Softball Opens Pac-10 Play With Loss

March 30, 2001

STANFORD, CA - The top-ranked UCLA softball team lost its first game of the season on Friday afternoon, falling to Stanford by a score of 1-0. The Bruins fall to 35-1 on the season, while Stanford improves to 31-2-2 on the season. It was the Pac-10 Conference opener for both squads.

The game started as a pitching duel, with Stanford's Dana Sorensen allowing just two hits on the afternoon. The Bruins had base runners in the second and third innings, both on walks, and would not record their first hit of the game until the top of the fourth inning when Watley put down a base hit bunt to lead off the inning.

Meanwhile, UCLA's Freed pitched three perfect innings before walking Jessica Mendoza, the second batter of the fourth inning. Mendoza would steal second and score when first baseman Sarah Beeson hit a fly ball to left field that was mis-handled by Bruin left fielder Erin Rahn.

The Bruins would threaten in the bottom of the sixth inning when freshman right fielder Marcel Torres led off the inning with a single to right field, but pinch-runner Monique Mejia would not advance past second base.

UCLA returns to action on Saturday afternoon with a 2 pm first pitch at No. 3 California.

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