April 2, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. - Amanda Freed threw a one-hitter to lead No. 3 UCLA to a 8-0 win in five innings over No. 8 Stanford at the Stanford Softball Complex Sunday afternoon. The Bruins improve to 28-5 on the year and 3-0 in the Pac-10 while the Cardinal falls to 30-7, 1-4.
Stanford senior Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA/Bullard HS) led off the bottom of the first with a clean single, the 195th hit of her career. With the hit, Wiginton tied the Stanford career hits record, formerly held by 1999 graduate Michelle Schneider. After sophomore Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) replaced Wiginton on first with a fielder's choice groundout, Mendoza was caught stealing second base. Junior Jenni Shideler (San Jose, CA/Leland HS) drew a two-out walk in the second, but that was it for the Cardinal as Freed faced only one batter over the minimum. She struck out five over five innings in improving to 13-2 on the year.
The Bruins scored two in the first inning to open up the game. Lyndsey Klein got a two-out single, then moved to second on a passed ball. She then scored on Julie Marshall's pop single to shallow left field. The Bruins then added a second run on three consecutive walks.
UCLA again struck with two out in the third. Julie Adams walked with two outs. Wiginton, Stanford's catcher, picked her off first base, but Adams reached second on a throwing error during the ensuing rundown. Tairia Mims then hit a grounder to short, reaching on an error when Adams screened sophomore Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) from the ball as she ran by. Adams came around to score on the play. Toria Auelua then singled and advanced to second on the unsuccessful throw to third to make a play on Mims. Pinch hitter Casey Hiraiwa then grounded back to the pitcher, but the throw from freshman Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA/Carlmont HS) was over the head of sophomore Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) at first, allowing two more runs to score. Then Lupe Brambila reached on another error allowing the fourth run of the inning to score.
The Bruins added two more in the fourth. Freed led off with a bunt single, then Natasha Watley singled, with Freed taking third. Watley stole second, then Klein and Marshall hit consecutive sacrifice flies to score both runs. Nyberg fell to 5-1 with the loss, allowing eight runs, four earned, on six hits and four walks. She struck out two.
Stanford returns to action Tuesday afternoon with a doubleheader at St. Mary's at 2:00 p.m. The Bruins are at No. 23 Oregon Friday at 2:00 p.m.