|Keira Goerl (Softball)
pretty awesome to win this thing,” Mathews wrote on Day
6. “It was quite hot most of the day, but we settled down
and pulled through in the end. I’m carrying the trophy right
now. We’ve all taken turns with it.
“On the last hole, I looked at the leaderboard and saw
that we were three shots ahead. When I made my putt, there was
all sorts of cheering. It was just fantastic!”
Take note, UCLA men. While no one argues the
merits of the men’s teams’ glorious records in basketball,
volleyball and tennis, there is another dynasty in the world of
Bruin sports: UCLA softball.
The women won their second NCAA title in a row in Oklahoma City,
making it 10 NCAA championships for the Bruins and 11 national
championships in all (including a 1978 AIAW title). They defeated
a tough California team, 3-1, in a prime-time game televised on
ESPN on May 31.
|Jessica Cosby (Throw)
For the first five innings, though, things were tense. UCLA
trailed, 1-0, until senior Claire Sua hit her 10th home run of
the season and freshman pinch hitter Kristen Dedmon batted in
two more runs, giving senior pitcher Keira Goerl the cushion she
needed as she recorded the last six defensive outs of the game.
Goerl became only the third pitcher to earn a victory in multiple
national championship games, joining UCLA’s Debbie Doom
’86 and Arizona’s Susie Parra.
“It’s a great feeling, just knowing that we got the
ring,” Goerl says. “I don’t look at (throwing
back-to-back championships) as an individual accomplishment, but
as a total team effort. The team was right behind me, giving me
the defensive and offensive support that we needed to win both