April 3, 2000
This weekend will be the second straight on the road for the third-ranked Bruin softball team. This time, UCLA travles to Eugene and Corvallis, Ore., for a weekend series against Oregon and Oregon State.
The Ducks are up first with a 2 p.m. first pitch on Friday in Eugene. UCLA holds a 42-7 all-time mark against Oregon, including winning the 1999 season series, 3-1.
Bruin assistant coach Gina Vecchione returns to Oregon State for Saturday and Sunday's games, where she spent the past five seasons as an assistant on head coach Kirk Walker's staff. UCLA holds a 53-4 all-time advantage over the Beavers, and won the 1999 season series, 3-2.
UCLA Starts Pac-10 Season With 3-0 Record
Pac-10 play started in earnest on Friday, with all eight schools playing conference games. The Bruins and second-ranked Arizona were the only schools to emerge from the weekend undefeated, as UCLA defeated No. 4 California by a 6-1 margin before heading to Stanford where they downed the eighth-ranked Cardinal by 1-0 and 8-0 (5) margins.
Lyndsey Klein was the top offensive player for the Bruins on the weekend, turning in a .625 performance at the plate that included two sacrifice flies, four RBIs and two runs scored. In the circle, the Bruins continued their strong showing from the Olympic Team doubleheader, as Amanda Freed struck out 13 batters in 12 innings of work and Stephanie Swenson struck out six in her shutout win over Stanford. The Bruins allowed just one run over the course of the weekend.
It's still early in the season, but several Bruins are on the move in the UCLA record books. Most notably, freshman Natasha Watley is already second on UCLA's single-season list and tied for ninth on the career list with 18 stolen bases through 33 games played. She needs seven more swipes to tie Christie Ambrosi's single-season record of 25 stolen bases, set in the 1999 season.
Julie Marshall has taken over the Bruins career record for RBIs, and needs just 10 more RBI to become the first Bruin to ever record 200 career RBI. Marshall is also currently ranked second all-time in home runs (41), tied for fifth in doubles (38), seventh in at-bats (666), ninth in runs scored (120) and hits (219) and ninth in games played (220).
Julie Adams is also ranked in several categories, including third in home runs (38), third in RBIs (152), 10th in runs scored (109), 11th in hits (203), 13th in doubles (28), 19th in at-bats (563), and is about to break in to the all-time lists for games played (193).
Two additional speedsters, Lupe Brambila and Amanda Freed, join Watley on the all-time career stolen bases list, as Brambila checks in with 21(tied-fifth) and Freed has 16 (tied-12th). Brambila also has double-digit swipes this season, with 14 through April 3 and ranks third on the single-season list with that total.
Head Coach Sue Enquist
The reigning Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Enquist is in her 21st year as a member of the UCLA coaching staff and 25th season as either a player or coach at UCLA. She solely took over the role of UCLA's head coach in 1997, following the retirement of longtime Bruin coach Sharron Backus. The two served as co-head coaches from 1989-96. Following a brilliant UCLA playing career (1975-78), Enquist was away from the Bruins for only one season before returning as an assistant coach in 1980. She held that position for nine years (1980-88) before being elevated to co-head coach prior to the 1989 season. Since then, the Bruins have compiled a 561-108 (.839) record.
A 1998 vote by the Pac-10 coaches has reduced the conference schedule by seven games, and for that reason, the Bruins are playing in more tournaments than in past years. UCLA kicked off the 2000 season at the USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament in Tampa, Fla. From there, the Bruins traveled to the Paradise Softball Classic hosted by Hawai'i, then the Campbell/Cartier Tournament, hosted by San Diego State. Two home doubleheaders broke up the tournament schedule, as the Bruins returned to Easton Stadium to host Cal State Northridge and then-No. 5 Fresno State the last weekend in February before the Bruins completed their tourney schedule with the Torero Invitational Classic (University of San Diego, host) and the Hallowell Chevrolet Classic at Fresno State.
