April 3, 2002
Fri. Apr. 5 at Arizona State (#8) Tempe, AZ 6 pm
Sat. Apr. 6 at Arizona (#2) *FOX Sports Net Tucson, AZ 2 pm
Sun. Apr. 7 at Arizona (#2) * uclabruins.com Tucson, AZ 1 pm
Fri. Apr. 12 Stanford (#3) Easton Stadium 2 pm
Sat. Apr. 13 California (#6) Easton Stadium 2 pm
Sun. Apr. 14 California (#6) Easton Stadium 1 pm
UCLA opened Pac-10 play last weekend by splitting a pair of games at No. 12 Washington, and will return to the road for conference play this weekend with games at Arizona State on Friday at 6 pm, and at Arizona on Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 1 pm.
The Bruins won two games out of three against the Sun Devils in 2001, and won one game of the four against Arizona last year. UCLA leads the all-time series against both schools with a 71-15 mark against ASU and a 50-41 record against the Wildcats. Both games at Arizona's Hillenbrand Stadium will have live audio broadcast on www.uclabruins.com, while Saturday's game will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and will air in the Los Angeles area on FOX Sports West at 1 pm Pacific Time. Bruins, Huskies Split Pac-10 Opening Weekend
Sophomore pitcher Keira Goerl tossed an impressive game in UCLA's Pac-10 opener against Washington on Friday afternoon in Seattle, taking a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh inning before surrendering the only hit of a six-strikeout, one-hit shutout in the 2-0 victory. UCLA scored in the top of the first inning and added an insurance run in the sixth for the victory.
The Bruins were not as fortunate on Saturday, as a towering home run in the fourth inning by Stacey Nuveman gave the Bruins a 6-2 lead before UCLA surrendered seven unanswered runs, including four unearned runs in the sixth inning, to lose the game by a 9-6 margin.
UCLA Returns to Diamond With Sweep of Bulldogs
Coming off of a 12-day break for winter quarter final exams, the top-ranked UCLA softball team returned to action last Monday for its final non-conference games of the 2002 season, playing host to No. 10 Fresno State at Easton Stadium. The opening game of the afternoon was a pitchers duel between UCLA's Keira Goerl, who was coming off of back-to-back Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors, and Fresno State's Jamie Southern. The two teams combined for four hits on the day, with the Bruins scoring the lone run of the contest in the third inning on an RBI single by Amanda Freed. Goerl pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking one.
In the nightcap, Freed stepped into the circle and posted another impressive performance, scattering five hits while striking out five and walking one in the 7-0 victory. The Bruins offense showed up for game two, pounding out 13 hits, including doubles from Freed, Claire Sua and Stephanie Ramos to go along with the fifth home run of the year for Tairia Mims.
Head Coach Sue Enquist
The 2002 season marks Sue Enquist's 14th campaign as head coach of the Bruin softball program. It is her 23rd year as part of UCLA's softball coaching staff and her 27th year of involvement with the program as either a coach or player. Enquist has a 674-125-1 (.843) coaching record and 1,101 wins in her Bruin softball career as a player, assistant coach and head coach, combined. As a player from 1975-78, Enquist became UCLA's first All-American while establishing the Bruin career batting average record of .401. She is still the only UCLA player to complete her career with a batting average over .400.