Bruins Advance to Women's College World Series With 5-0 Win Over MSU

May 18, 2003

FRESNO, CA - UCLA advanced to the Women's College World Series on Sunday afternoon in Fresno, CA, with a 5-0 victory over Michigan State in the NCAA Region 2 Championship Game. Keira Goerl was named the Region's Most Outstanding Player, and improved to 35-6 on the season with the win. UCLA will open WCWS play at 7 pm PT on Thursday against California. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

UCLA opened the game with a lead-off double by Natasha Watley, who then stole third. After the Spartans pitched around Claire Sua, walking her to give UCLA runners on the corners, Stephanie Ramos connected on her 10th home run of the season to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead after the first inning of play.

In the third, the Bruins added another pair of runs, as Ramos led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a walk to Emily Zaplatosch. After Amanda Simpson came in to run for Zaplatosch, Toria Auelua laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, advancing the pair of runners into scoring position. A single through the left side by Monique Mejia scored UCLA's fourth run of the game and advanced Simpson to third. Simpson would score on a deep sacrifice fly to left field by Andrea Duran, improving the UCLA lead to 5-0 after three innings.

Keira Goerl allowed just one hit in six innings in the circle, walking one and striking out two. Michelle Turner came in to pitch the seventh inning, facing three batters and allowing one hit.

Six Bruins were named to the NCAA Region 2 All-Tournament Team, including Toria Auelua, Tairia Mims, Stephanie Ramos, Claire Sua, Natasha Watley and Most Outstanding Player Keira Goerl. It is the second consecutive NCAA Regional MOP award for Goerl, as she earned the honor last year at UCLA's Regional in Columbia, SC.

UCLA will open play at the Women's College World Series on Thursday at 7 pm Pacific Time against California. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

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