Bruins To Face Stiff Challenges At UNLV Classic

Feb. 12, 2003

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The Bruins resume tournament play this weekend, traveling to Las Vegas,NV, for the UNLV Classic Tournament. UCLA will face two teams that wereranked in the NFCA/USA Today preseason top-10 in Nebraska (t-4th) andLSU (7th). UCLA went undefeated at last year's UNLV Classic, defeatingTexas Tech, Alabama, BYU, Nebraska and LSU.

All four of UCLA's opponentsat the UNLV Classic have started their 2003 schedule, with Hawai'ihosting the Chevron Paradise Classic; LSU, Nebraska and Utah playing atthe Fiesta Bowl Classic in Phoenix, AZ; LSU hosting the Tiger Classicand South Carolina hosting the Carolina Invitational. Only SouthCarolina opened earlier than last Friday (Feb. 7), as the Gamecocksswept North Carolina in their opener on Feb. 2 in Columbia, SC.

UCLA VS. UNLV DESERT CLASSIC OPPONENTS
South Carolina-- The Bruins and Gamecocks last met on May 19, 2002, whenSouth Carolina extended UCLA to a second NCAA Regional Championship gamebefore the Bruins eliminated the Gamecocks from the NCAA postseason.UCLA holds a 9-1 all-time record against South Carolina. The Gamecocksare 3-1 on the 2003 season and are coached by Joyce Compton.

No. 7 LSU
UCLA holds a 2-1 all-time record against the Tigers, whoenter the UNLV Classic with a 3-2 record and are coached by YvetteGirouard. UCLA and LSU last met at last year's UNLV Classic with theBruins winning 7-0.

Hawai'i
The Bruins hold a 10-3 all-time record against the Wahine.Hawai'i holds a 2-3 record this season and is coached by Bob Coolen.UCLA last faced Hawai'i on Feb. 12, 2000, winning 9-1.

No. 4(tie) Nebraska
UCLA has a 9-1 all-time record against theHuskers. Last season, the Bruins played Nebraska twice with UCLA winning6-1 at the Fiesta Bowl Classic on Feb. 9, and won an 11-2 five-inninggame at the UNLV Classic on Feb. 16. The Huskers have a record of 5-0this season and are coached by Rhonda Revelle.

Utah
The Bruins and Utes last met on Feb. 13, 1999 at the Fiesta BowlClassic with UCLA winning 8-0. The Bruins hold a 13-1 all-time recordagainst Utah. Utah holds a 2-3 record this season and is coached by MonaStevens.

BRUIN OFFENSE EXPLODES AT RIVERSIDE
The Bruin offense exploded for 35 runs and 38 hits on Wednesdayafternoon at UC Riverside, winning both games of a doubleheader withscores of 15-0 and 20-0 (5 innings). Keira Goerl pitched a one-hitshutout in the opener, striking out 12 without issuing a walk to improveto 4-1 on the season. Freshman Michelle Turner would record her firstcareer win and shutout in the nightcap. Offensively, the Bruins hit fourhome runs in each game, and every Bruin except for Goerl had at leastone at-bat in the twin bill. Leading the way offensively was juniorcenter fielder Stephanie Ramos, who went 8-for-10 with six RBIs andseven runs scored. Ramos hit for the cycle on the day, with a home runin each game, a triple in game one and a double in game two. Herslugging percentage for the day was a gaudy 1.700.

NEXT WEEK IN BRUIN SOFTBALL
UCLA continues its tournament schedule next weekend, traveling to BocaRaton, FL, for the Florida Atlantic Invitational Tournament. UCLA isscheduled to face Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, Florida International andLong Island in tournament play.

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