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Softball Prepares For Arizona and ASU
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/10/2000

April 10, 2000


vs. Arizona/Arizona State
April 14-16, 2000 - Easton Stadium

UCLA Quick Facts
2000 Overall Record: 31-5
2000 Pac-10 Record: 6-0
Ranking: 3rd, NFCA/USA Today
Head Coach: Sue Enquist
Career Record: 564-108 (12th season)


Website: www.uclabruins.com

The Bruins haven't played a home game that counted since sweeping Fresno State on Feb. 26, but that all changes this weekend, as the Pac-10's last undefeated team plays host to No. 2 Arizona and No. 4 Arizona State. The Wildcats are right behind the Bruins in the Pac-10 standings at 6-1 (42-4 Overall), while the Sun Devils stand in fourth place with a 4-4 conference record (36-8 O'All). UCLA holds the advantage in both all-time series, with a 49-35 record against Arizona and a 67-13 mark against ASU. Amanda Freed Earns Pac-10, UCLA Honors

Bruin sophomore pitcher Amanda Freed earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week and UCLA's MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week honors, with both awards announced on Monday, April 10. Freed earned all three victories for the Bruins against Oregon (6-0) and Oregon State (4-1, 8-7), pitching 20 of a possible 21 innings. She struck out 21 batters and held opponents to a .174 batting average while allowing five earned runs. Behind Freed's pitching, the Bruins remain the only team undefeated in Pac-10 play.

She started the weekend by pitching six hitless innings after allowing just two hits in the first inning against the Ducks. Freed started on Saturday against Oregon State, allowing just four hits and one run while striking out four. At the plate, she hit .455 to help her own cause, going 5-for-11 with three runs scored, two doubles and an RBI. In Sunday's game, the only one of the weekend in which she was not the starting pitcher, she went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored.

Bruins Sweep Oregon Schools, Stay Perfect in the Pac-10

The Bruins completed their conference-opening road trip last weekend, downing Oregon, and Oregon State in Pac-10 play. For the weekend, Freed dominated in the circle, and the Bruins top hitter was freshman Natasha Watley, who went 6-for-11 at the plate with five runs scored, two doubles and an RBI with a .545 batting average. Watley also stole two bases, bringing her season total to 20.

Freed, Lyndsey Klein and Julie Marshall were also successful at the plate, with all three checking in with weekend batting averages over .400. Klein and Marshall both homered on the weekend, while Klein added two doubles and five runs scored, compared to Marshall's one double and one run scored.

Record Watch
Several Bruins are on the move in the UCLA record books. Most notably, freshman Natasha Watley is already second on UCLA's single-season list and tied for ninth on the career list with 20 stolen bases through 36 games played. She needs five more swipes to tie Christie Ambrosi's single-season record of 25 stolen bases, set in the 1999 season.

Julie Marshall has taken over the Bruins career record for RBIs, and needs just seven more RBI to become the first Bruin to ever record 200 career RBI. Marshall is also currently ranked second all-time in home runs (42), fifth in doubles (39), seventh in at-bats (677), ninth in runs scored (121) and hits (224) and ninth in games played (223).

Julie Adams is also ranked in several categories, including third in home runs (38), third in RBIs (153), 10th in runs scored (109), 11th in hits (206), 13th in doubles (28), 19th in at-bats (574), and is about to break in to the all-time lists for games played (196).

Two additional speedsters, Lupe Brambila and Amanda Freed, join Watley on the all-time career stolen bases list, as Brambila checks in with 22 (fifth) and Freed has 17 (12th). Brambila also has double-digit swipes this season, with 15 through April 10 and ranks third on the single-season list with that total.

Head Coach Sue Enquist
The reigning Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Enquist is in her 21st year as a member of the UCLA coaching staff and 25th season as either a player or coach at UCLA. She solely took over the role of UCLA's head coach in 1997, following the retirement of longtime Bruin coach Sharron Backus. The two served as co-head coaches from 1989-96. Following a brilliant UCLA playing career (1975-78), Enquist was away from the Bruins for only one season before returning as an assistant coach in 1980. She held that position for nine years (1980-88) before being elevated to co-head coach prior to the 1989 season. Since then, the Bruins have compiled a 564-108 (.839) record.

