, but UCLA countered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame.
The rally started with a leadoff bunt hit by Natasha Watley. Watley advanced to second on a fly ball to the outfield from Stephanie Ramos, and went to third on a single to left by Tairia Mims. Both Watley and Mims would score on a double to right center by Toria Auelua. UCLA added a run in the second when Andrea Duran singled, was sacrificed to second by Michelle Turner, and was hit home by Watley, giving the Bruins the lead.
Alabama came back to take a 4-3 lead on a two-run shot to right by Ashley Courtney, but UCLA took the lead for good in the fourth inning, scoring two unearned runs of its own. With one out, Turner reached on an error by Alabama's pitcher, advanced on a single by Watley, and scored when Monique Mejia reached on a second Crimson Tide error. Watley would go to third on that play, and scored on a wild pitch during Stephanie Ramos's at-bat.
Goerl, who replaced Turner in the circle in the third inning, struck out six and walked two to earn the win. She is now 2-1 on the season, and has been the pitcher of record in all three of UCLA's games this season.
UCLA completes its weekend schedule on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm with a single game against Cal State Northridge. Sunday's complete schedule for the final day of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament is as follows:
9 am: Alabama vs. Loyola
11:30 am: Cal State Northridge vs. Loyola Marymount
2 pm: UCLA vs. Cal State Northridge