Bruins Run-Rule Rutgers for FAU Worth Invitational Title
Feb. 23, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL - The top-ranked UCLA softball team downed Rutgers, 8-0 in five innings, to win the FAU Worth Invitational Championship on Sunday afternoon in Boca Raton, FL. Claire Sua, a native of nearby Cooper City, FL, went 2-for-2 with a run scored in the championship game. The Bruins improve to 14-1 on the season while Rutgers falls to 4-3.
The Bruins scored their first run of the game in the second inning, when Claire Sua drew a walk, pinch-runner Amanda Simpson stole second, and Emily Zaplatosch singled her to third, advancing to second base on the play. Zaplatosch was replaced by pinch-runner Julie Hoshizaki before Andrea Duran drew a walk, and Caitlin Benyi was hit by a pitch to score Simpson.
That took the Bruins back to the top of the order with one out. Natasha Watley scored Hoshizaki on a sacrifice fly to left field. Monique Mejia singled through the right side on the next at-bat, but the play would end the inning as Benyi got stuck between second and third base, and Duran was called out at third while trying to draw a throw and get Benyi safely back to second base. UCLA still took a 2-0 lead to the top of the third inning, with the runs scored by Simpson and Hoshizaki.
UCLA threatened again in the fourth inning when Caitlin Benyi beat out an infield single, stole second base and advanced to third when the throw went into the outfield, but she would be stranded at third base.
In the fifth, UCLA added a run when Mejia walked and stole second, and scored on a low, line-drive single to center by Tairia Mims. Claire Sua followed Mims with a chopper up the middle that hopped up and hit relief pitcher Andria Koehler in the face. Koehler would come out of the game, being replaced by Christina Gillman, who faced Toria Auelua as her first batter. Auelua doubled in Mims and advanced Sua to third. Andrea Duran followed with an infield single, scoring Sua. Benyi followed with a slow ground ball that could not be fielded in time for an out, giving the Bruins runners on the corners and a 6-0 lead.
Benyi would steal second, and both runners scored on a line-hugging single by Natasha Watley that stayed fair just long enough to be recorded as the game-winning hit, giving UCLA the eight-inning run-rule win.
UCLA returns to action on Wednesday, February 26 with a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara.
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