Top-ranked Softball Opens with Three Wins

Feb. 4, 2001

SAN JOSE - The top-ranked UCLA softball team earned victories in its first three games of the season on Saturday, defeating host San Jose State 8-0 (5 innings), Cal State Northridge 13-0 (5 innings) and Cal Poly 5-0 on the opening day of the Spartan Early Bird Classic. The Bruins are now 3-0 on the 2001 season.

Each of UCLA's three batteries tossed a two-hitter, while freshman Keira Goerl threw five perfect innings against Cal Poly before giving up a hit to open the sixth. Sophomore Tairia Mims caught for Goerl in UCLA's third and final game of the day.

The battery of juniors Amanda Freed and Stacey Nuveman earned the first win of the season, with Freed tossing a two-hitter to go along with a two-RBI single against host San Jose State.

In the second game of the day, senior Stephanie Swenson and sophomore catcher Toria Auelua held Cal State Northridge scoreless, while three Bruins, freshmen Amanda Simpson and Stephanie Ramos and senior Lupe Brambila stole their first bases of the season.

Sophomore Natasha Watley stole two bases on the day, extending her UCLA career record to 34. The Bruins first extra-base hit of the season went to Nuveman, who doubled in the sixth inning against Cal Poly.

The Bruins return to action early Sunday morning, playing Cal State Northridge at 8 am, Cal Poly at 9:30 and host San Jose State at 12:30 pm.

No. 1 UCLA 8 (1-0), San Jose State 0 (0-1)-- 5 innings
UCLA 0 0 0 7 1- 8-9-0
SJSU 0 0 0 0 0- 0-2-2
LOB: UCLA 5, SJSU 2, SB: Watley, UCLA (1)
W: Freed (1-0), L: Quintero (0-1)

No. 1 UCLA13 (2-0), Cal State Northridge 0 (0-1)-5 innings
UCLA 0 0 2 3 8- 13-14-0
CSUN 0 0 0 0 0- 0-2-3
LOB: UCLA 6, CSUN 4, SB: Simpson, UCLA (1), Ramos, UCLA (1), Brambila, UCLA (1)
W: Swenson (1-0), L: Farnworth (0-1)

No. 1 UCLA 5 (3-0), Cal Poly 0 (0-2)
UCLA 0 0 0 0 3 0 2- 5-8-0
Cal Poly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0- 0-2-2
LOB: UCLA 6, Cal Poly 1, 2B: Nuveman, UCLA (1), SB: Freed, UCLA (1), Watley, UCLA (2)
W: Goerl (1-0), L: Murray (0-1)

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