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Softball Enters Final Weekend
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/09/2001

May 9, 2001

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The final weekend of the regular season is here, as the second-ranked Bruins travel to Arizona and Arizona State for their last three games of the 2001 Pac-10 season. UCLA is still in the hunt for the Pac-10 championship, but must win all three of its games this weekend and get help from No. 12 Washington, who plays a doubleheader against the Wildcats on Saturday. The Bruins have the advantage in the all-time series against both UA and ASU, with a 50-39 lead against the Wildcats and a 69-15 advantage against the Sun Devils, as ASU won the teams earlier meeting this season. UCLA and Arizona split a weekend series at Easton Stadium in early April.

Bruins Win Four Over Washington, Oregon Schools
The Bruins kept themselves in the Pac-10 Championship race with four wins last week, a 4-3 win at No. 12 Washington, a 6-4 win over Oregon before finishing the week with 4-0 and 4-1 wins over No. 14 Oregon State. For the week, junior Stacey Nuveman led the way offensively, blazing a .667 batting average (6-for9) with four runs scored, two home runs and eight RBI for a 1.333 slugging percentage and a .750 on-base percentage. She was also perfect defensively with 23 putouts and three assists behind the plate.

Nuveman's first home run of the weekend broke open UCLA's game at Washington on Wednesday afternoon. With two out in the sixth inning of a scoreless game, Nuveman tattooed an 0-1 pitch over the left field fence for a three-run homer. Claire Sua then made it back-to-back homers, hitting her eighth HR of the season and giving the Bruins a 4-0 lead. The Huskies would make it close with a two-out rally of their own in the seventh inning, but the Bruins escaped Seattle with the 4-3 win.

The weekend Pac-10 series started on Friday afternoon against Oregon. Despite giving up three runs in the top of the first and the Ducks taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Bruins rallied to win the game 6-4. Four Bruins crossed the plate as UCLA batted around in the fourth, and a two-out intentional walk to Nuveman backfired in the fifth, pinch runner Erin Rahn and Sua crossed the plate in the fifth to seal the 6-4 win.

No. 14 Oregon State came to Easton Stadium to complete the week's schedule, and the Bruins earned two more victories to stay in the hunt for the Pac-10 title by winning 4-0 on Saturday and 4-10 on Sunday. The Bruins put up two runs in the first inning on Saturday and added one run each in the second and fourth for the win. In Sunday's game, Nuveman's two-run first inning homer gave UCLA a 3-0 lead, and UCLA added a fourth run in the third inning on a leadoff double by Tairia Mims followed by an RBI single by Nuveman.

Watley's Hitting Streak Snapped, But Record-Setting Continues
Sophomore All-America shortstop Natasha Watley's 32-game hitting streak came to an end on May 4, as she was held hitless for the first time since Feb. 26 at Southwest Texas State. Watley's streak is tied for the fifth-longest streak in NCAA Division I history. In addition, Watley now has 44 steals this season, extending her UCLA single-season record. That total leads the Pac-10 and is sixth on the conference's all-time single-season list. Watley has also set a new UCLA record for runs scored in a season with 69.

Watley is one of two Bruin starters hitting over .400. Her .420 season trails only Stacey Nuveman, includes a team-high five triples, and ranks 26th on the NCAA Division I statistics list. Her record-setting freshman campaign included team highs of a .426 batting average and stealing 32 bases on 37 attempts. In addition to setting a new Bruin single-season record for stolen bases and taking over the UCLA career lead in that category, Watley set an NCAA Division I postseason record with four steals against Canisius in UCLA's postseason opener on May 18, 2000. Her current career stolen base total is 76 swipes, ranking 10th on the Pac-10's all-time list.

She's Baaack!: Nuveman Moves Up NCAA Career Lists
With 14 home runs this season, Bruin slugger Stacey Nuveman currently has 67 career home runs, giving her fourth place on the NCAA's all-time list. Nuveman now has the best career home run total of any non-Arizona player. Jenny Dalton is next on the list with 76 career home runs (see page 5 of notes).

Through 57 games, Nuveman has walked 62 times (18 intentional walks), equivalent to 30% of her total plate appearances and a 1.1 per-game average that contributes to an impressive .610 on-base percentage. Nuveman is fourth among active players on the NCAA's career walks list, and has become the second Bruin in history to record more than 200 career RBI, with 228, the sixth-best total in NCAA Division I history. She is the active leader on the NCAA career list in that category.

Nuveman returns to the Bruins in 2001 after missing the 2000 collegiate season in order to play for the U.S. Olympic Team. Despite the fact that she is in her fifth year as a Bruin, Nuveman has remaining collegiate eligibility for the 2001 and 2002 seasons, and is considered an athletic junior in 2001.

