Feb. 29, 2000
LOS ANGELES -- After a brief four-game homestand, the second-ranked Bruin softball team returns to the road this weekend, travelling to La Jolla, Calif., for the Torero Invitational Classic, hosted by San Diego.
UCLA will face several Southern California schools this weekend, in Loyola Marymount (6-3), San Diego (9-7), St. Mary's (4-6) and Long Beach State (8-6). Not only do the Bruins hold the all-time series advantage against all four teams, only Long Beach State has ever beaten the UCLA softball team. The series records are as follows (UCLA-Opp.): 14-0 vs. LMU, 2-0 vs. San Diego, 9-0 vs. St. Mary's, and 50-6 against LBSU.
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. Fernandez, the 1999 Amateur Softball Association Female Athlete of the Year, is currently an assistant coach for the Bruins, while Nuveman, the 1999 NFCA Catcher of the Year, is the only player on the team with NCAA eligibility remaining. She plans to return to the Bruins in 2001 to play her junior season.
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 UCLA in the doubleheader and is on the Bruins active roster for 2000.
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.
Full House Enjoys Bruin Sweep Over No. 5 Fresno State
The official attendance was 712, but the bleachers were full at Easton Stadium on Saturday as UCLA posted an impressive sweep over fifth-ranked Fresno State with game scores of 5-0 and 3-0. In game one, Lyndsey Klein homered for the third time in as many days, posting a two-run shot in the bottom of the first. The third inning saw three more runs added by the Bruins, capped by a two-RBI single by Julie Marshall. Junior Stephanie Swenson posted her second straight shutout win, and her second victory over the Bulldogs in as many weekends, while allowing just one hit in the game.
In game two, Amanda Freed took to the circle, pitching with six stitches and a fracture in the index finger of her pitching hand. Bulldog starter Amanda Scott kept the UCLA bats quiet early on, but in the fourth inning the gates opened, as Klein doubled to left field and was hit home by freshman Tairia Mims. Marshall provided two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, when a towering line drive hit the left field foul pole for a two-run shot. A double to right centerfield by Mims chased Scott from the game, and game one starter Kristin Hunter came in to record the last two outs of the inning. Freed's win was her eighth of the year and her fourth win via shutout. She had five K's and allowed just three hits.
Cal State Northridge Drops Pair to UCLA
Klein also posted an impressive offensive day last Thursday, as the Bruins posted 4-0, and 1-0 victories over the Matadors. In game one, Klein hit two virtually identical home runs to left field, the first one a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the second one in her next at-bat, in the sixth inning. Marshall then followed with a home run of her own as they went back-to-back in the sixth. In the nightcap, baserunners were scarce for both teams until Courtney Dale reached on an error with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Crissy Buck entered the game to pinch run, stole second, was sacrificed to third, and hit home on a game-winning RBI single by Mims. Dale pitched the opener, earning her seventh victory without a strikeout, but allowing only three base hits. Swenson pitched game two, a two-hit shutout for her second victory of the year.
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 551-106 (.839) record.
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. 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.
Junior Courtney Dale has a torn labrum in her pitching shoulder (right) and is out of the lineup until further notice. Sophomore pitcher Amanda Freed has six stitches and a fracture in the index finger of her pitching hand (right). Freshman Monique Mejia will not be cleared to play defense until a cut on the index finger of her right hand heals. Junior Casey Hiraiwa is out with stitches in her knee. Sophomore Erin Rahn is out with a stress reaction in her left foot.
This Week's Schedule -- February 28-March 5
The Bruins head to La Jolla, Calif., for the fourth of five regular season tournaments on the 2000 slate. This time, the team will participate in the Torero Invitational Classic, and is scheduled to meet up with several other Southern California schools.
|Fri.||Mar.||3||vs. Loyola Marymount||1:00 p.m.||La Jolla, CA|
|Fri.||Mar.||3||at San Diego||7:00 p.m.||La Jolla, CA|
|Sat.||Mar.||4||vs. St. Mary's||11:00 a.m.||La Jolla, CA|
|Sat.||Mar.||4||vs. Long Beach State||7:00 p.m.||La Jolla, CA|
|Sun.||Mar.||5||Tournament Championship Play||TBA||La Jolla, CA|
NFCA/USA Today Poll (preseason)
|No.||School (1st place)||Record||Points|
|16.||Cal State Fullerton||11-1||213|
|19.||Long Beach State||7-5||179|
RV: Texas, Hofstra, Florida Atlantic, Maryland, Pacific, Cal State Northridge Teams in italic are on UCLA's regular-season schedule
2000 Bruins in the Rankings
2000 Multi-Hit Games
2000 Hitting Streaks
2000 Score By Innings