Softball Opens Pac-10 Home Schedule on Friday
April 13, 2004
FRIDAY (4/16): 1 pm vs. #14/15 Oregon State ï¿½ Easton Stadium
SATURDAY (4/17): 2 pm vs. #15/14 Oregon ï¿½ Easton Stadium
SUNDAY (4/18): 1 pm vs. #15/14 Oregon ï¿½ Easton Stadium
UCLA welcomes its Pac-10 home opener this weekend, with a Friday game at Easton Stadium against Oregon State followed by a weekend set against the Oregon Ducks. The Bruins and Beavers met earlier this season when OSU posted a two-run seventh inning for a come-from-behind win over UCLA at the Clovis Auto Row Classic in Fresno, CA. The Beavers have a 6-65 all-time record against UCLA, including that win. The Ducks hold an 8-53 record against UCLA, including a win in Eugene last season.
Bruins Fall to Huskies in Washington
A solo shot that was part of a 3-for-3 day by Claire Sua was not enough on Friday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium, as the Bruins fell to No. 8 Washington by a 3-1 margin. The news didn't get any better on Saturday, as a lead-off home run by Caitlin Benyi and an RBI single by Jodie Legaspi in the first paired with an RBI walk by Sua in the second inning put the Bruins on top by a 3-0 margin. The Huskies got on the board in the bottom of the second with a lead-off shot by Kristen Rivera before UCLA scored two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Unfortunately, the Huskies roared back with a five-run bottom of the fifth inning to take a 6-5 lead to account for the final margin in the Washington win.
For the weekend, UCLA left 22 runners on base in 14 innings of play, including 14 runners left in Saturday's game alone. Claire Sua was UCLA's top hitter in the two games, going 4-for-6 (.667) with a home run, two walks, two RBIs and a 1.167 slugging percentage with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage on 13 chances.
Two Bruins Among USA Softball's 25 Player of the Year Finalists
ASA/USA Softball announced its 25-player list of finalists for the third annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award on April 7. The list included two Bruin seniors, Keira Goerl and Stephanie Ramos. Goerl was on the initial watch list , and Ramos, who was added to the list after proving herself as UCLA's top hitter so far this season. Former UCLA great Stacey Nuveman won the inaugural award following the 2002 season. This award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
Enquist Is NCAA Division I's Winningest Coach
The 2004 season marks Sue Enquist's 16th campaign as head coach of the Bruin softball program. It is her 25th year as part of UCLA's softball coaching staff and her 29th year of involvement with the program as either a coach or player. Enquist has a 777-142-1 (.845) coaching record, the highest winning percentage for an active NCAA Division I head coach, and 1,204 wins in her Bruin softball career as a player, assistant coach and head coach, combined. As a player from 1975-78, Enquist became UCLA's first All-American while establishing the Bruin career batting average record of .401. She was the only UCLA player to complete her career with a batting average over .400 until Stacey Nuveman completed her senior year in 2002 (with a .466 average), a span of 24 years.