Feb. 19, 2002
UCLA softball is off to the races in 2002, and puts its 14-game winning streak on the line this week in two non-conference doubleheaders. First-up will be a twin bill on Wednesday afternoon at Easton Stadium against UC Riverside, a team against which the Bruins hold a 12-1 all-time record. On Saturday, UCLA will trave to Mayfair Park in Long Beach, CA, for a doubleheader against Long Beach State. The Bruins are 53-6 all-time against the 49ers.
Through the first three weekends of play, UCLA's offensive juggernaut has outscored its opponents by a 122-9 margin. Six Bruin starters enter the week hitting over .400 for the season.
Amanda Freed Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Senior P/CF Amanda Freed was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, it was announced on Monday. She was UCLA's top hitter at the UNLV Classic, going 11-for-16 (.688) with 10 runs scored, 1 double, 1 triple, a home run (against #12 Nebraska), and a 1.063 slugging percentage. Three walks contributed to her .737 on-base percentage, and she did not strike out in any of UCLA's five weekend games. She also had a sacrifice hit and three stolen bases on as many chances to go with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Freed had higher individual offensive totals than the five opponents combined for as a team in runs scored (10 vs. 7), RBIs (7 vs. 6) and stolen bases (3 vs. 2). Freed was equally impressive In the circle, going 3-0 with wins over No. 13 Alabama, No. 12 Nebraska and No. 4 LSU. She struck out 16 batters walking one in her 17 innings in the circle. Opponents hit just .169 for the weekend against Freed. Two of the three starts were complete games (Nebraska, Alabama) while she teamed with Keira Goerl for a shutout win against LSU.
Bruins Win UNLV Classic Tournament Title
The Bruins were one of two undefeated teams at the UNLV Classic last weekend, going 5-0 in tournament play. Cal also went undefeated with a 6-0 record, but UCLA was named the Tournament champion based on run differential. The Bruins outscored their opponents by 43 runs while the Golden Bears had a +29 run differential.
Three of UCLA's wins were against teams ranked in the preseason top-15, including a run-rule win over No. 12 Nebraska, and seven-inning wins against No. 13 Alabama and No. 4 LSU.
Head Coach Sue Enquist
The 2002 season marks Sue Enquist's 14th campaign as head coach of the Bruin softball program. It is her 23rd year as part of UCLA's softball coaching staff and her 27th year of involvement with the program as either a coach or player. Enquist has a 655-121-1 (.844) coaching record and 1,082 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.
Five Current Bruins in USA Softball's Core Group
Five current and two former UCLA softball players have been chosen by USA Softball as members of its 22-player core group of athletes to move on to its upcoming World Championships camp in May/June 2002. Current players include Toria Auelua, Amanda Freed, Stacey Nuveman, Tairia Mims and Natasha Watley, while volunteer assistant coach Lisa Fernandez and 2001 senior Courtney Dale round out the Bruin contingent. USA Softball will be going for its fifth consecutive World Championship at the 2002 ISF World Championships in July in Saskatoon, Canada. The USA will also be looking to qualify as the top seed for the 2004 Olympic Games for the third consecutive time.