Volleyball's Fendrick Added to Softball Roster
There is one addition to the Bruin roster printed in the media guide, as freshman volleyball player Lauren Fendrick has been added to the softball team. Fendrick, a starting outside hitter for the NCAA Regional Finalist Bruin volleyball team, is listed as a 6-2 pitcher for the softball Bruins and will wear #14.

Status Report
Junior Courtney Dale returned to the lineup over the weekend as a designated hitter. She has a torn labrum in her pitching shoulder (right) and has been out of the lineup since Feb. 24.

Schedule Summary
A 1998 vote by the Pac-10 coaches has reduced the conference schedule by seven games, and for that reason, the Bruins are playing in more tournaments than in past years. UCLA kicked off the 2000 season at the USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament in Tampa, Fla. From there, the Bruins traveled to the Paradise Softball Classic hosted by Hawai'i, then the Campbell/Cartier Tournament, hosted by San Diego State. Two home doubleheaders broke up the tournament schedule, as the Bruins returned to Easton Stadium to host Cal State Northridge and then-No. 5 Fresno State the last weekend in February before the Bruins completed their tourney schedule with the Torero Invitational Classic (University of San Diego, host) and the Hallowell Chevrolet Classic at Fresno State.

NCAA Ruling Eliminates Feb. 18 Michigan Game
A ruling made by the NCAA Softball Rules Committee regarding time limit games has affected the Bruins 2000 results. Rule 6, section 12 (c) in the 2000 NCAA Softball Rules book states that effective in the fall of 1999, the exception allowing a time limit for tournament play will be eliminated.

The Campbell/Cartier Tournament, held Feb. 17-19 in Poway, CA, was played with the time limit rule in place, but only one of UCLA's five games, the 6-4 loss to Michigan, was affected. Because this game was affected by the time limit rule, it has been deleted from UCLA's statistics and results for the 2000 season.

No-Hitter Kicks Off 2000 Season
Prior to opening day, 2000, Courtney Dale had never pitched a no-hitter at UCLA, but she did so on February 4, when the Bruins defeated Maryland, 9-0, in five innings. The last time UCLA had a no-hitter on opening day, the team went on to win the 1999 NCAA Championship. Amanda Freed pitched UCLA's 58th and 59th no-hitters in program history (since 1980) last year, with one on opening day against Santa Clara and a second one against Missouri on March 6th.

This Week's Schedule - April 10-16
UCLA's conference home opener is slated for Friday afternoon, when the Bruins play host to No. 2 Arizona. Over the weekend, another top-five team comes to Easton Stadium, as Arizona State will spend Saturday and Sunday in Westwood. The Bruins have not played a collegiate game at home since sweeping Fresno State on Feb. 26.

Fri.	April	14	ARIZONA (#2)        2:00 p.m.	EASTON
Sat.	April	15	ARIZONA STATE (#4)  2:00 p.m.	EASTON
Sun.	April	16	ARIZONA STATE (#4)  1:00 p.m.	EASTON

NFCA/USA Today Poll (4/5/2000)

No.School (1st place)RecordPoints
1.Washington (22)38-4670
2.Arizona (5)39-3648
3.UCLA28-5617
4.Arizona State34-6575
5.Fresno State30-9549
6.Oklahoma40-5541
7.California38-9535
8.LSU31-7479
9.Stanford30-7450
10.Southern Mississippi34-9413
11.Michigan26-6390
12.Oregon State26-9-1358
13.Alabama42-7341
14.Iowa24-7327
15.Long Beach State27-11299
16.Cal State Fullerton28-7269
17.Louisiana-Lafayette27-9264
18.South Carolina27-15189
19.Mississippi State30-10183
20.Oklahoma State27-12151
21.Notre Dame26-9132
22.Oregon24-1385
23.Florida Atlantic43-1366
24.East Carolina40-659
25.Illinois-Chicago35-2051

