No. 3 Washington Softball Gets Blanked By No. 2 UCLA, 10-0

April 19, 2003

LOS ANGELES - Washington's third-ranked softball team (37-7-1) dropped its second straight game to No. 2-ranked UCLA, 10-0, in six innings this afternoon at Easton Stadium. It marked the first mercy-ruling against the Huskies this season.

The Bruins jumped out to the quick 1-0 lead in the first inning as Natasha Watley scored on a Clare Sua single after moving to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Caitlin Benyi.

UCLA added to its lead in the second inning when Emily Zaplatosch walked and moved to second when UW ace Tia Bollinger pegged Toria Auelua at the plate. Andrea Duran then doubled off the right field wall, which scored pinch hitter Amanda Simpson and gave the Bruins the 2-0 edge.

UCLA kept the momentum going in the third frame with a leadoff home run by Sua over the centerfield wall that left the ballpark to make the score 3-0.

The Huskies' bats woke up in the fifth inning when Kathy Fiske singled up the middle to break up the Keira Goerl no-hitter. With one out, Sarah Hyatt laced a ball up the middle to place runners on first and second for Washington's first threat of the ball game. Aimee Minor then crushed a ball to the right side that was caught by Sua at first base who tagged Hyatt to halt the UW rally.

The Bruins pulled away in the fifth, scoring a pair of runs on a Watley double off the left field wall to give UCLA the 7-0 advantage. The hit scored Auelua and Monique Mejia who had reached base on a single and a fielder's choice.

UCLA closed the door on Washington in the sixth frame with a three-run home run by Stephanie Ramos to trigger the eight-run mercy rule to end the game.

Bollinger (20-4) gets the loss as she scattered five hits over 3.0 innings with one strikeout. Goerl picks up the win as she held Washington to two hits, while striking out three.

The Huskies return to action on Tuesday, April 22 with a double header versus Western Washington in Seattle at 1 p.m.

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