Bruins Win Second Consecutive NCAA Softball Championship

May 31, 2004

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OKLAHOMA CITY - UCLA (47-9) successful defended its NCAA Championship on Monday night in Oklahoma City in the first-ever title game played in prime time. UCLA trailed 1-0 for five innings before a solo home run by Claire Sua and a two-RBI single by freshman pinch hitter Kristen Dedmon provided all the runs that senior pitcher Keira Goerl needed as she became just the second pitcher in NCAA Division I history to win multiple title games.

California opened the scoring in the top of the first inning as Lindsay James drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a single by Haley Woods. After Kaleo Eldredge struck out for the second out of the inning, Jessica Pamanian hit a ground ball down the third base line that hit the bag and went into left field, allowing James to score the first run of the game to give California the 1-0 lead.

Meanwhile, California's Kelly Anderson was throwing a perfect game in the circle, retiring the first 12 UCLA batters that she faced in the game. Through the first three innings, Anderson had recorded four strikeouts as she retired each batter in the UCLA lineup at least once.

However, the Bruins led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a bang. Senior 1B Claire Sua tattooed the first pitch of the inning well over the left field fence to tie the game at 1-1. Anderson then proceeded to hit Stephanie Ramos with a 2-1 pitch and issued a full-count walk to Jodie Legaspi to give the Bruins two runners on with no outs. Ramos was replaced by pinch runner Amanda Simpson, while Legaspi was replaced by Tara Henry to run the bases. The pair advanced 60 feet apiece on a sacrifice bunt by Emily Zaplatosch to record the first out of the inning before designated player Michelle Turner struck out for the second out.

UCLA trailed 1-0 for five innings before a solo home run by Claire Sua.


With the ninth hitter in the lineup, left fielder Julie Hoshizaki, coming to the plate, head coach Sue Enquist opted for a pinch-hitter, freshman Kristen Dedmon delivered by hitting a 1-1 pitch up the middle, easily scoring Simpson and creating a play at the plate with Henry.

Henry slid around Cal catcher Haley Woods, barely touching the back corner of home plate. However, plate umpire Michael Mazur called obstruction on Woods on the play, which automatically awards the base to the runner and in this instance scored UCLA's third run of the game.

That was all the offense that Keira Goerl would need, as she was able to record the last six defensive outs of the game to become just the second player in NCAA Division I Softball Championship history to win more than one title game. She joins Bruin great Debbie Doom (1982, '84, '85) and Arizona's Susie Parra (1993, '94) as the only pitchers in Championship history to be the winning pitcher in multiple championship games. Goerl recorded four strikeouts, walked three and allowed just one run in Monday's title game.

This is UCLA's 93rd NCAA Championship in school history, and is the third NCAA title won by a Bruin team this year, as Women's Gymnastics won in Pauley Pavilion last April and Women's Golf won an NCAA title just over a week ago.

UCLA Softball has now won 10 NCAA Championships and 11 total National Championships, including a 1978 AIAW title. UCLA is the first team to defend its NCAA title since Arizona accomplished the feat in 1996 and '97.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Thursday, Feb 25
vs. Florida
Cathedral City, CA
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Feb 26
vs. Georgia
Cathedral City, CA
W, 14 - 6 (5)
Friday, Feb 26
vs. BYU
Cathedral City, CA
W, 9 - 4
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. Oklahoma
Cathedral City, CA
L, 7 - 11
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. Northwestern
Cathedral City, CA
L, 2 - 7
Wednesday, Mar 02
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
L, 6 - 8
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Florida State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 3
Friday, Mar 04
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Charleston Southern
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Syracuse
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. UC Davis
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 1 (5)
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Utah Valley
Lakewood, CA
W, 19 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Iowa State
Lakewood, CA
W, 7 - 1
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Princeton
Lakewood, CA
W, 13 - 1 (5)
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Long Beach State
Lakewood, CA
W, 3 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
at California
Berkeley, CA
W, 3 - 2 (9)
Monday, Mar 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
T, 3 - 3
Monday, Mar 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
Canceled
Thursday, Mar 24
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9 (6)
Friday, Mar 25
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 6
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
W, 10 - 8
Tuesday, Mar 29
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
W, 5 - 4
Friday, Apr 01
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 16 - 6 (5)
Saturday, Apr 02
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 5 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 9
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Monday, Apr 11
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Wednesday, Apr 13
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 0
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 5
Sunday, Apr 17
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 6
Sunday, Apr 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 4 - 8
Monday, Apr 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 7
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, May 01
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 4
Friday, May 06
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 15 - 7 (5)
Saturday, May 07
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Sunday, May 08
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Rained Out
Friday, May 20
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, May 21
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Saturday, May 28 - 6:30 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, May 29 - 4:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, May 29 - 7:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
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