Adam Berry Lifts Bruins Over Trojans With Three Run Home Run
Feb. 16, 2001
LOS ANGELES, CA - In what was billed as the showcase of the top two collegiate pitchers, UCLA left fielder Adam Berry showed the 850 on hand at Jackie Robinson that the UCLA bats could do some damage as well. With two outs and two runners on base and the Bruins down 3-1, Berry hit a bomb over the left field wall to give the Bruins the 4-3 victory over USC in the first game of the three game non conference series.
There were over 100 scouts on hand to see starting pitchers Josh Karp and Mark Prior and neither disappointed. Through six innings, Karp struck out nine batters and allowed just three runs. Prior did him a few better, striking out 12 batters and only allowing one unearned run through seven innings.
UCLA scored its one run in the bottom of the third. Second baseman Rashad Parker laid down a perfect bunt and made it to first safely. Shortstop Josh Canales sent a line drive double into right field and Trojan right fielder Garibaldi bobbled it, allowing Parker to score from third for UCLA's first run.
The Bruins were held scoreless until the ninth. After pinch hitter John Campanella struck out, Brian Baron hit a single to left field. He was replaced on the bases by pinch runner Christian Lewis who advanced to second when Randall Shelley drew a walk off of USC pitcher Chad Clark. Shelley's pinch runner, Ryan Rasmussen, and Lewis advanced to second and third, respectively, when Eric Reece grounded out to first base for the second out of the inning.
With two outs and runners at second and third, Berry came up to bat. With a 2-2 count, Berry blasted a shot over the left field wall to give the Bruins their second come from behind win in three days.
The Bruins look to win their ninth straight game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. UCLA's Jon Brandt will take on USC's Rik Currier in another matchup between top college pitchers.
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