Feb. 14, 2004
HENDERSON, NEV. - Victories over Portland State and Wisconsin extended UCLA's season-opening win streak to eight games on Saturday evening at the UNLV Classic in Henderson, NV. In the first game of the day, the Bruins earned a 5-0 victory over Portland State as freshman Lisa Dodd pitched a one-hit shutout. In the nightcap, Keira Goerl pitched her first no-hitter of the season and ninth of her career as UCLA earned a run-rule victory over Wisconsin, 8-0 in five innings.
UCLA 5, Portland State 0
Freshman pitcher Lisa Dodd struck out six batters in the first three innings, including striking out the side in the second inning, on her way to pitching a one-hit shutout for her fourth victory of the year. Dodd helped her cause by scoring the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning on a one-out solo home run.
In the fourth, the Bruins put together a two-run rally, starting with a lead-off double by Dodd, who scored on the first career home run by freshman Whitney Holum. Two additional runs were scored in the fifth, as Andrea Duran led off with a single, stole second base and scored on a double to left by Stephanie Ramos.
Dodd finished with six strikeouts as in the one-hit shutout. UCLA had six hits as a team, including two doubles and two home runs in the game.
UCLA vs. Wisconsin
The Bruins took the lead early in the bottom of the first inning as Caitlin Benyi led off with a home run to left field, giving UCLA the 1-0 lead after one inning.
UCLA extended its lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning as Andrea Duran and Stephanie Ramos opened the inning with back-to-back doubles, scoring Duran. Ramos would advance to third on a wild pitch and score on a slow ground-out by Jodie Legaspi.
In the fourth, Benyi added to UCLA's lead, hitting her second home run of the game, a two-run shot to left field, bringing the score to 5-0 in UCLA's favor.
Keira Goerl was efficient in the circle, striking out nine batters during five innings in the circle. She allowed just two batters in the game as she pitched her first no-hitter of the season and ninth solo no-hitter of her UCLA career.
The Bruins were able to close out the run-rule victory in the bottom of the fifth inning. The rally started with a lead-off walk by Emily Zaplatosch, who was replaced by pinch-runner Amanda Simpson. After a single by Jodie Legaspi and an infield fly by Dodd, Kristen Dedmon drew a walk to load the bases, and was replaced by pinch-runner Julie Hoshizaki.
Holum then stepped in and earned a Texas-league single to left field, scoring Simpson for UCLA's sixth run. Legaspi would score on an RBI-walk by Ashley Herrera, and the game would end on an RBI single to left field by Caitlin Benyi, giving UCLA its eighth run of the game, invoking the eight run mercy rule.
The Bruins complete their UNLV Classic schedule on Sunday morning at 10 am against No. 8 Michigan.