UCLA Softball Squad Set To Make Run At Another National Title

Jan. 31, 2000

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: 533-103 (12th season)
USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament
Feb. 4-6, 2000 -- Tampa, Fla.

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA's defending NCAA Champion softball team takes to the field for the first time in 2000 this Friday in Tampa, Fla. Head coach Sue Enquist's Bruins return all but two starters from last year's squad, and adds a very strong recruiting class to the mix.

With last season's centerfielder, Christie Ambrosi, and catcher, Stacey Nuveman, off to spend this season with the U.S. Olympic Team, the 2000 Bruin lineup will look a bit different than last season. However, seniors Julie Adams, Lyndsey Klein and Julie Marshall are back and ready for more. Adams, the Most Outstanding Player at last season's College World Series and NCAA Regional, will be back to anchor the infield at third base, while Klein will once again start at second. However, Adams is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, and will not participate at the USF-Louisville Slugger Invitational. Marshall will split time between the bag at first, where she played the majority of last season, and behind the plate, where she will fill in defensively for Nuveman.

Both Bruin pitchers also return, with All-Americans Courtney Dale and Amanda Freed dominating the circle once again. Last season, Dale tied UCLA's single-season record for victories with a 33-1 record, while Freed, an alternate for the U.S. Olympic Team, completed the year with a 0.96 ERA.

Four Versatile Freshmen Get First Taste of NCAA Competition
Enquist has seemingly endless options with her freshman class in 2000. Three of the four are solid at multiple positions and all will contribute immediately. Natasha Watley, the youngest player invited to the final round of U.S. Olympic Trials, comes in as a solid shortstop and has been trained to play the outfield as well. Watley's most obvious asset is her tremendous speed, as she is most likely the fastest player to don a Bruin softball uniform. Toria Auelua has spent significant time behind the plate in preseason drills, and will rotate behind the plate with Marshall, while also having the ability to play the hot corner at third. Tairia Mims, an outstanding high school third baseman, has made the commitment to learn the position at first base, and will also see some time behind the plate. Finally, Monique Mejia was one of the top defensive players to come out of high school last year. Listed as a second baseman, Mejia is an able backup to Klein, and could see action elsewhere this season.

Alumni Game Plays to Full House
The bleachers in Easton Stadium were full on Saturday, with fans eager to see the 2000 Bruins and six of UCLA's seven softball U.S. Olympians. Because she is redshirting this season, NCAA rules prohibited Stacey Nuveman from participating in the festivities, but five other Olympians, Christie Ambrosi, Sheila Cornell-Douty, Amanda Freed, Lisa Fernandez and Dot Richardson all participated in Saturday's Alumni game. The highlight of the afternoon was the performance staged by Fernandez in the home run contest, where she hit nine balls out of the stadium. Fernandez ended her turn at bat with a third "strike" only after being dared to hit a home run blindfolded by the opposing dugout. Cornell-Douty, Ambrosi and Richardson also participated in the Home Run Derby.

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 533-103 (.838) 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. Schedule Summary

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. Status Report

Senior third baseman Julie Adams is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, and has not yet been cleared to play. Sophomore shortstop Crissy Buck will not travel with the team to Florida due to personal reasons.

This Week's Schedule (Jan. 31-Feb. 6)

The Bruins open their 2000 schedule this Friday, at the USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament in Tampa, Fla. South Florida will play host to the tourney, where two of UCLA's three pool play opponents received votes in the NFCA's preseason poll.

Fri.Feb.4vs. Maryland (RV)Tampa, Fla.11 a.m.
Fri.Feb.4vs. TennesseeTampa, Fla.1 p.m.
Sat.Feb.5at South Florida (RV)Tampa, Fla.Noon
Sun.Feb.6Championship PlayTampa, Fla.TBA

NFCA/USA Today Poll (preseason)

No.School (1st place)Points
1.UCLA (25)673
2.Washington (1)638
3.Fresno State (1)602
5.Southern Mississippi518
9.Arizona State408
10.Louisiana Lafayette399
11.Oregon State369
15.Long Beach State280
17.Michigan State217
18.South Carolina198
23.Central Michigan116
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 UCLA Bruins Numerical Roster

No.NamePos.B/TYr.Ht.Hometown / HS / Previous School
2Erin Rahn*OFR/RSo.5-1San Diego, CA / Mt. Carmel HS
3Lupe Brambila**OFR/RJr.5-6Van Nuys, CA / James Monroe HS
4Marin Noack**C/1BR/RJr.6-1La Verne, CA / Bonita HS
5Casey Hiraiwa**UTR/RJr.5-6Honolulu, HI / Iolani HS
6Jenny Gardner**UTR/RJr.5-6Livermore, CA / Livermore HS
7Amanda Freed*P/OFR/RSo.5-8Cypress, CA / Pacifica HS
9Lyndsey Klein*2BR/RSr.5-9Roseville, CA / Oakmont HS / Sac. City JC
10Crissy Buck*^SSR/RSo.5-4Las Vegas, NV / Green Valley HS
11Monique Mejia2BR/RFr.5-4Corona, CA / Corona Santiago HS
12Stephanie Swenson**PR/RJr.5-9San Clemente, CA / San Clemente HS
14Lauren FendrickPR/RFr.6-2Carlsbad, CA/Carlsbad HS
18Julie Adams***^3BR/RSr.6-0Cypress, CA / Cypress HS
21Tairia Mims1B/CR/RFr.5-7Tucson, AZ / Salpointe Catholic HS
22Courtney Dale**^P/LFR/RJr.5-10Fresno, CA / Bullard HS
23Toria Auelua C/3BR/RFr.5-6Garden Grove, CA / Pacifica HS
27Natasha WatleySS/OFL/RFr.5-10Irvine, CA / Woodbridge HS
32Julie Marshall***^C/1BR/RSr.5-8Bethel Island, CA / Liberty HS
33Stacey Nuveman**^%C/IFR/RJr.6-0LaVerne, CA / St. Lucy's Priory HS

* indicates letters won at UCLA
^ Utilized Redshirt Year
% Redshirting 2000 season to play for U.S. Olympic Team.

Head Coach: Sue Enquist (UCLA '80), 12th year as head coach (533-103 record)
Assistant Coaches: Kelly Inouye-Perez (UCLA '93), 7th year, Lisa Fernandez (UCLA '95), 5th year, Gina Vecchione (UCLA, '84), 1st yr.

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