May 2, 2004
CORVALLIS, OR - UCLA senior pitcher Keira Goerl struck out the first and last batter she faced on Sunday afternoon at Oregon State as she recorded her 1,000th career strikeout, becoming the 25th player in NCAA Division I history to reach the 1,000 strikeout milestone. The Bruins (34-7, 7-6 Pac-10) defeated Oregon State (39-21, 3-12 Pac-10) by a score of 3-1, completing a comeback where all of UCLA's runs were scored in the top of the seventh inning. UCLA is now over .500 in Pac-10 play for the first time this season.
The Beavers opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning, as Lisa Allen led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a Bruin error. Kelly Petersen followed with a single up the middle, giving Oregon State runners at the corners with no outs. A single just over Claire Sua's head at first base scored Allen, giving the Beavers a 1-0 lead. The Bruins were able to retire the next three batters to end the second inning with Oregon State holding a 1-0 lead.
UCLA threatened in the top of the fifth inning, as Emily Zaplatosch led off with a single down the left field line before being replaced by pinch runner Amanda Simpson. Simpson went to second on a one-out single to left by Alissa Eno, but was unable to advance any further as Beavers pitcher Monica Hoffman recorded a strikeout and fly-out to end the inning and the Bruin threat.
In the sixth, the Bruins threatened again, as Andrea Duran led off the inning with a walk and was moved to second base on a hit-and-run ground out by Caitlin Benyi. Claire Sua was then intentionally walked to give the Bruins runners on first and second with on eout. Sua was replaced by pinch runner Tara Henry, and the pair of Bruins advanced to second and third on another ground out, this time by Jodie Legaspi, but they would not advance any farther, as Emily Zaplatosch fouled out to end the inning with Oregon State still leading 1-0.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Goerl recorded her fourth strikeout of the game and 999th of her Bruin career and kept the score at 1-0, giving the Bruins one last chance in the top of the seventh inning. Lisa Dodd opened the inning for the Bruins with a double to left center, and was replaced by pinch runner Ashley Herrera. Herrera went to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Alissa Eno. The Beavers tried to record the out at third base, but were unable to apply the tag in time to record the out.
Pinch-hitter Whitney Holum then stepped in and delivered with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Herrera for the game-tying run. Stephanie Ramos then reached on a two-base OSU error, putting Andrea Duran in the batters box with Eno on third and Ramos on second base. A 23-pitch at-bat by Duran nearly ended twice on a foul ball that dropped safely to the ground just outside of the OSU dugout and on a ball that was just inches foul of becoming a three-run home run. Duran started the at-bat with a called strike and eight consecutive foul balls before working the count full and delivering UCLA's second run on an RBI single through the left side, giving UCLA a 3-1 lead after six and a half innings.
Goerl returned to the circle in the bottom of the seventh inning and got Sherina Galvin and Ingrid Lochelt to ground out before striking out Alana Mendoza to end the game and record the 1,000th strikeout of her UCLA career. She becomes the first Bruin and 25th player in the history of NCAA Division I softball to reach that milestone. Goerl also earned the 119th victory of her career in the game, and is now tied for seventh in NCAA Division I history for career wins.
The Bruins return to action with a Wednesday game against Washington at UCLA's Easton Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 pm.