April 12, 2002
LOS ANGELES - UCLA fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to earn a key Pac-10 victory on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium, defeating Stanford 3-2. The Bruins won the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning by Amanda Freed, scoring Monique Mejia from third base. UCLA is now 35-6 (3-3 Pac-10), while Stanford falls to 33-6 (4-3 Pac-10).
The Cardinal took the early lead, scoring a run in each of the first two innings, before Bruin senior Stacey Nuveman cut the lead in half, crushing a Tori Nyberg pitch well over the centerfield fence. It was the 12th home run of the season for Nuveman, giving her 82 for her UCLA career. She now needs three home runs to tie and four to break the NCAA career home run record, and gave her home runs in three consecutive at-bats.
UCLA then manufactured a run in the fourth inning to knot the score at 2-2. Tairia Mims led off with a walk, with Amanda Simpson coming in to pinch run. Nuveman followed with a hard-hit single to left field, advancing Simpson to third before Julie Hoshizaki came in to run for Nuveman.
Stephanie Ramos followed with a single to right field, scoring Simpson and advancing Hoshizaki to third base. Ramos took second on a throw from the outfield to third base. Neither runner would advance further.
In the sixth inning, UCLA loaded the bases on two hits and a walk before Maureen LeCocq entered the game with one out and got Claire Sua to ground into an inning-ending double play.
UCLA pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the seventh, as Mejia led off with a single to right, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Erin Rahn, and went to third on a single by Natasha Watley. Freed then hit a fly ball to center field, which was deep enough to score Mejia and end the game.
The Bruins return to action on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm against California at Easton Stadium.