Goerl Pitches No-Hitter as Bruins Win Pac-10 Opener 5-0 Over Stanford
March 28, 2003
STANFORD, CA - After pitching 12 one-hitters this season, junior pitcher Keira Goerl finally recorded her first no-hitter of 2003, keeping the Stanford Cardinal off the board as UCLA downed Stanford 5-0 in the Pac-10 opener for both squads. Four UCLA home runs provided all the offense on the day as UCLA improves to 29-2, 1-0 Pac-10, while Stanford falls to 25-10 (0-1). The game will air on Sunday at 4 pm Pacific Time on FOX Sports West.
Goerl struck out nine batters, including all three in the seventh inning, en route to her 20th victory of the season. The only base runner of the game for Stanford was lead-off hitter Catalina Morris. Morris extended her at-bat when Bruin catcher Emily Zaplatosch dropped a high foul-out before Morris walked to become the game's only base runner.
Offensively, the Bruins opened the scoring in the top of the second inning on a solo home run that just cleared the left field fence by center fielder Stephanie Ramos, her fourth of the season.
Claire Sua gave the Bruins two more runs in the top of the sixth inning with a two-out two run rocket to left that cleared the shed in the police parking lot beyond the left field fence, a home run that traveled approximately 250 feet. The home run scored Natasha Watley, who had reached base on a lead-off walk.
In the seventh, two more Bruin home runs brought the UCLA lead to 5-0, as solo home runs by Toria Auelua and Andrea Duran extended the Bruin lead. Watley extended the inning with a single to left center field, and advanced to second base when the Cardinal center fielder bobbled the ball. The hit extended Watley's current streak to 11 games with a hit. The senior shortstop is hitless in just one game this season.
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