April 25, 2000
vs. Stanford/California - April 28-30, 2000 - Easton Stadium
This Week's Schedule - April 24-30
UCLA returns to the diamond at Easton Stadium this weekend for a series against the Bay Area schools. The weekend starts with a Friday afternoon game against Stanford, before two weekend contests against California.
|Fri.||April||28||STANFORD (#12)||2:00 p.m.|
|Sat.||April||29||CALIFORNIA (#9)||2:00 p.m.|
|Sun.||April||30||CALIFORNIA (#9)||1:00 p.m.|
Following a dramatic split in Seattle last weekend, the Bruins return to the friendly confines of Easton Stadium this weekend to begin the second half of the Pac-10 schedule. Stanford will visit Westwood for a Friday game before California comes to town for a Saturday-Sunday series. UCLA swept the Bay Area schools in the first full weekend of conference play, winning at Cal on Mar. 31 before downing Stanford 1-0 and 8-0 (5 innings) on April 1-2. The Bruins hold the advantage in the all-time series against both schools, with a 28-5 mark against the Cardinal and a 51-13 all-time record against the Golden Bears.
UCLA Earns Split in Seattle, Freed Co-Pitcher of the Week
It was an exciting weekend of softball at Husky Stadium in Seattle, with the No. 1 Washington Huskies and No. 3 UCLA Bruins splitting the weekend series.
In the opener, the Bruins scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth inning, and sophomore pitcher Amanda Freed faced the minimum number of batters through three innings before UW's Rosie Leutzinger hit the first pitch of the fourth inning over the right field fence. The game remained tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning, when a two-run double by Kim DePaul provided the go-ahead runs. The Bruins had a chance in the top of the seventh inning, but the game ended on a controversial call when UCLA shortstop Natasha Watley was hit by a pitch while swinging at a pitch. She was originally awarded first base, but was then called out on a strikeout to end the game with a 3-1 UW win.
Saturday's contest turned into a pitchers duel between Freed and UW's Jennifer Spediacci. The only run of the game came in the top of the sixth inning when Lyndsey Klein hit the first pitch of the inning well over the left field fence for a solo home run. Washington left 12 batters on base in the game, which ended with Spediacci being called out on strikes with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, sealing a 1-0 UCLA win.
For her efforts this weekend, Amanda Freed was named the Pac-10 Co-Pitcher of the Week, her second PiOW honor this season. She pitched 11 of a possible 12 innings and led the team with a .429 average at the plate. Freed struck out 11 batters, including Spediacci's strikeout to end the game.
NCAA Ruling Turns Feb. 18 Michigan Game Into a Tie
A ruling made by the NCAA Softball Rules Committee regarding time limit games has affected the Bruins 2000 results. Rule 6, section 12 (c) in the 2000 NCAA Softball Rules book states that effective in the fall of 1999, the exception allowing a time limit for tournament play will be eliminated.
The Campbell/Cartier Tournament, held Feb. 17-19 in Poway, CA, was played with a time limit, but only one of UCLA's five games, the 6-4 loss to Michigan, was affected. Because the seventh inning of this game was played using the International Tiebreak Rule (runner placed on second base to start the inning) because of the time limit rules, it was therefore played illegally. The illegally played seventh inning has been deleted and the game is now a 4-4 tie. Courtney Dale's pitching record is also affected by this ruling. Because there are no pitchers decisions in ties, Dale's record is now 7-2 on the season.
Several Bruins are on the move in the UCLA record books. Most notably, freshman Natasha Watley is already second on UCLA's single-season list and tied for tied for fifth on the career list with 22 stolen bases through 41 games played. She needs three more swipes to tie Christie Ambrosi's single-season record of 25 stolen bases, set in the 1999 season.
Julie Marshall has taken over the Bruins career record for RBIs, and needs just four more RBI to become the first Bruin to ever record 200 career RBI. Marshall is also currently ranked second all-time in home runs (43), fifth in doubles (39), fifth in at-bats (691), seventh in hits (229), eighth in runs scored (122) and seventh in games played (228).
Julie Adams is also ranked in several categories, including third in home runs (38), third in RBIs (153), 10th in runs scored (109), 10th in hits (207), 13th in doubles (28), 16th in at-bats (585), and 16th in games played (201).
