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Championship Notes
By: UCLA Athletics

May 26, 2003

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  • UCLA won its ninth NCAA softball championship and the school's 90th, which is tops among all Division I schools. The UCLA athletics department also won the men's soccer, women's gymnastics and women's water polo NCAA titles during the 2002-03 academic year.

  • WCWS Most Oustanding Player Keira Goerl threw the 14th shutout in WCWS Championship Game history and the first UCLA no-hitter in the title game. Goerl earned her first complete game no-hitter of the season and the seventh of her career. Goerl shared a no-hitter with Michelle Turner in the Bruins Regional opener against Colgate on May 15.

  • Goerl registered her fifth complete game in the last three days and sixth of the 2003 WCWS. She started each of UCLA's 10 postseason games this year and went 9-1. Goerl threw a total of 71 innings in 10 postseason games. She struck out 63 batters in the postseason and gave up just four earned runs while improving to 40-7 on the season. Goerl posted a 0.55 ERA in the WCWS.

  • Cal failed in its bid to become the third school in NCAA softball history to repeat as national champion, a feat that has been accomplished twice by both Arizona and UCLA.

  • California starting pitcher Kelly Anderson was also impressive in the postseason, giving up just five earned runs in 69 innings of work. Anderson finished the postseason with a record of 7-2, with losses to UCLA and Texas at the WCWS.

  • UCLA became the second team in WCWS history to win after losing their first game in the tournament. The only other squad to do that was Texas A&M in 1983.

  • Today was the third WCWS championship game appearance for UCLA's senior class (Toria Auelua, Monique Mejia, Tairia Mims and Natasha Watley). Every four-year player in UCLA softball history has won a national title.

  • UCLA has won 17 of its last 18 games against California, dating back to the 1998 season. The lone loss was on Thursday night in the WCWS when Cal won 7-3 in extra innings.

  • Over its last 94 postseason innings (dating back to last year) Cal pitchers have allowed just seven earned runs (nine total runs) while scoring 47 runs during the same span.

  • Through its nine postseason games entering today, Cal had outscored its opposition 37-8.

  • Cal fell to 3-5 in extra inning games this season with two of those wins coming in this year's WCWS. UCLA improved to 3-1 in extra inning games.

  • The national champion Bruins finished the season with a 54-7 record, while the national runner-up Golden Bears ended 2003 with a 49-20 mark.

  • Cal was shut out for the 10th time this season. Three of those came against UCLA. Today marked the first time this season that Cal was held hitless.

  • The WCWS championship game had only gone to extra innings four times prior to this season and it happened in the first four title games (1982-85).
  • EVENT INFORMATION
    UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
    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
    at Oregon
    Eugene, OR
    L, 1 - 8
    Sunday, May 29
    at Oregon
    Eugene, OR
    W, 2 - 1 (9)
    Sunday, May 29
    at Oregon
    Eugene, OR
    W, 2 - 1
    Thursday, Jun 02
    vs. Auburn
    Oklahoma City, OK
    L, 3 - 10
    Saturday, Jun 04
    vs. Florida State
    Oklahoma City, OK
    L, 4 - 8
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