Bruin Softball Heads North To Meet Washington
March 27, 2002
Following a 12-day break for final exams, the top-ranked Bruins returned to action on Monday, March 25, for a doubleheader sweep of No. 10 Fresno State, giving head coach Sue Enquist the 1,100th victory during her UCLA career (player, assistant coach and head coach, combined).
Now, UCLA travels to Seattle for its Pac-10 opener, a two-game set against No. 12 Washington. Last season, the Bruins swept all three conference games from the Huskies, and UCLA holds a 24-12 advantage in the all-time series.UCLA Returns to Diamond With Sweep of Bulldogs
Coming off of a 12-day break for winter quarter final exams, the top-ranked UCLA softball team returned to action on Monday for its final non-conference games of the 2002 season, playing host to No. 10 Fresno State at Easton Stadium. The opening game of the afternoon was a pitchers duel between UCLA's Keira Goerl, who was coming off of back-to-back Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors, and Fresno State's Jamie Southern. The two teams combined for four hits on the day, with the Bruins scoring the lone run of the contest in the third inning on an RBI single by Amanda Freed. Goerl pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking one.
In the nightcap, Freed stepped into the circle and posted another impressive performance, scattering five hits while striking out five and walking one in the 7-0 victory. The Bruins offense showed up for game two, pounding out 13 hits, including doubles from Freed, Claire Sua and Stephanie Ramos to go along with the fifth home run of the year for Tairia Mims.Bruins Sweep UC Santa Barbara Prior to Final Exams
UCLA completed its winter quarter playing schedule on March 13, defeating UC Santa Barbara with game scores of 7-1 and 4-0. In the opening game of the doubleheader, the Bruins scored a run in each of the first two innings before breaking out for five runs in the bottom of the fourth, featuring a monster home run from designated player Claire Sua on a very blustery day at Easton Stadium.
The nightcap saw Keira Goerl take to the circle for UCLA, where she struck out eight, walked one and allowed just two hits while improving her season record to 14-1. The Bruins opened the scoring in the first inning, with Watley circling the bases on a bunt single, stolen base, and two wild pitches. The Bruins added three more runs in the second inning, with a two-RBI triple by Watley, and an RBI single by Freed.
Head Coach Sue Enquist
The 2002 season marks Sue Enquist's 14th campaign as head coach of the Bruin softball program. It is her 23rd year as part of UCLA's softball coaching staff and her 27th year of involvement with the program as either a coach or player. Enquist has a 673-124-1 (.844) coaching record and 1,100 wins in her Bruin softball career as a player, assistant coach and head coach, combined. As a player from 1975-78, Enquist became UCLA's first All-American while establishing the Bruin career batting average record of .401. She is still the only UCLA player to complete her career with a batting average over .400.