March 7, 2001
The 26-0 Bruins have eight games scheduled for this week, starting with a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday against UC Riverside, then a trip to Fresno, CA, for the fourth annual Hedrick's Hallowell Chevrolet Classic. UCLA holds an 8-1 all-time record against UC Riverside, although the teams have not met since 1978. The Bruins will face three ranked teams in Fresno, including No. 7 Fresno State, No. 11 DePaul and No. 14 Oregon State.
UCLA Quick Facts
2001 Overall Record: 28-0
2001 Pac-10 Record: 0-0 (starts 3/30)
NFCA Ranking: No. 1
Head Coach: Sue Enquist
Career Record: 605-115-1 (13th season)
Amanda Freed Pitches No-Hitter, Earns Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
After pitching 12 innings and facing the minimum 36 batters, Bruin junior Amanda Freed was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 26-March 4. It is the second weekly honor for a Bruin this season (Tairia Mims, Feb. 12-18) and the fourth career honor for Freed. She pitched a five-inning one-hitter on Saturday against South Florida, followed by her first career seven-inning no-hitter. In the South Florida game, Freed walked one and struck out seven, including all three batters in the third inning. Both baserunners in the game, a walk in the first inning and a hit in the fourth, were eliminated on double plays, allowing Freed to face the minimum number of batters. Against UNLV on Sunday, Freed again faced the minimum number of batters, striking out five and walking the leadoff batter in the fourth inning, the only blemish on an otherwise perfect game. That baserunner was caught stealing for the third out of the inning, again allowing Freed to only face the minimum number of batters in the seven-inning win. It was the third career no-hitter for Freed, and the first since her freshman year when she had a five-inning no hitter against Santa Clara and a six-inning no-no against Missouri. It was the 75th no-hitter in UCLA softball history (records date back to 1980). She also hit .423, going 11-for-26 with four runs scored, two doubles, two triples, one home run and seven RBI. She had a .769 slugging percentage and was perfect defensively on eight chances while playing in all seven games for the top-ranked Bruins.
Bruins Sweep Through Easton Classic
With doubleheader sweeps of Colorado State and South Florida, plus Amanda Freed's no-hitter against UNLV on Sunday, the Bruins finished the Easton Classic with a perfect 5-0 record to win the tournament championship. UCLA was the only undefeated school in tournament play. Co-host Cal State Northridge finished with a 5-1 record, followed by UNLV (3-2), Oregon State (3-3), South Florida (1-5) and Colorado State (0-6). UCLA opened with a doubleheader sweep of Colorado State on Friday, and followed with another doubleheader sweep, this time against South Florida on Saturday. Two notables from the weekendinclude Stacey Nuveman's 57th and 58th career home runs, allowing her to take over sole possession of fourth place on the NCAA's all-time career home run list. Nuveman was not the only Bruin to homer on the weekend, as freshman Claire Sua hit her second grand slam of the season in the top of the fourth inning in game one against South Florida. Courtney Dale hit a two-run shot on Saturday in game two against South Florida, and Natasha Watley hit her second home run of the season against Colorado State, and stole six bases during the Classic.
She's Baaack!: Nuveman Moves Up NCAA Career Lists
With seven home runs this season, Bruin slugger Stacey Nuveman currently has 58 career home runs, moving her into fourth place on the NCAA's all-time list. With two longballs last week, Nuveman tied and passed Akron's Kelli Metzger (57 HR, 1996-99) for fourth place, and the best career home run total of any non-Arizona player. Jenny Dalton is next on the list with 76 career home runs (see page 5 of notes). Through 26 games, Nuveman has walked 35 times, equivalent to 35.7% of her total plate appearances and a 1.35 per-game average that contributes to a stunning .653 on-base percentage. Nuveman returns to the Bruins in 2001 after missing the 2000 collegiate season in order to play for the U.S. Olympic Team. Despite the fact that she is in her fifth year as a Bruin, Nuveman has remaining collegiate eligibility for the 2001 and 2002 seasons, and is considered an athletic junior in 2001.
Head Coach Sue Enquist
The 2001 season marks Sue Enquist's 13th campaign as head coach of the Bruin softball program. It is her 22nd year as part of UCLA's softball coaching staff and her 26th year of involvement with the program as either a coach or player. Enquist has a 605-115-1 (.840) coaching record and 1,032 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.
Four Bruin starters currently own season batting averages of .400 or above: freshman Claire Sua (.461), Nuveman (.460), and sophomores Natasha Watley (.412) and Tairia Mims (.405). The Bruins have scored 208 runs while allowing just 24. The Bruins are hitting .373 as a team, and UCLA's offensive power is evident in the team pitching stats, as UCLA has a team ERA of 0.75 while the Bruins have hit their opponents into a 7.15 team ERA. Eleven of UCLA's 26 victories to date have not required a full seven innings of play, including eight games that were five-inning mercy rule wins.
