April 25, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Southern California was not all that pleasant for the Bears this weekend, as No. 3 UCLA completed its home sweep of No. 4 California Sunday afternoon, defeating the Bears 3-1 in conference play at Easton Stadium. The game marked UCLA's second-straight win and California's second-straight loss.
Senior 1B Claire Sua singled in two RBI's for UCLA (31-7 overall, 4-6 in the Pac-10) and senior CF Stephanie Ramos hit her 11th home run of the year to add up the Bruins' three runs. Senior P Keira Goerl (18-5) threw a complete game for UCLA and picked up her 117th career win, eighth all-time in NCAA Division I records.
Sophomore LF Lindsay James tried to get something going for California (38-10 overall, 5-7 in the Pac-10) early, singling to left field in the top of the first inning. Junior CF Kaleo Eldredge followed with a single to center and then both Bears advanced with stolen bases. But two fly outs would end the inning, stranding Eldredge and James.
UCLA seized the opportunity to get on the board first. Sophomore 3B Andrea Duran hit a one-out double down the left field line and scored one batter later when Sua singled to left for her first RBI of the afternoon.
Neither team could get base runners across until UCLA capitalized again in the bottom of the third, essentially repeating its successful formula from the first. Duran led off with a single through the left side, sophomore 2B Caitlin Benyi singled to left and, once again, Duran scored on a Sua single, this time into center field, giving UCLA a 2-0 lead through three innings. Ramos wrapped up Bruin scoring with her two-out home run down the right field line in the fourth, 3-0.
Freshman Alex Sutton drew a lead-off walk to open the fifth, renewing California's pressure on the Bruins, followed by junior 3B Vicky Galindo's single down the left side. Two outs later, sophomore C Haley Woods reached on a fielder's choice, advancing Galindo and Sutton to second and third. But again the Bears were unable to get runners across the plate.
Galindo and James tried again to spark the California offense in the seventh, each singling to left to open the inning. A catcher's interference call during Eldredge's at-bat loaded the bases for Woods, who delivered a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Galindo. Two quick outs followed to end the rally and the game.
All told, the Bears ended up stranding runners in every inning, 11 in all. Sophomore P Kristina Thorson (18-3) took her third loss in the circle for California before stepping out after one inning due to illness.
California hits the road again next week for its Pac-10 desert series, traveling to No. 1 Arizona on Friday, April 30, before spending the weekend in Tempe with Arizona State, May 1-2.
California Softball Result: California 000 000 1 - 1 7 0 UCLA 101 100 X - 3 9 3 Thorson, Anderson (2) and Woods. Goerl and Zaplatosch. W - Goerl 18-5. L - Thorson 18-3. Save - None. HR - Ramos (UCLA).
Records: California 38-10 (5-7 Pac-10) UCLA 31-7 (4-6 Pac-10)