Feb. 5, 2002
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.