Bruins Host Stanford, California This Weekend
April 10, 2002
Fri. Apr. 12 -- Stanford (#3) -- uclabruins.com -- Easton Stadium -- 2 pm
Sat. Apr. 13 -- California (#8) -- Easton Stadium -- 2 pm
Sun. Apr. 14 -- California (#8) -- uclabruins.com -- Easton Stadium -- 1 pm
PLEASE NOTE: Fans planning to attend Sunday's 1 pm game against Cal should be advised that Wilshire Blvd. will be closed on Sunday between 7 am and 7 pm. To avoid Wilshire en route to Easton Stadium, exit the 405 at Sunset. Travel east on Sunset to Bellagio (which is one block east of Veteran). Turn right on Bellagio. At the top of the hill, Easton Stadium will be on your left, parking is on your right.
Fri. Apr. 19 -- Oregon State -- Easton Stadium -- 2 pm
Sat. Apr. 20 -- Oregon -- Easton Stadium -- 2 pm
Sun. Apr. 21 -- Oregon -- Easton Stadium -- 1 pm
After two straight Pac-10 road weekends, the Bruins will settle in to a seven-game homestand, beginning on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium. The Bay Area teams come to town this weekend, with Stanford scheduled for a 2 pm first pitch on Friday with Cal in town on Saturday and Sunday.
Last season, the Bruins won the season series with the Cardinal 3-1, including eliminating Stanford from the Women's College World Series in the semifinals. UCLA won all three matchups with the Golden Bears in 2001, and the Bruins lead both all-time series with a 31-7 record against Stanford and a 56-13 advantage over Cal.
UCLA Snaps Wildcat Streaks With Sunday Win
Arizona's Jennie Finch threw Stacey Nuveman two curve balls on Sunday. Nuveman smacked both of them into the Hillenbrand Stadium scoreboard in right center field, silencing the facility record 3,161 fans as UCLA downed Arizona 6-5. That win ended Arizona's 70-game home winning streak and stopped Finch's consecutive wins streak at 60 games. The two teams combined for eight runs in the first inning alone, with a Stephanie Ramos grand slam giving the Bruins four runs before the Wildcats scored four in the bottom half of the frame. Arizona went up 5-4 in the fourth before Nuveman posted a game-tying solo shot in the fifth and smashed the game-winner with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Pitcher Keira Goerl slammed the door in the bottom of the frame with two strikeouts and a pop-out to end the game.
Saturday's matchup between the nation's top two teams was another dramatic contest, with UCLA taking an early 1-0 lead, Arizona countering with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and Natasha Watley posting a critical game-tying RBI in the top of the seventh, scoring pinch runner Julie Hoshizaki from second base on a single through the right side of the infield. Unfortunately, the Wildcats posted their second home run of the afternoon in the bottom of the seventh, when Lovieanne Jung hit a walk-off homer just over the fence in straightaway center.
A sloppy defensive performance by the Bruins on Friday helped Arizona State record a 3-2 victory in the first game of the weekend. Tairia Mims hit a game-tying solo home run in the top of the third inning, and the Bruins manufactured a run in the top of the seventh when Watley reached on a two-base error, advanced to third on a sacrifice and scored on a passed ball.
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 675-127-1 (.841) coaching record and 1,101 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.
Five Current Bruins in USA Softball's Core Group
Five current and two former UCLA softball players were chosen by USA Softball as members of its 22-player core group of athletes to move on to its upcoming World Championships camp in May/June 2002 that was named in January. Current players include Toria Auelua, Amanda Freed, Stacey Nuveman, Tairia Mims and Natasha Watley, while volunteer assistant coach Lisa Fernandez and 2001 senior Courtney Dale round out the Bruin contingent. Two additional former Bruins, Lyndsey Klein and Sheila (Cornell) Douty, were added to the list of invitees at the end of March. USA Softball will be going for its fifth consecutive World Championship at the 2002 ISF World Championships in July in Saskatoon, Canada. The U.S. is looking to qualify as the top seed for a third consecutive Olympic Games after winning Gold in 1996 (Atlanta) and 2000 (Sydney).
UCLA has more current or former players among this 42-player group (nine) than any other school. Arizona (six) is the only other school with more than three players invited to the May 30-June 3 team camp at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.