May 9, 2002
May 10-11 - Arizona/Arizona State - Easton Stadium
The top-ranked Bruins return to action at Easton Stadium this weekend for the conclusion of their 2002 regular season. UCLA will play a single game on Friday afternoon against No. 2 Arizona that could decide the Pac-10 championship, before hosting No. 4 Arizona State for a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins split their early-season games with the Wildcats, and have a 51-42 (1-1 in 2002) all-time record against UA. Arizona State won its last meeting with UCLA, but the Bruins lead the all-time series 71-16 (0-1 in 2002).
Nuveman Named Pac-10, NFCA Player of the Week
UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman was named Pac-10 and NFCA/Louisville Slugger Player of the Week for April 29 - May 5. Nuveman, a senior from LaVerne, CA, posted a .571 batting average (4-for-7) with one double, two home runs, five walks and an on-base percentage of .750 this weekend, helping the Bruins remain tied for first place in the Conference.
Last Saturday (May 4), Nuveman broke the NCAA career home run record at the OSU Softball Complex with her 16th homer of the season and 86th round-tripper of her UCLA career. The following day, Nuveman hit another home run adding to the record, which now stands at 87 homers all-time. On the season, Nuveman is hitting .555 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI, a 1.066 slugging percentage and a .674 on-base percentage.
UCLA Sweeps Oregon Schools, Nuveman Takes Spotlight
The Bruins started slowly on last weekend's trip to Oregon, opening on Friday with a 2-1 victory over Oregon. UCLA recorded just six hits, and both RBI were recorded by Tairia Mims, who had an RBI double in the first inning and a home run in the third.
UCLA then traveled to Corvallis, OR, for a weekend series at No. 16 Oregon State, winning on Saturday by a 10-1 margin and on Sunday, 8-0. The Bruins posted big offensive numbers in both games, and scored the majority of their runs in the late innings. Saturday's highlight was Stacey Nuveman's leadoff at-bat in the top of the seventh inning, when she blasted her 86th career home run to break the NCAA record. Nuveman led the way again on Sunday, catching Keira Goerl's one-hit shutout and hitting her 87th career home run. Goerl struck out 12 batters in the game, including nine of the first 12 Beavers to step to the plate.
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.
Nuveman tied the record on Sat., Apr. 27, hitting her 85th career homer in the third inning of UCLA's game at then-No. 7 Stanford. That tied the NCAA record previously held by Arizona's Leah Braatz and Laura Espinoza. Nuveman reached the mark in the 249th game of her career, as opposed to 251 and 271 for Espinoza and Braatz, respectively.
Also notable is Nuveman's pace for career slugging percentage. Entering the final regular season weekend, Nuveman holds a career slugging percentage of .946, which is 149 points higher than the current NCAA career record of .797, held by Braatz. She will also break UCLA's record for career batting average, as she is currently hitting .469 for her career, an average that would rank second on the NCAA's all-time list, behind Manhattan's Stacy Cowen (1991-92).
Nuveman is now second on the all-time list NCAA career walks list with 225 and her single-season batting average is on pace to a single-season Pac-10 record (Allison McCutcheon, ARIZ, .534) and to rank in the NCAA's top-10. She ranks fourth on the NCAA's Division I career RBI list with 293. Once again, she is the top non-Arizona player on that list, and needs 26 RBI to move up to third (#3 Espinoza had 315 RBI).