Feb. 29, 2004
LOS ANGELES - UCLA finished an undefeated weekend on Sunday at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament at Easton Stadium with a 4-0 win over Long Beach State. The Bruins improve to 16-0 on the season, while Keira Goerl improves to 9-0 on the season. Long Beach State falls to 10-4 with the loss.
Both teams threatened to score in the first inning with Long Beach recording two hits and the Bruins left two runners on while recording one hit, but neither team was able to push a runner across.
The Beach loaded the bases in the top of the fourth inning as Arleigh Thorp was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, the Bruins were unable to get an out on a sacrifice attempt by Marcel Torres, and a hit by Jamie Farnworth loaded the bases. Roxanne Staniorski then grounded to Andrea Duran at third base, who was able to get Thorp out at the plate for the first out of the inning.
Melanie McCauley then stepped in and hit a fly ball to left field, which Tara Henry caught for the second out and threw a strike to Lisa Dodd at second base to double off Farnworth and end the inning before Long Beach State could push across a run.
Emily Zaplatosch then led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a double off of the center field wall, before she was replaced by pinch-runner Amanda Simpson. Simpson would advance to third on a wild pitch and score on a two-out double to left field by designated player Whitney Holum to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, Caitlin Benyi led off the inning with a rocket single to the third baseman. She was sacrificed to second by Andrea Duran and would come around to score on a home run by Stephanie Ramos, her third home run of the weekend and fifth of the season. Claire Sua followed with a hard-hit single to left field and was replaced by pinch-runner Ashley Herrera. Jodie Legaspi then hit a double off of the right field fence to score Herrera and give UCLA a 4-0 lead.
The 49ers rallied in the top of the seventh inning with consecutive hits to lead off the inning, and a ground-out advanced the pair of runners to second and third base with two outs, but Goerl was able to get the final batter of the game to ground out.
UCLA junior All-American Keira Goerl struck out three, walked one, and scattered five hits as she improved to 9-0 on the 2004 season. She now has 108 career victories, ranking 13th in NCAA Division I softball history.
The Bruins return to action on Friday at the San Diego State Tournament with games against Syracuse and Cal Poly.