Feb. 27, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The top-ranked UCLA softball team split a doubleheader against No. 17 Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday afternoon at Easton Stadium. The Titans won the first game of the day 3-1 before UCLA came back with a 5-2 win in game two. Bruin senior pitcher Amanda Freed threw 6-2/3 innings of no-hit softball in the second game of the day.
In the opener, the Bruins scored their lone run in the fifth inning, when Stephanie Ramos led off the inning with a double. Pinch-runner Amanda Simpson advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Erin Rahn, and scored on a triple by shortstop Natasha Watley. The Bruins would then load the bases after walks to Amanda Freed and Stacey Nuveman, but were unable to push an additional run across.
Cal State Fullerton led off the top of the sixth inning with a double, and would eventually pushed three unearned runs across the plate in that inning. The Bruins did not threaten offensively in the sixth or seventh inning. Keira Goerl took the loss for the Bruins, and is now 9-1 on the season.
In the nightcap, Freed took the circle and came within one out of her second no-hitter of the season. The Bruins gave her offensive support in the third and fourth innings, with a two-run home run by Watley in the third, and a two-out rally in the fourth that would score three runs and chase Titan starting pitcher Jodie Cox from the circle.
With the 5-0 lead going into the top of the seventh and sunset approaching, UCLA took to the field with Freed throwing a no-hitter, as only Amanda Hockett had reached the basepaths for Fullerton in the game, getting to first on a hit-by-pitch. Freed recorded her 11th strikeout of the game with the lead-off batter, followed by a ground-out to Watley before a Bruin error gave the Titans their second base runner of the game. Yasmin Mossadeghi then stepped to the plate and put a home run ball over the scoreboard in left field before Freed posted her 12th and final strikeout to end the game.
Up next for the Bruins will be the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament Sponsored by Easton. Purdue and Florida will open tournament play at 9 am on Friday morning, followed by a 1:30 pm doubleheader between UCLA and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The three-day tournament concludes on Sunday. All games will be played at UCLA's Easton Stadium.