Softball Wins WCWS Opener, 2-0
May 24, 2001
OKLAHOMA CITY - It took until the sixth inning, but the second seeded UCLA Bruins pushed two runs across the plate to defeat the seventh seeded Iowa Hawkeyes (49-13) in the teams opening game of the 2001 Women's College World Series.
Both pitchers took no-hitters into the fourth inning, with Iowa's Kristin Johnson getting the first hit of the game, an infield single in the third. The Hawkeyes would leave runners on first and second, as Amanda Freed struck out Jessica Bashor to end the inning.
UCLA answered with a hit of their own in the bottom of the fourth, as Tairia Mims recorded the first hit of the day for the Bruins, a double to left field. After an intentional walk to Nuveman gave the Bruins runners on first and second with two outs, Claire Sua struck out to end the inning.
Iowa threatened again in the fifth with a leadoff double from Christina Schmaltz, but the Bruins ended the threat quickly, catching Schmaltz in a rundown when Erin Doud grounded to Toria Auelua at third base. Freed then posted her fifth strikeout of the game and pinch-hitter Lori Leon grounded out to end the inning.
In the sixth, centerfielder Stephanie Ramos started the Bruin rally with a one-out double to left field, and advanced to third on a single down the right field line by first baseman Tairia Mims. After issuing the second intentional walk of the game to Stacey Nuveman, freshman designated player Claire Sua came through with hard-hit single to right field, scoring Ramos and Mims.
That was all the offense the Bruins would need, as Iowa could only muster a two-out single in the top of the seventh.
With the win, UCLA improves to 60-5 on the season, and advances to play sixth-seeded Stanford in a winners bracket game at 8:30 pm Central Time at Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. This is the third 60-win season in program history for the Bruins, who won the NCAA Championship in both previous 60-win seasons (1990 and 1999).
UCLA's Friday game is one of just two games of the WCWS that will not be broadcast by ESPN or ESPN2, but the game will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com with Lou Riggs calling the action.