Freed Continues Domination in the Circle
Junior P/OF Amanda Freed spent her summer as a traveling alternate with the U.S. Olympic Team, and has returned to the Bruins as the same dominant pitcher who tossed UCLA to last year's NCAA Championship Game. Freed leads the Bruins with 68.0 innings in the circle and an 11-0 record with one save. She has struck out 75 and walked nine, good for a stunning K:BB ratio that is over 8:1! The Bruins have allowed just three runs, one earned, with Freed in the circle for a 0.10 ERA. Offensively, Freed is hitting .355 with one home run, five doubles and three triples. She has stolen nine bases on 10 tries.
Elementary, My Dear Watley!
Even the masterful detective Sherlock Holmes wouldn't be able to stop Bruin sophomore All-American shortstop Natasha Watley, who became the most prolific base stealer in UCLA history after just one season. Watley's record-setting freshman campaign included team highs of a .426 batting average and stealing 32 bases on 37 attempts. In addition to setting a new Bruin single-season record for stolen bases and taking over the UCLA career lead in that category, Watley set an NCAA Division I postseason record with four steals against Canisius in UCLA's postseason opener on May 18, 2000. So far this season, Watley has 25 swipes on 27 tries, giving her 57 career steals. Through 26 games, she has already improved on her freshman year total of 11 RBI and is closing in on her 2000 total for runs scored. Watley currently has 23 RBI and 37 runs scored, compared to 48 runs last year.
Forget Waldo, Where's Tairia?
Sophomore Tairia Mims is on the field and producing impressive offensive numbers from the No. 3 spot in the lineup, but you never know where you'll find her on the field defensively. Mims has started 13 games in right field, four games at first base, three at third base and six games behind the plate. UCLA's starting first baseman a year ago, Mims was a catcher and third baseman in high school and ASA ball. Since coming to UCLA, she has learned first base and right field, making her one of Sue Enquist's most versatile athletes defensively. Mims was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 12-18 after hitting six home runs with 19 RBI during that stretch. For the 2001 season, Mims currently has a .405 average, going 34-for-84 with six doubles, 10 home runs, 40 RBI, 27 runs scored and 10 walks, for a .480 on-base percentage and a .833 slugging percentage. In comparison, she totalled nine home runs, 32 RBI and eight doubles last year as a freshman.
Two freshmen, Stephanie Ramos and Claire Sua, have jumped right into the Bruin starting lineup, and are making significant contributions. Ramos checks in with a .377 average, going 29-for-77 with seven doubles, 11 RBI and 19 runs scored. Defensively, she has started every game in either left field or center field and has 12 putouts and an assist. Sua leads the Bruins with a .461 BA, going 35-for-76 with five home runs ? including two grand slams ? 30 RBI and 10 runs scored. Sua entered the lineup as the designated player in UCLA's first five games (at the Early Bird Classic) before making her defensive debut at first base in the doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 7. Pitcher Keira Goerl has pitched in nine of UCLA's games and has a 1.29 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched. Batters are hitting .139 against Goerl through the Easton Classic. Goerl is 8-0 on the 2001 season and has pitched two shutouts and two combined shutouts. She is second on the team in innings pitched to Amanda Freed (68 IP) Baserunning specialists Amanda Simpson and Julie Hoshizaki both have seen game action, with Simpson stealing one base with nine runs scored. She has appeared as a pinch runner in 24 of UCLA's 26 games. Hoshizaki has pinch-run in 17 games with six runs scored. Marcel Torres earned a single in her first collegiate at-bat, entering the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game of the Cal State Fullerton doubleheader. She went 1-for-1 with an RBI against San Diego, and made her defensive debut at third base. Torres hit her first career home run on Feb. 16 against Portland State, and is hitting .500 with seven games played going 4-for-8 at the plate.
Schedule Changes Abound
The Bruins 2001 schedule has undergone numerous changes since the poster and schedule cards went to press. The following is a rundown of the changes to UCLA's upcoming schedule:
- UCLA's Alumni Game has been moved from January to March 24.
Sophomore Toria Auelua tore her right meniscus while warming up Bruin pitcher Courtney Dale in game one of UCLA's doubleheader at Southwest Texas State on Feb. 26. Auelua underwent for surgery on February 28 and will be out fora at least of 6-8 weeks. Courtney Dale fouled a ball off of her mouth in that same game, and has eight stitches in her upper lip. She played in all five games of the Easton Classic last weekend.