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12th-Ranked Bruins Host Pac-12 Opener Against #2 Arizona State
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Release:  03/20/2013

March 20, 2013

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2013 UCLA Softball Media Guide

Friday, March 22
7 p.m. - #2/#2 Arizona State at #12/#13 UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Live Updates | Audio

Saturday, March 23
6 p.m. - #2/#2 Arizona State at #12/#13 UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Live Updates | Audio

Sunday, March 24
12 p.m. - #2/#2 Arizona State at #12/#13 UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Live Updates | Audio

BRUINS OPEN PAC-12 PLAY AGAINST ARIZONA STATE
The 12th-ranked Bruins host #2 Arizona State this weekend at Easton Stadium to open up Pac-12 play. Friday's game starts at 7 p.m., Saturday's at 6 p.m. and Sunday's contest begins at 12 p.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.

TICKET INFORMATION
Sunday's game is sold out for advanced purchase tickets, however 50 tickets will be available on game day on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Easton Stadium ticket office, which opens one hour prior to first pitch. Friday's game has less than 100 advanced purchase tickets available (as of Wednesday), which can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 310-UCLA-WIN. Saturday's game has plenty of tickets available for advanced purchase and note the new start time of 6 p.m.

HONORING THE 1978 AIAW NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
On Saturday, UCLA softball will honor its first national championship team. The 1978 Bruins won the AIAW Championship, four years prior to the start of the NCAA. The leading hitter on the team was Sue Enquist, who batted .391, while in the circle, UCLA posted a 0.30 ERA, producing a 31-3 record.

ON DECK
The Bruins head to Northern California for an Easter weekend series with 15th-ranked Stanford. The games on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29 will both be at 7 p.m. and air live on Pac-12 Networks. The last of the three-game series will be on Saturday, March 30 at 12 p.m.

BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins remained at 12th in this week's USA Today/NFCA rankings, but dropped one spot to 13th in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. UCLA earned 11 more points in the NFCA poll, but lost 34 points in the USA Softball rankings. The Bruins received 28 points and were ranked seventh in the preseason Pac-12 Coaches poll.

BRUINS ON THE WEB
Gametracker and free live audio will be available for all three games this weekend at UCLABruins.com. In addition, in-game updates will be available via twitter.com/uclasoftball.

NEWS AND NOTES
Sophomore Stacey Nuveman (.466) and Megan Langenfeld (.515) ... junior B.B. Bates, who leads all Pac-12 players in RBI (40), homers (13) and total bases (78), is tied for seventh with volunteer assistant Jodie Legaspi-Kiaha in career homers at UCLA with 43. The senior is also in the Bruin Top 10 in three other categories, placing seventh in slugging (.604) and 10th in both runs (146) and RBI (163) ... sophomore Gracie Goulder is a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts this season. Over her last 10 games, she has raised her batting average 71 points to .365 ... the Bruins are 9-0 on Saturdays and 5-0 in night games ... UCLA has not lost (21-0) when limiting its opponent from leaving the yard.

SCOUTING THE ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State enters the opening week of Pac-12 play with a 29-2 overall record, with both losses coming to ranked teams, Baylor and Michigan. The Sun Devils also have a pair of victories against ranked squads, both coming last weekend in Fullerton versus Texas and Virginia Tech. Arizona State is hitting .366 as a team with 50 home runs and 22 stolen bases, averaging 8.0 runs per game. Two players on the team are hitting over .400, led by junior Bailey Wigness' .443 average with eight stolen bases, which is tied for the team lead. Junior Cheyenne Coyle is tops on the team with 10 homers and 34 RBI and second with a .440 average. Junior Alix Johnson and sophomore Amber Freeman are tied for second on the team with eight homers. In the circle, juniors Dallas Escobedo and Mackenzie Popescue have combined to start 30 of 31 games. Popescue is 13-0 with a 0.84 earned run average and 62 strikeouts in 75 innings, while Escobedo is 15-2 with a 1.77 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 111 innings. Clint Myers is in his eighth season as Arizona State's head coach and has a record of 406-92.

THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. SUN DEVILS
UCLA leads the all-time series against Arizona State 89-31, but the Sun Devils have dominated things of late, winning eight of the last nine matchups, as well as each of the last five. Last season, the Bruins were swept in Tempe (April 5-7) by scores of 9-1 (6 innings), 9-1 (5) and 4-2. This series is the first between the two teams at Easton Stadium since 2010, when Arizona State pulled off a three-game sweep. The Bruins' last victory against the Sun Devils was a 4-1 triumph on April 15, 2011 in Tempe and their most recent win at home versus ASU was a 5-0 decision on May 3, 2008. Despite a 44-13 deficit in contests at Easton Stadium, the Sun Devils have won five straight in Westwood.


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