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Keira Goerl Named USA Softball National Player of the Week
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/04/2004

May 4, 2004

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and USA Softball announced today the selection of UCLA senior pitcher Keira Goerl (Moreno Valley, CA) as the National Player of the Week for her performance from April 26- May 2.

The right-handed workhorse for the defending national champions recorded the 118th and 119th victories of her UCLA career, pitching a complete game, two-hit shutout at No. 11 Oregon on Friday afternoon in Eugene, OR, while striking out nine. She followed that performance with a 3-1 complete game, five-hit victory at No. 16 Oregon State on Sunday in which she struck out the final batter of the game to record her 1,000th strikeout of her UCLA career.

"This is pretty awesome because there are so many other great players out there," Goerl said. "I felt really good this weekend. Everything was there and a lot of my pitches were working."

Her 119th career win moves her into a tie for 7th place on the all-time NCAA win list. She also became the first UCLA player and 25th player in NCAA Division I history to reach the 1,000 strikeout milestone.

"Considering the greats that have come before me like Lisa Fernandez, Amanda Freed, Debbie Doom, Tracy Compton, and so forth, this was a very special honor. I really couldn't believe it," Goerl said.

"We are very excited that Keira's performance this past week was recognized by USA Softball," UCLA head coach Sue Enquist said. "She demonstrated how great of a pitcher she truly is being the first Bruin to reach 1,000 strikeouts leaves an indelible mark on the UCLA program. To be the first player in over 25 years of UCLA softball makes it truly special."

For the weekend, Goerl did not allow an earned run in 14 innings while fanning 14 batters in that same span.


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