UCLA's Sixth Inning RBI Double Downs Stanford, 1-0
April 26, 2003
Los Angeles, Calif. - 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 walk, and Tairia Mims was hit by a pitch to give UCLA two runners on with no outs. Claire Sua grounded to Stanford second baseman Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA) for what could have been a double play, but a slide by Mims broke up the double play, giving the Bruins runners on the corners with one out, but UCLA was 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 (Woodland Hills, CA), who was replaced by pinch-runner Heather Shook (Whittier, CA). After Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, TX) flew out, Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ) grounded to Keira Goerl, who caught Shook in a rundown for the second out of the inning. Stanford was also unable to post the first run of the game as Meghan Sickler (Houston, TX) flew out to end the inning.
UCLA loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning. Caitlin Benyi batted the ball down the third base line, but Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, CA), threw the runner out at the plate on the fielder's choice. UCLA was again unable to capitalize, as Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) got Mims to fly out to end the inning.
UCLA broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Emily Zaplatosch drew a walk to score on a double by Auelua. 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 Ching drew a lead-off walk, but pinch-runner Katherine Hoffman (Kansas City, MO) would be the first out on a 6-4-3 double play turned by the Bruins on the at-bat of Bendig, and LeCocq was sent back to the dugout as Goerl's seventh and final strikeout victim on the day.
Goerl improves to 28-5 with the victory for the Bruins, striking out seven, walking two, and scattering six hits. Nyberg took the loss for Stanford to fall to 14-9 on the year, despite throwing a two-hitter in the contest.
Stanford outhit UCLA 6-2, led by Cassi Brangham's (Clovis, CA) 2-for-3 performance at the plate.
The Bruins and Cardinal will return to the field at Easton Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm to complete the weekend series.
No. 16 Stanford 000 000 0 0-6-1No. 2 UCLA 000 001 x 1-2-0WP: Keira Goerl (28-5)LP: Tori Nyberg (14-9)2B: Maureen LeCocq (STAN), Toria Auelua (UCLA)Records: Stanford 38-19 (5-9 Pac-10), UCLA 38-5 (10-3 Pac-10)