Goerl, Turner Combine for Perfect Game in UCLA's Regional Opener
May 15, 2003
FRESNO, CA - Junior Keira Goerl and freshman Michelle Turner combined to throw a perfect game on Thursday afternoon in Fresno, CA, as UCLA won its NCAA Regional 2 opener by an 8-0 margin over Colgate in six innings. Caitlin Benyi and Claire Sua both had perfect days at the plate, as UCLA improves to 46-6 and advances to face fourth-seeded Fresno State on Friday at 12:30 pm. Colgate falls to 31-14 with the loss, and will play Long Beach State in an elimination game at 8 pm tonight.
The Bruins opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, as Caitlin Benyi drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a single to left by Tairia Mims, and went to third on a Claire Sua single that loaded the bases. A liner up the middle by Stephanie Ramos scored Benyi and Mims, giving UCLA a 2-0 lead after one inning.
After a three-up three-down second inning, the Bruins posted another run in the third inning on an RBI single by Sua in the third inning. A three-run third inning featured a two-RBI hit to left by Benyi and an RBI single by Claire Sua brought the score to 6-0.
Meanwhile, Keira Goerl pitched four perfect innings, striking out six, before Michelle Turner came in at the start of the fifth inning to complete the third combined perfect game in UCLA softball history. Turner faced six batters, throwing 26 pitches, striking out two.
The Bruins recorded the final two runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Benyi completed her 2-for-2 afternoon with a lead-off single through the left side of the infield, and scored on a double to the wall in left center by Tairia Mims. Mims was replaced by pinch runner Julie Hoshizaki, who was held at third base when Claire Sua hit a rocket down the third base line that hit the bag, popped up in the air, and was fielded by Bri Tsukamoto. Hoshizaki would then come around to score when Stephanie Ramos was out at first base, but the ball squirted away from the glove of Tsukamoto when the Red Raiders tried to erase Claire Sua at second base.
Hoshizaki's run would end the game with UCLA winning 8-0 in six innings, advancing UCLA to Friday's 12:30 pm game against host Fresno State. The Bulldogs are the fourth seed in the tournament, and will bat as the home team on Friday, as determined by a coin flip.
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