Bruins Begin Postseason as Top Seed In Region II
May 13, 2003
The Bruins will begin their 2003 postseason on Thursday afternoon inFresno, CA. UCLA is the top-seeded team at NCAA Regional II and willface eighth-seeded Colgate at 12:30 pm on Thursday. Other teams at NCAARegional II include (in order of seed): Georgia, Michigan State, FresnoState, Long Beach State, North Carolina and Long Island. 2003 marks the19th NCAA Regional appearance for the Bruins, and UCLA holds a record of50-5 (.909) in NCAA Regional play. The Bruins have won eight NCAAtitles, most recently in 1999.
WATLEY, GOERL EARN TOP PAC-10 SEASON HONORS
UCLA captured two of the Pac-10's three individual awards for the 2003season, it was announced on Tuesday. Senior shortstop Natasha Watley hasbeen named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, while junior pitcher KeiraGoerl has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. Both players aremembers of the All-Pac-10 first team. For the full list of Pac-10honorees, see attached release.
ASA/USA SOFTBALL FINALISTS INCLUDE WATLEY
UCLA senior shortstop Natasha Watley has been named as one of threefinalists for the 2003 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.The award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiatesoftball and is the only national player of the year award, is designedto recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiatesoftball players across the country. The winner will be announced May 21at the opening ceremony of the NCAA Women's College World Series inOklahoma City, OK. Arizona's Lovie Jung and Texas pitcher Cat Ostermanare the other two finalists.
TURNER NAMED PAC-10 PITCHER OF THE WEEK
UCLA freshman Michelle Turner has been named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week,it was announced on Monday. Turner was 2-0 last week with a 0.00 ERA.She pitched both games of UCLA's doubleheader against Arizona State onSaturday and started the evening by throwing the 87th no-hitter in thehistory of UCLA Softball. Turner struck out five and walked one,allowing just two Sun Devil baserunners in the game. Turner retired thelast 16 batters she faced, including striking out three of the last fivebatters to step to the plate. She threw just 58 pitches in the game.Turner then returned to the circle to pitch the second game of thedoubleheader against ASU, retiring the first two batters of the gamebefore allowing the first Sun Devil hit of the evening. Turner would goon to complete the shutout as the Bruins won the game by a 9-0 margin (5inn).
UCLA VS. NCAA REGIONAL 2 TEAMS
No. 2 Seed Georgia -- UCLA and Georgia met for the first time at lastyear's NCAA Regional in Columbia, SC, when UCLA's Tairia Mims hit awalk-off home run in the eighth inning to give UCLA a 2-1 victory. TheBulldogs were the SEC regular season champions, but qualified for theNCAA Tournament as an at-large selection. They have a season record of55-12.
No. 3 Seed Michigan State -- The Spartans and Bruins have met oncebefore, a 6-3 UCLA win on Mar. 9, 1996. Michigan State earned anat-large bid out of the Big Ten, and has a 2003 record of 37-17.
No. 4 Seed Fresno State -- The Bruins and Bulldogs have a long historytogether, with UCLA holding a 33-10 all-time record against FresnoState, including a 5-0 win earlier this year. UCLA and Fresno State havemet in four NCAA Championship games (1982, 88, 89, 90), with the Bruinsbringing home the title all four times. The Bulldogs have a 33-20 recordthis season and earned an at-large berth out of the Western AthleticConference.
No. 5 Seed Long Beach State -- UCLA holds a 55-7 all-time record againstThe Beach, with UCLA earning wins in two of the teams three meetingslast season. Long Beach State earned an at-large bid out of the Big WestConference and has a season record of 29-17.
No. 6 Seed North Carolina -- UCLA and North Carolina have never met onthe softball diamond. The Tar Heels earned an at-large bid to theTournament. North Carolina is 39-20-1, and plays in the Atlantic CoastConference.
No. 7 Seed Long Island -- UCLA defeated the Blackbirds by a score of 7-0at the FAU Worth Invitational in February. That was the first-evermeeting between the Bruins and LIU. Long Island head coach Roy Kortmanis a member of the NCAA softball committee. The Blackbirds earned anautomatic bid to the Tournament as the Northeast Conference champions.
No. 8 Seed Colgate -- Thursday's game will be the first meeting betweenthe Bruins and Red Raiders. Colgate is the automatic qualifier from thePatriot League, and has a record of 31-13
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