Bruins Advance to Easton Classic Championship Game
March 1, 2003
LOS ANGELES - UCLA (21-1) defeated Missouri and Boston College on Saturday afternoon at Easton Stadium, winning 5-0 this morning against Mizzou and earning a 10-1 five-inning victory over Boston College. UCLA improves to 21-1 on the season, and will play the winner of Sunday morning's BC-Missouri game at 1 pm on Sunday for the Easton Classic championship.
In the opening game of the day, the Bruins posted two runs in each of the first two innings. Natasha Watley led off with a walk to start the Bruins offensively. She stole second and scored on a single by Tairia Mims. Mims then stole second and scored on a single to right field by Claire Sua, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
In the second, Monique Mejia, Andrea Duran and Watley led off the inning with consecutive singles, loading the bases for right fielder Caitlin Benyi. Benyi delivered, dropping an RBI single into shallow center field to score Mejia. Duran was thrown out at the plate, and the throw to the plate advanced the remaining runners to second and third for Stephanie Ramos. Ramos recorded a sacrifice fly to score Watley and give the Bruins a 4-0 lead at the end of two innings of play.
UCLA added its final run in the fourth inning, as Duran led off with a single down the left field line, stole second base, and scored on a single up the middle by Benyi.
Keira Goerl surrendered just one hit in the game, an infield single to the second batter of the game, then proceeded to retire the next 20 batters, striking out 10. She did not issue a walk, and pitched her eighth one-hitter of the season.
In the nightcap, the Bruins batted as the visiting team against Boston College, and opened the scoring in the top of the first. Watley led off with a single up the middle, advanced to third on a single to right by Stephanie Ramos, and the bases were loaded on a walk to Tairia Mims. Claire Sua then drew an RBI walk, forcing Watley home.
The Bruins did score a run in the third inning, but broke the game open in the fifth inning, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs.
Michelle Turner earned her seventh victory of the year, allowing four hits and one run as UCLA won 10-1 in five innings.
In the final game of the day, Missouri defeated Boston College by a score of 6-1. The Tigers and Eagles will meet again at 10 am on Sunday morning, as Missouri is seeded second and Boston College third. Both teams had tournament pool-play records of 1-3 and split their head-to-head meetings, but Boston College allowed more runs in tournament play, giving Missouri the tiebreaker for the second seed. The winner of that 10 am game will advance to play top-seeded UCLA at 1 pm.