Bruins Prepare For Four Pac-10 Games This Weekend

April 23, 2002

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The Bruins have now won seven consecutivegames and vaulted into a tie for first place in thePac-10 standings, heading in to the final gameof their season-long seven-game homestand.UCLA has four scheduled Pac-10 games thisweekend,beginning with Washington onWednesday at Easton Stadium,followed by aweekend trip to the Bay Area, featuring a Fridayafternoon game at California and a weekendset at Stanford. UCLA holds a 28-13 series advantage over Washington (1-1 this season),a58-13 record against Cal (2-0 this year),and a 32-7 lead over the Cardinal (1-0 this season).

On the strength of a win over No.14 Oregon State and a pair of wins over Oregon,combinedwith Arizona 's 1-2 weekend against the Bay Area schools,the Bruins now stand in a tie withArizona for first place in the Pac-10 standings.

UCLA opened the weekend with a 7-0 win over Oregon State,highlighted by home runs byTairia Mims and Stacey Nuveman. Nuveman 's blast was her 14th of the season and 84th of hercareer,leaving her one shy of the NCAA career home run record.Claire Sua also posted animpressive offensive weekend,hitting a home run in each game against the Ducks,her eighthand ninth of the season.

The Bruins posted a matching 7-0 score the following day against Oregon,with AmandaFreed pitching an 11-strikeout shutout over the Ducks.Keira Goerl followed on Sunday,earningthe 3-1 win while scattering three hits while striking out 10 Ducks.

The 2002 season marks Sue Enquist 's 14th campaign as head coach of the Bruin softballprogram.It is her 23rd year as part of UCLA 's softball coaching staff and her 27th year ofinvolvement with the program as either a coach or player.Enquist has a 681-127-1 (.842)coaching record and 1,107 wins in her Bruin softball career as a player,assistant coach and headcoach,combined.As a player from 1975-78,Enquist became UCLA 's first All-American whileestablishing the Bruin career batting average record of .401.She is still the only UCLA player tocomplete her career with a batting average over .400.

With 14 home runs this season,including a home run on Friday against Oregon State,Bruinslugger Stacey Nuveman currently has 84 career home runs,placing her third on the NCAA 's all-time list.Nuveman has the best career home run total of any non-Arizona player,and is just onehomer shy of the NCAA career record of 85 home runs,held by Arizona 's Leah Braatz and LauraEspinoza.She needs one home runs to tie and two to break the NCAA career home run record.

Also notable is Nuveman 's pace for career slugging percentage.Entering Wednesday 's gameagainst Washington,Nuveman holds a career slugging percentage of .970,nearly 150 pointshigher than the current NCAA career record of .797,held by Braatz.She will also break UCLA 'srecord for career batting average,as she is currently hitting .465 for her career,an average thatwould rank fourth on the NCAA 's all-time list.

Although Cal junior Veronica Nelson has broken the previous NCAA record for walks,Nuvemanis now second on the all-time list with 218 career walks,having passed previous record holder,Oregon State 's Tarrah Beyster (211).Finally,Nuveman ranks fourth on the NCAA 's Division I careerRBI list with 284.Once again,she is the top non-Arizona player on that list,and needs 37 RBI tomove up to third (#3 Espinoza had 315 RBI).

Nuveman has played in 246 games as a Bruin (through April 21),tying Julie Marshall 's recordfor career games played as a Bruin).She will break the record this Wednesday at Easton Stadiumagainst Washington.

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