Baseball Defeats Loyola Marymount 10-6 For Third Straight Win
Feb. 6, 2001
LOS ANGELES, CA - Brian Baron went 4-4 with three RBI and three runs scored to lead the UCLA Bruins to a 10-6 win in their home opener over cross town opponent Loyola Marymount. The Bruins improved to 3-2 on the season, winning their third straight game, while the Lions drop their first game of the season to fall to 5-1.
The Lions opened the game with a 2-0 lead in the first inning off of UCLA starter Mike Davern. In the top of the third, LMU would extend the lead to 3-0, but the Bruins roared back in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 3-3. Senior Matt Pearl started the inning with a double, and a Ben Francisco walk put runners at first and second. Baron singled to center field, sending Pearl home. An RBI ground out by Randall Shelly scored Francisco, and an Eric Reece double brought Baron home to tie the game.
Wade Clark entered the game for UCLA, replacing Davern in the fourth inning. In the longest appearance of his career, the sophomore right hander went five innings, allowing three runs, five hits and striking out four. He allowed the three runs in the top of the fifth inning, but the Bruins responded again by scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Francisco reached first on an error by LMU shortstop Mario Cordero. Baron doubled to center field and sent Francisco home. After a wild pitch that sent Baron to third and a walk to Shelley, Reece had his second double of the game that scored the two runners. Reece scored the fourth run of the inning on a throwing error by pitcher Brian Felton.
Freshman Chris Cordeiro picked up the first save of his career when he forced Kris Zacuto to ground into a double play to end the game.
It was another team effort for the Bruins as six players picked up hits and four players had multi-hit games. Pearl was 2-4 with two runs scored and Josh Canales was 2-4. Reece finished the game 2-4 with two doubles and four RBI.
The Bruins host UNLV this weekend in their first home series. Friday's game is at 5:00 p.m., while the two weekend games start at 1:00 p.m.