No. 7 Softball Blanked By No. 1 UCLA, 2-0

April 28, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - No. 7 Stanford (37-14, 4-11 Pac-10) dropped a hard-fought 2-0 decision to No. 1 UCLA (44-6, 12-3 Pac-10) on Sunday afternoon at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium. With the defeat, the Cardinal has now lost its last nine conference games and is hitting just .133 (27-202) with eight runs scored during that span.

The Bruins managed just five hits in the contest, but it was enough to upend the Cardinal, which totaled two hits for the second straight game.

UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, courtesy of Tairia Mim's two-out solo home run.

Strong starting pitching by both sides dominated the middle innings, as Stanford's Tori Nyberg (Belmont, Calif.) and UCLA's Keira Goerl had effective outings. Nyberg (21-8) went the distance for Stanford, allowing just five hits while striking out three, while Goerl (23-4) fanned 11 hitters in a complete-game effort. Each hurler held the opposition scoreless for four innings until the Bruins tacked on a run in the sixth, when UCLA's Stacey Nuveman led off with a double and scored on Claire Sua's RBI groundout.

Cassi Brangham (Clovis, Calif.) and Leah Nelson (Oakland, Calif.) recorded the two Stanford hits.

The Cardinal will be back in action Tuesday when it travels to Moraga for a non-conference doubleheader against Saint Mary's at 2 p.m.

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