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Softball Hosts Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, Opens Pac-10 Play on Friday
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/29/2004

March 29, 2004

This Week:
Tuesday (3/30): 1 pm vs. Cal State Fullerton ? Easton Stadium
Friday (4/2): 7 pm (MST) at #RV/23 Arizona State ? Tempe, AZ
Saturday (4/3): 7 pm (MST) vs. #1/1 Arizona ? Tucson, AZ
Sunday (4/4): 1 pm (MST*) vs.#1/1 Arizona ? Tucson, AZ ??CSTV Live Broadcast
*-Daylight Savings Time begins Saturday night. There is a one-hour time change to Pacific Time for Friday and Saturday's game, but not Sunday's game as Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

Following a 13-day break from competition for winter quarter final exams, UCLA returned to the diamond on Sunday for an exhibition game against the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. UCLA's collegiate schedule resumes on Tuesday afternoon with a 1 pm first pitch at Easton Stadium against Cal State Fullerton. The Bruins will then travel to Arizona to open Pac-10 play with a single game on Friday night at Arizona State's Farrington Stadium before driving to Tucson, AZ, for Saturday and Sunday showdowns with top-ranked Arizona. Sunday's game between the Bruins and Wildcats will be broadcast live on CSTV. Former UCLA great Stacey Nuveman will provide color commentary on the broadcast.

UCLA Becomes 25th Victim for U.S. Olympic Team
The 2004 U.S. Olympic Team closed out its ?Aiming for Athens? college tour on Sunday afternoon in front of a sell-out crowd of 943 fans at UCLA's Easton Stadium, posting an 11-0 five-inning victory over second-ranked UCLA. All five former Bruins on Team USA's roster played in the game, including the first tour appearance by NCAA career home run and slugging percentage record holder Stacey Nuveman as a pinch-hitter, and a nearly perfect game tossed by two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and four-time Bruin All-American Lisa Fernandez. Fernandez allowed just one Bruin hit and two baserunners in the game, while going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in the contest. Tairia (Mims) Flowers (C, 0-for-0, 3 walks), Natasha Watley (SS, 1-for-3, 2 runs scored) and Amanda Freed (1-for-3, 1 run scored) also started for Team USA on Sunday.

For the Bruins, Keira Goerl pitched well through two innings before UCLA faltered as a team on defense in the third inning, allowing eight runs. Goerl struck out six batters in the game, including Watley, Nuveman, Freed and Fernandez. The only Bruin hit of the day came with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning as sophomore catcher Emily Zaplatosch was able to beat out a throw from Watley on a slow-hopping ground ball.


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