Bruins Sweep Highlanders, Club Eight Home Runs
Feb. 5, 2003
RIVERSIDE, CA - Keira Goerl pitched a one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts as UCLA defeated UC Riverside in the first game of a doubleheader by a score of 15-0. In the nightcap, the Bruins posted a 20-0 five-inning victory with Michelle Turner earning the win.
The Bruin offense started quickly, posting two runs in the top of the first inning. After Monique Mejia was hit by a Jenell Jackson pitch, center fielder Stephanie Ramos tripled to center, hitting the fence at UCR Softball Field. Ramos came home on a single through the left side by Tairia Mims.
Junior pitcher Keira Goerl continued the Bruin dominance when UCLA's defense took to the field in the bottom of the inning. Goerl struck out the first four batters of the game and eight of the first ten. In fact, Goerl was involved in eight of the first 11 outs of the game, as three batters grounded out to the pitcher. Goerl took a perfect game into the sixth inning, when Kristen Hernandez singled to provide Riverside's first baserunner of the game.
The Bruin bats added a run in the third inning on a bunt single by Mejia, who stole second and scored on a long single by Ramos. In the fifth, Ramos started another Bruin rally, hitting her first home run of the season, clearing the right field fence. Designated player Claire Sua followed with a double down the right field line, and was doubled home by Toria Auelua. A double down the left field line by Andrea Duran scored Auelua, giving the Bruins a 6-0 lead.
The lead was extended to 9-0 in the top of the seventh inning when Emily Zaplatosch homered, scoring pinch runner Alissa Eno. Eno was in to run for Auelua, who drew a lead-off walk. UCLA broke open the floodgates from there, with a grand slam home run by Tairia Mims. Sua made it back-to-back home runs and extended the lead to 15-0. Goerl then dispatched the Highlanders in order, striking out her 12th batter of the game for the final out.
In the nightcap, UCLA's offense again started quickly, as Ramos earned a two-out single and came home on a home run to left by Mims, giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead before Riverside came to bat. The lead was extended to 4-0 in the top of the second on a two-run shot by Zaplatosch, her second of the day.
Riverside threatened in the bottom of the second inning, earning hits on two mis-played balls, giving the Highlanders runners on the corners with two outs. Lead-off hitter Jeannine Robison hit a fly ball to shallow right field that looked like it would drop for an RBI hit, but instead it fell into the glove of a diving Caitlin Benyi to end the inning.
Ramos extended the Bruin lead in the top of the third with a solo home run down the right field line. After a Tairia Mims single, Claire Sua doubled her home to make it 6-0. Another two-run home run, this time by Toria Auelua, brought the score to 8-0 Bruins.
UCLA put up another four runs in the fourth inning, as the team batted around. Six straight Bruins reached base, starting at the top of the order with Natasha Watley, who reached on an infield single but advanced to third base on a throwing error by the second baseman. After three singles and two walks, three Bruins had come home, and a fourth Bruin would score on a fielders choice by Emily Zaplatosch to bring the score to 12-0 after four and a half innings. UCLA scored another eight runs in the fifth to bring the final score to 20-0.
The 20-0 win was UCLA's largest margin of victory since downing Portland State by a 20-0 score in a five-inning win on Feb. 16, 2001.
For the doubleheader, junior Stephanie Ramos went 8-for-10 with two home runs, a triple and a double. Combined, she had seven runs scored and six RBIs on the day.
UCLA returns to action on Feb. 14 at the UNLV Classic in Las Vegas, NV.