Baseball Picks Up First Win of the Season

Feb. 2, 2001

Honolulu, HI - The UCLA baseball team picked up its first win of the season this evening, cruising past Hawaii, 16-3. Senior Bobby Roe picked up his first win of the season, but the story was the Bruin offense. Eight of the nine starters had hits, and six players had multi-hit games.

UCLA jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead in the top of the first inning, sending Rainbow starter Sean Yamashita to the showers after allowing seven earned runs to the first eight Bruin batters. Ben Francisco picked up a single and a double in two at-bats in the inning and Eric Reece hit a three-run home run off Yamashita. Down 7-0, Rainbow reliever Ryan Yamamoto entered the game, but gave up a walk, a single and a double before getting the third out.

Roe was solid on the mound, facing only ten batters in the first three innings. He faced some trouble in the fourth inning, allowing two hits and a three-run home run before he settled down and struck out two of the last three batters of the inning. He continued to pitch well, giving up only one hit in the fifth and sixth innings before leaving the game with a comfortable 14-3 lead.

Wade Clark relieved Roe in the seventh and sat the batters down in order. One night after a pinch hit walk, freshman utility Brandon Averill took the mound in the eighth and did not allow a run in the final two frames, striking out three in his collegiate pitching debut.

Right fielder Francisco was a home run away from hitting for the cycle, as he finished the day with a single, two doubles and a triple. Matt Pearl was a model of consistency at the plate, hitting four singles, a sacrifice fly and a walk to finish the game 4-4 with three RBI.

Hot hitting Brian Baron continued his perfect batting average through three innings, picking up a walk, an RBI single and an RBI sacrifice hit. Only a strikeout in the fourth kept Baron from keeping his batting average at 1.000. After two games this season, he is hitting .857 (6-7. 2 RBI, 3 runs).

Several players picked up their first hits in UCLA uniforms this evening. Francisco's first inning single was the first hit of his UCLA career, while John Campanella, and Casey Grzecka also successfully pinch hit in the first at-bats of their Bruin careers.

The rubber match of the three-game series will take place tomorrow at noon, local time. The game can be heard on the internet at uhathletics.Hawaii.edu. Jon Brandt gets the start for the Bruins and will face senior right hander Gavin Garrick.

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