April 16, 2004
LOS ANGELES - The third-ranked UCLA softball team (28-5, 1-4 Pac-10) won its first Pac-10 game of the 2004 season on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium, defeating Oregon State (36-12, 2-5 Pac-10) by a score of 6-0. Caitlin Benyi led off the game with a home run for the Bruins, and Keira Goerl moved to ninth on the NCAA's Division I career victories list with the 115th win of her career. She is now 16-3 on the season.
For the second consecutive game, Caitlin Benyi led off the Bruins first inning with a home run to right field, this one her 13th homer of the season and fifth lead-off shot in 2004. Andrea Duran followed with a walk before Stephanie Ramos singled to shallow right field, giving the Bruins two on with no outs. After Claire Sua grounded into a fielders choice with the out at second base, Jodie Legaspi forced in the second run of the inning for the Bruins as her one-out hit to left field, scoring Duran.
Oregon State pitcher Monica Hoffman was then removed in favor of freshman Ta'Tyana McElroy who faced Emily Zaplatosch as her first batter of the game. Zaplatosch placed a fly ball single in shallow center field for a hit, loading the bases. Designated player Kristen Dedmon then stepped in with two outs and singled through the right side to score Sua, giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead after one inning.
The Beavers loaded the bases in the third inning on a one-out walk and hit by pitch, followed by a single by Adrienne Alo to load the bases. Mia Longfellow then grounded into a fielders choice with the out at the plate for the second out of the inning before Kelly Petersen struck out to end the inning and the threat.
In the he bottom of the fifth inning, the Bruins added three unearned runs to their total as Andrea Duran led off with a double to right center. Claire Sua would reach base on a one-out Oregon State error, and the bases were loaded on a Jodie Legaspi single. Emily Zaplatosch then delivered with a sacrifice fly, making the score 4-0. Lisa Dodd followed with a two-out double ripped to left field, scoring pinch runners Amanda Simpson and Julie Hoshizaki, who were running for Sua and Legaspi, respectively.
With the Bruins leading 6-0 heading into the top of the sixth inning, Oregon State looked to put together a rally as Longfellow drew a lead off walk, but was thrown out on a fielders choice by Petersen. Vanessa Iapala reached on a Bruin error, but UCLA pitcher Keira Goerl got out of the jam by striking out Lisa Allen and making a nice defensive play on a ground-out to end the inning.
Goerl finished with a two-hit shutout, striking out four batters to improve to 16-3 on the season. She now has 115 career victories, which puts her in a tie for ninth place on the NCAA's all-time list.
UCLA returns to action tomorrow afternoon with a 2 pm first pitch against Oregon at Easton Stadium.