Bruins Sweep Santa Barbara in Non-Conference Doubleheader

Feb. 26, 2003

SANTA BARBARA, CA - The UCLA softball team (17-1) swept both games of a doubleheader from UCSB (15-7) on Wednesday afternoon at Campus Diamond in Santa Barbara. UCLA won the first game by a score of 6-0, and won the nightcap 2-0.

The Bruins scored their first run of the game in the top of the first inning, as Natasha Watley led off with an infield single and stole second base before right fielder Caitlin Benyi was hit by a pitch to give the Bruins runners on first and second with no outs. A ground-out by Tairia Mims advanced the runners to second and third. Watley would score on a wild pitch, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

UCLA loaded the bases in the top of the fourth inning with a one-out walk by Emily Zaplatosch, a shallow fly ball to left by Toria Auelua, and a walk to Monique Mejia. Freshman left fielder Andrea Duran delivered, hitting a two-RBI double down the right field line to score Zaplaotsch and Auelua, giving UCLA a 3-0 lead after three and a half innings.

Goerl pitched three and two-thirds perfect innings before issuing a two-out walk in the fourth inning, followed by the first Gaucho hit of the game, a rocket back to the circle that hit Goerl then rolled sharply to the right side of the infield as E.J. Lauchland reached first base safely. Goerl countered by recording her third strikeout of the game to end the inning and the UCSB threat.

A one-out single in the sixth inning by Duran sparked another Bruin rally, as Natasha Watley followed with her second home run of the season, a shot the cleared the left field fence to give UCLA a 5-0 lead. UCLA's final run of the game came in the top of the seventh inning, as Tairia Mims led off with a single to shallow left field, stole second and scored on a double down the left field line by Toria Aueula.

Keira Goerl improved to 12-1 with her win in the opening game of the doubleheader, recording three strikeouts and allowing just two hits, both by Lauchland.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Michelle Turner pitched shutout for her fifth victory of the season, scattering four hits.

The Bruins scored their first run of the game in the fifth inning, as Claire Sua roped a one-out single up the middle. Pinch-runner Amanda Simpson stole second base, and scored on a base hit down the left field line by Emily Zaplatosch. UCLA's second and final run of the game came on a solo home run by Tairia Mims, a shot over the right field fence.

UCLA returns to action on Friday at 11:30 am at Easton Stadium, as the Bruins will face Boston College, followed by Missouri at the UCLA Tournament. Tournament action will feature three games on Friday, three games on Saturday, a third-place game at 10 am on Sunday, followed by the championship game at 1 pm.

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