No. 3 Softball Falls to Top-Ranked UCLA, 2-1, In Extra Innings
March 31, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 3 California Golden Bears battled the top-ranked UCLA Bruins through eight innings before a capacity crowd of 513 fans at Levine-Fricke Field, but when the dust settled in the ninth, the Bruins came out on top, 2-1, to improve their overall record to 36-1, 1-1 in the Pac-10. With the loss, the Bears fall to 39-3 overall, 0-2 in the Pac-10.
UCLA struck first with a single run in the third inning, as Tairia Mims drove a double to left-center field, bringing in Lupe Brambila from first.
Junior Candace Harper broke up UCLA's Keira Goerl perfect game in the bottom of the fourth with a line drive to shortstop Natasha Watley who mishandled the ball to allow Harper to reach first. Sophomore Veronica Nelson followed with a walk to give the Bears their earliest scoring opportunity. A senior Paige Bowie ground out to Mims at third base ended the Cal threat with UCLA maintaining a 1-0 lead.
The Bears strung together two consecutive infield hits in the bottom of the sixth, as sophomore Kristen Morley broke up the Goerl no-hitter with a single to Mims. Senior Pauline Dueï¿½as followed with a single through the right side of the infield to give Cal its best scoring opportunity. Harper sent a fly ball to right field for the second out of the inning, allowing Morley to advance to third. The Bears finally capitalized on their scoring chance, as Nelson sent a line-drive single to left field to score Morley, and tie the game, 1-1.
A two-out double in the bottom of the seventh by sophomore Mikella Pedretti went wasted as Goerl got the next Cal batter to strike out looking to squash the rally and send to game to extra innings.
With the score tied, 1-1 in the top of the ninth, UCLA's Monique Mejia singled home pinch runner Julie Hoshizaki to break the tie for the eventual final, 2-1.
Sophomore Courtney Scott doubled to right field with two out in the bottom of the ninth for the Bears, but she would end the game standing on second base.
UCLA's Goerl went the distance to earn her 13 consecutive win on the year without a loss. She gave up one run on seven Cal hits, striking out two and walking only one.
Cal's Nicole DiSalvio also went the distance in the circle, pitching possibly her best game on the year. She falls to 14-1 on the season, while allowing two Bruin runs on 10 hits including one strikeout without a walk.
The same two teams wrap-up the first week of Pac-10 conference play with a 1 p.m. start time tomorrow at Levine-Fricke Field.
Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 -- R H ENo. 1 UCLA 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 -- 2 10 1No. 3 California 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 -- 1 7 1Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio (1) and Scott, UCLA: Goerl (1) and Nuveman2B: Mims (UCLA, 10), Pedretti (Cal, 1), Dale (UCLA, 4), Scott (Cal, 7)WP: Goerl (13-0) LP: DiSalvio (14-1) Save: NoneLOB: Cal, 8, UCLA, 8Records: Cal (39-3, 0-2) UCLA (36-1, 1-1)