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Women's College World Series: Game Fourteen

NCAA Women's College World Series
Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Weather: Clear, low 60s

Sunday's schedule (All times Central):

Game 11 - Arizona 1 vs. California 2
Game 12 - Texas 0 vs. UCLA 3
Game 13 - Arizona 1 vs. Cal 4
Game 14 - UCLA 2 vs. Texas 1

Monday's game (CDT):

Championship game - 3:30 p.m.
Game 14: UCLA 2, Texas 1 -- FINAL

Texas (49-9) 100 000 0 -- 1-3-1
UCLA (53-7) 000 000 2 -- 2-6-1
Keira Goerl (UCLA) and Cat Osterman (Texas)
Winning Pitcher: Keira Goerl (39-7)
Losing Pitcher: Cat Osterman (32-6)

Texas let UCLA that it wasn't going down without a fight. Leadoff batter Lindsay Gardner got a two-base error and got to third on a ground out by Tina Boutelle. Chez Sievers singled up the middle to score Gardner and put the Longhorns up by one in the top of the first. Cat Osterman came out much stronger in her second game of the day against UCLA allowing only three hits through the fifth inning and striking out 13. UCLA pitcher Keira Goerl followed suit allowing only three hits through five innings, but was much weaker with the K's with only three during the game. However, UCLA rallied in the bottom of the seventh on a single by Monique Mejia, a sacrifice bunt from Andrea Duran, and an RBI double from Natasha Watley to tie the game, and an RBI single from Caitlin Benyi to give the Bruins the win.

Texas was eliminated. UCLA will meet California at 3:30 p.m. CDT on Monday for the championship game.

WHAT THEY SAID

"I'm just thrilled. It says so much about the team and their ability to never give up. I'm thrilled that everyone got to see what Bruin softball is all about."  UCLA head coach Sue Enquist

"I'm not surprised that they pitched to me because I had struck out at all my other at-bats. When (Connie Clark) came out to talk to (Cat Osterman) I thought they would walk me. I just wanted to put it in play."  UCLA shortstop Natasha Watley on her RBI double with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

"I just wanted to put the ball in play, especially with Natasha on second."  UCLA player Caitlin Benyi on her RBI single that won the game.

"You don't go into a game expecting the other team to score in the first inning, but it happened and we came back." UCLA pitcher Keira Goerl

"I thought we had a great tournament and I'm very, very proud of this team. It teaches a lot about life because it was pretty cruel there at the end. Cat's been phenominal. I'm so happy she's on our side. There's no doubt that we will be back. Hopefully next time we'll seal the deal. We did some good things and made some good adjustments. I thought one run was going to do it, but it was nice to put up insurance runs." ON PITCHING TO NATASHA WATLEY: "I didn't ever think of walking Natasha because you never want to put the go-ahead run on for free."  Texas head coach Connie Clark

"I'm really happy with how I pitched. It's tough for any team to beat me twice. My game plan is to go right at them. I'm really pleased; I'm disappointed with the last two pitches, obviously. Our team has a lot of heart. We've done above and beyond waht a lot of people thought we could do."  Texas pitcher Cat Osterman

Go to NCAA Championships for the complete Women's College World Series schedule, including television coverage.