Six Bruins Lead USA Softball to Olympic Gold

Sept. 26, 2000

SYDNEY - Six former Bruin softball players were among the starting lineup for USA Softball on Tuesday as the United States defeated Japan 2-1 in eight innings to earn a second consecutive Olympic gold medal.

In the infield, five of the six players were Bruins, including Sheila Cornell Douty at first base, Dr. Dot Richardson at second base, Jennifer Brundage at third base, Lisa Fernandez in the pitching circle and Bruin junior Stacey Nuveman catching. That group of five was joined by left fielder Christi Ambrosi to give UCLA six of the nine defensive players for the gold medal team. Junior pitcher Amanda Freed is also in Australia as an alternate for the team.

Fernandez pitched a complete-game win in the gold medal game against Japan, striking out eight. She completed the tournament with 52 strikeouts, the most among any pitcher in the tournament. That total included an Olympic record 25 strikeouts in a 2-1 13-inning loss to the Australians in pool play.

An outfield single by Nuveman in the fourth inning scored Michelle Smith and tied the game at 1-1. It was the only hit of the game for the U.S. Nuveman walked to lead off the eighth inning, and Jennifer McFalls, who pinch-ran for Nuveman, scored the winning run on a fly ball to the outfield by Laura Berg.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Tuesday, Mar 29
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
W, 5 - 4
Friday, Apr 01
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 16 - 6 (5)
Saturday, Apr 02
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 5 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 9
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Monday, Apr 11
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Wednesday, Apr 13
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 0
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 5
Sunday, Apr 17
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 6
Sunday, Apr 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 4 - 8
Monday, Apr 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 7
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, May 01
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 4
Friday, May 06
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 15 - 7 (5)
Saturday, May 07
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Sunday, May 08
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Rained Out
Friday, May 20
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, May 21
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 1 - 8
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 2 - 1 (9)
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 2 - 1
Thursday, Jun 02
vs. Auburn
Oklahoma City, OK
L, 3 - 10
Saturday, Jun 04
vs. Florida State
Oklahoma City, OK
L, 4 - 8
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