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
the game, but after that UCLA left no doubt as to the outcome of the
getting to her and Ashley Boek for 11 hits and at least one run in every
In the second, after Claire Sua struck out leading off,
singled, advanced to second on a groundout and put the Bruins on the
she scored on a single by Toria Auelua.
UCLA took a 3-0 lead with two
the third, loading the bases on an error by third baseman Kathy Fiske, a
by Watley and a hit batter.
It looked like Bollinger might escape the
without any runs when she struck out Sua and worked to a 2-2 count on
Ramos lined the next pitch into right to score Andrea Duran, and when
fielder Megan Owen bobbled the ball, Watley scored and Tairia Mims
The Bruins continued to rough up Bollinger in the fifth, putting
game out of reach and taking a 5-0 lead as Duran walked with two outs
Watley absolutely launched a 1-1 pitch over the outfield bleachers and
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
her sixth, into the right field seats. In the sixth, the Bruins made it
Mejia walked and Watley singled.
Then, the Huskies had Mejia picked off
base, but catcher Kristen Rivera's throw got past Amanda Oleson and into
field, with Mejia racing around to score.
In the seventh, the Bruins capped a miserable day for the
four more runs.
Zaplatosch reached on an infield single, Auelua got hit
pitch, and Mejia advanced pinch runners Amanda Simpson and Julie
a sacrifice. Duran then singled to right to plate Simpson, and Watley
with her 10th home run of the season, a shot into the center field
With the outcome of the game no longer in doubt, the bigger
confronting the Huskies was, could they get untracked offensively
three shutout losses in four Pac-10 games. Unfortunately for another
answer was no.
They had their opportunities against UCLA ace Keira
Goerl did not pitch very sharply, yielding five walks, but the Huskies
convert. After getting two runners aboard in the second on an error and
Megan grounded out to shortstop Watley to end the inning.
continued in the third, as Rita Roach walked and Oleson slapped a sharp
down the left field line with none out. Aimee Minor then attempted to
but popped a bunt up to first baseman Sua, and Jaime Clark forced Oleson
ground ball to Watley.
After Clark stole second for her 25th swipe of
season, Rivera struck
The Huskies once again got two runners on at second and
the fourth, but Roach grounded out to Mims to end that threat.
In the circle, despite not pitching as sharply as usual, Goerl
distance for her 32nd complete game and 20th shutout of the season. She
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
struck out two.
Boek did not fare much better than Bollinger, allowing
runs, five earned, on five hits and one walk in three innings, with
With the loss, the Huskies dropped to 7-8 in the Pac-10 and
overall, while UCLA improved to 12-3 in conference and 40-5 overall.
Huskies look to get back in the win column, but more importantly, snap
their offensive funk when they host Oregon State in a single game at 2
Friday, May 2, and then close out their home season with two games
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)
Fresno, 6) Michigan, 7) Nebraska and 8) Texas.
UCLA 11, Washington 0
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