Bruins Dominate NCAA Statistics
UCLA's 53-4 record translates to a .930 winning percentage, ranking third among NCAA Division I schools. That is just one of several categories where the Bruins rank in the national top-10, as the team batting average of .3432 is second, the team fielding percentage of .975 ranks fourth and the team's 0.83 ERA is sixth (through games of May 6).

Individually, six Bruins rank in the current NCAA Statistical Leaders: batting average (6. Nuveman, .444, 15. Watley, .420, 38. Sua, .392), RBI (t2. Nuveman, 1.16/gm, 4. Mims, 1.12/gm), home runs (t11. Nuveman, 0.29/gm, 15. Mims, 0.26/gm), stolen bases (11. Watley, 0.77/gm) and ERA (5. Freed, 0.51, 37. Goerl, 0.98).

UCLA's 4-3 win at No. 12 Washington on May 2 gave the Bruins the seventh 50-win season in program history. UCLA has achieved the 60-win plateau twice, in 1999 and 1990.

Head Coach Sue Enquist
The 2001 season marks Sue Enquist's 13th campaign as head coach of the Bruin softball program. It is her 22nd year as part of UCLA's softball coaching staff and her 26th year of involvement with the program as either a coach or player. Enquist has a 632-119-1 (.841) coaching record and 1,054 wins in her Bruin softball career as a player, assistant coach and head coach, combined. As a player from 1975-78, Enquist became UCLA's first All-American while establishing the Bruin career batting average record of .401. She is still the only UCLA player to complete her career with a batting average over .400.

Forget Waldo, Where's Tairia?
Sophomore Tairia Mims is on the field and producing impressive offensive numbers from the No. 3 spot in the lineup, but you never know where you'll find her on the field defensively.

Mims has started all 57 games for UCLA: 14 games in right field, five games at first base, 27 at third base and 11 games behind the plate. UCLA's starting first baseman a year ago, Mims was a catcher and third baseman in high school and ASA ball. Since coming to UCLA, she has learned first base and right field, making her one of Sue Enquist's most versatile athletes defensively.

Mims was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 12-18 after hitting six home runs with 19 RBI during that stretch. For the 2001 season, Mims currently has a .379 average with 14 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, 64 RBI, 48 runs scored and 16 walks, for a .449 on-base percentage and a .734 slugging percentage. In comparison, she totalled nine home runs, 32 RBI and eight doubles last year as a freshman.

Freshman Firepower
Claire Sua has started all of UCLA's 57 games and is third on the team with a .398 batting average. She has eight home runs -- including two grand slams -- 48 RBI and 23 runs scored. Sua entered the lineup as the designated player in UCLA's first five games (at the Early Bird Classic) before making her defensive debut at first base in the doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 7.

Pitcher Keira Goerl has pitched in 27 of UCLA's games and has a 0.98 ERA with 139 strikeouts in 164 innings pitched. Goerl pitched a five-inning perfect game against UC Riverside on March 6, and all 14 innings on April 13 against Washington. Batters are hitting .169 against Goerl, and she is 24-1 on the 2001 season. She was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for April 23-29 after pitching 19 scoreless innings and allowing just four hits with 12 strikeouts and allowing opposing batters to hit just .063.

Freshman outfielder Stephanie Ramos started UCLA's first 29 games before breaking a the fourth metacarpal bone in her left hand. She was hitting .405 with seven doubles, 12 RBI and 22 runs scored, and had 18 putouts and an assist when the injury occurred. She returned to the Bruin starting lineup on April 6 against Arizona State and is currently hitting .336 with nine doubles, a triple and a home run.

Marcel Torres has started 14 games, with the majority coming in Pac-10 play. Torres earned a single in her first collegiate at-bat, entering the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game of the Cal State Fullerton doubleheader. Torres hit her first career home run on Feb. 16 against Portland State, and is hitting .375 with 32 games played, two doubles and two home runs.

Baserunning specialists Amanda Simpson and Julie Hoshizaki both see regular game action, with Simpson stealing two bases with 17 runs scored. She has appeared as a pinch runner in 49 of UCLA's 57 games. Hoshizaki has pinch-run in 36 games with 13 runs scored.

Injury Report
Junior pitcher Amanda Freed was diagnosed with an injury in her right forearm on April 16. She has returned to the lineup offensively, and in centerfield on defense. A date for her return to the circle has not yet been determined. Sophomore Toria Auelua tore her right meniscus while warming up Courtney Dale in game one of UCLA's doubleheader at Southwest Texas State on Feb. 26 and underwent surgery on Feb 28. She returned to the starting lineup for the first time on Sunday against Oregon State. Junior Casey Hiraiwa tore a tendon in her left hand during UCLA's Alumnae game on March 24, and had surgery on April 6. No timetable has been set for her return.

