Bruins Hold On For 4-3 Victory Over Washington
May 2, 2001
SEATTLE - Washington freshman Courtney Jeffries drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the seventh, but the 12th-ranked Huskies were unable to overcome a four-run deficit, falling to second-ranked UCLA, 4-3, Wednesday at Husky Softball Stadium. With the loss, the UW fell to 33-19 overall and 7-8 in conference play, while the Bruins improved to 50-4 overall and 11-4 in the Pac-10.
The Huskies found themselves trailing 4-0 heading into their last at-bat in the seventh after UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman hit a three-run home run and first baseman Claire Sua followed with a solo shot in the top of the sixth.
Washington shortstop Jaime Clark began her team's last at-bat with a lead-off single to third base. After senior Kim DePaul struck out for the first out, freshman Amanda Oleson walked to put runners at first and second. UCLA then looked to have the second out of the inning as UW senior Christie Rosenblad hit a ground ball to UCLA shortstop Natasha Watley, which Watley fielded cleanly and tossed over to second baseman Crissy Buck for the force out at second. Buck, however, dropped the ball, leaving the bases-loaded and sophomore catcher Amy Hanson coming to bat.
Bruin pitcher Keira Goerl got Hanson to hit a fielder's choice ground ball to first base, which Sua threw to Nuveman for the force out at the plate. The Bruins were unable to retire the next batter, as Jeffries belted a double just short of the wall in right-center field to clear the bases and draw the Huskies to within one at 4-3. Goerl then settled down, striking out freshman Rita Roach to end the game.
The game had started as a pitching dual between Goerl and Washington freshman Tia Bollinger, as only one runner from either team was able to advance to second base until the top of the sixth inning. With the loss, Bollinger, who struck out four, fell to 29-5 overall, while Goerl improved to 22-1 with eight strikeouts.
Bollinger and the Huskies were able to keep UCLA lead-off hitter Watley off the base paths, as her 32-game hitting streak, which is tied for fifth-longest in NCAA Division I history, came to an end with her 0-for-4 effort at the plate.