Bruins Host Oregon State, Oregon This Weekend

April 17, 2002

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Fri. Apr. 19 Oregon State (#14) Easton Stadium 2 pm
Sat. Apr. 20 Oregon Easton Stadium 2 pm
Sun. Apr. 21 Oregon Easton Stadium 1 pm

Wed. Apr. 24 Washington Easton Stadium 2 pm
Fri. Apr. 26 at California Berkeley, CA 2 pm
Sat. Apr. 27 at Stanford Stanford, CA 7 pm
Sun. Apr. 28 at Stanford Stanford, CA 1 pm

A 3-0 start to UCLA's seven-game homestand has vaulted the Bruins into a tie for second place in the Pac-10 standings. UCLA will look to extend its four-game winning streak this weekend, as it plays host to Oregon State on Friday and Oregon on Saturday and Sunday. Against Oregon State, the Bruins hold a 59-5 advantage in the all-time series (3-1 in 2001), while UCLA has a 48-7 record against the Oregon Ducks, including a 3-0 mark in 2001.

UCLA sophomore Keira Goerl earned her third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week of the season on Tuesday,after posting a 2-0 weekend with a 0.00 ERA. In Friday's game against Stanford, Goerl came in to the game in the top of the third inning, with the Bruins trailing 2-1. She proceeded to pitch five no-hit innings, as Stanford's only base runner for the remainder of the game was a fifth-inning walk. Goerl struck out four to earn the victory, as UCLA won the game on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning. She then started Saturday's contest against California, piching all seven innings of the two-hit shutout, striking out five and not allowing a run.

The Bruins opened their weekend slate with a Friday game against Stanford, with the Cardinal putting up a run in each of their first two at-bats for a 2-0 lead. From that point, UCLA senior Stacey Nuveman cut the lead in half with her 12th home run of the season (82nd career), and sophomore Keira Goerl pitched five no-hit innings while the Bruins chipped away at Stanford's lead, eventually taking the 3-2 win on a seventh inning sacrifice fly by Amanda Freed UCLA continued to put up offense on Saturday against California, as an RBI double by Natasha Watley and a sac fly by Freed gave UCLA a 2-0 lead before Nuveman connected on her 83rd career home run to seal the 3-0 victory. Sunday's game against the Golden Bears would not be decided as quickly or as easily, as Freed and Cal pitcher Jocelyn Forest both pitched stellar games, taking a 0-0 score to the bottom of the 10th inning. In the tenth, Toria Auelua led off with a single, and was pinch-run for by Casey Hiraiwa Hiraiwa was sacrificed to second base by Monique Mejia and came home on a two-out RBI single by Watley, giving UCLA the 1-0 win.

The 2002 season marks Sue Enquist's 14th campaign as head coach of the Bruin softball program.It is her 23rd year as part of UCLA's softball coaching staff and her 27th year of involvement with the program as either a coach or player.Enquist has a 678-127-1 (.842) coaching record and 1,104 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 is still the only UCLA player to complete her career with a batting average over .400.

With 13 home runs this season,including homers in three of UCLA's last four games, Bruin slugger Stacey Nuveman currently has 83 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 quickly approaching the NCAA career record of 85 home runs, held by Arizona's Leah Braatz and Laura Espinoza. She needs two home runs to tie and three to break the NCAA career home run record. Although Cal junior Veronica Nelson has broken the previous NCAA record for walks, Nuveman is now second on the all-time list with 215 career walks, having passed previous record holder, Oregon State's Tarrah Beyster (211), last weekend. Finally, Nuveman ranks fourth on the NCAA's Division I career RBI list with 279. Once again, she is the top non-Arizona player on that list, and needs 37 RBI to move up to third (#3 Espinoza had 315 RBI).

Nuveman has played in 243 games as a Bruin (through April 14), ranking her second in UCLA softball history. She is closing in on Julie Marshall's record for career games played as a Bruin (246), and is on pace to break the record on Apr. 24 at Easton Stadium against Washington.

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