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May 21, 2002

South Carolina vs. UCLA
May 19th, 2002
Columbia, SC Regional Game 11

This is the 9th meeting between South Carolina and UCLA. The last meeting was in 1997 where UCLA won 1-0. UCLA leads the all time series 8-1. The win was South Carolina’s 1,00th in the schools history.

UCLA’s overall record in the NCAA Tournament is 117-22. UCLA has made three straight College World Series Appearances. In those three seasons, UCLA won one National Championship and had two NCAA runner-up finishes. They are 25-3 in their last three seasons of NCAA Postseason play. The two losses were in the 2000 and 2001 College World Series Championship Games and to South Carolina.

Amanda Freed made her 126th appearance in her career. Freed has 21 strikeouts in her two appearances in the NCAA Regionals.

UCLA’s 20 game winning streak snapped. It was their longest winning streak of the season.

Stacey Nuveman hit her 89th home run of her career. It was her 19th homer of the season. Nuveman is the NCAA all time career leader in home runs. The home run was the 8th of the tournament. South Carolina and UCLA have both hit three home runs each.

UCLA has made 13 errors in their last seven games. Six errors have been committed in the last two games.

South Carolina
Megan Matthews pitched three and one-third innings. She allowed two hits and gave up one run. Tairia Mims injured her on a line drive.

Megan Matthews in the record books:

Appearances: ?194 ?49th NCAA ?1st USC History
Games Started: ?150 ?9th NCAA
Innings pitched: ?1109.1 ?10th NCAA ?1st USC History
Strikeouts: ?1090 ?10th NCAA ?1st USC History
Shutouts: ?43 ? ?4th USC History
Complete Games: ?122 ?Tied 19th NCAA ?1st USC History
Wins: ?101 ?Tied 21st NCAA ?2nd USC History

Jodi Fittro has hit safely in 16 of her last 20 games.

Meghan Cornett has hit safely in 12 of her last 15 games. Cornett drove in the tying run and she scored the winning run.

Aleca Johnson’s appearance was her first NCAA Tournament appearance. Her first batter was NCAA Career Home Run leader Stacey Nuveman. She struck Nuveman out on 4 pitches. It was Nuveman’s 9th strikeout on the year. Johnson, a freshman, has made 27 appearances on the year. She has only 2 starts