Highlanders Beat UCLA in Season Opener

Jan. 27, 2001

LOS ANGELES-The UC Riverside Highlanders used a four-run seventh and a two runeighth to defeat the visiting UCLA Bruins, 10-6, at the Riverside SportsComplex Saturday. The game was the season opener for both teams.

The Bruins had opened up a 6-4 lead in their half of the sixth on atriple by Adam Berry, a double by Josh Canales and a sacrifice fly by RyanRasmussen. However, the Highlanders responded in kind in the bottom of theinning off of reliever Kevin Jerkins. With one out, Randy Blood doubled andJimmy Anderson followed with a RBI single to right. Adam Seuss singled upthe middle, sending Anderson to second and Jerkins (0-1) to the showers infavor of reliever Bobby Roe. Roe gave up RBI singles to Brandon Smith andMatt Teahen, then threw away a pickoff attempt that allowed Seuss to comehome with the fourth run of the inning.

The Highlanders further battered Roe in the eighth, as he walked JaymieTorres, who went to second on a wild pitch. Pinch hitter Tim Faulknersingled to left to score Torres, and a few moments later, Anderson lofted asacrifice fly to score Faulkner with the 10th run.

Chris Smith (1-0) got the win for the Highlanders, throwing threeinnings of five hit relief. He allowed two earned runs and struck out two.

Left hander George Caralejo got the start for the Highlanders, throwingthree innings of two-hit shutout ball. Julio Fernandez pitched the middleframes, allowing seven hits and four runs.

For the Bruins, starter Josh Karp opened the game and pitched twoinnings, allowing two hits. UCLA's regular Saturday starter Jon Brandt threwfour innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs.

Smith had a big day in his Highlander debut, going 3-for-5 with two runsand two RBI. The transfer from Kansas opened the scoring for the Highlandersin the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double that scored Blood. Followingan intentional walk to Teahen, Rich Hofman bloioped a single to right thatscored two and gave the Highlanders the lead. For Hofman it was sweetrevenge, as he transferred from UCLA following last season.The crowd for the Homecoming day opener was 1775, believed to be the largestsince the RBI Tournaments in the 1970's and 80's. The threat of rain heldthe crowd down from what could have been a stand room only event.The Highlanders will play four games next week, going to USD on Tuesday,January 30 at 2:00 PM, then traveling to the Cabelero Classic in Yuma, AZ onFriday through Sunday.

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