Three Runs in Eighth Lead No. 1 UCLA Past No. 7 Cal, 4-1
March 30, 2003
The seventh-ranked California softball team (29-9, 1-2) dropped a heartbreaker to No. 1 UCLA (31-2, 3-0) Sunday afternoon, falling 4-1 in eight innings. Senior catcher Courtney Scott tied the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh with a two-out RBI double to the left-center field wall, but the Bruins answered in the top of the eighth with three runs off two home runs to regain their lead.
UCLA secured a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning with Tairia Mims' two-out solo homer over the right field wall.
Cal reached base six of the eight innings, stranding a total of 11 runners on base, tallying five hits to UCLA's 11. The Bears rallied in the sixth with runners on first and third and no outs, courtesy of two infield errors by the Bruins, yet left the runners stranded. After a pop out that placed runners on second and third, Cal's strategic suicide squeeze failed as the pitch thrown to Eryn Manahan was too high for her to make contact, allowing UCLA's catcher to pick off Kaleo Eldredge dashing for home plate from third for the second out of the inning. The side retired with a strikeout and a missed scoring opportunity.
In the seventh, designated player Kristen Morley led off with a walk, advancing to second off sophomore Vicky Galindo's sacrifice bunt. After a ground out, Scott's shot to left-center had potential home run written on it, but it hit the fence, scoring Morley on the standup double. The run was the first earned run in 98 innings that the Bruins' hurler Keira Goerl has given up. Next up, senior Veronica Nelson received her second intentional walk of the day, her third walk in the game, followed by a walk to Eldredge to load the bases. UCLA struck out the side to end the inning, but the damage was done as Cal tied the ballgame at one apiece.
Mims, the designated player, regained the lead for the Bruins in the eighth with her second dinger of the day, this time to left field to put the score at 2-1. After a base hit and a pop out, Emily Zaplatosch launched her fifth blast of the season to the left field parking lot, for a 4-1 UCLA lead in extra innings.
Cal went down in order in the bottom of the eighth to end the ballgame.
Goerl collected the win, improving her record to 21-2 for the season (8.0 innings, five hits, one earned run, six walks, eight strikeouts) as Thorson suffered the loss (7.2 innings, 11 hits, four earned runs, no walks, four strikeouts) to drop to 10-4 in her freshman campaign. Senior Jen Deering came in for relief in the eighth, facing one batter to end the inning.
Cal falls to 0-2 in its series versus UCLA this year, facing the Bruins in the third round April 25 in Los Angeles. Next up, the Bears continue Pac-10 action, hosting Oregon State Friday April 4 at 2 p.m. and Oregon, April 5 at 2 p.m. and April 6 at 1 p.m.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke FieldBerkeley, CA
UCLA 100 000 03 - 4 11 2California 000 000 10 - 1 5 1Goerl and Zaplatosch. Thorson, Deering (8) and Scott. W - Goerl (21-3). L - Thorson (10-4).HR - UCLA: Mims 2, (12), Zaplatosch (5).
Records:UCLA: 31-2 (3-0 Pac-10)Cal: 29-9 (1-2 Pac-10)
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