The final weekend of the regular season is here, as the second-ranked Bruins travel to Arizona and Arizona State for their last three games of the 2001 Pac-10 season. UCLA is still in the hunt for the Pac-10 championship, but must win all three of its games this weekend and get help from No. 12 Washington, who plays a doubleheader against the Wildcats on Saturday. The Bruins have the advantage in the all-time series against both UA and ASU, with a 50-39 lead against the Wildcats and a 69-15 advantage against the Sun Devils, as ASU won the teams earlier meeting this season. UCLA and Arizona split a weekend series at Easton Stadium in early April.

Bruins Win Four Over Washington, Oregon Schools
The Bruins kept themselves in the Pac-10 Championship race with four wins last week, a 4-3 win at No. 12 Washington, a 6-4 win over Oregon before finishing the week with 4-0 and 4-1 wins over No. 14 Oregon State. For the week, junior Stacey Nuveman led the way offensively, blazing a .667 batting average (6-for9) with four runs scored, two home runs and eight RBI for a 1.333 slugging percentage and a .750 on-base percentage. She was also perfect defensively with 23 putouts and three assists behind the plate.

Nuveman's first home run of the weekend broke open UCLA's game at Washington on Wednesday afternoon. With two out in the sixth inning of a scoreless game, Nuveman tattooed an 0-1 pitch over the left field fence for a three-run homer. Claire Sua then made it back-to-back homers, hitting her eighth HR of the season and giving the Bruins a 4-0 lead. The Huskies would make it close with a two-out rally of their own in the seventh inning, but the Bruins escaped Seattle with the 4-3 win.

The weekend Pac-10 series started on Friday afternoon against Oregon. Despite giving up three runs in the top of the first and the Ducks taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Bruins rallied to win the game 6-4. Four Bruins crossed the plate as UCLA batted around in the fourth, and a two-out intentional walk to Nuveman backfired in the fifth, pinch runner Erin Rahn and Sua crossed the plate in the fifth to seal the 6-4 win.

No. 14 Oregon State came to Easton Stadium to complete the week's schedule, and the Bruins earned two more victories to stay in the hunt for the Pac-10 title by winning 4-0 on Saturday and 4-10 on Sunday. The Bruins put up two runs in the first inning on Saturday and added one run each in the second and fourth for the win. In Sunday's game, Nuveman's two-run first inning homer gave UCLA a 3-0 lead, and UCLA added a fourth run in the third inning on a leadoff double by Tairia Mims followed by an RBI single by Nuveman.

Watley's Hitting Streak Snapped, But Record-Setting Continues
Sophomore All-America shortstop Natasha Watley's 32-game hitting streak came to an end on May 4, as she was held hitless for the first time since Feb. 26 at Southwest Texas State. Watley's streak is tied for the fifth-longest streak in NCAA Division I history. In addition, Watley now has 44 steals this season, extending her UCLA single-season record. That total leads the Pac-10 and is sixth on the conference's all-time single-season list. Watley has also set a new UCLA record for runs scored in a season with 69.

Watley is one of two Bruin starters hitting over .400. Her .420 season trails only Stacey Nuveman, includes a team-high five triples, and ranks 26th on the NCAA Division I statistics list. Her record-setting freshman campaign included team highs of a .426 batting average and stealing 32 bases on 37 attempts. In addition to setting a new Bruin single-season record for stolen bases and taking over the UCLA career lead in that category, Watley set an NCAA Division I postseason record with four steals against Canisius in UCLA's postseason opener on May 18, 2000. Her current career stolen base total is 76 swipes, ranking 10th on the Pac-10's all-time list.

She's Baaack!: Nuveman Moves Up NCAA Career Lists
With 14 home runs this season, Bruin slugger Stacey Nuveman currently has 67 career home runs, giving her fourth place on the NCAA's all-time list. Nuveman now has the best career home run total of any non-Arizona player. Jenny Dalton is next on the list with 76 career home runs (see page 5 of notes).

Through 57 games, Nuveman has walked 62 times (18 intentional walks), equivalent to 30% of her total plate appearances and a 1.1 per-game average that contributes to an impressive .610 on-base percentage. Nuveman is fourth among active players on the NCAA's career walks list, and has become the second Bruin in history to record more than 200 career RBI, with 228, the sixth-best total in NCAA Division I history. She is the active leader on the NCAA career list in that category.

Nuveman returns to the Bruins in 2001 after missing the 2000 collegiate season in order to play for the U.S. Olympic Team. Despite the fact that she is in her fifth year as a Bruin, Nuveman has remaining collegiate eligibility for the 2001 and 2002 seasons, and is considered an athletic junior in 2001.

