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June 18, 1990 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several players on the UCLA women's softball team were talking to a reporter when Coach Sharron Backus came in. "Sharron, open the candy drawer," a player said. Obligingly, Backus unlocked a large cabinet holding enough candy to keep a dentist drilling forever. The players' eyes lit up as they dug in. "If you have a bad day, you can come in here and eat Sharron's candy, and she makes you feel good," said pitcher-infielder Lisa Fernandez. The Bruins haven't had many bad days.
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January 7, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Citing a family illness and an NCAA investigation, Sharron Backus will retire as UCLA's softball coach at the end of the academic year. Backus, whose 847-167-3 record and nine national titles in 21 years make her the winningest college softball coach, will be reassigned within the athletic department at her request, the school announced and will not coach during the 1997 season. Sue Enquist, co-head coach for the past eight years, will become the lone head coach.
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June 12, 1990 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several players on the UCLA women's softball team were talking to a reporter when Coach Sharron Backus came in. "Sharron, open the candy drawer," a player said. Obligingly, Backus unlocked a large cabinet holding enough candy to keep a dentist drilling forever. The players' eyes lit up as they dug in. "If you have a bad day, you can come in here and eat Sharron's candy and she makes you feel good," said pitcher-infielder Lisa Fernandez.
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June 18, 1990 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several players on the UCLA women's softball team were talking to a reporter when Coach Sharron Backus came in. "Sharron, open the candy drawer," a player said. Obligingly, Backus unlocked a large cabinet holding enough candy to keep a dentist drilling forever. The players' eyes lit up as they dug in. "If you have a bad day, you can come in here and eat Sharron's candy, and she makes you feel good," said pitcher-infielder Lisa Fernandez. The Bruins haven't had many bad days.
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January 7, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Citing a family illness and an NCAA investigation, Sharron Backus will retire as UCLA's softball coach at the end of the academic year. Backus, whose 847-167-3 record and nine national titles in 21 years make her the winningest college softball coach, will be reassigned within the athletic department at her request, the school announced and will not coach during the 1997 season. Sue Enquist, co-head coach for the past eight years, will become the lone head coach.
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February 8, 1991 | JULIE CART
The Amateur Athletic Foundation honored five Southern California coaches and one athlete in awards announced at a luncheon commemorating National Girls and Women in Sports day. The coaches honored were: Sharron Backus, UCLA softball; Joan Bonvicini, Cal State Long Beach basketball; Judi Garman, Cal State Fullerton softball; Carol Plunkett, San Diego State tennis, and Darlene May, Cal Poly Pomona basketball.
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May 15, 1995 | WENDY WITHERSPOON
The UCLA women's softball team, ranked No. 2, was stunned Sunday when the NCAA tournament committee did not name its newly renovated stadium one of eight regional sites. "I couldn't believe it," said Sharron Backus, UCLA co-coach. "It's just really a shame that some credence isn't given to how you finish up during the year." UCLA (43-6) will travel to Columbia, S.C., for the second consecutive season. In Friday's first round, UCLA will play Campbell, N.C.
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September 15, 1991
Steve Emmons has told half the story about kids and ballgames ("Going Batty," Sept. 1). I'm a 12-year-old girl. I play third base, first base and pitcher in fast-pitch softball. I've learned three pitches so far: fast ball, drop and a change-up. And I'm just beginning. This summer I attended the Sharron Backus Girls Softball Camp 1991. We worked on our strategy and our key positions all day. We scrimmaged and played constantly for four days. We got sunburned and sweaty, played in the rain and improved tremendously.
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May 27, 1991
Arizona got four runs and four hits off Heather Compton in 3 1/3 innings Sunday and held on to deny UCLA's bid to win a fourth consecutive NCAA softball championship. The Wildcats held on to win, 5-1, in the championship game of the women's College World Series at Oklahoma City. Earlier Sunday, the Bruins beat Fresno State, 5-1, in 13 innings behind Compton's pitching to advance. She pitched a complete game, giving up 12 hits.
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June 12, 1990 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several players on the UCLA women's softball team were talking to a reporter when Coach Sharron Backus came in. "Sharron, open the candy drawer," a player said. Obligingly, Backus unlocked a large cabinet holding enough candy to keep a dentist drilling forever. The players' eyes lit up as they dug in. "If you have a bad day, you can come in here and eat Sharron's candy and she makes you feel good," said pitcher-infielder Lisa Fernandez.
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May 24, 1992 | WENDY WITHERSPOON
Top-seeded UCLA defeated fourth-seeded California, 10-0, during the second round of the NCAA Division I women's softball tournament at Oklahoma City on Saturday. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run rule. It was the third shutout of the tournament and the 20th of the season for Bruin pitcher Lisa Fernandez (27-0), who struck out five and gave up two hits in five innings. Fernandez, a two-time All-American, also was three for three, scored two runs and drove in another.
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