April 1, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. - Lupe Brambila led off the sixth inning with a triple and scored on Lyndsey Klein's sacrifice fly to lead No. 3 UCLA to a 1-0 win over No. 8 Stanford at the Stanford Softball Complex Saturday afternoon. The Bruins improve to 27-5 on the year and 2-0 in the Pac-10 while the Cardinal falls to 30-6, 1-3.
Stanford out-hit the Bruins 7-5 and threatened on numerous occasions, but was unable to take the lead. Stephanie Swenson (8-0) struck out six, scattering seven hits and two walks for the complete-game win. For Stanford, freshman Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA/Scripps Ranch HS) started well,r etiring the side in the first three innings. She gave up a pair of two-out singles in the fourth, but got out of the inning on a liner to junior Jenni Shideler (San Jose, CA/Leland HS) at third base. Tairia Mims had a single to lead off the fifth. Toria Auelua then hit a ball between first and second, but the ball hit Mims. Mims was out, but Auelua received credit for a single. Sorensen then got a popup and a strikeout to retire the side.
Brambila hit a triple to the wall in right-center to lead off the sixth, and Sorensen was replaced by freshman Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA/Carlmont HS). Nyberg got a lineout, but then gave up Klein's sacrifice fly to center field. Nyberg retired the first five batters she faced before hitting two consecutive batters with two out in the seventh. Nyberg then closed the game out when Casey Hiraiwa singled, but Auelua was caught in a rundown between third and home.
Stanford started off strong, getting hits from sophomores Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) and Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) with one out in the first. Walker added a two-out double in the third. Stanford's best chance came in the fourth. Sophomore Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) walked to led off the inning, and senior Lauren Gellman (Los Gatos, CA/Leigh HS) pinch-ran for her. Freshman Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA/Arroyo HS) singled to center, but Gellman was thrown out trying to advance to third. Ching took second base during the play on Gellman, then moved to third when freshman Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA/Chaminade Prep) singled. Shideler then put a sacrifice bunt down, but Swenson's throw home barely beat Ching.
In the fifth, junior Ramona Shelburne (West Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS) singled to lead off the inning, then was sacrificed to second with the first out. But she got caught in a rundown on Walker's grounder to shortstop, and Mendoza's two-out fly ball was caught about five feet short of the wall in left for the third out.
Sorensen falls to 15-4 after allowing five hits in five-plus innings of work. Three of her losses have come against teams ranked in the top six nationally at the time of the game. Nyberg gave up only one hit in two innings of relief.
Stanford and UCLA return to the Stanford Softball Complex Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.