No. 3 Softball Falls To Top-Ranked UCLA, 5-1
April 1, 2001
BERKELEY, CA. -- - The No. 3 California Golden Bears lost their third consecutive game to start the Pac-10 conference play and their second straight to the top-ranked UCLA Bruins on Sunday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field in front of a crowd of 413. With the win, the Bruins improve to37-1 overall, 2-1 in the Pac-10, while the Bears fall to 39-4 overall, 0-3 in the Pac-10.
The Bruins got on the board first with a single run in the second inning. First baseman Claire Sua drove in Amanda Simpson from second, who was pinch running for catcher Stacey Nuveman who singled earlier in the inning.
Sophomore Veronica Nelson led off the bottom of the second with a single down the left-field line for Cal's first hit in the game, but the Bears could not string anything else together to end the threat.
UCLA put another run on the board in the third to take a 2-0 lead. Nuveman sent a fly ball to center field that got lost in the sun, allowing pitcher Amanda Freed to score from second after walking to leadoff the inning and moving to second on shortstop Natasha Watley's single to left field.
The Bruins sent three more runs across the plate in the third. Freed singled to left field to drive in Sua and Marcel Torres, and Lupe Brambila scored on a Cal throwing error to give UCLA a 5-0 lead.
The Bears tried to mount a comeback in the fourth, as Junior Candace Harper and Nelson had back-to-back singles to start the inning. A senior Paige Bowie fielder's choice, got Nelson out at second, but allowed Harper to reach third. Sophomore Courtney Scott grounded out to Monique Mejia at second to bring in Harper from third and cut the Bruin lead to 5-1.
That is how the game would end, as Freed picked up the win to improve to 15-1. She went six strong innings, giving up one run on six hits while striking out four and walking only one. Courtney Dale pitched a perfect seventh for the Bruins, striking out the side to end the game.
Junior Jocelyn Forest went 3.1 innings for the Bears, giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits, with a pair of strikeouts and walks. Forest falls to 20-3 on the year. Sophomore Jen Deering threw the final 3.2 innings in relief for Cal, allowing only one hit and one walk, while striking out four UCLA batters
The Bears return to action next Friday when they host the Oregon State Beavers at 2 p.m. followed by a two-game series versus the Oregon Ducks on Saturday and Sunday, with Saturday's game to start at 2 p.m. and Sunday's to start at 1 p.m.
Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 -- R H ENo. 1 UCLA 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 -- 5 10 0No. 3 California 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 -- 1 6 1Pitching: Cal: Forest, Deering (4) and Scott, UCLA: Freed, Dale (7) and NuvemanWP: Freed (15-1) LP: Forest (20-3) Save: NoneLOB: Cal, 5 , UCLA, 6Records: Cal (39-3, 0-3), UCLA (37-1, 2-1)