Bruins Dominate NCAA Statistics
UCLA's 53-4 record translates to a .930 winning percentage, ranking third among NCAA Division I schools. That is just one of several categories where the Bruins rank in the national top-10, as the team batting average of .3432 is second, the team fielding percentage of .975 ranks fourth and the team's 0.83 ERA is sixth (through games of May 6).

Individually, six Bruins rank in the current NCAA Statistical Leaders: batting average (6. Nuveman, .444, 15. Watley, .420, 38. Sua, .392), RBI (t2. Nuveman, 1.16/gm, 4. Mims, 1.12/gm), home runs (t11. Nuveman, 0.29/gm, 15. Mims, 0.26/gm), stolen bases (11. Watley, 0.77/gm) and ERA (5. Freed, 0.51, 37. Goerl, 0.98).

UCLA's 4-3 win at No. 12 Washington on May 2 gave the Bruins the seventh 50-win season in program history. UCLA has achieved the 60-win plateau twice, in 1999 and 1990.

Head Coach Sue Enquist
The 2001 season marks Sue Enquist's 13th campaign as head coach of the Bruin softball program. It is her 22nd year as part of UCLA's softball coaching staff and her 26th year of involvement with the program as either a coach or player. Enquist has a 632-119-1 (.841) coaching record and 1,054 wins in her Bruin softball career as a player, assistant coach and head coach, combined. As a player from 1975-78, Enquist became UCLA's first All-American while establishing the Bruin career batting average record of .401. She is still the only UCLA player to complete her career with a batting average over .400.

Forget Waldo, Where's Tairia?
Sophomore Tairia Mims is on the field and producing impressive offensive numbers from the No. 3 spot in the lineup, but you never know where you'll find her on the field defensively.

Mims has started all 57 games for UCLA: 14 games in right field, five games at first base, 27 at third base and 11 games behind the plate. UCLA's starting first baseman a year ago, Mims was a catcher and third baseman in high school and ASA ball. Since coming to UCLA, she has learned first base and right field, making her one of Sue Enquist's most versatile athletes defensively.

Mims was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 12-18 after hitting six home runs with 19 RBI during that stretch. For the 2001 season, Mims currently has a .379 average with 14 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, 64 RBI, 48 runs scored and 16 walks, for a .449 on-base percentage and a .734 slugging percentage. In comparison, she totalled nine home runs, 32 RBI and eight doubles last year as a freshman.

Freshman Firepower
Claire Sua has started all of UCLA's 57 games and is third on the team with a .398 batting average. She has eight home runs -- including two grand slams -- 48 RBI and 23 runs scored. Sua entered the lineup as the designated player in UCLA's first five games (at the Early Bird Classic) before making her defensive debut at first base in the doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 7.

Pitcher Keira Goerl has pitched in 27 of UCLA's games and has a 0.98 ERA with 139 strikeouts in 164 innings pitched. Goerl pitched a five-inning perfect game against UC Riverside on March 6, and all 14 innings on April 13 against Washington. Batters are hitting .169 against Goerl, and she is 24-1 on the 2001 season. She was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for April 23-29 after pitching 19 scoreless innings and allowing just four hits with 12 strikeouts and allowing opposing batters to hit just .063.

Freshman outfielder Stephanie Ramos started UCLA's first 29 games before breaking a the fourth metacarpal bone in her left hand. She was hitting .405 with seven doubles, 12 RBI and 22 runs scored, and had 18 putouts and an assist when the injury occurred. She returned to the Bruin starting lineup on April 6 against Arizona State and is currently hitting .336 with nine doubles, a triple and a home run.

Marcel Torres has started 14 games, with the majority coming in Pac-10 play. Torres earned a single in her first collegiate at-bat, entering the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game of the Cal State Fullerton doubleheader. Torres hit her first career home run on Feb. 16 against Portland State, and is hitting .375 with 32 games played, two doubles and two home runs.

Baserunning specialists Amanda Simpson and Julie Hoshizaki both see regular game action, with Simpson stealing two bases with 17 runs scored. She has appeared as a pinch runner in 49 of UCLA's 57 games. Hoshizaki has pinch-run in 36 games with 13 runs scored.

Injury Report
Junior pitcher Amanda Freed was diagnosed with an injury in her right forearm on April 16. She has returned to the lineup offensively, and in centerfield on defense. A date for her return to the circle has not yet been determined. Sophomore Toria Auelua tore her right meniscus while warming up Courtney Dale in game one of UCLA's doubleheader at Southwest Texas State on Feb. 26 and underwent surgery on Feb 28. She returned to the starting lineup for the first time on Sunday against Oregon State. Junior Casey Hiraiwa tore a tendon in her left hand during UCLA's Alumnae game on March 24, and had surgery on April 6. No timetable has been set for her return.


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