Teams in italic are on UCLA's regular-season schedule

2000 Bruins in the Rankings

WeekNFCA/USA Today
Preseason1
Feb. 232
March 13
March 83
March 154
March 223
March 293
April 5TBA

2000 Multi-Hit Games -
Name2345+Total
Watley48--12
Marshall111--12
Klein101--11
Brambila62--8
Freed412-7
Dale7---7
Adams6---6

2000 Hitting Streaks
NameLongestCurrent
Klein116
Watley114
Marshall106
Brambila7-
Dale61
Mims6

2000 Score By Innings-
Tm123456789Total
UCLA242236343613235-193
OPP1157723122-49

This Week's Ticket

Arizona
Nickname: Wildcats
Current Ranking: No. 2
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Enrollment: 35,306
Head Coach: Mike Candrea, 15th year
2000 Record: 42-4 (6-1 Pac-10)
Series: UCLA leads 49-35
Last Year:
4/10 UCLA 6, Arizona 2
4/10 UCLA 3, Arizona 2
5/7 Arizona 6, UCLA 4 (8 inn.)
5/7 UCLA 8, Arizona 0 (5 inn.)

Arizona State
Nickname: Sun Devils
Current Ranking: No. 4
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Enrollment: 43,372
Head Coach: Linda Wells, 14th year
2000 Record: 36-8, 4-3 P ac-10
Series: UCLA leads 67-13
Last Year:
4/11 UCLA 8, ASU 0 (5 inn.)
4/11 UCLA 6, ASU 1
5/8 UCLA 7, ASU 1
5/8 UCLA 4, ASU 0

Pac-10 Softball Standings

Pl.SchoolPac-10O'All
1.UCLA6-031-5
2.Arizona6-142-4
3.Washington5-141-4
4.Arizona State4-436-8
5.California3-539-11
6.Stanford2-633-9
7.Oregon1-524-16
8.Oregon State0-626-12

Bio Updates -- 2000 UCLA Bruins Softball

#18 - Julie Adams --Senior --3B
Did not play in the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational due to continued rehab from off-season shoulder surgery - Made her first appearances of the year as a DP in Hawaii, accumulating an RBI single in her first at-bat and a grand slam against Hawaii - Returned defensively the following weekend at the Campbell/Cartier Classic - Led the team offensively with a .389 average at the Hallowell Chevrolet Classic.

#23 --Toria Auelua - Freshman - C/3B (TORE-ee-ah ah-way-LOO-ah)
Has started all 36 games either in the outfield, as the DP or behind the plate --Caught for Freed during the Hallowell Chevrolet Classic after handling Dale/Swenson during the early part of the season - Singled in her first collegiate at-bat.

#3 --Lupe Brambila - Junior --OF (LOOP-ay bram-BEE-la)
Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Paradise Softball Classic --Hit .556 with two doubles and two RBI at the Torero Invitational Classic --Has started all 36 games in the outfield --Second on the team in stolen bases with 15.

#10 - Crissy Buck - Sophomore - SS
Splits time at shortstop with freshman Natasha Watley --Has played in 27 of UCLA's 36 games --Had an RBI single in the second inning against Saint Mary's on Mar. 4.

#22 --Courtney Dale - Junior --RHP/OF
Out of the lineup until at least mid-April with a torn labrum in her pitching shoulder - Pitched her first no-hitter as a Bruin on Feb. 4 in the season opener against Maryland --Named Most Outstanding Player at the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational and to the All-Tournament Team at the Campbell/Cartier Classic.

#14 - Lauren Fendrick - Freshman --RHP
A starting outside hitter for the UCLA volleyball team, Fendrick walked on to the softball team in mid-January - She has seen action in three games, pinch-running against South Florida (2/5) and pinch-hitting against Florida International that evening - Saw game action for the third time in the Pac-10 opener at Cal on 3/31 as a pinch runner.

