April 13, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The Bruins won their third game in a row, downing No. 8 California on Saturday afternoon, 3-0. Senior Stacey Nuveman provided the day's offensive highlight, hitting her 83rd career home run, her fourth homer in the team's last three games. UCLA improves to 36-6 (4-3 Pac-10) while Cal falls to 39-13 (5-3 Pac-10).
Cal loaded the bases in the top of the first inning on a walk, a single and a fielder's choice with an error allowing Kaleo Eldridge to get to third base safely. Veronica Nelson then grounded into a 1-2-3 double play before Courtney Scott struck out to end the inning.
The Bruins put together a one-out rally of their own in the fourth inning, with singles by Monique Mejia and Erin Rahn giving UCLA runners on first and second with Natasha Watley at the plate. Watley doubled to right center, scoring Mejia and putting Rahn on third base, where an Amanda Freed sacrifice fly would bring her home.
Nuveman added another run in the fifth inning, with a solo home run to right field. It was her 13th home run of the season, and the 83rd of her UCLA career. She now needs two home runs to tie and three to break the NCAA career home run record.
The Golden Bears earned would have just one more baserunner, as Chelsea Spencer walked in the seventh before Jessica Pamanian fouled out to end the game.
The two teams return to action at Easton Stadium on Sunday with a 1 pm first pitch. Fans planning to attend Sunday's game should be aware that Wilshire Blvd. will be closed between Warner and Comstock Avenues. Fans should approach Easton Stadium via Sunset Blvd.