UCLA Sinks Baseball With Game-Winning Home Run
Feb. 16, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Adam Berry hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth Friday and the UCLA Bruins upset the No. 2 USC Trojans, 4-3, in non-conference action at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Berry hit the 2-2 pitch off sophomore Brian Bannister over the fence in left for the game-winner.
The Bruins (8-2) started the rally with one out on a single to left by Brian Baron. Randall Shelley walked to put runners at first and second. Eric Reece advanced both runners on a ground ball to USC first baseman Jon Brewster before Berry's at-bat.
UCLA has won eight straight since losing its first two games of the season while USC (6-2) has lost two straight after a six-game winning streak.
Kevin Jerkens (1-0) picked up the win while Bannister (1-2) suffered his second loss in as many games.
The home run nullified an outstanding performance by the Trojans' starting pitcher Mark Prior. Prior went seven innings, striking out 12 batters and allowing only one walk while giving up two hits. For the season, Prior has allowed only two earned runs in 20 1/3 innings (0.89 ERA) and has struck out 34 batters with only three walks. Opponents are hitting .143 against Prior.
Prior had the slight edge in the pitcher's duel against UCLA's Josh Karp, who struck out nine batters and allowed three runs on four hits in six innings of work.
The Trojans (6-2) opened the scoring with two runs in the third. Freshman Michael Moon singled to right and stole second base. Junior Rob Garibaldi singled to center, scoring Moon. Sophomore Anthony Lunetta singled to left, advancing Garibaldi to third. Garibaldi would score on a safety squeeze, sacrifice bunt by senior Josh Persell for the second run.
Sophomore Alberto Concepcion led off the Trojans' fourth by being hit by a Karp pitch. He moved to third on a single to right by junior Brian Barre and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by senior Josh Self.
The series will continue tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the series finale on Sunday (Feb. 18) also at 1 p.m., weather permitting.
USC 002-100-000 --- 3-5-2UCLA 001-000-003 --- 4-4-1
WP - Jerkens (1-1) LP - Bannister (1-2)Prior, Clark, Olson (9), Bannister (9) and Concepcion.Karp, Kunes (7), Jerkens (9) and Grzecka.T - 2:53 ATT - 850