Volleyball's Fendrick Added to Softball Roster
There is one addition to the Bruin roster printed in the media guide, as freshman volleyball player Lauren Fendrick has been added to the softball team. Fendrick, a starting outside hitter for the NCAA Regional Finalist Bruin volleyball team, is listed as a 6-2 pitcher for the softball Bruins and will wear #14.
Junior Courtney Dale has a torn labrum in her pitching shoulder (right) and is out of the lineup until at least mid-April.
No-Hitter Kicks Off 2000 Season
Prior to opening day, 2000, Courtney Dale had never pitched a no-hitter at UCLA, but she did so on February 4, when the Bruins defeated Maryland, 9-0, in five innings. The last time UCLA had a no-hitter on opening day, the team went on to win the 1999 NCAA Championship. Amanda Freed pitched UCLA's 58th and 59th no-hitters in program history (since 1980) last year, with one on opening day against Santa Clara and a second one against Missouri on March 6th.
This Week's Schedule - April 3-9
The Bruins continue their two-weekend road trip, this time travelling to Eugene and Corvallis, Ore., for games against No. 23 Oregon and No. 11 Oregon State. This is the second consecutive weekend that UCLA has been on the road for Pac-10 play, and their final road weekend before the conference home opener against Arizona/Arizona State on April 14-16.
Fri. April 7 at Oregon (#23) 2:00 p.m. Eugene, OR Sat. April 8 at Oregon State (#11) 2:00 p.m. Corvallis, OR Sat. April 9 at Oregon State (#11) 1:00 p.m. Corvallis, OR
NFCA/USA Today Poll (3/29/2000)
|No.||School (1st place)||Record||Points|
|12.||Cal State Fullerton||28-7||380|
|17.||Long Beach State||24-11||208|
Others Receiving Votes: Florida State (12)
Teams in italic are on UCLA's regular-season schedule
2000 Bruins in the Rankings
|2000 Multi-Hit Games|
|2000 Hitting Streaks|
|2000 Score By Innings|
Torero Invitational Classic
No All-Tournament team was named in the rain-shortened Torero Invitational Classic.
Hallowell Chevrolet Classic
Pac-10 Softball Standings
Courtney Dale vs. Maryland, Feb. 4, W, 9-0 (5 inn)
Back-to-Back Home Runs
2/6 Marshall, Dale vs. Tennessee
2/24 Klein, Marshall vs. Cal St. Northridge
3/10 Marshall, Adams vs. Texas Tech
UCLA's Softball National Championships
1999 - NCAA
1992 - NCAA
1990 - NCAA
1984 - NCAA
NCAA Tournament Appearances 15 (99-19)
NCAA CWS Appearances 15 (64-16)
Bio Updates -2000 UCLA Bruins Softball
#18 - Julie Adams -Senior -3B
Did not play in the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational due to continued rehab from off-season shoulder surgery , Made her first appearances of the year as a DP in Hawaii, accumulating an RBI single in her first at-bat and a grand slam against Hawaii , Returned defensively the following weekend at the Campbell/Cartier Classic , Led the team offensively with a .389 average at the Hallowell Chevrolet Classic.
#23 -Toria Auelua - Freshman - C/3B (TORE-ee-ah ah-way-LOO-ah)
Has started all 30 games either in the outfield or behind the plate ,Caught for Freed during the Hallowell Chevrolet Classic after handling Dale/Swenson during the early part of the season , Singled in her first collegiate at-bat.
#3 -Lupe Brambila - Junior -OF (LOOP-ay bram-BEE-la)
Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Paradise Softball Classic ,Hit .556 with two doubles and two RBI at the Torero Invitational Classic ,Has started all 30 games in the outfield ,Second on the team in stolen bases with 14.
#22 -Courtney Dale - Junior -RHP/OF
Out of the lineup until at least mid-April with a torn labrum in her pitching shoulder , Pitched her first no-hitter as a Bruin on Feb. 4 in the season opener against Maryland ,Named Most Outstanding Player at the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational and to the All-Tournament Team at the Campbell/Cartier Classic.
