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UCLA Opens Pac-10 Play Coming Off Exhibition Against U.S. Olympic Team
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/29/2000

March 29, 2000

vs. Cal/Stanford - March 31/April 1-2, 2000 - Berkeley/Stanford, CA

LOS ANGELES - By the time the Bruins step on to Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley, CA, on Friday afternoon, it will have been nearly three weeks since they have seen collegiate competition.

After last weekend's exhibition doubleheader against the U.S. Olympic Team, the Bruins now return to collegiate competition and open Pac-10 play against No. 4 Cal and No. 8 Stanford this weekend. The Bruins hold a 50-13 all-time record against the Bears, and swept the season series, 4-0, in 1999. Against the Cardinal, UCLA holds a 26-5 all-time advantage. The Bruins also swept the series with Stanford, 4-0, last season.

Bruin Pitchers Shine at 40 Feet

The Bruins played host to the U.S. Olympic Team on Saturday at Easton Stadium, and although both games of the doubleheader were very competitive, UCLA came out on the short end, losing 3-0 and 2-0 (eight innings). Both contests were scoreless heading into the top of the seventh inning.

The doubleheader, which was played under international rules, turned into a pitchers duel, with UCLA's Amanda Freed and Stephanie Swenson having success pitching from 40 feet. Freed earned seven strikeouts in the opener, including a fifth inning where she struck out the side, while Swenson earned eight K's in the eight-inning nightcap.

Unfortunately, the Bruin bats were not as successful from 40 feet (as opposed to the NCAA-mandated 43 feet). Toria Auelua and Julie Adams earned hits in game one, while the Bruin bats were held silent in the nightcap.

Bruins Finish Runner-up at Hallowell Chevrolet Classic

Sophomore Amanda Freed set two Hallowell Chevrolet Classic records en route to an All-Tournament Team performance two weekends ago in Fresno. Freed set a single-game record with 13 strikeouts against Florida State on March 10, and set a tournament record with 44 strikeouts while going 3-2 in tournament play. In 33.1 innings of work, Freed had a 0.63 ERA, with three shutout wins.

The Bruins earned a runner-up finish in the tournament, with victories over Cal Poly, Texas Tech, Florida State and Mississippi before losing to Illinois State, 3-2 in eight innings, and Fresno State, 1-0 in the final game of the weekend.

Also notable for their performances in the tournament was senior Julie Adams who led the Bruins with a .389 batting average in six starts in Fresno. Adams accumulated home home run, two doubles and five RBI to go along with a perfect defensive performance on 13 chances at third base.

Record Watch

It's still early in the season, but 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 11th on the career list with 17 stolen bases through 29 games played.

Julie Marshall has taken over the Bruins career record for RBIs, with 186 through March 13. Marshall is also currently ranked second all-time in home runs (40), tied for fifth in doubles (38), seventh in at-bats (657), ninth in runs scored (117) and hits (214) and ninth in games played (217).

Julie Adams is also ranked in several categories, including third in home runs (38), third in RBIs (152), 10th in runs scored (108), 11th in hits (201), 13th in doubles (28), 19th in at-bats (556), and is about to break in to the all-time lists for games played (190).

Two additional speedsters, Lupe Brambila and Amanda Freed, join Watley on the all-time career stolen bases list, as Brambila checks in with 21(tied-fifth) and Freed has 15 (tied-12th). Brambila also has double-digit swipes this season, with 14 through March 13 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 558-108 (.838) 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 has a torn labrum in her pitching shoulder (right) and is out of the lineup until at least mid-April. Sophomore Erin Rahn is out with a stress reaction in her left foot.

This Week's Schedule - March 28-April 2

UCLA opens Pac-10 play on Friday afternoon in Berkeley, with the first pitch of the conference season scheduled for 2 p.m. on the campus of the fourth-ranked Cal Bears. From there, the Bruins will spend April Fool's Day on Stanford's campus and complete the Bay Area road trip with a second game at Stanford. All three dates are single games, as prescribed by a 1998 vote by conference coaches.

Fri.Mar. 31at Cal (#4)2:00 p.m.Berkeley, CA
Sat.April 1at Stanford (#8)2:00 p.m.Stanford, CA
Sat.April 2at Stanford (#8)1:00 p.m.Stanford, CA

NFCA/USA Today Poll (3/22/2000)

No.School (1st place)RecordPoints
1.Washington (27)31-1675
2.Arizona35-2647
3.UCLA25-5598
4.California34-4579
5.Arizona State29-5539
6t.Fresno State24-9517
6t.Oklahoma34-5517
8.Stanford22-3471
9.LSU22-7465
10.Southern Mississippi29-7409
11.Cal State Fullerton24-5393
12.Oregon State22-6-1378
13.Michigan18-6342
14.Alabama33-6324
15.Louisiana-Lafayette19-6296
16.Iowa14-7267
17.South Carolina22-11230
18.Oklahoma State23-9207
19.Long Beach State20-10160
20.Illinois-Chicago29-16148
21.Mississippi State23-8139
22.Notre Dame18-6118
23.Oregon17-10108
24.Florida26-1262
25.Texas A&M20-1049

Received votes: Hawai'i, Florida State, Florida Atlantic

2000 Bruins in the Rankings

WeekNFCA/USA Today
Preseason1
Feb. 232
March 13
March 83
March 154
March 223
March 29TBA

2000 Multi-Hit Games

Name2345+Total
Watley37--10
Marshall9---9
Brambila62--8
Klein8---8
Dale7---7
Freed311-5
Auelua41--5
Mims5---5

2000 Hitting Streaks

NameLongestCurrent
Klein11-
Marshall10-
Watley1010
Brambila7-
Dale6-
Mims61

2000 Score By Innings

Tm123456789Total
UCLA212126322811165-160
OPP85672372-40

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 30 games either in the outfield 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 30 games in the outfield Second on the team in stolen bases with 14.

#10 - Crissy Buck - Sophomore - SS

Splits time at shortstop with freshman Natasha Watley Has played in 22 of UCLA's 30 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 two games, pinch-running against South Florida (2/5) and pinch-hitting against Florida International that evening.

#7 - Amanda Freed - Sophomore - RHP/OF

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 three games, pinch-hitting on Feb. 6 vs. Tennessee, against Long Beach State on Feb. 12 and on March 4 vs. Saint Mary's.

#5 - Casey Hiraiwa - Junior - Util (here-ah-EE-wah)

Although she is still slowed by the knee injury she suffered last season, Hiraiwa has seen time as a pinch runner this season.

#9 - Lyndsey Klein - Senior - 2B

Has started all 30 games at second base All-Tournament at the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational and the Paradise Softball Classic Second on the team with five 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 Holds a team-best .630 SLG%.

#32 - Julie Marshall - C/DP/1B

Has started all 30 games, either behind the plate or as the DP Leads the team in home runs with six Has a team-best 36 RBI Her two triples this season equals her previous career total One of two Bruins with a slugging percentage over .600 (.620).

#11 - Monique Mejia - Freshman - OF/2B (ma-HEE-ah)

Has played in 27 of UCLA's 30 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 30 games, 25 at first base and five at third base Tied for third on the team with four home runs Is second on the team with six doubles Tied for third on the team with 18 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).

#2 - Erin Rahn - Sophomore - OF

Has been unable to participate this year due to a stress reaction in her left foot.

#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 17 stolen bases thus far, which puts her in second on UCLA's single-season list 17 swipes is also 11th on the Bruin career list 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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