UCLA Returns Home To Host ASU, Arizona
April 2, 2003
After a five-game road swing last week, including a 3-0 start to Pac-10play, UCLA returns home to Easton Stadium this weekend for the first ofits three home weekends during the month of April. The weekend series atEaston will feature the three remaining teams that are undefeated inPac-10 play, as ASU, Arizona and UCLA all swept their weekend series toopen the conference schedule. Arizona and Arizona State hosted theOregon schools last weekend.
PAC-10, ESPN.COM/USA SOFTBALL HONOR GOERL
Junior pitcher Keira Goerl was honored by the Pac-10 and ESPN.com/USASoftball for her performances in the circle last week. She has beennamed the National Player of the Week by ESPN.com/USA Softball, and theconference Pitcher of the Week by the Pac-10. Goerl pitched her firstno-hitter of the 2003 season on Friday night at Stanford. She pitched22.1 innings during the week, recording a 3-0 record and 25 strikeouts,pitching against No. 8 Cal State Fullerton, No. 9 Stanford and No. 6California.
GOERL PITCHES NO-HITTER TO BEGIN PAC-10 WEEKEND SWEEP
Following its doubleheader sweep in Fullerton, UCLA traveled to the BayArea for the first weekend of Pac-10 play, shutting out Stanford in atelevised game on Friday night before downing California on bothSaturday and Sunday. In the weekend opener, Keira Goerl pitched herfirst no-hitter of the 2003 season after tossing 12 one-hitters duringthe first two months of the season. Goerl was just one base runner shyof a perfect game, as a dropped foul ball extended the life of Cardinallead-off hitter Catalina Morris, who would walk to spoil the perfectgame. Offensively, all five Bruin runs would score via home runs, asStephanie Ramos, Claire Sua, Toria Auelua and Andrea Duran all recordedhome runs in the game.
The following day at California, the Bruins drew two RBI walks and Suahit her eighth home run of the season as UCLA downed the defending NCAAChampions by a score of 3-0. Sunday's game saw Tairia Mims put afirst-inning home run over the fence down the right field line, andblast her 12th home run of the year to left field in the eighth inning,before Emily Zaplaotsch provided insurance runs with a two-run eighthinning shot in UCLA's 4-1 extra-innings win. Keira Goerl saw a streak of98 innings without allowing an earned run come to an end when the GoldenBears scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, butstruck out three of Cal's final four batters to improve her seasonrecord to 21-2.
UCLA VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
No. 14/16 Arizona State-- UCLA holds a 73-17 all-time record againstArizona State, and the teams split their four meetings during the 2002season, with ASU winning its home game, the Bruins taking a pair on thefinal day of the regular season and the Sun Devils eliminating UCLA fromthe Women's College World Series. This season, the Sun Devils have arecord of 26-9 (3-0 Pac-10) and are led offensively by Kara Brun (.442BA) and in the circle by Desiree Serrano (1.39 ERA, 16-5 record). ASU iscoached by Linda Wells, who will coach the Greek Olympic Team in Athensnext summer.
No. 2/3 Arizona -- The Bruins hold a 52-42 all-time advantage overArizona, and UCLA took two of the three meetings against the Wildcatslast season, dropping the first game of the series on Saturday, Apr. 6in Tucson, and earning a 6-5 win the following day and a 4-2 victory atEaston Stadium on May 10. This season, the Wildcats have a record of34-3 (3-0 Pac-10), and are led offensively by Autumn Champion (.493 BA)and in the circle by Alicia Hollowell (0.33 ERA, 21-2 record). Arizonais coached by Mike Candrea, who will be the head coach of the 2004 U.S.Olympic Team.
NEXT WEEK IN BRUIN SOFTBALL
The Bruins return to the road next weekend, playing at Oregon State onFriday and at Oregon on Saturday and Sunday.
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