UCLA Improves to 25-1 With 5-0 Victory Over Cal Poly.
March 8, 2003
FRESNO, CA - UCLA's offense was silent for four innings, then posted five runs as the Bruins improved to 25-1 with a 5-0 victory over Cal Poly (14-17) on Saturday night at Bulldog Diamond in Fresno, CA. Keira Goerl earned the win for the Bruins, striking out six during her three innings in the circle, while Natasha Watley went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two stolen bases, an RBI and a walk.
The Mustangs offense got going in the fourth inning, as Chelsea Green opened with a walk, and was safe at second when she beat the throw at second base on a Gemma Dalena sacrifice bunt, reaching on the fielders choice. The Bruins would then record the first out of the inning by picking Green off at first base, but the Mustangs recovered to load the bases on consecutive singles by Roni Sparrey and Chelsea Stoufer. What followed was an impressive play by the Bruin defense, as Holly Ballard hit a fly ball to right center field. UCLA junior center fielder Stephanie Ramos caught the ball on the run and gunned lead runner Dalena down at the plate for a double play.
Cal Poly again put runners on base in the fifth inning, as Michelle Turner walked the lead-off batter before being replaced in the circle by Keira Goerl. The first bater that Goerl faced put down a sacrifice bunt, but the ball fell out of Tairia Mims' hand as she turned to make the play at second base. Goerl then struck out Erin Myers and got the lead runner out on a fielders choice by AmyJo Nazarenus before finishing the inning when Green struck out looking.
In the bottom of the fifth, Andrea Duran hit a one-out single up the middle, advanced to second on a passed ball and to third on a wild pitch, all during the at-bat of Natasha Watley. Watley walked and stole second, and would score along with Duran when Cal Poly's right fielder came up just shy of making a spectacular catch down the line, resulting in a two-run double by Tairia Mims. UCLA would then re-load the bases as Claire Sua walked and Stephanie Ramos hit a rocket to the first baseman that was scored as an error when the ball bounced off of Ballard and the Mustangs could not make a play. Emily Zaplatosch would then draw an RBI walk to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead with the inning ending on a fly-out by Toria Auelua.
Goerl returned to the circle for the top of the sixth, striking out Dalena and Sparrey before Stoufer popped out to end the inning. Goerl would go on to earn the win, improving to 17-0 while striking out six and not issuing a walk during her three innings in the circle.
The Bruins added two additional runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Monique Mejia led off with a double to center field, and came around to score on a single by Watley. After Caitlin Benyi was hit by a pitch, she would advance to third and Watley would score on the second RBI double of the day by Mims, bringing the score to 5-0, UCLA.
UCLA completes its Hedricks Hallowell Chevrolet Classic schedule on Sunday, with an 11 am first pitch against No. 13 DePaul followed by a 1 pm first pitch against host Fresno State. Sunday's games will be the final games for the Bruins until Tuesday, March 25, when UCLA travels to Cal State Fullerton.
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