Feb. 8, 2000
Paradise Softball Classic
Feb. 10-13, 2000
The top-ranked Bruins opened their 2000 schedule in style last weekend, posting a 6-0 record and 0.50 team ERA en route to capturing the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational team title in Tampa, Fla.
Next up for the Bruins will be the Paradise Softball Classic, hosted by the University of Hawai'i. UCLA will face three ranked teams on the weekend, No. 15 Long Beach State, No. 19 Texas and the 20th-ranked Rainbow Wahine, with the additional two schools, Hofstra and Texas Tech, having received votes in the NFCA's preseason poll.
UCLA Quick Facts
1999 Overall Record: 63-6
1999 Pac-10 Record: 22-6 Pac-10 Champions
Ranking: 1st, NFCA/USA Today
Head Coach: Sue Enquist
Career Record: 539-103 (12th season)
Four Bruins Named All-Tournament at USF
Junior All-American Courtney Dale led the way for the Bruins in their first competitive weekend of the new millennium, pitching her first career no-hitter, hitting .471 and being named the Most Valuable Player of the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational and UCLA's MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week. Dale had a home run, a double and five RBI at the plate, combining with 19 innings pitched in which she compiled a 3-0 record, 0.74 ERA and 25 strikeouts during the weekend. Sophomore Amanda Freed was the tournament's Most Valuable Pitcher, and joined Dale, second baseman Lyndsey Klein and freshman third baseman Tairia Mims on the All-Tournament Team. Freed pitched 17 scoreless innings, had 28 srikeouts compared to just four walks, and faced the minimum number of batters against Florida International, where she allowed a hit to the first batter of the game before pitching an otherwise perfect game.
Klein led the squad with a .533 batting average, and had two doubles, seven RBI and two home runs, one of which was an inside-the-park HR. Mims hit a three-run home run in her first collegiate at-bat and finished the weekend with a .471 batting average, and team-leading totals of three home runs, 11 RBI, and three doubles.
No-Hitter Kicks Off 2000 Season
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. Dale had never pitched a no-hitter at UCLA before Friday afternoon, when the Bruins defeated Maryland, 9-0, in five innings.
For the weekend, the UCLA pitching staff of Dale and Freed was nearly un-hittable, surrendering just four runs in six games, with only two of the four runs being earned. As a staff, UCLA has a 0.39 ERA, and has allowed just 13 hits and 14 walks, compared to 53 strikeouts.
Freshman Shine in Opening Weekend
All four of UCLA's softball-only freshmen started all six games at USF, and three of the four started their collegiate careers with hits. In the second inning of the season opener against Maryland, Toria Auelua singled, Mims hit a towering home run down the left field line, and Monique Mejia followed with a single down the left field line. Natasha Watley started all six games at shortstop, and turned in her first collegiate hit against South Florida, a double down the left field line.
This Week's Schedule - February 7-13
UCLA looks to remain perfect on the 2000 season, and will next travel to Hawaii for the Paradise Softball Classic. All five tournament opponents at least received votes in the preseason NFCA poll.
|Thu.||Feb. 10||vs. Texas Tech||Honolulu, Hawaii||2:00 p.m.|
|Fri.||Feb. 11||vs. Hofstsra||Honolulu, Hawaii||1:00 p.m.|
|Fri.||Feb. 11||vs. No. 19 Texas||Honolulu, Hawaii||3:00 p.m.|
|Sat.||Feb. 12||vs. No. 15 Long Beach State||Honolulu, Hawaii||3:00 p.m.|
|Sat.||Feb. 12||at No. 20 Hawai'i||Honolulu, Hawaii||7:00 p.m.|
|Sun.||Feb. 13||Championship Games||Honolulu, Hawaii||TBD|
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 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 539-103 (.840) record.
As one of the eight softball coaches in the nation chosen to work with the U.S. National Team, Enquist was part of the coaching staff on the 1996 gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Team for the Summer Games in Atlanta, GA ? the inaugural games for softball as an Olympic medal sport. Enquist was head coach of the 1993 Olympic Festival championship team, and coached the USA Pre Elite National Team in July 1994. In addition, she served as the assistant coach with the Pre Elite squad in Guatemala during December 1994 and was a member of the gold medal winning staff at the 1994 World Championship in Canada.
A 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 kicks off the 2000 season at the USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament in Tampa, Fla., with pool play against Maryland, Tennessee, and host South Florida. From there, the Bruins travel to the Paradise Softball Classic hosted by Hawai'i, then the Campbell/Cartier Tournament, hosted by San Diego State. Two home doubleheaders break up the tournament schedule, as the Bruins return to Easton Stadium to host Cal State Northridge and No. 3 Fresno State the last weekend in February. Two more tournaments, the Torero Invitational Classic hosted by the University of San Diego, and the Hallowell Chevrolet Classic at Fresno State, close out UCLA's non-confernece schedule.
Volleyball's Fendrick Added to Softball Roster
There is one addition to the Bruin roster as 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.
Senior third baseman Julie Adams is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, and will make her 2000 as a designated player this weekend. Sophomore Erin Rahn is out with a stress reaction in her left foot.
NFCA/USA Today Poll (preseason)
|No.||School (1st place)||Points|
|3.||Fresno State (1)||602|
|15.||Long Beach State||280|
RV: Maryland (55), Hofstra (47), Oregon (41), Pacific (33), Texas Tech (24), South Florida (13), Cal St. Northridge (1)
* indicates potential Central Region opponents.
2000 Bruins in the Rankings
Week NFCA/USA Today Preseason 1
1999 Multi-Hit Games
*-not returning in 2000, & Redshirting 2000
1999 Score By Innings