Stanford Falls To Top-Ranked UCLA, 5-0
March 28, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - The 12th-ranked Stanford softball team suffered a 5-0 loss to top-ranked and visiting UCLA on Friday night at the Smith Family Stadium in both team's Pac-10 season openers. The Bruins recorded four home runs to improve to 29-2 overall (1-0 Pac-10), while the Cardinal dropped to 25-10 and 0-1 in the conference.
UCLA's Stephanie Ramos struck first, hitting a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence off Stanford starter Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) for the 1-0 lead in the second inning. With two outs in the third the Bruins had runners on the corners, but Sorensen fanned designated player Tairia Mims to end the threat.
The Bruins did not score a run until the sixth, when Claire Sua hit a rocket to left also scoring Natasha Watley for the 3-0 advantage. UCLA added two more insurance runs in the seventh off solo home runs by Toria Auelua and Andrea Duran.
Stanford could only manage one base runner against UCLA starter Keira Goerl. Goerl walked freshman Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ) to start the fourth inning, and advanced to second on Jessica Allister's (Nacogdoches, TX) sacrifice bunt. The Cardinal, however, could not take advantage.
Goerl pitched her first no-hitter of the season to improve to 20-2, finishing with nine strikeouts. Sorensen took the loss, despite fanning 12 UCLA batters, to fall to 10-4.
It won't get easy for the Cardinal as they host No. 2 Washington tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium. The two teams will meet again on Sunday at 2 p.m. for Stanford's third annual 'Strikeout Cancer Day' to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
No. 1 UCLA 010 002 2 5-6-1No. 12 Stanford 000 000 0 0-0-1WP: Keira Goerl (20-2)LP: Dana Sorensen (10-4)HR: Claire Sua, Stephanie Ramos, Toria Auelua, Andrea Duran (UCLA)