Softball Blanks Toreros in Saturday Doubleheader

Feb. 10, 2001

LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked Bruin softball team posted two shutout victories on Saturday afternoon at Easton Stadium, defeating San Diego with scores of 8-0 (6 innings) and 7-0. With the victories, UCLA improves to 9-0 on the 2001 season, while San Diego falls to 2-4.

In the opener, Amanda Freed allowed just one hit, striking out six and not allowing a walk while facing just 16 batters in five innings in the circle. The Bruin offensive explosion started in the first inning, when four runs scored on one swing of the bat when freshman Claire Sua hit a grand slam home run in the bottom half of the inning. Sua's slam cleared the flagpole in straightaway centerfield at Easton Stadium, and made USD pitcher Jade Quentin pay for walks she had issued to Stacey Nuveman and Courtney Dale immediatly prior to Sua's at-bat. It was Sua's second home run of the season and first grand slam of her collegiate career.

Courtney Dale homered for the Bruins in the third inning to give UCLA a 5-0 lead, and sophomore Tairia Mims hit a two-run shot to right field in the fifth inning, giving UCLA a 7-0 advantage. Dale made her 2001 debut in the pitching circle in the top of the sixth inning, her first pitching appearance since off-season shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in her pitching shoulder. The game ended with one out and two runners on base in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Stacey Nuveman singled to score Amanda Freed for UCLA's eighth run.

In the nightcap, UCLA scored a run in the third but their big inning came in the fourth, when Natasha Watley hit a two-RBI double, followed by single from Mims and a two-RBI double by Nuveman. The Bruins added a run in the fifth and a seventh run in the sixth inning on an RBI single to right by freshman Marcel Torres. Senior Stephanie Swenson pitched five innings to earn her third victory of the season, striking out six and walking two. Keira Goerl pitched the sixth and seventh for UCLa, striking out two and walking one without allowing a hit.

The Bruins return to action on Valentine's Day, Wed., Feb. 14, with a 1 pm doubleheader against Long Beach State, before traveling to Las Vegas for the UNLV Classic, which begins on Fri. Feb. 16 with games against Kansas and Portland State.

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