Two Bruins Earn Softball All-American Honors

May 25, 2000

OKLAHOMA CITY - Two members of the UCLA softball team were named as National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Americans on Wednesday night, second baseman Lyndsey Klein and shortstop Natasha Watley.

Klein, a senior from Roseville, CA, has started all 55 games for the Bruins at second base, and is hitting .373 entering the Women's College World Series (WCWS). She has driven in a team-best 56 runs, while scoring 54 times. Her 13 doubles and nine home runs are both second on the team for the season.

The only true freshman on the NFCA first team, shortstop Natasha Watley became the first Bruin freshman to earn first-team All-America honors since 2000 U.S. Olympian Stacey Nuveman accomplished the feat in 1997. Watley enters the WCWS with a team-leading .434 batting average and 76 hits. In addition, she has broken UCLA's single-season and career stolen base records this season, entering the WCWS with 32 swipes. The previous Bruin records for stolen bases were 25 in a season and 31 in a career, both set in 1999 by U.S. Olympian Christie Ambrosi.

The Bruins, who have a 43-11-1 record, advanced to the WCWS by winning the Los Angeles Regional of the NCAA Tournament, and open WCWS play at 2:30 p.m. Central Time on Thursday against fifth-seeded Alabama.

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