Top-Ranked Softball Defeats Host Florida Atlantic, 7-0

Feb. 21, 2003

BOCA RATON, FL - The top-ranked UCLA softball team improved its 2003 record to 12-1 on Friday night at the FAU Worth Invitational with a 7-0 victory over the host school, Florida Atlantic (7-8). Keira Goerl pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking one.

A coin flip determined home teams in tournament play, and the Bruins batted as the home team despite playing at FAU Field.

After Keira Goerl retired the side on seven pitches in the top of the first inning, shortstop Natasha Watley kept the momentum going in the bottom half of the frame, hitting UCLA's first lead-off home run since Amanda Freed homered as the Bruin first batter of the game in the second game of a doubleheader at Cal State Northridge on April 4, 2001.

Claire Sua, a native of Cooper City, FL, celebrated her homecoming four batters later, blasting a two-run home run over the left field fence, giving UCLA a 3-0 lead after one inning.

Goerl did not surrender a hit until one out in the fifth inning, when a Lauren Evans ground ball came back into the box, hit Goerl, and died before it could be fielded by Monique Mejia in time to make the play at first base.

The Bruins added one run in the second inning on a RBI single by Natasha Watley, then added three additional runs in the sixth inning with a two-RBI double by Caitlin Benyi. The final run of the game scored on an RBI single by Watley, making the score 7-0.

UCLA returns to action on Saturday at the FIU Worth Invitational with a 3 pm game against Florida International followed by a 5 pm game against Long Island.

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