Bruin Softball Down Ducks, Night Game Next
May 2, 2003
LOS ANGELES - UCLA used home runs from Tairia Mims, Claire Sua and Stephanie Ramos to defeat Oregon by a score of 4-3 on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium. The Bruins (41-5, 13-3 Pac-10) will next face Oregon State on Saturday, in what will be the first night game in the history of Easton Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm.
The Ducks scored first, capitalizing on a lead-off walk that was came in to score on a ground-out by Andrea Vidlund when the fielders choice throw to the plate did not get the out. UCLA countered in the bottom half of the frame, however, as Tairia Mims hit her 16th home run of the season, a ball that looked to be a high fly ball deep to center field, but landed just outside of the fence for the home run, tying the game at 1-1.
Oregon regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning, as a two-out walk to Erin Goodell, who came around to score when a double by Breanne Sabol hit the wall in center field for an RBI double.
The bottom of the fourth saw the Bruins take their first lead of the game, as Caitlin Benyi earned a lead-off single and came around to score when Claire Sua hit a monstrous home run to left field that cleared the lower trees in left center on its way to Sunset Boulevard. Stephanie Ramos then followed with a home run of her own, plunking her seventh home run of the season off the top of the scoreboard in left field to give UCLA the 4-2 lead.
Andrea Vidlund picked up where she left off in Eugene in the seventh inning, hitting her 10th home run of the season and fourth off of Bruin pitchers this season, but UCLA still held a one-run lead, and would secure the 4-3 win when Alyssa Laux popped out for the final out of the game.
Michelle Turner struck out two as she earned her 11th win of the season.
UCLA returns to action on Saturday night against Oregon State in what will be the first night game in the history of Easton Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 pm.