Feb. 12, 2002
Feb. 15-17 * UNLV Classic * Las Vegas, NV (Desert Breeze Softball Complex)
The Bruins are off to a scorching 9-0 start, and look to continue the run this weekend at the UNLV Classic in Las Vegas, NV. UCLA is scheduled for five games this weekend, and will face two teams it played last week in Texas Tech (an 11-0 five-inning win), and No. 12 Nebraska (a 6-1 win). Other opponents will include No. 13 Alabama, BYU and No. 4 LSU.
The Bruins have never faced BYU, and hold a 1-1 record against the LSU Tigers. UCLA has an all-time winning record against this weekend's other opponents: Alabama (3-0), Nebraska (8-1) and Texas Tech (3-0).
Stacey Nuveman Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Bruin senior Stacey Nuveman was named the first Pac-10 Player of the Week for 2002 on Monday. Nuveman hit three home runs during weekend play at the Fiesta Bowl Classic Tournament, with one in each of the team's two games on Friday and a third on Sunday against Southwest Texas State. Nuveman now needs just 12 home runs to tie and 13 home runs to break the NCAA record for career home runs. For the week, she hit .533, going 8-for-15 with 7 runs, 1 double, 7 RBI, 8 walks and a 1.200 slugging percentage.
Bruins Dominate at Fiesta Bowl Classic
UCLA swept its schedule at the Fiesta Bowl Classic in Phoenix, AZ, last weekend, posting a 6-0 record while out-scoring its opponents by a 53-2 margin. Neither run allowed by the Bruins in tournament play was earned.
One highlight of the weekend was a no-hitter pitched by senior Amanda Freed in Saturday's 14-0 run-rule victory over Texas. It was the second no-hitter of the year tossed by a Bruin, and the 79th no-hitter in UCLA softball history.
UCLA batted around in an inning in each of its first three games plus Sunday's Utah State game at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex. The Bruins also batted eight players in the fifth inning against No. 12 Nebraska and in the first inning against No. 17 Southwest Texas State. Head Coach Sue Enquist
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 650-121-1 (.843) coaching record and 1,077 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.
Throw Some Ground Balls, They're More Democratic
As Crash Davis said to Nuke La Loosh in the movie Bull Durham, "Strikeouts are boring, besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls, it's more democratic." The 2002 Bruins could make use of that same piece of advice.
Through the first three games of the 2002 season, 27 of UCLA's 51 defensive outs (52.9%) were recorded via the strikeout. The ratio went down to 43.6% (68 of 156) following the Fiesta Bowl Classic. By comparison, the Bruins opened 2001 with 30.1% (56 of 186) through Valentine's Day. Five Current Bruins in USA Softball's Core Group
Five current and two former UCLA softball players have been chosen by USA Softball as members of its 22-player core group of athletes to move on to its upcoming World Championships camp in May/June 2002. Current players include Toria Auelua, Amanda Freed, Stacey Nuveman, Tairia Mims and Natasha Watley, while volunteer assistant coach Lisa Fernandez and 2001 senior Courtney Dale round out the Bruin contingent. USA Softball will be going for its fifth consecutive World Championship at the 2002 ISF World Championships in July in Saskatoon, Canada. The USA will also be looking to qualify as the top seed for the 2004 Olympic Games for the third consecutive time.