April 4, 2004
TUCSON, AZ - For the second consecutive day at Arizona's Hillenbrand Stadium, the homestanding Wildcats came from behind to defeat UCLA (27-3, 0-2 Pac-10), this time by a score of 5-4, in a game that featured three home runs and a second-inning rain delay of nearly one and a half hours. Andrea Duran and Claire Sua homered for the Bruins in the loss.
Despite a steady rain that started just as the game began, UCLA got two runners on base early, as Andrea Duran drew a four-pitch walk with one out in the top of the first inning and Stephanie Ramos doubled down the left field line, giving the Bruins runners on second and third with one out. Arizona chose to intentionally walk Claire Sua to load the bases for Jodie Legaspi, who was hit by the first pitch from Arizona's Alicia Hollowell, scoring Duran for the first run of the game. The Bruins were unable to push any additional runs across, however, and led 1-0 going into the bottom of the first inning.
UCLA senior All-American Keira Goerl was responsible for all three outs in the bottom of the first inning, as she got Caitlin Lowe and Wendy Allen were called out on strikes and Autumn Champion popped out to Goerl for a 1-2-3 inning.
Kristen Dedmon led off the second inning with a single down the right field line. She was replaced by pinch runner Amanda Simpson, who was thrown out on an unsuccessful sacrifice attempt by Tara Henry. Henry would advance to second base on a wild pitch on a pitch that made the count full with two outs on Duran.
Immediately after that pitch was thrown the rain intensified, and plate umpire Paul "Smoky" Edds sent the teams to their dugouts and the tarp was pulled to cover the infield. The game was delayed for 1 hour and 23 minutes before Hollowell struck out Duran to end the top of the second inning.
The top of the third inning opened with Stephanie Ramos reaching second base on a Wildcat error. Jodie Legaspi was then hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, and Emily Zaplatosch hit what looked to be a bloop single to shallow left field. The ball bounced on the outfield grass and then into the glove of Arizona left fielder Autumn Champion. Unfortunately, it was ruled a catch and Ramos was doubled off of second base to end the inning.
A full-count walk to Samantha Quintero provided the Wildcats with their first base runner of the game, but after Goerl recorded her fourth strikeout of the game by retiring Allyson Von Lichtenstein, Quintero was thrown out at second base by Emily Zaplatosch for the final out of the inning.
Arizona started the home half of the fourth inning with a walk by Caitlin Lowe, who stole second base before advancing to third and then home on two wild pitches by Keira Goerl to tie the game a 1-1.
UCLA answered on the first pitch in the top half of the fifth inning as Andrea Duran put her sixth home run of the season off of a light post in left field, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. After a hard-hit single to center by Stephanie Ramos, Claire Sua followed with her fifth home run of the season, clearing the batters eye in straightaway center field, putting UCLA on top by a 4-1 margin.
Quintero recorded the first hit of the game for the Wildcats to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning, pushing a ground ball between UCLA's Claire Sua at first base and Lisa Dodd at second base. Von Liechtenstein followed with an infield single and Caitlin Lowe tied the game on her third home run of the season, a shot over the right field fence.
Autumn Champion followed with another infield single, and tried to take two bases on a successful sacrifice by Wendy Allen, but Champion was thrown out on a 2-4-1 double play with Allen out on the bunt at first base and a strike thrown from Lisa Dodd at first base to Keira Goerl at the bag at third base. Goerl then continued the Bruin momentum by striking out Mackenzie Vandergeest to send the game to the seventh inning tied 4-4.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Kristie Fox led off with a single that was just out of the reach of UCLA's Andrea Duran at third base. Fox advanced to second on a wild pitch before Jackie Coburn followed with a sacrifice bunt that was mis-handled by the Bruins at first base, giving the Wildcats runners at the corners with no outs. Shelly Schultz, who hit a walk-off home run to beat the Bruins on Saturday night, came through again, this time with a single to left field to score Fox and end the game with Arizona winning 5-4.
The Bruins will return to action next Friday, April 9, with a 2 pm contest at Washington.