Pearl Hits Game Winning RBI Single In 14th Inning
Feb. 14, 2001
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Center fielder Matt Pearl hit a line drive to right field that scored Josh Arhart from second base to give the UCLA Bruins a 6-5 win in a 14 inning battle with UC Santa Barbara this afternoon. The Bruins have now won their seventh straight game to improve to 7-2, while UC Santa Barbara drops to 1-3 on the season.
The Bruins fell behind 3-0 in the third inning, and 4-0 after the fifth inning. Pearl hit a solo home run to right center to cut the lead to 4-1. In the eighth inning, Josh Canales singled to center field. Pearl doubled, sending Canales home to make the score 4-2 going into the ninth inning.
Brian Baron singled to center field to start the inning. Eric Reece walked to put runners at first and second. Baron's pinch runner, Christian Lewis, advanced to third on an Adam Berry fielder's choice, and was sent home with a Casey Grzecka RBI single to right field. With Berry at third and Grzecka at second, UC Santa Barbara pitcher Jared Schumaker tripped as he was throwing a pitch to John Campanella. He fell forward, still holding the ball, and the umpires ruled that he balked. The balk sent Berry home, tying the game at 4-4.
The game remained scoreless in the 10th inning, but Schumaker attempted to make up for the balk by hitting an RBI single that scored Ryan Spilborghs to give the Gauchos a 5-4 lead.
But the Bruins answered again. Rashad Parker tripled to center field, and Adam Berry hit a dribbler right in front of pitcher Jamie Gonzales. Gonzales was able to throw Berry out at first, but Parker scooted in behind him to tie the game again.
Doug Silva entered the game for the Bruins the 13th inning with a runner on base. He was able to strike out all five batters he faced to keep the game tied at five each.
Arhart started the 14th inning with a single through the left side. After a Canales strike out, Pearl came up to bat. Arhart stole second during Pearl's at bat. Pearl hit a line drive into right field and Spilborghs throw to the plate was not in time to get Arhart coming home with the game winning run.
The Bruins used eight different pitchers during the game that lasted four hours and 26 minutes. Wade Clark went the longest for UCLA, pitching for four innings and allowing only one earned run. The Gauchos only used six pitchers, with starter James Garcia going six innings, allowing one earned run and striking out seven.
The Bruins will face cross town rival USC on a seven game win streak. Friday night's game starts at 5:00 p.m, while the weekend games start at 1:00 p.m. Friday's game features the top two collegiate pitchers in UCLA's Josh Karp and USC's Mark Prior.