Second-Ranked Bruin Softball Defeats #3 Washington, 10-0
April 19, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Claire Sua and Stephanie Ramos banged homers and Keira Goerl pitched a two-hit complete game shutout as second-ranked UCLA used 13 hits to easily defeat third-ranked Washington before 1,100 on Saturday afternoon at Easton Stadium in six innings, 10-0. UCLA improves to 36-5, 8-3 Pac-10. UW falls to 37-7-1, 6-5 Pac-10.
The Bruins opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, as Natasha Watley led off with an infield single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Caitlin Benyi and scored on a line-drive single by Claire Sua that hit Kathy Fiske's glove at third base and landed just inside the left field line in fair territory, scoring Watley from second base.
In the second, the Bruins put another run on the board on an RBI double by freshman left fielder Andrea Duran. The Bruins would load the bases in the inning, but were unable to push an additional run across, taking a 2-0 lead into the third inning.
A monstrous home run to dead center field by Claire Sua to lead off the bottom of the third stretched the Bruin lead to 3-0. The fourth inning saw two more Bruin runs cross the plate on two hits off of Husky relief pitcher Ashley Boek. The rally started with a lead-off single by Andrea Duran, who stole second base. After Watley drew a walk, the pair advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Caitlin Benyi, and Duran would score on a single up the middle by Tairia Mims. A ground-out by Claire Sua would plate Watley, bringing the Bruin lead to 5-0.
Meanwhile, Bruin pitcher Keira Goerl retired 11 of the first 12 batters she faced, and held the Huskies hitless through the first four innings before giving up singles to Kathy Fiske and Sarah Hyatt in the fifth. The Bruins nearly ended the game in the bottom of the frame with a two-run fifth inning. That Bruin rally started with a single from Emily Zaplatosch, followed by a single from Toria Auelua and a fielder's choice by Monique Mejia, with Zaplatosch out at third base for the first out of the inning. After Andrea Duran popped out on an infield fly, Natasha Watley hit the fence in left field for a two-run double, scoring Auelua and Mejia to give the Bruins a 7-0 lead.
The Bruins wrapped up the run-rule win with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Tairia Mims and Sua opened the frame with back-to-back singles before Ramos ended the afternoon with an opposite field three run homer to left field.
Goerl went the distance for UCLA, facing just 21 batters in six innings (three over the minimum) in improving to 26-5 on the year. Goerl allowed just two singles while walking one and fanning three in the victory. Tia Bollinger took the loss for UW, allowing three runs and five hits in three innings to fall to 20-5 on the season.
UCLA is back home next weekend to face California and Stanford at Easton Stadium. The Bruins face Cal on Friday at 2 p.m. before hosting the Cardinal in a 2 p.m. single game on Saturday and a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday.