Softball Defeats Cal State Northridge, 9-0

May 18, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Amanda Freed and Keira Goerl combined on a one-hit shutout and Stacey Nuveman blasted her 18th home run of the season over the left field scoreboard as second-ranked UCLA eliminated Cal State Northridge from the NCAA softball regionals on Friday at Easton Stadium, 9-0. The Bruins are now 57-5 overall while CSUN ends their season at 32-24.

The Bruins got on the board in the second inning as Courtney Dale led off the inning with a single to left field. After Freed fanned for the first out of the inning, UCLA got consecutive singles by Toria Auelua, Lupe Brambila and Natasha Watley to score Amanda Simpson, who pinch ran for Dale, and take a 1-0 lead.

The game remained that way until the top of the sixth when UCLA added three runs for a 4-0 margin. Auelua and Brambila opened the inning with singles and advanced to second and third on a grounder by Watley. Stephanie Ramos then singled to right-center, driving home both Bruins. She would score one batter later when Tairia Mims crushed a pitch off the left field wall for a RBI double.

UCLA put the game away with five unearned runs in the seventh, all coming with two outs. The big blow was Nuveman's three-run blast, one which easily cleared the left field scoreboard at Easton Stadium, to score Mims and Ramos for the 9-0 final.

Freed (18-3) fanned seven Matadors batters in five innings, walking none and allowing just a two-out single to CSUN pitcher Sarah Farnworth in the fourth inning. Goerl entered in the sixth inning and pitched two perfect frames to close the contest. Farnworth (25-16) scattered 14 hits and allowed nine runs, four earned, in a complete game loss.

All nine Bruins in the starting lineup tallied at least one hit. Auelua led the way with a 3-for-4 performance. Mims went 3-for-5 with two RBIs while Brambila was 2-for-2 in the win. Watley stole two bases, bringing her UCLA single-season record total to 50 for the year. Nuveman was intentionally walked twice prior to her seventh-inning homer.

Saturday's ScheduleGame 9: San Diego State at UCLA - 12:30 p.m. ( 10: Wisconsin vs. SDSU/UCLA loser - 3 p.m.

Sunday's ScheduleGame 11: SDSU/UCLA winner vs. Game 10 winner - 12:30 p.m.Game 12: same pairings as game 11 (if necessary) - 3 p.m.

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