Softball Sweps Cal with 5-1 Win on Sunday
April 1, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The top-ranked UCLA softball team completed their weekend sweep of No. 3 Cal on Sunday, downing the Golden Bears by a 5-1 margin. With the win, the Bruins improve to 37-1, 2-1 Pac-10, while Cal falls to 39-4, 0-3 Pac-10.
Freed opened her day in the circle by striking out the side in the first inning. The Bruins scored their first run on the day in the top of the second inning, when catcher Stacey Nuveman led off the inning with a single to left field. She was replaced by baserunner Amanda Simpson, who was sacrificed to second base by designated player Courtney Dale and hit home by first baseman Claire Sua on a long single to right center field.
In the third, Freed led off with a walk, and advanced to second on a single by Watley. After a fly-out by third baseman Tairia Mims, Nuveman singled up the middle to bring Freed home to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. UCLA scored three more runs in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded single by Freed that brought home Claire Sua and Marcel Torres. Golden Bear catcher Courtney Scott tried to throw out Bruin outfielder Lupe Brambila at third base on the play, but instead threw the ball into the outfield, allowing Brambila to score UCLA's fifth run of the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Golden Bears answered, with a leadoff single by third baseman Candace Harper, a single by Veronica Nelson and an RBI groundout by Scott. It was just the third earned run of the season allowed by Bruin pitcher Amanda Freed.
Courtney Dale came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh inning for the Bruins and started exactly how Freed had opened the game, by striking out the side. Freed earned the win for UCLA, improving her record to 15-1 on the season. She struck out four and did not walk a batter.
The Bruins return to action on Wednesday afternoon with a doubleheader at Cal State Northridge.