Softball Heads To Desert

May 3, 2000

LOS ANGELES - UCLA leaves Westwood this weekend for their final road trip of the Pac-10 season, traveling to Tempe and Tucson, AZ, to face off against the Arizona schools. During the series between UA/ASU and the Bruins at Easton Stadium, Arizona took a 6-4 victory and UCLA split with the Sun Devils, with the Bruins winning 5-1 and losing 1-0. The Bruins hold all-time series advantages over both schools, with a 49-36 mark against the Wildcats and a 68-14 record against the Sun Devils. On this trip, the Bruins will play ASU on Friday before spending the weekend facing off against Arizona on Saturday and Sunday.

Bruins Lose Extra-Innings Tilt to Stanford, Sweep Cal
The Bruins capped off an exciting weekend at Easton Stadium with two big offensive games, defeating Cal 8-0 (six innings) and 5-0 over the weekend after losing a 10-inning decision to Stanford, 2-1, on Friday afternoon.

Amanda Freed pitched all 10 innings on Friday, when the only runs of the game came in the 10th inning, the first inning in which the International Tiebreak Rule is in place for Pac-10 play. On Saturday, the day started off with a special surprise ceremony to retire the No. 6 jersey of head coach Sue Enquist, and the day got better from there. UCLA's offensive explosion began in the fourth inning, when Julie Adams, Julie Marshall, LyndseyKlein and Courtney Dale ripped consecutive singles to open the inning. All four runners came across the plate, in addition to freshman first baseman Tairia Mims, who reached base when Cal's right fielder dropped Mims' sacrifice fly. Adams led off the fifth inning with a solo home run to centerfield, which was followed by a triple by Klein, who scored on a wild pitch to bring the score to 7-0 Bruins. UCLA closed it out in the sixth inning when Natasha Watley's double scored Toria Auelua from second base. The Bruins eighth run of the game invoked the mercy rule, which ends a game when a team is up by eight runs after five full innings.

Sunday's game was more of the same for the Bruins, as Freed, Watley and Adams led off the inning with consecutive hits. Freed was caught stealing, but Watley scored on an RBI single by Klein. Three additional runs crossed the plate on a single swing of the bat, when Dale put a towering shot over the left field fence of Easton Stadium. UCLA's final run of the game came in the third inning on a leadoff shot to centerfield by Marshall.

Enquist's Jersey Retired in Surprise Ceremony
In a special pre-game ceremony, former UCLA softball coach Sharron Backus returned to the diamond at Easton Stadium to help retire the jersey of current Bruin head coach Sue Enquist. Enquist is the only player in UCLA's storied history to complete her career with a batting average over .400 (.401 from 1975-78), and was an All-American outfielder on UCLA's first softball national championship team, an AIAW title in 1978. A three-time ASA All-American for the Raybestos Braketts, Enquist helped lead that team to four ASA National Championships in 1976, 77, 78 and 80. In addition, she also enjoyed success as a player at the international level earning gold medals at three National Sports Festivals, the 1978 World Championships and the 1979 Pan American Games.Enquist's #6 is the third softball uniform to be retired by UCLA, joining Dot Richardson (#2) and Lisa Fernandez (#16).

NCAA Ruling Turns Feb. 18 Michigan Game Into a Tie
A ruling made by the NCAA Softball Rules Committee regarding time limit games has affected the Bruins 2000 results. Rule 6, section 12 (c) in the 2000 NCAA Softball Rules book states that effective in the fall of 1999, the exception allowing a time limit for tournament play will be eliminated.

The Campbell/Cartier Tournament, held Feb. 17-19 in Poway, CA, was played with a time limit, but only one of UCLA's five games, the 6-4 loss to Michigan, was affected. Because the seventh inning of this game was played using the International Tiebreak Rule (runner placed on second base to start the inning) because of the time limit rules, it was therefore played illegally. The illegally played seventh inning has been deleted and the game is now a 4-4 tie. Courtney Dale's pitching record is also affected by this ruling. Because there are no pitchers decisions in ties, Dale's record is now 7-2 on the season.

Record Watch
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 tied for fifth on the career list with 22 stolen bases through 41 games played. She needs three 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 two more RBI to become the first Bruin to ever record 200 career RBI. Marshall is also currently ranked second all-time in home runs (44), fifth in doubles (39), fifth in at-bats (701), seventh in hits (232), runs scored (124) and games played (231).

Julie Adams is also ranked in several categories, including third in home runs (39), fourth in RBIs (154), 10th in runs scored (111), 10th in hits (211), 13th in doubles (28), 15th in at-bats (596), and 13th in games played (204).

Three additional speedsters, Lupe Brambila, Lyndsey Klein and Amanda Freed, join Watley on the all-time career stolen bases list, as Brambila checks in with 22 (tie, fifth), Klein has 19 (tied, ninth) and Freed has 18 (11th). Brambila also has double-digit swipes this season, with 15 through April 10 and ranks third on the single-season list with that total.

Despite the fact that Klein will be completing a two-year Bruin career this season, she will see her name in several Bruin career lists. She is tied for ninth in doubles (31), 14th in RBI (83), tied for 14th in runs scored (90), tied for 10th with 12 home runs and tied for 16th with five triples.

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 568-111-1(.836) record.

Schedule Summary
A 1998 vote by the Pac-10 coaches has reduced the 2000 conference schedule by seven games, and for that reason, the Bruins played in more tournaments than in past years. The Pac-10 coaches decision was based upon the strength of the conference, and allowing the lower-division teams in the conference to earn more quality wins outside of conference play by eliminating those seven games from the Pac-10 schedule. This scheduling has resulted in the virtual elimination of doubleheaders in conference play, and a format that provides for three games against each conference opponent, two at one site and one at the other. UCLA will play just one conference doubleheader this year, on May 13 at Easton Stadium against Oregon.

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.

Status Report
Junior Courtney Dale returned to the pitching circle on Sunday, April 16, her first pitching appearance since being diagnosed wtih a torn labrum in her pitching (right) shoulder on Feb. 24. She had returned to the lineup as a DP the previous weekend.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, May 29
vs. Michigan
Oklahoma City, OK
L, 10 - 4
Saturday, May 30
vs. Auburn
Oklahoma City, OK
L, 10 - 11