Nine-run Fifth Inning Gives Cal 10-3 Win Over UCLA
April 1, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After trailing 3-1 at No. 1/3 UCLA, No. 8 Cal blew the game open with a nine-run, nine-hit fifth inning as the Golden Bears (33-3, 2-0 Pac-10) defeated the Bruins, 10-3, Saturday. Sophomore Julie Meyer hit a three-run home run in the fifth after Cal hit eight consecutive singles in that inning.
Cal took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when freshman Morgan Siegel scored from second base on a UCLA fielding error. Siegel singled to reach base and was advanced on a single from senior Haley Woods. UCLA answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, going ahead 2-1 on a two-run shot by Emily Zaplatosch. The Bruins posted another run in the third for a 3-1 lead on a solo homer from Andrea Duran.
In the fifth, Cal got consecutive singles from freshman Gina Leomiti, senior Lindsay James, Siegel, Woods, senior Emily Friedman, junior Alex Sutton, sophomore Katie Vickers and freshman Carly Winger. Meyer's home run drove in Winger and Vickers. James, sophomore Erika Racklin (pinch-running for Leomiti), Siegel, Woods, Friedman and Sutton also scored in the fifth.
Siegel led the Bears, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs. Woods went 2-for-4 on the day with one run and two RBI. Sutton was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Six Cal players finished with at least one RBI, and nine Cal batters had at least one hit in the game.
Senior Kristina Thorson (23-2) pitched all seven innings, striking out eight on the day. She gave up three runs on six hits.
UCLA junior Lisa Dodd pitched the first 4.1 innings for UCLA, giving up 11 hits and nine runs. Sophomore Anjelica Selden threw the final 2.2 innings for the Bruins, giving up one run on two hits, including Meyer's home run.