Bruins Down Sun Devils 6-0, Hit Three Home Runs
April 4, 2003
LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked UCLA softball team kept its Pac-10 record spotless on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium, as junior Keira Goerl struck out eight batters en route to her 16th solo shutout of the season. UCLA hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to seal the 6-0 victory. With the win, UCLA improves to 32-2 (4-0 Pac-10), while Arizona State falls to 26-10 (3-1 Pac-10).
UCLA opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, as Natasha Watley led off with a single, stole second base, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tairia Mims. With two outs, the Bruins continued the rally as Stephanie Ramos was hit by a pitch, went to second on a single by Emily Zaplatosch, and would score on a one-RBI double to center field by Toria Auelua, a hit that chased Arizona State's starting pitcher Cheryl Evans from the game, as ASU head coach Linda Wells brought Ashley Werschky in to get the final out of the inning.
A third Bruin run scored in the bottom of the third inning, as Caitlin Benyi led off with a single down the right field line. Mims then reached on an error and Stephanie Ramos singled to load the bases, before Emily Zaplatosch posted the second Bruin sacrifice fly of the game, scoring Ramos to give UCLA the 3-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Keira Goerl was posting an impressive afternoon in the circle, retiring the first 11 batters she faced, six via strikeout. ASU's Kara Brun recorded her team's first hit with two outs in the fourth inning, one of two hits on the day for the Sun Devils.
UCLA's final three runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Caitlin Benyi, Tairia Mims and Stephanie Ramos hit back-to-back-to-back solo home runs, stretching the Bruin lead to 6-0. Goerl finished off the Sun Devils in the top of the seventh, recording her eighth strikeout of the day to finish the game.
The Bruins return to action on Saturday afternoon at Easton Stadium, when UCLA faces off against second-ranked Arizona in a battle of the Pac-10's two remaining undefeated teams. First pitch is scheduled for 2 pm.