Three additional speedsters, Lupe Brambila, Lyndsey Klein and Amanda Freed, join Watley on the all-time career stolen bases list, as Brambila checks in with 22 (tie, fifth), Klein has 19 (tied, ninth) and Freed has 18 (11th). Brambila also has double-digit swipes this season, with 15 through April 10 and ranks third on the single-season list with that total.
Despite the fact that Klein will be completing a two-year Bruin career this season, she will see her name in several Bruin career lists. She is tied for ninth in doubles (31), 15th in RBI (82), tied for 16th in runs scored (84), tied for 10th with 12 home runs and tied for 20th with four triples.
Head Coach Sue Enquist
The reigning Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Enquist is in her 21st year as a member of the UCLA coaching staff and 25th season as either a player or coach at UCLA. She solely took over the role of UCLA's head coach in 1997, following the retirement of longtime Bruin coach Sharron Backus. The two served as co-head coaches from 1989-96. Following a brilliant UCLA playing career (1975-78), Enquist was away from the Bruins for only one season before returning as an assistant coach in 1980. She held that position for nine years (1980-88) before being elevated to co-head coach prior to the 1989 season. Since then, the Bruins have compiled a 566-110-1(.837) record.
A 1998 vote by the Pac-10 coaches has reduced the 2000 conference schedule by seven games, and for that reason, the Bruins played in more tournaments than in past years. The Pac-10 coaches decision was based upon the strength of the conference, and allowing the lower-division teams in the conference to earn more quality wins outside of conference play by eliminating those seven games from the Pac-10 schedule. This scheduling has resulted in the virtual elimination of doubleheaders in conference play, and a format that provides for three games against each conference opponent, two at one site and one at the other. UCLA will play just one conference doubleheader this year, on May 13 at Easton Stadium against Oregon.
Volleyball's Fendrick Added to Softball Roster
There is one addition to the Bruin roster printed in the media guide, as freshman volleyball player Lauren Fendrick has been added to the softball team. Fendrick, a starting outside hitter for the NCAA Regional Finalist Bruin volleyball team, is listed as a 6-2 pitcher for the softball Bruins and will wear #14.
Junior Courtney Dale returned to the pitching circle on Sunday, April 16, her first pitching appearance since being diagnosed wtih a torn labrum in her pitching (right) shoulder on Feb. 24. She had returned to the lineup as a DP the previous weekend.
2000 Multi-Hit Games
2000 Hitting Streaks
2000 Score By Innings
NFCA/USA Today Poll (4/19/2000)
|No.||School (1st place)||Record||Points|
|15.||Cal State Fullerton||34-11||288|
|17.||Long Beach State||31-15||226|
This Week's Ticket
Current Ranking: No.12
Location: Stanford, CA
Head Coach: John Ritman, 3rd year
2000 Record: 36-12, 4-8 Pac-10
Series: UCLA leads 28-5
|4/1||UCLA 1, STAN 0|
|4/2||UCLA 8, STAN 0 (5 innings)|
Nickname: Golden Bears
Current Ranking: No. 9
Location: Berkeley, CA
Head Coach: Diane Ninemire, 12thyear
2000 Record: 41-15, 3-9 P ac-10
Series: UCLA leads 51-13
|3/31||UCLA 6, CAL 1|
2000 Bruins in the Rankings
USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament
Courtney Dale (MVPlayer)
Amanda Freed (MVPitcher)
Paradise Softball Classic
Amanda Freed (MOPitcher)
Torero Invitational Classic
No All-Tournament team was named in the rain-shortened Torero Invitational Classic.
Hallowell Chevrolet Classic
Pac-10 Softball Standings
Courtney Dale vs. Maryland, Feb. 4, W, 9-0 (5 inn)
Feb.12 Julie Adams vs. Hawai'i
Mar. 10 Julie Marshall vs. Texas Tech
Back-to-Back Home Runs
2/6 Marshall, Dale vs. Tennessee
2/24 Klein, Marshall vs. Cal St. Northridge
3/10 Marshall, Adams vs. Texas Tech
1999 - NCAA
1992 - NCAA
1990 - NCAA
1989 - NCAA
1988 - NCAA
1985 - NCAA
1984 - NCAA
1982 - NCAA
1978 - AIWA
NCAA Tournament Appearances 15 (99-19)
NCAA CWS Appearances 15 (64-16)