Watley Wallops Washington With Two-Home Run Game
April 30, 2003
SEATTLE, WA - UCLA scored at least one run in the last six innings en route to an 11-0 victory over Washington on Wednesday afternoon in Seattle. The Bruin offense featured a four-hit, two-home run day by senior shortstop Natasha Watley, and Keira Goerl pitched her 13th one-hitter of the season, striking out five. With the victory, the Bruins improve to 40-5 (12-3 Pac-10), while the Huskies fall to 40-10-1 (7-8 Pac-10).
UCLA opened up a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, as Stephanie Ramos dropped a hit into shallow right field, advanced to second base on a ground-out by Emily Zaplatosch, and scored on a single to left by Toria Auelua.
The Bruins loaded the bases in the third inning as Andrea Duran led off the inning and reached base on an error, Natasha Watley put a slap-hit single to the left side of the infield, and Tairia Mims was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After Claire Sua struck out for the second out of the inning, Ramos stepped in and hit a 1-2 pitch through the right side of the infield, scoring Duran. When the ball was bobbled in the Husky outfield, Watley was able to come home as well, while Mims advanced to third, giving UCLA the 3-0 lead after two and a half innings.
In the bottom half of the third, the Huskies first two batters reached base, as Rita Roach drew a lead-off walk, followed by a rocket single down the third base line by Amanda Oleson. Amy Minor would pop out a bunt attempt for the first out of the inning, and a fielders choice to shortstop with the out at second base gave the Huskies runners on the corners with two outs, but Kristen Rivera struck out to end the inning without a UW run crossing the plate.
In the fourth, the Bruins added another pair of runs, as Andrea Duran drew a two-out walk, and Natasha Watley put her ninth home run of the season onto the practice field beyond the right field bleachers, making the score 5-0 in UCLA's favor.
Kathy Fiske led off the bottom of the fourth for the Huskies with a walk, and pinch-runner Traci Tawney advanced to third after a one-out walk by Sarah Hyatt and a ground out by Megan Owen, but once again, Washington was unable to put a run on the board.
With two outs in the fifth inning, UCLA added a sixth run on an Emily Zaplatosch home run, a opposite-field shot to right field that landed in the bleachers just beyond the outfield fence for her sixth round-tripper of the season.
With two outs in the sixth inning and two runners on, Monique Mejia appeared to be caught in a rundown between second and third, but the throw from catcher Kristen Rivera went into the outfield, allowing Mejia to come around and score, and Watley to advance to second base. That play gave the Bruins a 7-0 lead with just four of the runs earned.
A one-out single by Emily Zaplatosch in the seventh was followed by Toria Auelua being hit by a pitch, giving the Bruins two pinch-runners on, as Amanda Simpson ran for Zaplatosch and Julie Hoshizaki ran for Auelua. The pair advanced to third and second, respectively, on a successful sacrifice bunt by Monique Mejia. After a single through the right side of the infield by Duran scored Simpson, Natasha Watley completed her 4-for-5 day and UCLA's scoring in the game with a three-run home run to center field, her second homer of the game and 10th of the season. The home run gave UCLA an 11-0 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh.
Keira Goerl completed her 13th one-hitter of the 2003 season, allowing just one hit, a single to Amanda Oleson in the third inning.
The Bruins will return to action on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium, when UCLA plays host to Oregon at 2 pm on Friday. Saturday will feature the first night game in the history of Easton Stadium, ad the Bruins will face Oregon State. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm. The weekend series will finish on Sunday with a 1 pm first pitch against Oregon State.