Feb. 14, 2000
LOS ANGELES -- Coming off of a disappointing 10-5 semifinal loss to Hofstra at the Paradise Softball Classic on Sunday, the top-ranked UCLA softball team returns to action this weekend at the Campbell/Cartier Tournament hosted by San Diego State.
The power-packed tournament field includes 1998 NCAA Champions and current No. 3 Fresno State, as well as a No. 6 Michigan team that lists former Bruin Jennifer Brundage as an assistant coach. The Bruins hold a 29-6 all-time record against the Bulldogs and a 6-2 all-time advantage over the Wolverines. Other schools in UCLA's pool include Sacramento State (UCLA leads 19-4), Pacific (UCLA leads 10-1), Tennessee (UCLA leads 2-1) and Arkansas (first meeting).
Three Bruins Named All-Tournament in Hawai'i
UCLA, the only team to post a 5-0 record in pool play at the Paradise Softball Classic, landed three players on the All-Tournament Team. Sophomore Amanda Freed was named the tourney's Most Outstanding Pitcher, compiling a 3-0 record and 1.93 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched. Freed was joined by senior second baseman Lyndsey Klein and junior outfielder Lupe Brambila on the All-Tourney team. Klein hit .368 for the tournament, with four runs scored, two doubles, a triple and seven RBI, while playing error-free defense on 21 chances. Brambila was UCLA's top hitter, posting a .643 batting average in 14 plate appearances with three runs scored, a triple, two RBI and five stolen bases.
Adams Hits Grand Slam Against Hawai'i
Julie Adams started her 2000 season off on the right foot, hitting an RBI-single in her first at-bat of the season, hitting in Amanda Freed in the first inning of Thursday's game against Texas Tech. Two days later, on Saturday, Feb. 12, Adams hit a grand slam in the fourth inning of the Bruins 9-1 win over the host Rainbow Wahine. It was the first grand slam by a Bruin softball player since Adams accomplished the feat on May 21, 1999, in the NCAA Regional against Creighton. Ironically, the Bruins had a grand slam on February 12 of 1999 as well, when Julie Marshall went yard with the bases loaded against Maryland at the Fiesta Bowl Classic.
Adams was forced to miss the first weekend of the Bruins 2000 season as she was not yet cleared from off-season surgery on her left shoulder. Last weekend, Adams was cleared only to participate as a designated player (offense only), and expects to be cleared to play defense in the near future.
This Week's Schedule - February 14-20
|Thu.||Feb.||17||vs. Sacramento State||Poway, Calif.||Noon|
|Fri.||Feb.||18||vs. Pacific||Poway, Calif.||1:00 p.m.|
|Fri.||Feb.||18||vs. Michigan (#6)||Poway, Calif.||6:00 p.m.|
|Sat.||Feb.||19||vs. Tennessee||Poway, Calif.||3:30 p.m.|
|Sat.||Feb.||19||vs. Fresno State (#3)||Poway, Calif.||6:00 p.m.|
|Sun.||Feb.||20||vs. Arkansas||Poway, Calif.||9:30 a.m.|
No-Hitter Kicks Off 2000 Season
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. Dale had never pitched a no-hitter at UCLA before February 4, when the Bruins defeated Maryland, 9-0, in five innings.
Freshmen Shine in Opening Weekend
All four of UCLA's softball-only freshmen started all six games at USF, and three of the four started their collegiate careers with hits. In the second inning of the season opener against Maryland, Toria Auelua singled, Tairia Mims hit a towering home run down the left field line, and Monique Mejia followed with a single down the left field line. Natasha Watley started all six games at shortstop, and turned in her first collegiate hit against South Florida, a double down the left field line.
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 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 544-104 (.840) record.
A 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 kicks off the 2000 season at the USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament in Tampa, Fla., with pool play against Maryland, Tennessee, and host South Florida. From there, the Bruins travel to the Paradise Softball Classic hosted by Hawai'i, then the Campbell/Cartier Tournament, hosted by San Diego State. Two home doubleheaders break up the tournament schedule, as the Bruins return to Easton Stadium to host Cal State Northridge and No. 3 Fresno State the last weekend in February. Two more tournaments, the Torero Invitational Classic hosted by the University of San Diego, and the Hallowell Chevrolet Classic at Fresno State, close out UCLA's non-conferenece schedule. Volleyball's Fendrick Added to Softball Roster
There is one addition to the Bruin roster as 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.
Senior third baseman Julie Adams is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, and made her 2000 as a designated player in Hawaii. Sophomore Erin Rahn is out with a stress reaction in her left foot.