Softball Alumnae Game a Success at Easton Stadium

Jan. 25, 2003

LOS ANGELES - An enjoyable time was had by all at the annual UCLA Softball Alumnae Game on Saturday afternoon at Easton Softball Stadium. Aided by a 7-6 edge in the home run hitting contest and the pitching debut of current Bruin senior Natasha Watley, the Blue team won the game by a 13-12 margin.

The White team started quickly, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, and would hold that lead until the Blue team put together a five-run frame in the bottom of the fourth. Following the conclusion of the fourth inning, the game was paused for a home run hitting contest, where each home run counted towards the total team score.

Three hitters from each team were provided with 10 swings in a front-toss format. In the first pairing, current Bruins Natasha Watley (Blue) and Tairia Mims (White) alternated, with Watley hitting the only home run. Next up were former Bruins Amanda Freed (White) and Julie Marshall (Blue) with Freed holding a 3-2 advantage in home runs.

Finally, current junior Claire Sua (White) matched up against current UCLA volunteer assistant coach Lisa Fernandez (Blue), with Fernandez clearing the fence four times to Sua's three.

Because the Blue team batted as the home team, Team White was afforded a final at-bat following the home run hitting contest to complete the five-inning contest. Watley, who pitched a one-hit fourth inning in her pitching debut, returned to the circle with a 13-8 lead, and was able to hold on for the victory despite giving up a lead-off grand slam home run to Mims. Watley was able to hold the score at 13-12 to earn the win.

UCLA begins its 2003 competitive schedule next Friday, January 31, as it will face Loyola Marymount in a 1:30 doubleheader as part of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. Tournament action begins on Friday morning at 9 am with a doubleheader between Alabama and Cal State Fullerton. The 11-game, five-team tournament will conclude on Sunday afternoon.

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