UCLA 11, Washington 0

Natasha Watley continued her hot hitting with two home runs and five runs batted in to power the second ranked UCLA Bruins to a season sweep of the fifth ranked Huskies with an 11-0 whitewashing at Husky Softball Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Entering the contest with a .500 batting average, Watley went 4 for 5 to improve her average to a team best .510 and also scored three runs. She singled in the third, hit a two run homer in the fourth, singled again in the sixth and climaxed a terrific day at the plate with a three run homer in the seventh.

Husky starter Tia Bollinger set down the Bruins in order to begin the game, but after that UCLA left no doubt as to the outcome of the game, getting to her and Ashley Boek for 11 hits and at least one run in every inning.

In the second, after Claire Sua struck out leading off, Stephanie Ramos singled, advanced to second on a groundout and put the Bruins on the board when she scored on a single by Toria Auelua.

UCLA took a 3-0 lead with two runs in the third, loading the bases on an error by third baseman Kathy Fiske, a single by Watley and a hit batter.

It looked like Bollinger might escape the inning without any runs when she struck out Sua and worked to a 2-2 count on Ramos, but Ramos lined the next pitch into right to score Andrea Duran, and when right fielder Megan Owen bobbled the ball, Watley scored and Tairia Mims advanced to third.

The Bruins continued to rough up Bollinger in the fifth, putting the game out of reach and taking a 5-0 lead as Duran walked with two outs and then Watley absolutely launched a 1-1 pitch over the outfield bleachers and into the goal on the adjacent soccer field for her ninth home run of the season.

Emily Zaplatosch made it 6-0 Bruins in the fifth with a solo home run, her sixth, into the right field seats. In the sixth, the Bruins made it 7-0 as Mejia walked and Watley singled.

Then, the Huskies had Mejia picked off second base, but catcher Kristen Rivera's throw got past Amanda Oleson and into center field, with Mejia racing around to score.

In the seventh, the Bruins capped a miserable day for the Huskies with four more runs.

Zaplatosch reached on an infield single, Auelua got hit by a pitch, and Mejia advanced pinch runners Amanda Simpson and Julie Hoshizaki with a sacrifice. Duran then singled to right to plate Simpson, and Watley followed with her 10th home run of the season, a shot into the center field bleachers.

With the outcome of the game no longer in doubt, the bigger issue confronting the Huskies was, could they get untracked offensively following three shutout losses in four Pac-10 games. Unfortunately for another day, the answer was no.

They had their opportunities against UCLA ace Keira Goerl, as Goerl did not pitch very sharply, yielding five walks, but the Huskies could not convert. After getting two runners aboard in the second on an error and walk, Megan grounded out to shortstop Watley to end the inning.

The frustration continued in the third, as Rita Roach walked and Oleson slapped a sharp single down the left field line with none out. Aimee Minor then attempted to sacrifice but popped a bunt up to first baseman Sua, and Jaime Clark forced Oleson with a ground ball to Watley.

After Clark stole second for her 25th swipe of the season, Rivera struck out swinging.

The Huskies once again got two runners on at second and third in the fourth, but Roach grounded out to Mims to end that threat.

In the circle, despite not pitching as sharply as usual, Goerl went the distance for her 32nd complete game and 20th shutout of the season. She struck out five.

Bollinger suffered the loss for the Huskies to drop to 22-7, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits and one walk in four innings. She struck out two.

Boek did not fare much better than Bollinger, allowing six runs, five earned, on five hits and one walk in three innings, with three punchouts.

With the loss, the Huskies dropped to 7-8 in the Pac-10 and 40-10-1 overall, while UCLA improved to 12-3 in conference and 40-5 overall.

The Huskies look to get back in the win column, but more importantly, snap out of their offensive funk when they host Oregon State in a single game at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 2, and then close out their home season with two games against Oregon on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. Saturday's contest begins at 2 p.m. and the Sunday finale at 1.

The NCAA announced the eight hosts for the Division I softball championship: 1) Alabama, 2) Arizona, 3) Cal State Fullerton, 4) Florida, 5) Fresno, 6) Michigan, 7) Nebraska and 8) Texas.

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