Softball Downs Washington 5-2 at Easton Stadium
April 18, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Five unearned runs in the fifth inning powered the second-ranked Bruins to a 5-2 victory over No. 3 Washington on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium. The Bruins scored five runs in the fifth inning, including two on a home run by Claire Sua, as Keira Goerl struk out eight for her 25th victory of the year. UCLA improves to 35-3 (7-3 Pac-10) with the win, while Washington falls to 37-6-1 (6-4 Pac-10) with the loss.
The Huskies scored first, as Kristen Rivera drew a lead-off walk in the second inning, was sacrificed to second base by Kathy Fiske and scored on a double to center by Dena Tyson. UCLA's Keira Goerl allowed only that one hit through the first three innings, striking out six.
UCLA threatened in the bottom of the third, as Andrea Duran posted a one-out infield hit, Natasha Watley walked, and Tairia Mims drew a two-out walk, but the Bruins were unable to convert, leaving the bases loaded.
Washington added another run to their lead in the fifth inning, as Aimee Minor led off the inning by reaching on an error. She was sacrificed to second base by Megan Owen, and after a Rita Roach walk, the pair advanced on a ball hit to left field by Jaime Clark that was caught by Bruin left fielder Andrea Duran on a diving catch, but the ball bounced out of Duran's glove when she hit the ground, for an RBI single.
UCLA stormed back in the bottom half of the inning with four unearned runs of their own. Monique Mejia led off the inning with an infield hit, but was out on a fielders choice at second base by Andrea Duran. After a rope single up the middle by Natasha Watley and a pop-out by Caitlin Benyi, Tairia Mims hit a fly ball to right field that should have been the final out of the inning. Instead, the ball was dropped by Husky right fielder Aimee Minor, scoring both baserunners and advancing Mims to third base and tying the score at 2-2. Claire Sua then followed with a home run to center field, her 10th of the year, scoring Mims.
The rally continued from there, as Stephanie Ramos doubled to left center, and was run for by Amanda Simpson. A single through the right side of the infield advanced Simpson to third, and pinch-runner Julie Hoshizaki came in for Zaplatosch. Another single through the right side, this time by Toria Auelua, scored Simpson and advanced Hoshizaki to third, bringing the Bruin lead to 5-2 after five complete innings. That score would stand up for the Bruins win.
Keira Goerl struck out eight in the complete-game win, improving to 25-5 on the season.
The Bruins and Huskies return to the field at Easton Stadium on Saturday at 2 pm.