April 26, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - The top-ranked UCLA softball team extended its winning streak to nine games on Friday night, defeating No. 6 California by a 3-0 margin behind Keira Goerl's fifth no-hitter of the season. The Bruins are now 42-6 (10-3 Pac-10), and continue to stand in first place in the Pac-10.
The Bruins opened the offense in the top of the first inning, with a lead-off single by Natasha Watley, followed by singles from Amanda Freed and an RBI single from Tairia Mims. Senior Stacey Nuveman, playing on her birthday, continued the momentum, starting her 3-for-4 day with an RBI single.
UCLA plated its third and final run in the top of the fifth inning, when Watley led off the inning reaching base on an error, advanced to second on a Mims single, and scored on an RBI double by Nuveman.
The Golden Bears mounted their greatest offensive threat of the day with two outs in the first inning, as Candace Harper walked, then Veronica Nelson reached first on an error before Goerl recorded the first of her four strikeouts on the day, retiring Courtney Scott to end the inning. Cal's only other baserunner was a two-out full-count walk to Mikella Pedretti in the fifth inning.
It was the fifth no-hitter of the 2002 season for Goerl, and the 84th no-hitter in UCLA softball history. The Bruin pitching staff has now combined for seven no-hitters in 2002, the most for a Bruin squad since Dee Dee Wieman and B'Ann Burns combined for 10 in 1994. Individually, Goerl's five solo no-hitters is the most since Weiman had five solo no-hitters during that 1994 season.
The Bruins return to action on Saturday evening, with a 7 pm first pitch scheduled at Stanford's Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.