#14 - Lauren Fendrick - Freshman -RHP
A starting outside hitter for the UCLA volleyball team, Fendrick walked on to the softball team in mid-January , She has seen action in two games, pinch-running against South Florida (2/5) and pinch-hitting against Florida International that evening.
#7 - Amanda Freed - Sophomore -RHP/OF
Struck out seven, including all three in the fifth, against the U.S. Olympic Team in a 3-0 exhibition loss ,Set two tournament records en route to an All-Tournament appearance at the Hallowell Chevrolet Classic (K's, single game-13, K's tournament-44) , Named Most Outstanding Pitcher at both the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational and the Paradise Softball Classic ,Holds an 11-2 record with a team-leading 0.62 ERA ,Injured the index finger of her right hand on Feb. 18 vs. Pacific while drag bunting , Pitched in the Fresno State doubleheader with six stitches and a fracture in that finger, which is now fully healed.
#6 - Jenny Gardner -Junior - Util
Has seen action in three games, pinch-hitting on Feb. 6 vs. Tennessee, against Long Beach State on Feb. 12 and on March 4 vs. Saint Mary's.
#5 -Casey Hiraiwa - Junior - Util (here-ah-EE-wah)
Although she is still slowed by the knee injury she suffered last season, Hiraiwa has seen time as a pinch runner this season.
#9 - Lyndsey Klein -Senior -2B
Has started all 30 games at second base , All-Tournament at the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational and the Paradise Softball Classic , Second on the team with five home runs, three of which occurred during the Bruins brief homestand in February ,Hit nearly identical home runs in the fourth and sixth inning in game 1 vs. Cal State Northridge , Holds a team-best .630 SLG%.
#32 - Julie Marshall - C/DP/1B
Has started all 30 games, either behind the plate or as the DP ,Leads the team in home runs with six , Has a team-best 36 RBI , Her two triples this season equals her previous career total ,One of two Bruins with a slugging percentage over .600 (.620).
#11 -Monique Mejia -Freshman - OF/2B (ma-HEE-ah)
Has played in 27 of UCLA's 30 games , Missed game action after suffering a cut in the index finger of her right hand at the Campbell/Cartier Classic , Returned to the lineup at the Torero Invitational Classic ,Has seen action primarily in the outfield, but also as a pinch runner.
#21 -Tairia Mims - Freshman - 1B/C (ta-RYE-ah)
Opened her collegiate career with a three-run home run in her first at-bat as a Bruin , Has started all 30 games, 25 at first base and five at third base , Tied for third on the team with four home runs ,Is second on the team with six doubles ,Tied for third on the team with 18 RBI.
#4 - Marin Noack -Junior - C/1B (MARE-in NO-ack)
Has played in two games as a pinch-hitter against Florida International (2/5) and Saint Mary's (3/4).
#2 -Erin Rahn -Sophomore - OF
Has been unable to participate this year due to a stress reaction in her left foot.
#12 - Stephanie Swenson - Junior - RHP
Lost a 2-0 extra-innings decision while striking out eight in the second exhibition game against the U.S. Olympic Team , Started the year as a pinch runner, and stepped in for her first action in the circle on Feb. 18, pitching the last four innings and earning the win against Pacific after Amanda Freed was injured , She then, she has gone 6-0 with five shutouts and three one-hitters ,Holds a 0.58 ERA with 48.1 innings pitched
#27 - Natasha Watley - Freshman -SS/OF
Has 17 stolen bases thus far, which puts her in second on UCLA's single-season list ,17 swipes is also 11th on the Bruin career list , Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Campbell/Cartier Classic ,At the Torero Invitational Classic, she hit .800 while going 4-for-5 with one RBI, one run scored and two stolen bases before being injured on a play at second base in the San Diego game ,Is the Bruins leading hitter, sporting a .442 batting average and .579 slugging percentage ,Tied for the team lead in triples with three.