UCLA Advances to WCWS Championship Game

May 27, 2001

OKLAHOMA CITY - UCLA put up one run in the first and five in the third inning en route to earning a spot in its 14th NCAA Championship Game. The Bruins have won eight NCAA Championships, most recently in 1999, and will face top seeded Arizona on Monday at 12:15 pm Central Time in the 2001 NCAA Championship game.

The Bruins put up their first run of the game in the first inning, on a bases loaded single by Courtney Dale for a 1-0 lead. Most of the Bruin offense came in the bottom of the third inning, as five runs came across the plate. Outfielder Stephanie Ramos led off the inning reaching base on an error by Tiger first baseman Christy Connor. From there, Ramos was sacrificed to second base by Tairia Mims, and Stacey Nuveman was intentionally walked for the fifth time in the Women's College World Series. A long single to left field by Claire Sua scored Ramos, and moved Nuveman to third base.

Courtney Dale came up with UCLA's next RBI, followed by an RBI single by Amanda Freed and a bases-clearing two-RBI double by Toria Auelua to give the Bruins a 6-0 lead.

That was all the offense UCLA would need, as starting pitcher Freed allowed just one hit in five innings in the circle, striking out five and walking two to improve her season record to 21-3. Dale pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one while facing the minimum number of batters.

The Bruins (62-5) advance to the NCAA Championship game against Arizona at 12:15 pm Central Time on Monday. The game will be nationally televised live on ESPN on Monday and will be re-broadcast in an edited format on June 5 at 10 am Pacific Time. This will be UCLA's 14th appearance in the softball championship game. The Bruins hold an 8-5 record in title games and have nine National Championships, including the 1978 AIAW title.

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