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Softball Prepares For No. 1 Huskies
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/09/2000

May 9, 2000

LOS ANGELES - The Bruins begin a crucial season-ending homestand on Wednesday afternoon to complete the Pac-10 schedule and UCLA's regular season slate. The top-ranked Washington Huskies come to Easton Stadium for a single game on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m., followed by Oregon State for a single game on Friday and a doubleheader against Oregon on Saturday. All three games begin at 2 p.m. UCLA defeated Oregon in Eugene on April 7, and swept the weekend series against the Beavers, 4-1 and 8-7 that weekend. The Bruins and Huskies split their series in Seattle, with Washington taking the opener, 3-1, and UCLA winning Saturday's pitcher's duel, 1-0. UCLA holds all-time series advantages over all three schools: 23-11 vs. Washington, 55-4 vs. Oregon State and 43-7 vs. Oregon.

Desert Series Unkind to Bruins

Last weekend's trip to Arizona State and Arizona was a difficult one for UCLA, which took a 2-0 victory over the Sun Devils in Tempe, before heading to Arizona for two weekend games.

Friday's game at ASU featured eight hits by the Bruins, including doubles by Amanda Freed and Lupe Brambila, and stolen bases for Natasha Watley and Lyndsey Klein. Freed also notched the lone RBI of the evening, a third-inning single that scored Klein.

Unfortunately, things did not go as smoothly for the Bruins in Tucson. Saturday's game started well, with a grand slam by Klein and a solo home run to deep left field by Tairia Mims in the top of the first. Through 4-1/2 innings, the Bruins had accumulated another four runs on singles by Freed and Watley, a sacrifice fly by Marshall and RBI single by Dale. At that point, with a 9-1 lead and five outs away from a run-rule victory, the Wildcats started scoring runs. First, it was a grand slam by Lauren Bauer in the fourth to bring the score to 9-5. Then, in the sixth, Allison Andrade hit a solo home run, and three more runs followed to tie the game at 9-9. The game went down to the bottom of the ninth inning, when Bauer hit a three-run walk-off home run to end the game, 12-9 in UA's favor.

Sunday's game was not nearly as dramatic. The Wildcats scored four runs in the first and four more unearned runs on a grand slam by Toni Mascarenas in the second, toped off by a ninth run in the third. UCLA's only offense of the game came with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, when Tucson native Mims homered to left field.

NCAA Selection Show Will Air Live in Los Angeles
The 2000 NCAA Division I Softball Selection Show is this Sunday, May 14, and will air live in Southern California on FOX Sports West 2. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time, and will announce the 48 teams and regional sites for the 2000 Women's College World Series. UCLA is one of many schools across the country that has bid to host an NCAA regional this season.

Saturday is Senior Day for Three Bruins
Three Bruins will enjoy their senior day this weekend prior to UCLA's doubleheader against Oregon, Julie Adams, Lyndsey Klein and Julie Marshall. All three have enjoyed tremendous careers with UCLA, and were members of last season's NCAA Championship team. Marshall enters the weekend just one RBI shy of becoming the first Bruin ever to accumulate 200 career runs batted in. Marshall will rank in eight career offensive categories, and was a second-team All-American in 1999, in addition to All-Region honors in 1999 and 1997 (second team). Klein will conclude her two-year UCLA career ranked in numerous career offensive categories, with top-10 finishes in stolen bases, doubles and home runs and a top-20 finish in triples. Adams was the Most Oustanding Player of the 1999 Women's College World Series and UCLA's regional, in addition to earning second-team All-America honors, and first-team All-Region recognition in 1999.

Enquist's Jersey Retired in Surprise Ceremony
In a special pre-game ceremony, former UCLA softball coach Sharron Backus returned to the diamond at Easton Stadium to help retire the jersey of current Bruin head coach Sue Enquist. Enquist is the only player in UCLA's storied history to complete her career with a batting average over .400 (.401 from 1975-78), and was an All-American outfielder on UCLA's first softball national championship team, an AIAW title in 1978. A three-time ASA All-American for the Raybestos Braketts, Enquist helped lead that team to four ASA National Championships in 1976, 77, 78 and 80. In addition, she also enjoyed success as a player at the international level earning gold medals at three National Sports Festivals, the 1978 World Championships and the 1979 Pan American Games.Enquist's #6 is the third softball uniform to be retired by UCLA, joining Dot Richardson (#2) and Lisa Fernandez (#16).

