Softball Downs Long Beach State 7-0
Feb. 14, 2001
LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked UCLA softball team defeated Long Beach State 7-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Easton Stadium. The scheduled doubleheader started an hour late because of field conditions related to three straight days of rain in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the late start doomed the second scheduled game, which was called due to darkness after three complete innings with the Bruins leading 3-2. With the victory, the Bruins improve their record to 10-0, while the 49ers fall to 4-5 on the season.
UCLA's offense started early, with a two-run home run by right fielder Tairia Mims in the bottom of the first inning.Left fielder Lupe Brambila led off the second inning with her first home run of the season, a shot the cleared the right field fence. In the third, the Bruins led off the inning with back-to-back doubles by Courtney Dale and Claire Sua to make the score 4-0.
The 49ers left the bases loaded twice, in the third inning and in the sixth, when pinch runner Carissa Reiswig and Bruin shortstop Natasha Watley converged on the same spot. Reiswig was running from second to third and Watley went to field the ball batted by second baseman Jaclyn Fredrickson. No interference was called on the runner or the defensive player, leaving the bases loaded with one out and pinch hitter Patricia Espinosa at the plate. Espinosa popped up for an infield fly rule out before left fielder Kristina McCarty grounded out to end the inning.
The Bruins added three more runs in the sixth inning, when Erin Rahn walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a double to left field by Watley. Mims followed with an RBI single up the middle before Dale hit an RBI single to complete the scoring.
Amanda Freed earned the win for UCLA, striking out eight and walking one in five innings pitched to improve to 5-0 on the season. Freed has yet to allow a run in 29 innings pitched this season. Courtney Dale pitched two innings in relief, her second appearance of the season.
The Bruins return to action on Friday at the UNLV Classic, with games against Kansas and Portland State.