No. 7 Cardinal Falls 13-2 To No. 1 UCLA
April 27, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 7 Stanford (37-13, 4-10 Pac-10) suffered its worst loss of the 2002 season Saturday night, falling 13-2 to No. 1 UCLA (43-6, 11-3 Pac-10) at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal has now lost eight consecutive conference games, and is hitting just .140 (25-179) with eight runs scored during that span.
UCLA used a 10-run third inning to secure the victory, pounding out 13 hits in the contest. Stanford tallied just two hits in the contest, including a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning by freshman Leah Nelson (Oakland, Calif.)- her third of the year.
The Bruins erupted for 10 runs in the top of the third, with Amanda Freed and Tairia Mims hitting back-to-back RBI doubles to start the scoring. Stacey Nuveman followed with her 15th home run of the season, tying the NCAA career home run record with the 85th long ball of her UCLA career. Claire Sua's two run-homer and Amanda Freed's two-run triple also factored into the UCLA scoring, as the Bruins sent 14 hitters to the plate in the inning.
In the fourth, UCLA added three more runs, highlighted by Sua's second home run and Natasha Watley's RBI triple.
Nelson got the Cardinal on the board in the home half of the fifth, connecting on a Freed fastball and blasting her third home run of the season, driving home Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, Calif.), who walked to lead off the frame.
Junior Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, Calif.) recorded the second hit of the contest for Stanford. Cardinal hurler LeCocq took the loss in the circle and is now 15-6 on the year.
Despite the cold weather, Saturday night's crowd of 748 was the third largest this season and fourth largest in school history.
Stanford returns to action Sunday when it squares off against UCLA for the final time this season at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
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