Bruin Softball Forces If-Game at WCWS, Will Face Texas Again Tonight

May 25, 2003

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Senior Toria Auelua hit her sixth home run of the season on Sunday afternoon at Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium as UCLA defeated Texas by a score of 3-0. The Bruins and Longhorns will face off again approximately 30 minutes after the Cal-Arizona rematch has concluded. Both of those games will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

The Bruins loaded the bases in the top of the third inning, a rally that started with a one-out infield single by Andrea Duran. A two-out walk by Caitlin Benyi gave UCLA two runners on base. The pair advanced to second and third on a wild pitch during the at-bat of Tairia Mims. Mims started her at-bat getting behind in the count (0-2) but worked the count full, and loaded the bases when she was hit by a pitch. Unfortunately, the Bruins were unable to convert, leaving the bases loaded. However, UCLA's offense forced UT's Cat Osterman to throw 62 pitches through three innings.

In the fourth, the Bruins took the lead, as Toria Auelua placed her sixth home run of the season over the fence in right center field. It was the 17th home run of the 2003 Women's College World Series, which is a new WCWS record.

UCLA added to their lead in the seventh inning, as Monique Mejia drew a lead-off walk. Mejia advanced to second on a successful sacrifice bunt by Andrea Duran, and scored on an RBI single by Natasha Watley. A fly ball to deep center field by Caitlin Benyi advanced Watley to third base. Tairia Mims was then intentionally walked and replaced by pinch runner Amanda Simpson, giving UCLA runners on the corners with two outs. Claire Sua then delivered with an RBI single, scoring Watley and giving UCLA a 3-0 lead.

That was all the offense UCLA's Keira Goerl would need, as she recorded her 38th victory of the season and 97th of her career, tying the UCLA career victories record held by Amanda Freed (1999-2002).

UCLA and Texas will take the field at Hall of Fame Stadium again this evening, approximately 30 minutes after the Cal-Arizona game finishes. The Golden Bears and Wildcats are scheduled to throw their first pitch just before 7 pm Central Time. Cal forced an "if game" by defeating the Wildcats 2-1 in 12 innings earlier this afternoon.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Feb 12
vs. Colorado State
College Station, TX
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Feb 12
at Texas A&M
College Station, TX
L, 1 - 5
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Wichita State
College Station, TX
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Feb 13
at Texas A&M
College Station, TX
W, 7 - 3
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. Colorado State
College Station, TX
W, 8 - 3
Friday, Feb 19
vs. UCF
Cathedral City, CA
W, 2 - 0
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. Notre Dame
Cathedral City, CA
L, 6 - 8
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. Cal Poly
Cathedral City, CA
W, 9 - 1 (5)
Sunday, Feb 21
vs. LSU
Cathedral City, CA
L, 5 - 10
Sunday, Feb 21
vs. Pacific
Cathedral City, CA
W, 9 - 1 (5)
Thursday, Feb 25
vs. Florida
Cathedral City, CA
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Feb 26
vs. Georgia
Cathedral City, CA
W, 14 - 6 (5)
Friday, Feb 26
vs. BYU
Cathedral City, CA
W, 9 - 4
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. Oklahoma
Cathedral City, CA
L, 7 - 11
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. Northwestern
Cathedral City, CA
L, 2 - 7
Wednesday, Mar 02
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
L, 6 - 8
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Florida State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 3
Friday, Mar 04
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Charleston Southern
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Syracuse
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. UC Davis
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 1 (5)
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Utah Valley
Lakewood, CA
W, 19 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Iowa State
Lakewood, CA
W, 7 - 1
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Princeton
Lakewood, CA
W, 13 - 1 (5)
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Long Beach State
Lakewood, CA
W, 3 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
at California
Berkeley, CA
W, 3 - 2 (9)
Monday, Mar 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
T, 3 - 3
Monday, Mar 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
Canceled
Thursday, Mar 24
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9 (6)
Friday, Mar 25
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 6
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
W, 10 - 8
Tuesday, Mar 29
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
W, 5 - 4
Friday, Apr 01
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 16 - 6 (5)
Saturday, Apr 02
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 5 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 9
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Monday, Apr 11
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Wednesday, Apr 13
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 0
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 5
Sunday, Apr 17
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 6
Sunday, Apr 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 4 - 8
Monday, Apr 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 7
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, May 01
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 4
Friday, May 06 - 6:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, May 07 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
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