Karp and Jerkens Combine to Strike Out 13 in 6-2 Win
Feb. 9, 2001
LOS ANGELES, CA - UCLA pitchers Josh Karp and Kevin Jerkens combined to strike out 13 UNLV batters and allow only two unearned runs in the 6-2 win on Friday night. With their fourth straight win, the Bruins improve to 4-2 on the season, while UNLV drops to 2-2.
The Bruins allowed unearned runs in the top of the first and second innings to fall behind 2-0. UCLA got one run back in the bottom of the fourth when Ben Francisco scored off of an error by UNLV shortstop Tony Schuler.
Karp started the game, and after allowing the two unearned runs in the first two innings, he shut down the Rebels, allowing one hit and striking out seven in the next four innings.
Jerkens came in to relieve Karp in the seventh, and was masterful, striking out five batters and only allowing two hits in the final three innings. With two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth, Jerkens struck out Ryan Ruiz to end the game and pick up his first save of the season.
The Bruins picked up two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. After Randall Shelley singled and Eric Reece walked, Adam Berry hit a single to right that drove in Shelley and sent Reece to third. A sacrifice fly by Casey Grzecka brought Reece home to give the Bruins a 6-2 lead.
The Bruins take on the Hustlin' Rebels in the second game of the series on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Starting pitchers are scheduled to be Jon Brandt for UCLA and Courtney Hall for UNLV.