#7 - Amanda Freed - Sophomore --RHP/OF
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on April 10 --It was the third such honor of her career, and UCLA's first this season --Struck out seven, including all three in the fifth, against the U.S. Olympic Team in a 3-0 exhibition loss --Set two tournament records en route to an All-Tournament appearance at the Hallowell Chevrolet Classic (K's, single game-13, K's tournament-44) - Named Most Outstanding Pitcher at both the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational and the Paradise Softball Classic --Holds an 11-2 record with a team-leading 0.62 ERA --Injured the index finger of her right hand on Feb. 18 vs. Pacific while drag bunting - Pitched in the Fresno State doubleheader with six stitches and a fracture in that finger, which is now fully healed.

#6 - Jenny Gardner --Junior - Util
Has seen action in four games, pinch-hitting on Feb. 6 vs. Tennessee, against Long Beach State on Feb. 12 and on March 4 vs. Saint Mary's --Pinch-hit against Stanford on 4/2.

#5 --Casey Hiraiwa - Junior - Util (here-ah-EE-wah)
Has seen time as a pinch runner and pinch hitter this season --Has played in eight games, going 1-for-2 at the plate with three runs scored.

#9 - Lyndsey Klein --Senior --2B
Has started all 360 games at second base - All-Tournament at the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational and the Paradise Softball Classic - Second on the team with six home runs, three of which occurred during the Bruins brief homestand in February --Hit nearly identical home runs in the fourth and sixth inning in game 1 vs. Cal State Northridge - One of two Bruins with a slugging percentage over .600 (.652).

#32 - Julie Marshall - C/DP/1B
Has started all 36 games, either behind the plate or as the DP --Leads the team in home runs with eight - Has a team-best 43 RBI - Needs seven RBI to become the first Bruin to accumulate 200 in her career - Her two triples this season equals her previous career total --Leads the team with a .661 slugging percentage.

#11 --Monique Mejia --Freshman - OF/2B (ma-HEE-ah)
Has played in 32 of UCLA's 36 games - Missed game action after suffering a cut in the index finger of her right hand at the Campbell/Cartier Classic - Returned to the lineup at the Torero Invitational Classic --Has seen action primarily in the outfield, but also as a pinch runner.

#21 --Tairia Mims - Freshman - 1B/C (ta-RYE-ah)
Opened her collegiate career with a three-run home run in her first at-bat as a Bruin - Has started all 36 games, 31 at first base and five at third base - -Tied for third on the team with four home runs --Tied for third on the team with 20 RBI.

#4 - Marin Noack --Junior - C/1B (MARE-in NO-ack)
Has played in two games as a pinch-hitter against Florida International (2/5) and Saint Mary's (3/4) --Pinch-hit and then caught the fifth and final inning against Stanford on 4/2.

#2 --Erin Rahn --Sophomore - OF
Missed the non-conference season because of a stress reaction in her left foot --Returned to game action during the exhibition doubleheader against the U.S. Olympic Team --Since then, has played in four games, earning two outfield starts.

#12 - Stephanie Swenson - Junior - RHP
Lost a 2-0 extra-innings decision while striking out eight in the second exhibition game against the U.S. Olympic Team - Started the year as a pinch runner, and stepped in for her first action in the circle on Feb. 18, pitching the last four innings and earning the win against Pacific after Amanda Freed was injured - She then, she has gone 6-0 with five shutouts and three one-hitters --Holds a 0.58 ERA with 48.1 innings pitched

#27 - Natasha Watley - Freshman --SS/OF
Has 20 stolen bases thus far, which puts her in second on UCLA's single-season list --20 swipes is also tied for sixth on the Bruin career list with Dot Richardson - Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Campbell/Cartier Classic --At the Torero Invitational Classic, she hit .800 while going 4-for-5 with one RBI, one run scored and two stolen bases before being injured on a play at second base in the San Diego game --Is the Bruins leading hitter, sporting a .442 batting average and .579 slugging percentage --Tied for the team lead in triples with three.


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