Freshman Keira Goerl Pitches Perfect Game
March 6, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Keira Goerl pitched a perfect game in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Easton Stadium, as the top-ranked Bruins defeated UC Riverside with game scores of 10-0 (5 innings) and 4-0. UCLA improves to 28-0 on the 2001 season, while UC Riverside falls to 6-15-1.
Goerl worked through the Highlander lineup systematically, recording a total of six strikeouts in five innings, including striking out the side in the second inning and adding a fourth consecutive K to open the third inning. UC Riverside managed just two fly balls, a fly-out to Bruin right fielder Lupe Brambila to end the third inning, and a lineout to shortstop Natasha Watley to end the third inning.
It wa the 15th perfect game by a Bruin pitcher since 1980, and the first since Kaci Clark pitched a perfect game on March 2, 1996 against Ohio State.
Offensively, third baseman Tairia Mims opoened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, hitting her 11th home run of the season over the left field fence for a two-run shot. The Bruins added two runs in the second, four in the third and two in the fourth, on the eighth home run of the year for junior catcher Stacey Nuveman.
In game two, Amanda Freed took to the circle, striking out six and allowing just one hit in her first appearance since pitching a no-hitter on Saturday against UNLV. Kiara Burnleleit looped a ball just beyond the edge of the infield dirt in the first at-bat of the game. Bruin shortstop Natasha Watley tripped while heading back to field the ball, and was unable to recover in time to make the catch. From that point, Freed struck out the next to batters and Burneleit was caught stealing to end the inning. Freed would retire the next nine Highlanders, totaling six strikeouts, before moving to centerfield in the top of the fifth.
Senior Courtney Dale pitched the remaining three innings to earn the save, allowing just one hit.
Nuveman homered for the second consecutive game, this time putting a ball over the right field fence for a three-run shot, her 60th career home run. The Bruins would add another run in the fourth inning, when second baseman Monique Mejia scored from second base on an RBI single by Brambila.
The Bruins return to action on Thursday afternoon at the Hedrick's Hallowell Chevrolet Classic in Fresno, CA. UCLA opens Tournament play on Thursday afternoon at with a 3 pm first pitch against Colorado State.