Bruins Softball Heads To Phoenix For Fiesta Bowl Classic

Feb. 5, 2002

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Following a 3-0 start to the 2002 campaign, the UCLA softball team hits the road this weekend for the Fiesta Bowl Classic at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix, AZ. UCLA will face Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Utah State and Southwest Texas State in tournament action.

The Bruins have all-time winning records against five of those six teams, and have a .500 record (7-7) against Texas Tech. Against the remainder of its weekend opponents, the Bruins have the following all-time series records: Texas (3-0), Texas Tech (2-0), Nebraska (7-1), Utah State (9-4) and Southwest Texas State (3-0).

Bruins Go 3-0 at CSUN Early Bird Classic
UCLA opened its 2002 season with a 3-0 record at the Cal State Northridge Early Bird Classic last weekend, defeating Louisiana-Monroe and San Diego State in 5-inning 8-0 run-rule victories before downing San Jose State 3-0 on Sunday. A scheduled Saturday game vs. Long Beach State was canceled because the length of the three previous games at Easton Stadium that day put the tournament schedule more than two hours behind.

Sophomore Keira Goerl opened the 2002 season in style, tossing the 78th no-hitter in Bruin history in an 8-0 five-inning win over Louisiana-Monroe. It was a 10-strikeout, one-walk performance over five innings, and marked the third time in four years that UCLA pitched a no-hitter on opening day.

Goerl came back to pitch again on Sunday vs. SJSU, tallying 12 strikeouts while allowing just two hits and two walks, giving her a 0.00 ERA for the week with 22 strikeouts, three walks and two shutout wins. UCLA's other pitcher, Amanda Freed, also worked effectively in the circle, pitching five innings against SDSU, striking out five while allowing just one hit.

Offensively, the Bruins hit .435 as a team while holding their opponents to an .058 clip. Junior Tairia Mims led the way with a .750 batting average, going 6-for-8 with three runs scored, three doubles and an RBI. Claire Sua was the Bruins RBI leader for the weekend with five, including the only Bruin home run of the weekend.

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 644-121-1 (.841) coaching record and 1,071 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.

Throw Some Ground Balls, They're More Democratic
As Crash Davis said to Nuke La Loosh in the movie Bull Durham, "Strikeouts are boring, besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls, it's more democratic." The 2002 Bruins could make use of that same piece of advice.

Through the first three games of the 2002 season, 27 of UCLA's 51 defensive outs (52.9%) have been recorded via the strikeout. Sophomore pitcher Keira Goerl has been responsible for 22 of the 27 K's, with Amanda Freed recording five K's vs. San Diego State. By comparison, the Bruins opened 2001 with 28.8% (26 of 90) in the opening weekend.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 12 - 10:15 AM PST
vs. Colorado State
College Station, TX
Friday, Feb 12 - 1:00 PM PST
at Texas A&M
College Station, TX
Saturday, Feb 13 - 10:15 AM PST
vs. Wichita State
College Station, TX
Saturday, Feb 13 - 3:15 PM PST
at Texas A&M
College Station, TX
Sunday, Feb 14 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Colorado State
College Station, TX
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UCF
Cathedral City, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. Notre Dame
Cathedral City, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 5:30 PM PST
vs. Cal Poly
Cathedral City, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 9:00 AM PST
vs. LSU
Cathedral City, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Pacific
Cathedral City, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 5:30 PM PST
vs. Florida
Cathedral City, CA
Friday, Feb 26 - 12:30 PM PST
vs. Georgia
Cathedral City, CA
Friday, Feb 26 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. BYU
Cathedral City, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 9:30 AM PST
vs. Oklahoma
Cathedral City, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - 9:00 AM PST
vs. Northwestern
Cathedral City, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Charleston Southern
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Syracuse
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Florida State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. UC Davis
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. Mississippi State
Lakewood, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Lakewood, CA
Saturday, Mar 12 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Utah Valley
Lakewood, CA
Saturday, Mar 12 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa State
Lakewood, CA
Sunday, Mar 13 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Princeton
Lakewood, CA
Saturday, Mar 19 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Mar 20 - 3:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Mar 21 - 4:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Thursday, Mar 24 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 25 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 12:30 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, Mar 29 - 6:00 PM PST
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Saturday, Apr 02 - 7:30 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Apr 03 - 2:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Saturday, Apr 09 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 10 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Apr 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Apr 13 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 15 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 17 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - 2:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Apr 24 - 2:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Monday, Apr 25 - 7:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Friday, Apr 29 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 01 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 06 - 6:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
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