Bruins Open WCWS Play on Thursday
May 24, 2004
THURSDAY (5/20): 4:30 pm vs. Mississippi Valley State ï¿½ Easton Stadium
FRIDAY (5/21)-MONDAY (3/31): Women's College World Series action ï¿½ï¿½All Games on ESPN or ESPN2 ï¿½ï¿½UCLA game times are dependent upon results.
UCLA continued its dominant late-season play last weekend as the Bruins won NCAA Regional 2 to advance to the Women's College World Series. UCLA aims to defend its NCAA Title with its performance at this week's National Champinship. Here is some information on how UCLA has fared against the other teams in the 2004 WCWS::
No. 1 Oklahoma: UCLA holds a 5-1 all-time record against Oklahoma, including a win in the teams most recent meeting at the 2002 Women's College World Series. UCLA's only loss to the Sooners was a 3-1 decision in OU's favor in the 2000 NCAA Championship game.
No. 3 LSU: The Bruins and Tigers tangled most recently in 200- as the Bruins won 2-0 at the UNLV Classic. UCLA holds a 3-1 all-time record against LSU, with the lone loss coming in the 1998 season.
No. 4 Florida State: A nine-inning UCLA loss in the first game of the 2002 WCWS was the last meeting between these two teams, but the Bruins hold an 8-1 advantage in the all-time series. That includes three Bruin wins during the 2000 season, two of which were at the NCAA Regional hosted by UCLA.
No. 5 California: UCLA won the season series over the Golden Bears, 2-1, and currently hold a 65-15 record in the all-time series. That series includes two meetings in last year's WCWS, a 7-3 10-inning win by Cal in the opening game of the WCWS for both teams, and a 1-0 nine-inning win by UCLA in last year's NCAA Championship game.
No. 6 Michigan: At the UNLV Classic this February, the Bruins won a 3-0 game over the Wolverines, giving UCLA a 6-2-1 edge in the all-time series. The tie came in 2000 in a game that utilized the International Tiebreak Rule prior to the end of the seventh inning. An NCAA rules interpretation resulted in the official 4-4 tie.
No. 7 Stanford: The Cardinal won the first meeting of this year's Pac-10 series on Apr. 23 by a 1-0 margin at Easton Stadium. The Bruins then came back and powered to 6-2 and 7-1 wins at Stanford in early May. UCLA holds a 39-8 all-time series lead.
No. 8 Washington: After UCLA won a non-conference meeting with the Huskies on Feb. 7, the Bruins proceeded to leave 32 runners on base in the three Pac-10 matchups, culminating with 10 LOBs in UCLA's 1-0 loss at Easton Stadium on May 5. Keira Goerl pitched a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts in that loss.
Bruins Blast Through NCAA Regional; Goerl Named Most Outstanding
The Bruins won in several different ways at last week's NCAA Regional, but the Bruins power started in the circle with senior pitcher Keira Goerl. Goerl tossed all four games for UCLA, including an eight-strikeout no-hitter against Mississippi Valley State, a nine-strikeout three-hit shutout against Louisville, a 14-K three hitter and an 8-K four-hit shutout, both over Alabama. For the Regional, Goerl earned Most Outstanding Player honors, striking out 39 and allowing just one intentional walk over 28 innings in the circle with an 0.25 ERA.
Against MVSU, the Bruins pounded out eight singles in the 8-0 run-rule win, before capitalizing on a solo home run and RBI double by Andrea Duran to defeat Louisville, 2-0. A nine-inning 3:27 marathon win over Alabama followed, a game that was capped by a three-run walk-off home run by Jodie Legaspi. On Sunday, the Bruins and Bama faced off again, with UCLA taking the 7-0 win to advance to the WCWS.
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