Feb. 27, 2002
Feb. 27 vs. Cal St. Fullerton *Mar. 1-3 Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tourn. *Easton Stadium
After suffering its first loss of the 2002 season on Saturday afternoon, the Bruins return to action this Wednesday with a doubleheader against Cal State Fullerton before welcoming Florida, Purdue and Texas A&M Corpus Christi for the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament Sponsored by Easton. The tournament will feature two doubleheaders per day Friday through Sunday. Fullerton leads the all-time series with the Bruins by a slim 27-25-1 margin. UCLA has never faced Florida, Purdue or Texas A&M Corpus Christi on the softball diamond.
Bruins Down UC Riverside, Split with Long Beach State
UCLA opened last week's schedule with a doubleheader against UC Riverside at Easton Stadium, a twin-bill that included Claire Sua's first complete game in the circle as a Bruin. Sua pitched five innings in a 14-0 shutout win, earning the victory. She struck out two and walked two while allowingtwo hits. In the nightcap, Keira Goerl pitched her second no-hitter of the season, striking out 13 and walking three.
On Saturday, the Bruins traveled to Lakewood, CA, for a doubleheader with Long Beach State at Lisa Fernandez Field at Mayfair Park. A disappointing performance in the day's first game led to a 3-2 nine-inning loss, a game in which the Bruins left 13 runners on base. UCLA rebounded with a 10-0 game two win, with Goerl striking out 11 and not issuing a walk.
Offensively, senior Stacey Nuveman had an outstanding week, hitting .833. She was 10-for-12 at the plate, with five runs scored, two doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI and a 1.500 slugging percentage. Her six walks contributed to a .889 on-base percentage to complement her 1.000 fielding percentage on 32 chances.
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 658-122-1 (.843) coaching record and 1,084 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.