Bruins Continue Homestand With Games Against Cal, Stanford
April 23, 2003
The Bruins posted two impressive victories over Washington last weekendand will continue their homestand this weekend with games against Caland Stanford at Easton Stadium. UCLA will play six of its next sevengames at home, including the first night game in the history of EastonStadium next Saturday, May 3, vs. Oregon State. This Saturday's gameagainst Stanford will be 'Adopt a Classroom Day' at Easton Stadium, withformer Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda throwing out the first pitch. Therewill be an autograph session following the game.
Bruins Bomb Huskies in Weekend Sweep
UCLA posted 5-2 and 10-0 victories over third-ranked Washington lastweekend, positioning the Bruins solidly in second place in the Pac-10standings, two games behind first-place Arizona, and a game and a halfahead of Cal, which is in third place.
Friday's game was sealed with five unearned runs scored by the Bruins inthe bottom of the fifth inning. With UCLA trailing by a 2-0 margin, adropped fly ball by Washington's right fielder with two outs in thebottom of the fifth scored two runs to tie the game, followed by atwo-run home run by Claire Sua and an RBI single by Toria Auelua to givethe Bruins the 5-2 win. Keira Goerl pitched the complete game, recordingeight strikeouts on the afternoon.
The Bruins responded again on Saturday, scoring in every inning of therun-rule 10-0 win. An RBI single by Sua in the first inning started thescoring, followed by an RBI double from Andrea Duran in the second. Sualed off the third with a monstrous home run to center field before theBruins scored two in the fourth, two in the fifth on a two-RBI double byNatasha Watley and a three-run game-ending home run by Stephanie Ramosin the sixth inning. Goerl pitched the complete game shutout, and didnot allow a hit until the fifth inning. Goerl recorded three strikeoutson the day.
UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents
No. 7/10 Cal-- The Bruins hold a 61-19 all-time record against theGolden Bears, including 3-0 and 4-1 (8 inn) victories in Berkeley thelast weekend in March. Cal swept its three-game set with Stanford lastweekend, and is in third place in the Pac-10 standings. Cal is coachedby Diane Ninemire and has a 2003 record of 38-12 (7-5 Pac-10). TheGolden Bears are led by Veronica Nelson (.376, 9 HR, 81 BB) offensively,and by Kelly Anderson (16-6, 0.97 ERA) and Kristina Thorson (11-5, 1.16ERA) in the circle.
No. 13/15 Stanford-- UCLA holds a 35-7 all-time record against Stanford,including a 5-0 win at Stanford on Mar. 28, when Keira Goerl pitched herfirst no-hitter of the season. Stanford has a 32-18 record, and is 4-8(tied for 6th) in the Pac-10. The Cardinal is coached by John Rittman,and is led offensively by Lauren Lappin (.378 BA, 2 HR, 15 BB) and inthe circle by Dana Sorensen (15-7, 1.12 ERA) and Tori Nyberg (13-8, 1.84ERA).
Next Week in Bruin Softball
The Bruins have a four-game week coming up, with a trip to Seattle for asingle game on Wednesday, April 30 before returning to Easton Stadium tohost the Oregon schools for the final homestand of the season. The OSUgame on Saturday, May 3, will be the first night game in Easton Stadiumhistory.
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