NCAA Ruling Turns Feb. 18 Michigan Game Into a Tie
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 a time limit, but only one of UCLA's five games, the 6-4 loss to Michigan, was affected. Because the seventh inning of this game was played using the International Tiebreak Rule (runner placed on second base to start the inning) because of the time limit rules, it was therefore played illegally. The illegally played seventh inning has been deleted and the game is now a 4-4 tie. Courtney Dale's pitching record is also affected by this ruling. Because there are no pitchers decisions in ties, Dale's record is now 7-2 on the season.

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 fifth on the career list with 24 stolen bases through 46 games played. She needs one more swipe 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 one more RBI to become the first Bruin to ever record 200 career RBI. Marshall is also currently ranked second all-time in home runs (44), fifth in doubles (39), fourth in at-bats (710), seventh in hits (232), runs scored (125) and games played (234).

Julie Adams is also ranked in several categories, including third in home runs (39), fourth in RBIs (155), 10th in runs scored (112), 10th in hits (213), 11th in doubles (28), 13th in at-bats (605), and 11th in games played (207).

Three additional speedsters, Lupe Brambila, Lyndsey Klein and Amanda Freed, join Watley on the all-time career stolen bases list, as Brambila checks in with 22 (tie, fifth), Klein has 20 (tied, eighth) and Freed has 18 (11th). Brambila also has double-digit swipes this season, with 15 through April 10 and ranks third on the single-season list with that total.

Despite the fact that Klein will be completing a two-year Bruin career this season, she will see her name in several Bruin career lists. She is tied for ninth in doubles (31), 14th in RBI (87), 13th in runs scored (92), tied for ninth with 13 home runs and tied for 16th with five triples.

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 569-113-1(.834) record.

Schedule Summary
A 1998 vote by the Pac-10 coaches has reduced the 2000 conference schedule by seven games, and for that reason, the Bruins played in more tournaments than in past years. The Pac-10 coaches decision was based upon the strength of the conference, and allowing the lower-division teams in the conference to earn more quality wins outside of conference play by eliminating those seven games from the Pac-10 schedule. This scheduling has resulted in the virtual elimination of doubleheaders in conference play, and a format that provides for three games against each conference opponent, two at one site and one at the other. UCLA will play just one conference doubleheader this year, on May 13 at Easton Stadium against Oregon.

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 pitching circle on Sunday, April 16, her first pitching appearance since being diagnosed wtih a torn labrum in her pitching (right) shoulder on Feb. 24. She had returned to the lineup as a DP the previous weekend.

This Week's Schedule - May 8-14
The Bruins return to Easton Stadium this week to conclude their regular season schedule with three home dates. The week kicks off on Wednesday when UCLA plays host to top-ranked Washington at 2 p.m. before the Oregon schools come to town on Friday and Saturday.

Wed. May 10 WASHINGTON (#1) broadcast.com  2:00 p.m. EASTON
Fri. May 12 OREGON STATE (#12)             2:00 p.m. EASTON
Sat. May 13 OREGON (#16) broadcast.com     2:00 p.m. EASTON

NFCA/USA Today Poll (5/3/2000)

No.School (1st place)RecordPoints
1.Washington (27)50-5675
2.Arizona47-7647
3.UCLA35-8-1617
4.Oklahoma55-6580
5.Arizona State39-13560
6.Fresno State46-11548
7.LSU51-8510
8.Southern Mississippi51-10469
9.California41-18440
10.Stanford39-14429
11.Alabama57-8410
12.Oregon State34-14-1385
13.Michigan36-11-1355
14.Cal State Fullerton40-11315
15.Iowa39-11307
16.Oregon33-20259
17.Louisiana-Lafayette44-13242
18.Long Beach State36-18195
19.Notre Dame43-12186
20.Nebraska42-18163
21.Mississippi State40-2296
22.Florida Atlantic51-1585
23.Illinois-Chicago46-2378
24.Oklahoma State33-2063
25.South Carolina33-2540

Receiving Votes: Pacific (15),Florida State (13),Hofstra (7)
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 53
April 123
April 193
April 263
May 32

Pac-10 Softball Standings

Pl.SchoolPac-10O'All
1.Washington12-250-5
2.UCLA10-435-8-1
Arizona10-447-7
4.Arizona State7-839-13
5.Oregon5-833-20
6.Stanford5-1039-14
7.Oregon State4-834-14-1
8.California3-1241-18

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