April 5, 2002
TEMPE, AZ - The top-ranked UCLA softball team dropped a 3-2 decision at Arizona State on Friday night, falling to 33-5 (1-2 Pac-10). The Sun Devils improve to 31-9 (1-2 Pac-10) with the win. The Bruins return to action on Saturday afternoon at Arizona in a game televised live on FOX Sports Net at 1 pm Pacific Time. In Los Angeles, the game will air live on FOX Sports West.
The Bruins loaded the bases with one out in the top of the second inning with a leadoff single up the middle by catcher Stacey Nuveman, a walk to Claire Sua and a single to left field by Crissy Buck. The Bruins were unable to capitalize, as Toria Auelua flied out and Monique Mejia grounded out to end the inning.
Arizona State loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame, with Phelan Wright reaching on an error, a walk to Erica Beach and a walk to Adriana Garcia. Erin Wardein then grounded into a 3-2-4 double play before a single by Bonnie Brannen scored Beach, giving the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead after two.
Tairia Mims tied the game with one swing of the bat, hitting a two-out home run over the scoreboard in left field in the top of the third, before ASU took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, putting up two runs.
UCLA threatened in the fifth inning, when a leadoff walk to Watley and a single by Freed gave the Bruins two on with no outs. Mims then sacrificed the pair to second and third, leading to an intentional walk to Nuveman to load the bases. Ramos then grounded into a fielders choice, with Watley out at the plate, before Sua grounded out to end the inning.
In the seventh, UCLA plated its second and final run, when Watley led off with a two-base error, advanced to third on a ground-out by Freed and scored on a passed ball. The inning and game ended when Mims popped out and Nuveman hit a line drive out to left field.
The top two teams in the country, UCLA and Arizona, meet up on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm Pacific Time in a rematch of the 2001 NCAA Championship game. The game will be televised live in Los Angeles on FOX Sports West.