Bruins Head To UC Riverside

Feb. 3, 2003

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UCLA resumes play this week with a Wednesday doubleheader at UCRiverside. The team will then enjoy its last free weekend until March,when winter quarter final exams force a break in the UCLA softballschedule from March 10-24. The Bruins hold a 14-1 all-time recordagainst the Highlanders, with UC Riverside's lone victory coming duringthe 1976 season. UCLA has won the last nine meetings, four by run-rule wins.

UCLA earned the team title at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournamentlast weekend, posting a 3-1 record with wins over Loyola Marymount, No.22 Alabama and Cal State Northridge. UCLA's loss was to No. 10 Cal StateFullerton.

In the season opener against LMU on Friday, five new faces filled UCLA'soffensive lineup, as four of UCLA's five freshmen started the game, andjunior Amanda Simpson started in left field and batted ninth, markingher first-ever appearance as anything other than a pinch-runner for theBruins. Simpson went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored. The fourfreshmen playing in the game bat consecutively, including EmilyZaplatosch at first base, Andrea Duran at third base, Michelle Turner atDP and Caitlin Benyi in right field. The foursome stayed in the lineupthroughout the weekend's schedule, with Duran playing outfield for theremainder of the weekend and Zaplatosch alternating with Tairia Mimsbehind the plate.

UCLA's outstanding offensive performance of the weekend was turned in byNatasha Watley, who hit .692 (9-for-13) for the weekend with five runsscored, three RBI and a double for the tournament. Watley did not haveless than two hits in any of UCLA's four games, and she had at least onerun scored or RBI in each of UCLA's three wins. Keira Goerl also had animpressive weekend, earning the decision in all four of UCLA's games.She recorded 25 strikeouts and allowed just five walks over thefour-game weekend.

HEAD COACH SUE ENQUISTThe 2003 season marks Sue Enquist's 15th campaign as head coach of theBruin softball program. It is her 24th year as part of UCLA's softballcoaching staff and her 28th year of involvement with the program aseither a coach or player. Enquist has a 694-128-1 (.845) coaching recordand 1,121 wins in her Bruin softball career as a player, assistant coachand head coach, combined. As a player from 1975-78, Enquist becameUCLA's first All-American while establishing the Bruin career battingaverage record of .401. She was the only UCLA player to complete hercareer with a batting average over .400 until Stacey Nuveman completedher senior year in 2002, a span of 24 years.

UCLA travels to Las Vegas, NV, next weekend to participate in the UNLVClassic Tournament. The Bruins will face South Carolina, No. 7 LSU,Hawai'i, No. 4 (tied) Nebraska and Utah in the three-day tournament.

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