Softball Completes Weekend Sweep
April 29, 2001
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA softball team won its seventh straight game on Sunday afternoon at Easton Stadium, defeating third-ranked Stanford by a 2-0 margin. With the victory, the Bruins improve to 49-4 overall and 10-4 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal falls to 44-9-1, 9-6 Pac-10.
The Bruins opened in the bottom of the first with a rope single to right field by sophomore shortstop Natasha Watley. That hit extended her Pac-10 record hitting streak to 32 games, tied for fifth-best in NCAA Division I history. Watley would advance to second on a fielders choice by Tairia Mims, and score on an RBI double by Bruin catcher Stacey Nuveman.
UCLA's second run of the game would score in the fourth inning, when Bruin second baseman Crissy Buck blasted her first home run of the season over the left field fence.
Defensively, freshman Keira Goerl pitched four hitless innings, striking out two, before being replaced in the circle by senior Courtney Dale. Dale allowed one hit in the sixth and one in the seventh, recording three strikeouts and recording her third save of the season. Goerl earned the win, improving her season record to 21-1.
UCLA will return to action on Wednesday afternoon with a Pac-10 contest at Washington. The Bruins will then complete their home schedule next Friday, Saturday and Sunday with games against Oregon and Oregon State. Friday's game against the Ducks and Saturday's game against the Beavers will start at 2 pm, while Sunday's game vs. OSU is scheduled for a 1 pm start.