Bruins Gamecocks Will Play Second NCAA Regional Championship Game

May 19, 2002

Box Score

COLUMBIA, SC - South Carolina, the host team and third seed at UCLA's NCAA Regional, earned a 2-1 upset victory over UCLA in the first game of Sunday's championship session. The two teams will play a winner-take-all championship game at 2:45 pm Eastern Daylight Time. UCLA will bat as the home team in this final game.

Stacey Nuveman put the Bruins on the board first, hitting a lead-off home run to dead center field in the top of the second inning. It was the 19th home run of the season and 89th home run of her career for Nuveman. Claire Sua would follow with a hard-hit ground ball through the left side for UCLA's second hit of the game. After Erin Rahn came in to pinch-run for Sua, second baseman Crissy Buck injured herself while fouling off the first pitch of her at-bat, bringing Casey Hiraiwa in as an injury replacement to complete the at-bat. She would remain in the game to play second base for Buck. UCLA went to the bottom of the second inning with a 1-0 lead over the Gamecocks.

In the bottom of the third inning, the Gamecocks came storming back, with their leadoff hitter reaching on a Bruin error, followed by an unsuccessful fielders choice, giving South Carolina runners at first and second. Kim Evans followed with a single through the left side to load the bases with one out. Amanda Freed then got the Bruins the second out of the inning with her sixth strikeout of the game before Debralee Troesh grounded out to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded.

South Carolina had an injured starter of their own in the top of the fourth inning, when Tairia Mims hit a rocket back through the pitching circle, hitting Gamecock pitcher Megan Matthews square on her pitching forearm before third baseman Samantha Jennings picked the ball up to throw out Mims at first base. Matthews was unable to continue in the circle, and was replaced by Aleca Johnson.

The Gamecocks came back in the bottom of the seventh inning with a lead-off double by Adrianna Baggetta. Baggetta would come around to score on a single to right field by Meghan Cornett. Cornett would advance to second on the throw to the plate and go to third on an errant throw by UCLA right fielder Ramos. After Freed recorded her 11th strikeout of the game, Cornett came home on a wild pitch during the at-bat of Samantha Jennings, giving South Carolina the 2-1 victory.

UCLA and South Carolina will play a second, winner-take-all championship game beginning at 2:45 pm Eastern Daylight Time.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Wednesday, Mar 02
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
L, 6 - 8
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Florida State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 3
Friday, Mar 04
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Charleston Southern
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Syracuse
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. UC Davis
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 1 (5)
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Utah Valley
Lakewood, CA
W, 19 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Iowa State
Lakewood, CA
W, 7 - 1
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Princeton
Lakewood, CA
W, 13 - 1 (5)
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Long Beach State
Lakewood, CA
W, 3 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
at California
Berkeley, CA
W, 3 - 2 (9)
Monday, Mar 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
T, 3 - 3
Monday, Mar 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
Canceled
Thursday, Mar 24
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9 (6)
Friday, Mar 25
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 6
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
W, 10 - 8
Tuesday, Mar 29
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
W, 5 - 4
Friday, Apr 01
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 16 - 6 (5)
Saturday, Apr 02
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 5 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 9
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Monday, Apr 11
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Wednesday, Apr 13
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 0
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 5
Sunday, Apr 17
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 6
Sunday, Apr 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 4 - 8
Monday, Apr 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 7
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, May 01
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 4
Friday, May 06
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 15 - 7 (5)
Saturday, May 07
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Sunday, May 08
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Rained Out
Friday, May 20
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, May 21
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 1 - 8
Sunday, May 29 - 4:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, May 29 - 7:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
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