Bruins Defeat Cal 3-0 as Michelle Turner Improves to 10-0.
March 29, 2003
BERKELEY, CA - Two Bruins drew RBI walks and Claire Sua hit a fifth inning solo home run as UCLA defeated Cal by a 3-0 margin on Saturday at Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley. Michelle Turner improved to 10-0 on the season with the win in the circle for UCLA. The Bruins improve to 30-2 (2-0 Pac-10) with the victory while Cal falls to 29-8 (1-1 Pac-10) with the loss.
The Bruin freshmen showed off their defense early, as catcher Emily Zaplatosch caught runners stealing in the second and third innings, and left fielder Andrea Duran made an impressive diving catch for the second out of the second inning. Meanwhile, pitcher Michelle Turner restricted the Cal offense to two hits through the first six innings,
UCLA opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning, when Stephanie Ramos led off the inning reaching base by striking out and advancing to first base on a wild pitch. With two outs, Cal starting pitcher Kelly Anderson issued consecutive walks to Monique Mejia, Andrea Duran and an RBI walk to Natasha Watley before Caitlin Benyi chased Anderson from the game when she roped an RBI single to left field, giving UCLA a 2-0 lead.
The Golden Bears tried to counter in the bottom of the frame, as catcher Courtney Scott hit a ball to the right side of the infield that had Bruin second baseman Monique Mejia nearly making the play, but the ball ricocheted into center field, with Scott advancing to second. UCLA then intentionally walked Cal first baseman Veronica Nelson, giving the Golden Bears runners on first and second with no outs.
Cal pinch-ran for both batters, and after Kaleo Eldridge flied out to center field, pinch-runner LeAnna Holgen was picked off of second base by Bruin catcher Emily Zaplatosch, who had already caught two runners stealing on the day. Freshman pitcher Michelle Turner then got out of the inning by striking out Jessica Vernaglia.
In the top of the fifth, Claire Sua extended UCLA's lead to 3-0, hitting a 1-0 pitch over the right field fence. That was all the offense that Turner would need, as she held Cal's offense to three hits to earn the complete game shutout victory.
The Bruins and Golden Bears complete their weekend series at 1 pm on Sunday at Cal's Levine-Fricke Field.
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