UCLA Rallies for Run-Rule Win Over Oregon State

May 4, 2003

LOS ANGELES - In a game that was delayed overnight by rain with Oregon State leading 2-0, the Bruins came back to defeat Oregon State by a score of 10-2 in six innings. Keira Goerl struck out 12 in the game, as the Bruins hit three home runs, all during Sunday morning's play.

Saturday night, the game started at 7 pm, and began as the first night game in the history of UCLA's Easton Stadium. UCLA got off to an inauspicious start, committing two errors in the top of the first inning and three in the top of the second inning, surrendering an unearned run in each frame.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Bruins started to rally, as Stephanie Ramos singled to lead off the inning. As Ramos reached first base, the rain started. Ramos would advance to second and then third base on wild pitches. The game would be delayed briefly with a 2-1 count in the at-bat of Emily Zaplatosch, and would be resumed for two more pitches to complete the walk by Zaplatosch before the decision was made to suspend the game overnight.

At 11 am on Sunday, the Bruins and Beavers returned to the field, and UCLA started its comeback. Although the Bruins could not push a run across in the bottom of the second, despite having runners on the corners with no outs, UCLA capitalized in the third inning with back-to-back two-out solo home runs by Tairia Mims and Claire Sua, tying the score at 2-2.

In the fourth, the Bruins added four runs as Zaplatosch led off with a single through the right side of the infield and was replaced by pinch-runner Amanda Simpson. Simpson would advance to second on a well-executed sacrifice bunt by Toria Auelua, and came home to score on a single up the middle by Monique Mejia. Andrea Duran would follow with a single, and the pair would advance to second and third on a wild pitch, before the bases were loaded on a walk by Caitlin Benyi. Another wild pitch scored Mejia, while Duran and Benyi scored on a single up the middle by Tairia Mims, bring the score to 6-2 UCLA.

Zaplatosch made the score 7-2 in the fifth inning with a one-out solo home run to left, her seventh round-tripper of the season. Meanwhile, Bruin pitcher Keira Goerl was mowing through the Oregon State lineup. In Saturday night's portion of the game, Goerl recorded five of the six outs in the game via the strikeout, and upped her game total to 12 by the end of the sixth inning by striking out the side. When OSU's Vanessa Iapala struck out for Goerl's 11th strikeout of the game, every Oregon State batter had struck out at least once in the contest.

The Bruins and Beavers will complete the weekend series with a 1 pm first pitch on Sumday.

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