Top-Ranked Softball Sweeps Colorado State
March 2, 2001
LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked UCLA Bruin softball team earned a doubleheader sweep of Colorado State on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium, winning the first game 11-3 (6 inn.), and 2-0. UCLA is now 23-0 in 2001, while the Rams fall to 2-8.
The Bruins opened with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning with home runs by Stacey Nuveman and Claire Sua. Both were two-run shots. Nuveman's homer was her sixth of the season and 57th of her UCLA career, tying her with Akron's Kelli Metzger (1996-99) for fourth place on the NCAA's all-time career home run list. That is the highest spot earned by any player who did not play at Arizona.
Colorado State answered in the top of the third inning with an RBI single by right fielder Brooke Boyer and a two-RBI double down the left field line by first baseman Jennie Orozco.
In the bottom of the fourth, left fielder Stephanie Ramos led off with a double to left, and scored on a two-RBI triple by centerfielder Amanda Freed. The Bruins would add two more runs, on a sacrifice fly by Tairia Mims that scored Freed, and an RBI single to left by Nuveman.
Freed would add another RBI in the fifth, and the Bruins ended the game with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Nuveman scored on a passed ball to make the score 10-3, leaving runners on second and third, but pinch runner Crissy Buck scored on an RBI single by Ramos to invoke the eight run mercy rule. Courtney Dale earned the victory for UCLA in the circle, pitching the last three innings of the game. She is now 2-0 on the season.
In the nightcap, two runs were all freshman Keira Goerl would need, as she pitched a two-hitter, striking out five and walking one to improve to 7-0. Tournament rules dictated that the Bruins were the visiting team for the second game of the doubleheader, and UCLA's runs came in the top of the fifth innin gon a two-run home run by Natasha Watley that barely cleared the fence down the right field line.
In other action at the Easton Classic, UNLV swept South Florida with game scores of 2-0 and 5-2. Cal State Northridge pulled off an upset sweep of No. 14 Oregon State, winning both games of their doubleheader with scores of 1-0 and 2-1.
The Easton Classic continues on Saturday with one doubleheader at UCLA's Easton Stadium with a 1 pm start between the No. 1 Bruins and South Florida, and two doubleheaders at CSUN's Matador Diamond with 9 am start for Colorado State and Oregon State, and a 1:30 pm start for Cal State Northridge and UNLV. All matchups are doubleheaders. Tournament play concludes on Sunday.
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