May 5, 2002
CORVALLIS, OR - Keira Goerl pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out 12, as Stacey Nuveman extended her NCAA career home run record in UCLA's 8-0 win over Oregon State on Sunday. UCLA improves to 47-6 (15-3 Pac-10), while Oregon State falls to 38-20 (7-11 Pac-10).
A strange top of the second inning produced the first run of the game for UCLA. Stacey Nuveman led off the frame, drawing a walk, and was pinch-run for by Amanda Simpson. Simpson advanced to second base when the Beaver defense had a poor throw to the bag at second roll away from the bag, allowing Simpson to advance to third.
With Simpson at third and Claire Sua at first base, Crissy Buck flied out to shallow right field for the first out of the inning. Stephanie Ramos followed, flying out to deep left and scoring Simpson. Sua, however, had not tagged up before advancing, and was thrown out at first to end the inning, as UCLA led 1-0.
UCLA would not threaten again until the top of the sixth inning. Centerfielder Amanda Freed led off with an infield single, which was followed by a double to right center from Tairia Mims and an intentional walk to Stacey Nuveman. Sua then produced an RBI single off the outfield fence to score Freed.
With the bases still full of Bruins, Crissy Buck stepped to the plate, but both teams were sent to the dugouts with no outs and a 2-1 count to Buck, as the light rain that had been falling throughout the game intensified.
The rain delay, which started at 2:45 pm Pacific Time, lasted for 34 minutes. When the teams returned to the field, Buck took a called strike, fouled off a pitch, then smacked a two-RBI double to right field, scoring Mims and Nuveman to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead. Ramos followed with her second sac fly of the game, scoring Sua.
Bruin sophomore Keira Goerl, who had recorded 15 consecutive outs including nine strikeouts, returned to the circle approximately an hour after she had last thrown a pitch, and Oregon State's first batter in the bottom of the sixth inning, Jenni Jodoin, got the Beavers first hit, reaching on a chopper that was touched before rolling foul. A four-pitch walk to Kelly Petersen followed, before pinch-hitter Steph Adams struck out for the first out of the inning. Third baseman Clare Burnum then hit a long fly ball to left field that was snagged by UCLA's Erin Rahn for the second out. Goerl then completed her fifth multi-strikeout inning of the game, getting Michelle Chariton end the inning on a strikeout.
The Bruins scored three more runs in the seventh inning, all on the 87th career home run for Stacey Nuveman, a line-drive that went over the left field fence.
UCLA will return to action on Friday, May 10, for its final regular season games. The Bruins will face off against No. 2 Arizona at 2 pm on Friday in a game that could easily decide the Pac-10 Championship. UCLA's final regular season games will take place on Saturday, May 11, with a 1 pm doubleheader against Arizona State.