Baseball Falls To Hawaii, 9-8

Feb. 1, 2001

Honolulu, HI- The UCLA Bruins dropped a heartbreaker to the University of Hawaii this evening, falling 9-8 in the opening game of the three game series. Freshman Chris Cordeiro suffered his first loss of the season as the Bruins dropped to 0-2 on the season.

Things started well for the Bruins as the UCLA took a 2-0 lead to start the game. Junior Ryan Rasmussen got his first hit as a Bruin hitting a double to start the game. Ben Francisco walked and Brian Baron hit a single to right field to load the bases. Sacrifice flies from Randall Shelley and Eric Reece knocked in the two runs.

Josh Karp started for the Bruins, allowing only one run in the first five innings he pitched. He struck out six batters and allowed only one earned run.

In the top of the sixth, the Bruins got on the scoreboard againe. Baron got his third hit of the game, a double to centerfield and Shelley walked to put runners at first and second. Reece hit a single to load the bases. A fielder's choice by Matt Pearl drove in Baron and a throwing error allowed Shelley to score for the Bruins to take a 4-1 lead after the top of the sixth.

Karp started the sixth inning, but after allowing two runners to get on base, Kevin Jerkens came in for UCLA. Two Bruin errors allowed those runners to score, as Hawaii cut the lead to 4-3.

The Rainbows took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh, but the Bruins answered back in the top of the eighth. Baron got his fourth hit of the game, and was replaced by pinch runner Rashad Parker. An Eric Reece walk put batters at first and second, and Josh Arhart was hit by a Aaron Pribble pitch to load the bases. A wild pitch by Pribble allowed Parker to score to tie the game at five apiece. With two runners on, Adam Berry hit the first UCLA home run of the season, driving in three runs to give UCLA an 8-5 advantage.

However, the Rainbows battled back in the bottom of the inning. Chad Boudon hit a solo home run to start the inning off of Paul Diaz. Cordeiro replaced Diaz with a batter on first, but allowed two runs to let the Rainbows take a 9-8 lead.

The Bruins tried a ninth inning comeback with the top of the order. Rasmussen singled to short to start the inning and Brandon Averill drew a walk to put runners at first and second. However, Shelley and Reece couldn't get the runners home as the Bruins dropped their second game of the season.

One of the bright spots for the Bruins was the return of Baron. After redshirting the 2000 season with a knee injury and missing the first game against UC Riverside due to illness, he came back with a roar, going 4-4 with a run. Combined with his one hit at one at-bat in 2000, he is hitting 1.000 in 2000-2001.

The Bruins take on the Rainbows tomorrow at 6:35 local time. Senior Bobby Roe gets the start for the Bruins who are looking to take the final two games of the series.

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