Bruins Prepare For Hallowell Chevrolet Classic

March 6, 2000

Hallowell Chevrolet Classic
March 9-12, 2000
Fresno, CA

LOS ANGELES -- It is time for the final regular season tournament of the year for the Bruin softball team, as they travel to Fresno, Calif., for the Hallowell Chevrolet Classic, March 9-12.

UCLA is scheduled to play six games this weekend, vs. Cal Poly, Texas Tech, Florida State, Mississippi, Illinois State and host Fresno State. The Bruins have already played and defeated Texas Tech and Fresno State this season, and aim to capture this tournament title for the second consecutive year.

Bruins Win Three Before Rain Washes Out Tournament
It was a damp weekend in San Diego for the Bruins, as the scheduled game against Long Beach State was rained out, as was the full day of competition on Sunday, March 5.

The Bruins opened tournament play with 2-0 victories over Loyola Marymount and host San Diego on Friday. In the opener, Amanda Freed pitched a one-hit shutout for her eighth victory of the season. The Bruins scored both of their runs in the second inning, with the game-winning RBI going to Freed, and a second RBI collected by Natasha Watley, who had three singles in the game.

Against the host Toreros, Stephanie Swenson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing the only hit of the game to the leadoff batter in the seventh. Meanwhile, UCLA scored one run in the first when Julie Marshall hit Watley home, and a second run in the sixth when Marshall singled down the leftfield line and Julie Adams followed with an RBI triple to right. The fences at the USD Softball Complex were 250 feet down the lines, 250 in left field, 237 in right, and approximately 250 to straightaway centerfield, leading to three Bruin doubles on the weekend, two for Marshall and one for Adams.

In what proved to be the final game of the weekend for UCLA, the Bruins brought their offense, spreading six runs between the second, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Lupe Brambila posted a two-RBI double in the fourth inning, while Marshall, Adams, Mejia and Buck accumulated the other RBIs. Swenson pitched her sixth victory of the season, allowing just one hit in her fourth shutout this year.

Bruins to Play Host to U.S. Olympic Team on March 25.
The defending NCAA Champion Bruin softball team will play a doubleheader against the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team on Saturday, March 25, at Easton Stadium. The doubleheader will include two seven-inning games governed by international rules, and is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

The 2000 U.S. Olympic Team includes six former or current Bruins among its 15-player active roster, including Christie Ambrosi, Jennifer Brundage, Sheila Cornell-Douty, Lisa Fernandez, Stacey Nuveman and Dot Richardson. The seventh Bruin associated with the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team is one of the team's four alternates, sophomore Amanda Freed. Freed will participate with the Bruins in the doubleheader.

Advance tickets for the doubleheader will be $6 for adults, $4 for children, and are available through the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN.

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 tied for 14th on the career list with 13 stolen bases through 23 games played.

Julie Marshall has taken over the Bruins career record for RBI, with 177 through March 5. Marshall is also currently ranked second in home runs (39), seventh in doubles (36), eighth in at-bats (639), ninth in runs scored (115) and hits (208) and 12th in games played (211). Her two doubles at USD over the weekend gave her four for her career, a total that ties her for 20th on UCLA's all-time list.

Julie Adams is also ranked in several categories, including third in home runs (37), sixth in RBI (147), 10th in runs scored (106), 11th in hits (194), 13th in doubles (26), and is about to break in to the all-time lists for at-bats (538) and games played (184).

Two additional speedsters, Lupe Brambila and Amanda Freed join Watley on the all-time career stolen bases list, as Brambila checks in with 17 (10th) and Freed has 14 (13th). Brambila also has double-digit swipes this season, tied for seventh place with 10 through March 5.

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 554-106 (.839) record.

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 kicks off the 2000 season at the USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament in Tampa, Fla. 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-conference schedule.

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.

Status Report
Junior Courtney Dale has a torn labrum in her pitching shoulder (right) and is out of the lineup until further notice. Sophomore Erin Rahn is out with a stress reaction in her left foot.

This Week's Schedule - March 6-12
It's time for UCLA's last non-conference weekend of the season, this time it will be the Hallowell Chevrolet Classic, hosted by Fresno State. The four-day tourney kicks off on Thursday and runs through the weekend.

Thu. Mar.  9  vs. Cal Poly       3:00 p.m. Fresno, CA
Fri. Mar. 10  vs. Texas Tech    11:00 a.m. Fresno, CA
Fri. Mar. 10  vs. Florida State  1:00 p.m. Fresno, CA
Sat. Mar. 11  vs. Mississippi    9:00 a.m. Fresno, CA
Sat. Mar. 11  vs. Illinois State 5:00 p.m. Fresno, CA
Sun. Mar. 12  at  Fresno State   3:00 p.m. Fresno, CA

NFCA/USA Today Poll (3/1/2000)
No.   School (1st place)    Record   Points
1.  Washington (27)          18-1     675
2.  Arizona                  20-1     636
3.  UCLA                     18-3     626
4.  Arizona State            15-1     562
5t. LSU                      13-2     523
5t. Oklahoma                 19-1     523
7.  California               19-1     512
8.  Fresno State              8-4     495
9.  Stanford                 16-1     472
10.  Oregon State          13-4-1     376
11t. Cal State Fullerton     16-2     354
11t. Southern Miss.          14-7     354
13   Iowa                     5-0     328
14.  Michigan                 6-4     316
15.  Louisiana-Lafayette      7-1     294
16.  Alabama                 16-3     258
17.  Illinois-Chicago        16-8     213
18.  South Carolina           9-5     200
19.  Hawaii                   6-2     194
20.  DePaul                   3-3     156
21.  Oklahoma State          12-4     130
22.  Long Beach State         7-5     110
23.  Nebraska                 5-6      64
24.  Hofstra                  3-4      46
25.  Oregon                   8-7      42

RV: Pacific, Texas, Texas A&M, Maryland, Florida Atlantic, Cal State Northridge

2000 Bruins in the Rankings

Week       NFCA/USA Today
Preseason        1
2/23/00          2
3/1/00           3

2000 Multi-Hit Games

Name       2   3   4   5+   Total
Watley     3   6   -   -      9
Brambila   5   2   -   -      7
Dale       7   -   -   -      7
Klein      7   -   -   -      7
Marshall   6   -   -   -      6
Mims       5   -   -   -      5

2000 Hitting Streaks

Name      Longest   Current
Klein       11        1
Marshall    10        2
Brambila     7        2
Dale         6        -
Mims         6        1
Watley       6        4

2000 Score By Innings

Tm      1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   Total
UCLA   20  20  22  27  22   9  13   4   -   137
OPP     7   5   6   7   2   2   7   0   -    36

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