Bruin Softball Stops No. 11 DePaul, 4-0
March 9, 2001
FRESNO, CA - The top-ranked UCLA softball team improved its season record to 31-0 on Friday night, defeating No. 11 DePaul by a 4-0 margin at the Hedrick's Hallowell Chevrolet Classic in Fresno, CA. Amanda Freed earned her 13th victory of the season in the circle, and the Blue Demons fall to 7-2-1 on the year.
All four of UCLA's runs came in the bottom of the first inning, as 10 Bruin batters stepped to the plate. Freed led off and reached base on an error by DePaul shortstop Liz Bouck, and advanced to second on a single by Bruin shortstop Natasha Watley. An RBI double by Tairia Mims scored Freed. After a walk to catcher Stacey Nuveman, both Watley and Mims came home on a single to right field by freshman first baseman Claire Sua. Nuveman would score on a bases loaded single by Erin Rahn before Freed fouled out to end the inning.
DePaul collected just four hits on the evening, scattered through the last five innings of play. Their biggest scoring threat came in the fourth inning, when pitcher Sarah Martz led off with a walk followed by two sacrifice bunts, advancing Martz to third base. No other base runner would reach second base for the Blue Demons.
The Bruins return to action on Saturday evening at Bulldog Diamond with a scheduled 5 pm start against New Mexico State and a 7 pm first pitch in a non-conference matchup against No. 15 Oregon State.