Feb. 8, 2002
PHOENIX, AZ - The second-ranked UCLA Bruins opened the Fiesta Bowl Classic Tournament with an 11-0 win over Texas Tech, then returned to the field for a 9-1 victory over Texas A&M. Both games were five-inning run-rule victories. The Bruins will enter Saturday's play with a 5-0 record.
In the first game of the day, the Bruins were the home team and retired the Red Raiders in order before batting around in the bottom of the first inning. The Bruins led off with a slap hit by shortstop Natasha Watley, who advanced to third on a sacrifice by centerfielder Amanda Freed. The Red Raiders then walked Stacey Nuveman, before Tairia Mims homered to give UCLA an early 3-0 lead.
The offense continued through the bottom of the order, as Claire Sua singled, Toria Auelua was hit by a pitch, Crissy Buck singled to load the bases, and Monique Mejia posted an RBI single, which was followed by a two-RBI single by left fielder Erin Rahn. Mejia and Rahn would score on a double down the left-field line by Freed, giving UCLA an 8-0 lead by the end of the first inning. Nuveman would follow with her first home run of 2002 in the third inning, a two-run shot to right centerfield.
In the circle, Keira Goerl had another impressive performance, striking out nine batters and walking one while allowing three hits.
In the nightcap against the Aggies, the Bruins batted as the visiting team for the first time this season, and allowed their first run of the year in the bottom of the first inning as Texas A&M first baseman Kelly Ferguson scored from third base on a passed ball.
The Bruins got that run back in the top of the fourth inning with a lead-off single by Auelua, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Buck, a single by Rahn and an RBI single by Watley.
Most of the game's scoring followed in the top of the fifth. UCLA batted around, scoring eight runs on seven hits with home runs by Sua, Buck and Nuveman.
In the circle, Amanda Freed improved her record to 2-0 on the season, striking out nine while walking one.
UCLA returns to action on Saturday morning with an 11 am first pitch against Texas, followed by a 1:30 pm matchup against No. 12 Nebraska.