March 29, 1998
LOS ANGELES-- Stanford third baseman Shane Anderson's two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning of game one, coupled with a strong pitching performance by Marcy Crouch in game two, helped power the 14th ranked Stanford softball team past UCLA 2-0 and 3-0 Sunday, in a Pac-10 Conference matchup at UCLA's Easton Softball Stadium.
Anderson's sixth-inning homer off UCLA pitcher Erin Weiler, broke a scoreless tie and gave the Cardinal a 2-0 advantage late in game one. The Bruins would rally in the bottom of that inning as Marin Noack reached on an error and Lupe Brambila singled to center field, giving UCLA runners on first and second with one out. Anderson, however, came up big again as she turned a double play on a hard hit ball by UCLA third baseman Jenny Gardner to kill the Bruin rally. Despite giving up six hits, Stanford pitcher Becky Blevins managed to pitch seven innings of scoreless play and help the Cardinal to the 2-0 victory.
Despite a short rain delay, Stanford carried the momentum into game two, as Cardinal pitcher Marcy Crouch pitched six innings of scoreless play, holding the Bruins to just four hits. Stanford added a run in the third and two in the fifth to complete the sweep of UCLA and improve to 23-6 overall and 4-2 in Pac-10 action.
UCLA was led in hitting by Casey Hiraiwa, who went 3-for-6 on the afternoon.
With the loss, UCLA falls to 10-9 overall and 0-2 in conference play. Prior to Sunday's games, the Bruins were scheduled to host Cal for a doubleheader on Saturday, however that had to be canceled due to poor field conditions.
UCLA continues Pac-10 play this week as it travels to Arizona to take on the University of Arizona on Friday and Arizona State on Saturday. The Bruins will not return home until they host Oregon on April 19th at 11:00 a.m. All of UCLA's home games are played at Easton Softball Stadium.