Bruins Fall to Arizona in NCAA Championship Game
May 28, 2001
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Amanda Freed allowed just three hits in the NCAA Championship game, but one of those three hits went over the centerfield fence, giving Arizona the 2001 NCAA Softball Championship with a 1-0 win over UCLA.
Wildcat catcher Lindsey Collins hit a one-out solo home run to centerfield in the fourth inning, and that was all the offense that Arizona would need. The Bruins had just one runner in scoring position in the first five innings, as Natasha Watley reached on a fielders choice with two outs, then stole second base.
UCLA threatened again in the sixth inning, as Watley led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second base as Wildcat pitcher Jenny Finch made a throwing error on the play. Centerfielder Stephanie Ramos was unable to get a bunt down and after an impressive battle at the plate, Tairia Mims fouled out to Toni Mascarenas for the second out of the inning. Stacey Nuveman was then intentionally walked and designated player Claire Sua flied out to Nicole Giordano in left field to end the final threat of the ballgame for the Bruins.
Freed finished the day having allowed just three hits on the afternoon, striking out six and walking three. She finishes the season with a 21-4 record.
Three Bruins, Mims, Freed and Sua, were named to the All-Tournament team, while Wildcat pitcher Jennie Finch was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Freed led UCLA offensively and in the circle, batting .500 and allowing just one run in 19 innings in the circle.