Softball Defeats Washington For Weekend Sweep

April 14, 2001

LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked UCLA softball team scored four runs in the first three innings and held the Washington Huskies scoreless to go to 42-3 overall, 5-3 in Pac-10 play. With the loss, Washington falls to 27-16, 3-5 Pac-10.

Pitcher Amanda Freed and shortstop Natasha Watley started the game for the Bruins with back-to-back singles before third baseman Tairia Mims struck out for the first out of the Bruin first inning. Stacey Nuveman then stepped to the plate and smashed her 12th home run of the season over the scoreboard in left field to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.

UCLA added a second run in the third inning when Watley led off with a single and advanced to second on an error by Husky right fielder Traci Tawney. Watley would score on a double to left field by Nuveman, who hit the 1985 NCAA Championship banner on the fence in left centerfield.

Freed was dominant in the circle, striking out 10 and walking three, two in the seventh inning. Washington advanced just one runner to second base, as second baseman Christie Rosenblad stole second with two outs in the seventh inning. It was Freed's team-leading 17th win on the season.

The Bruins return to action on Friday afternoon with a 2 pm game at Oregon State before traveling to Oregon for Pac-10 games on Saturday and Sunday.

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