Softball Opens Postseason with 8-0 Run-Rule Victory

May 17, 2001

LOS ANGELES - The second-ranked and top-seeded UCLA Bruins opened play at the NCAA Regional with an 8-0 win over Coastal Carolina on Thursday afternoon at Easton Stadium. With the win, the Bruins improve to 56-5 overall, and advance to play the winner of Friday morning's Fresno State/Cal State Northridge game.

The Bruins sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning, and scored the first run of the game as leadoff hitter Natasha Watley singled to lead off, stole second base, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by left fielder Stephanie Ramos, and scored on a wild pitch during an intentional walk to Stacey Nuveman.

After walks to Nuveman and designated player Claire Sua, senior Courtney Dale hit a three-RBI home run to give UCLA a 4-0 lead. With Watley leading off the second inning with a hit, first baseman Tairia Mims crushed her 16th home run of the season, a two-run shot. Two batters later, Sua added a homer of her own, clearing the left field fence.

The eighth and final run of the game came in the fourth inning, as Ramos and Mims singled and Nuveman walked to load the bases for an RBI fielders choice by Sua to score pinch-runner Amanda Simpson.

The Bruins will play next in Game 7 of the NCAA Regional, playing a 3 pm PT game against the winner of Friday morning's Fresno State/Cal State Northridge game. The game will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com with Lou Riggs calling the action.

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