No. 1 UCLA Edges Oregon Softball, 3-1

April 21, 2002

LOS ANGELES - No. 1 UCLA handed Oregon a 3-1 loss at Easton Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday afternoon. With the win, UCLA improves to 40-6 overall, 8-3 Pac-10, while Oregon falls to 18-21, 0-12.

'I thought we played very well both offensively and defensively,' Oregon head coach Brent Rincon said. 'We had our chances and were able to score, butUCLA is a top ball club.'

UCLA opened the scoring in the first inning, as Natasha Watley led off with a single that dropped between the Ducks shortstop and left fielder. After stealing second base, she advanced to third on a fielders choice by Tairia Mims and scored on a line-drive single to right field by Stacey Nuveman.

Oregon tied the game in the third inning, as Lakeesha Eversley led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. She went to second base when a pickoff attempt by Mims went into right field, and would steal third base before coming home on a single by Alyssa Laux.

Claire Sua re-took the lead for the Bruins in the third inning, hitting her ninth home run of the year, hitting the batting cage in right center field. A third run would score for the Bruins in the fourth, on an odd play. Erin Rahn was UCLA's lead baserunner, reaching on a one-out infield single. She stole second during Watley's at-bat, and went to third on an Amanda Freed single. With Freed stealing second, the pitch ricocheted from the plate into the UCLA dugout, advancing Rahn home and Freed to third. UCLA was unable to score additional runs, as Mims walked, Nuveman was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Stephanie Ramos grounded out to end the inning.

Oregon will take a break from conference play tomorrow when they play a doubleheader at Portland State beginning at 4 p.m.

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