April 23, 2002
The Bruins have now won seven consecutive games and vaulted into a tie for first place in the Pac-10 standings, heading in to the final game of their season-long seven-game homestand. UCLA has four scheduled Pac-10 games this weekend,beginning with Washington on Wednesday at Easton Stadium,followed by a weekend trip to the Bay Area, featuring a Friday afternoon game at California and a weekend set at Stanford. UCLA holds a 28-13 series advantage over Washington (1-1 this season),a 58-13 record against Cal (2-0 this year),and a 32-7 lead over the Cardinal (1-0 this season).
UCLA MOVES UP TO PAC-10 LEAD WITH 3-0 WEEKEND
On the strength of a win over No.14 Oregon State and a pair of wins over Oregon,combined with Arizona 's 1-2 weekend against the Bay Area schools,the Bruins now stand in a tie with Arizona for first place in the Pac-10 standings.
UCLA opened the weekend with a 7-0 win over Oregon State,highlighted by home runs by Tairia Mims and Stacey Nuveman. Nuveman 's blast was her 14th of the season and 84th of her career,leaving her one shy of the NCAA career home run record.Claire Sua also posted an impressive offensive weekend,hitting a home run in each game against the Ducks,her eighth and ninth of the season.
The Bruins posted a matching 7-0 score the following day against Oregon,with Amanda Freed pitching an 11-strikeout shutout over the Ducks.Keira Goerl followed on Sunday,earning the 3-1 win while scattering three hits while striking out 10 Ducks.
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 681-127-1 (.842) coaching record and 1,107 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.
84 GONE, THREE TO GO FOR NUVEMAN
With 14 home runs this season,including a home run on Friday against Oregon State,Bruin slugger Stacey Nuveman currently has 84 career home runs,placing her third on the NCAA 's all- time list.Nuveman has the best career home run total of any non-Arizona player,and is just one homer shy of the NCAA career record of 85 home runs,held by Arizona 's Leah Braatz and Laura Espinoza.She needs one home runs to tie and two to break the NCAA career home run record.
Also notable is Nuveman 's pace for career slugging percentage.Entering Wednesday 's game against Washington,Nuveman holds a career slugging percentage of .970,nearly 150 points higher than the current NCAA career record of .797,held by Braatz.She will also break UCLA 's record for career batting average,as she is currently hitting .465 for her career,an average that would rank fourth on the NCAA 's all-time list.
Although Cal junior Veronica Nelson has broken the previous NCAA record for walks,Nuveman is now second on the all-time list with 218 career walks,having passed previous record holder, Oregon State 's Tarrah Beyster (211).Finally,Nuveman ranks fourth on the NCAA 's Division I career RBI list with 284.Once again,she is the top non-Arizona player on that list,and needs 37 RBI to move up to third (#3 Espinoza had 315 RBI).
Nuveman has played in 246 games as a Bruin (through April 21),tying Julie Marshall 's record for career games played as a Bruin).She will break the record this Wednesday at Easton Stadium against Washington.