Bruins Close Out Season In Arizona
May 7, 2003
UCLA hopes to continue the offensive display it showed on Sunday at Easton Stadium, and take that momentum through the final weekend of the regular season and into postseason play. The Bruins close out their Pac-10 schedule with a Friday night game at Arizona, followed by a Saturday night doubleheader at Arizona State. UCLA still has a chance at the Pac-10 Championship, but will need help in the form of a Washington victory over Arizona in order to achieve that goal. Sunday night will see the NCAA Division I softball tournament field announced on ESPNEWS at 7 pm Pacific Time. The Bruins know they will travel for postseason play, but will not know the location or opponents until Sunday night.
Goerl Named Pac-10 Co-Pitcher of the Week
Keira Goerl was named the Pac-10 Co-Pitcher of the Week on Monday, sharing the honor with Arizona's Alicia Hollowell. Goerl went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA for the Bruins last week, pitching her 13th one-hitter of the year in Wednesday's win at Washington, and coming back with a 12-strikeout performance in UCLA's 10-2 six-inning win over Oregon State. Cal's Courtney Scott was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week.
Bruins Blast Huskies, Ducks & Beavers in Weekend Sweep
UCLA accumulated staggering totals of 34 runs scored, 30 RBIs, 13 runs scored and a team batting average of .427 last week in victories over Washington (11-0), Oregon (4-3) and Oregon State (10-2 in 6 innings / 9-1 in 5 innings). Five Bruins had multiple home runs during the week, led by Emily Zaplatosch with three, and Natasha Watley, Caitlin Benyi, Tairia Mims and Claire Sua with two apiece. Both of Watley's home runs came during a 4-for-5 day in Seattle.
The Bruins were scheduled to play the first night game in the history of Easton Stadium on Saturday night. Oregon State and UCLA started the game at 7 pm on Saturday, but the game was called due to rain after 45 minutes with OSU leading 2-0. The Bruins came back to win the game 10-2 in six innings, then defeated OSU by a 9-1 margin in five innings in Sunday's scheduled game. In the suspended game, Mims turned in a 4-for-4 performance with four RBIs and a home run.
During nine innings of play on Sunday, the Bruins pounded out 26 hits, scoring 19 runs and hitting seven home runs and three doubles. As a team, UCLA hit .520 (26-for-50) during Sunday's play.
Zaplatosch Added to USA Softball's Team Camp List
UCLA freshman catcher Emily Zaplatosch has been named as one of nine players added to the National Team Selection Camp, USA Softball announced on Monday. Zaplatosch becomes the ninth current or former Bruin named to the 50-player list. (see full list on page 2 of this release)
UCLA vs. This Week's Opponents
No. 1/1 Arizona-- The Wildcats took both games from UCLA when the nation's top two teams met at Easton Stadium in April, and the Bruins look to return the favor on Friday night. UCLA holds a 52-44 all-time record against Arizona. UA is coached by Mike Candrea, who will coach the U.S. Olympic Team in 2004. The Wildcats are led by Autumn Champion (.454 BA, 48 runs) and Alicia Hollowell (0.69 ERA, 33-3). The Wildcats defeated Cal by a 6-0 margin in a make-up game on Monday afternoon.
No. 15/16 Arizona State-- UCLA posted a 6-0 win over the Sun Devils when the teams met at Easton Stadium on April 4, improving the Bruins all-time record against ASU to 74-17. ASU is coached by Linda Wells, who will coach the Greek Olympic Team in 2004. The Sun Devils are led offensively by Kara Brun (.390 BA, 10 HR), and in the circle by Desiree Serrano (17-13, 1.66 ERA).
Next Week in Bruin Softball
UCLA anticipates playing in an NCAA Regional next week. Opponents, location and times will not be announced until 7 pm PT on Sunday (ESPNEWS).