Top-ranked UCLA Takes Two from Cal in Softball
April 24, 1999
BERKELEY - Top-rated UCLA pounded out 22 hits, including four home runs, to sweep 13th-ranked California, 6-2 and 10-2, in softball Saturday afternoon on Levine-Fricke Field.
With the wins, UCLA improved to 47-2 overall and 14-2 in the Pac-10, while Cal fell to 33-16 and 4-11.
In the first game, the Bruins jumped on Cal starter Jocelyn Forest for three runs in the first inning. Christie Ambrosi led off the game with a home run to left field. Three batters later, Stacey Nuveman crushed a ball over the right field fence for a two-run shot. UCLA then took a 4-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI single by Nuveman.
Cal battled back for a run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Paige Bowie singled home pinch runner Pauline Dueas. UCLA, though, answered with a single run in the sixth inning and Nuveman's second homer of the day in the seventh. The Bears tallied one more run in the bottom of the seventh on Maiko Bristow's single, but Bristow was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double, ending the game.
In the second game, Cal struck first in the first inning. Bowie led off with a single, went to second on a walk to Bristow and advanced to third on a wild pitch. She then scored on a fielder's choice by Lisa Iancin. Cal eventually put runners on the corners with one out, but the inning came to a sudden end when Kirsten Drake and Holly Yost, Cal's No. 4 and 5 hitters, batted out of order.
UCLA struck for five runs in the third inning on two hits, including a three-run homer by Julie Marshall. The Bruins then strung together five singles to produce four runs in the fourth inning for a commanding 9-1 lead.
Cal returns to action Sunday when the Bears host No. 5 Washington at 1 p.m.
Pacific-10 Conference Softball Doubleheader
Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA
UCLA 301 001 1 - 6 10 2
California 000 010 1 - 2 8 2
Dale and Nuveman. Forest, Yost (3) and Takasaki. HR - Nuveman (UCLA) 2, Ambrosi (UCLA). W - Dale 24-0. L - Forest 16-5.
UCLA 005 400 1 - 10 12 0
California 100 100 0 - 2 3 0
Freed and Marshall. DiSalvio and Chapin. HR - Marshall (UCLA). W - Freed 20-2. L - DiSalvio 10-10.
UCLA 47-2, 14-2 Pac-10
California 33-16, 4-11 Pac-10