Toria Auelua's Sixth Inning RBI Double Downs Stanford, 1-0
April 26, 2003
LOS ANGELES - A two-out sixth inning double by Toria Auelua gave the Bruins the run they needed to defeat Stanford by a score of 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Easton Stadium. With the victory, UCLA improves to 38-5 (10-3 Pac-10), while Stanford falls to 38-19 (5-9 Pac-10) with the loss.
The Bruins threatened in the fourth inning, as Caitlin Benyi drew a lead-off four-pitch walk, and Tairia Mims was hit by a pitch to give UCLA two runners on with no outs. Claire Sua grounded to Stanford's second baseman for what could have been a double play, but a nice slide by Tairia Mims broke up the double play, giving the Bruins runners on the corners with one out, but the Bruins were unable to push a run across, leaving the game scoreless after four complete innings.
Stanford countered in the bottom of the inning with a lead-off double by Maureen LeCocq, who was replaced by pinch-runner Heather Shook. After Jessica Allister flew out, Catalina Morris grounded to Keira Goerl, who caught Shook in a rundown for the secondout of the inning. Stanford was also unable to post the first run of the game as Meghan Sickler flew out to end the inning.
UCLA loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning, as Toria Auelua walked, and was replaced by pinch-runner Julie Hoshizaki. Hoshizaki advanced on a ground-out by Monique Mejia, before Andrea Duran was hit by a pitch. Watley then grounded to Stanford's second baseman, who was unable to field the ball, leaving the bases loaded for Caitlin Benyi. Benyi batted the ball down the third base line, and Hoshizaki was out at the plate on the fielders choice. UCLA was again unable to capitalize, as Tairia Mims flew out to end the inning.
UCLA broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Emily Zaplatosch drew her team-high 23rd walk of the season, and came around to score on a double by Toria Auelua that hit the 1988 NCAA Championship banner in left center field at Easton Stadium. The hit was just UCLA's second of the day, but was enough to secure the victory for the Bruins.
In the bottom of the seventh, Stanford's Kira Ching drew a lead-off walk, but pinch-runner Katherine Hoffman would be the first out on a 6-4-3 double play turned by the Bruins on the at-bat of Elizabeth Bendig, and Maureen LeCocq was sent back to the dugout as Keira Goerl's seventh and final strikeout victim on the day.
Goerl improves to 28-5 with the victory, striking out seven, walking two, and scattering six hits.
The Bruins and Cardinal will return to the field at Easton Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm to complete the weekend series.