Postseason Guide For NCAA Softball Regionals

May 13, 2002

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This Week -- NCAA Regional I -- South Carolina, Host

Thu. May 16 vs. Liberty (www.uclabruins.com) Columbia, SC 11:30 am ET

Fri. May 17 NCAA Regional Play (www.uclabruins.com) Columbia, SC TBA

Sat. May 18 NCAA Regional Play (www.uclabruins.com) Columbia, SC TBA

Sun. May 19 NCAA Reg. Championship Gm (www.uclabruins.com) Columbia, SC 2 pm ET

UCLA, the top-seeded team in the 2002 NCAA Softball Championship, will open its postseason schedule on Thursday, May 16, in Columbia, South Carolina. UCLA, the automatic qualifier from the Pac-10, will open against sixth-seeded Liberty on Thursday, a team UCLA has never faced. Other teams in the NCAA's top-seeded regional include #2 Georgia (SEC Tournament runner-up; has never faced UCLA), #3 South Carolina (host, SEC East Division Champion, UCLA has 8-0 record vs. USC), #4 Eastern Kentucky (Play-in winner, UCLA has never faced EKU), and #5 UMBC (Play-in winner, UCLA has never faced Maryland-Baltimore County).

Bruins Win Seventh Pac-10 Title With Weekend Sweep
With final-weekend victories over Arizona (4-2 on Friday) and Arizona State (4-1 and 6-1 on Saturday), the Bruins finished their Pac-10 slate with an 18-3 record to clinch UCLA's seventh Pac-10 Championship. UCLA's most recent Pac-10 title came in 1999, when the Bruins went on to win the NCAA Championship. Other Pac-10 titles were in 1988, 89, 90, 91 and 93.

Friday's game began on a rough note for UCLA, as Arizona's Lovieanne Jung put the first pitch of the game over the right field fence, giving the Cats a 1-0 lead. UCLA would come back in the third inning, when Natasha Watley posted a lead-off triple followed by an RBI single from Tairia Mims. Stacey Nuveman then followed with a towering home run, the 88th of her career, and third in as many at-bats against Wildcat star Jennie Finch. UCLA went on to win by a 4-2 margin.

The Bruins learned between games of Saturday's doubleheader that they had clinched sole possession of the Pac-10 title, but that did not slow the UCLA offense. The Bruins had two home runs in the opening game of the day, from Mims and Stephanie Ramos, and a grand slam in the first inning of game two from Claire Sua.

Stacey Nuveman Named Pac-10 Athlete of the Year
The Pac-10's annual awards were announced on Monday, and Bruin senior slugger Stacey Nuveman was named the Pac-10's Athlete of the Year for the third time in her career. She is the third player to earn three Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, joining UCLA greats Lisa Longaker (1987-88-90) and Lisa Fernandez (1991-93). Nuveman previously earned the honor as a sophomore in 1999 and as a junior in 2001. Nuveman was joined on the Pac-10 first team by fellow Bruins Amanda Freed, Keira Goerl and Natasha Watley, while Tairia Mims and Claire Sua earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors.

Nuveman Breaks NCAA Career Home Run Record
History was made on May 4 at the OSU Softball Complex in Corvallis, OR, when Bruin senior catcher Stacey Nuveman blasted the 86th home run of her UCLA career, a lead-off first-pitch home run in the top of the seventh inning. Nuveman would then add No. 87 on Sunday, a three-run shot, again in the seventh inning, and No. 88 on Friday against Arizona. Of Nuveman's 18 home runs this season, she has 11 against teams that were in the NFCA Top-17 at game time, including three homers in her last three official at-bats against Arizona star pitcher Jennie Finch. For more information on Stacey Nuveman, please see page five of UCLA's postseason guide.

Three Bruins on ASA Collegiate Player of the Year List
The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has announced the ten finalists for the inaugural USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The initial list of 25 finalists was announced on April 12. This award is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

Three Bruins, senior catcher Stacey Nuveman, junior shortstop Natasha Watley and sophomore pitcher Keira Goerl are among the list of 10 finalists. No other school has more than one player on the list of 10 finalists.

Three finalists will be announced May 31st, with the winner of the 2002 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award being announced June 7th.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 12 - 10:15 AM PST
vs. Colorado State
College Station, TX
Friday, Feb 12 - 1:00 PM PST
at Texas A&M
College Station, TX
Saturday, Feb 13 - 10:15 AM PST
vs. Wichita State
College Station, TX
Saturday, Feb 13 - 3:15 PM PST
at Texas A&M
College Station, TX
Sunday, Feb 14 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Colorado State
College Station, TX
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UCF
Cathedral City, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. Notre Dame
Cathedral City, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 5:30 PM PST
vs. Cal Poly
Cathedral City, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 9:00 AM PST
vs. LSU
Cathedral City, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Pacific
Cathedral City, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 5:30 PM PST
vs. Florida
Cathedral City, CA
Friday, Feb 26 - 12:30 PM PST
vs. Georgia
Cathedral City, CA
Friday, Feb 26 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. BYU
Cathedral City, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 9:30 AM PST
vs. Oklahoma
Cathedral City, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - 9:00 AM PST
vs. Northwestern
Cathedral City, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Charleston Southern
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Syracuse
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Florida State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. UC Davis
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. Mississippi State
Lakewood, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Lakewood, CA
Saturday, Mar 12 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Utah Valley
Lakewood, CA
Saturday, Mar 12 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa State
Lakewood, CA
Sunday, Mar 13 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Princeton
Lakewood, CA
Saturday, Mar 19 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Mar 20 - 3:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Mar 21 - 4:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Thursday, Mar 24 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 25 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 12:30 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, Mar 29 - 6:00 PM PST
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Saturday, Apr 02 - 7:30 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Apr 03 - 2:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Saturday, Apr 09 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 10 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Apr 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Apr 13 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 15 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 17 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - 2:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Apr 24 - 2:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Monday, Apr 25 - 7:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Friday, Apr 29 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 01 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 06 - 6:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
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