UCLA Rallies For The Win

Feb. 20, 2001

Junior Adam Berry singled home the winning run in the ninth inning to cap atwo-run rally and help lift No. 24 UCLA to a 6-5 come-from-behind victoryover No. 10 Pepperdine in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D.Field Stadium.

Pepperdine loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth inningbut was unable to score as sophomore Doug Silva came on in relief andrecorded the final two outs to preserve the victory for UCLA.

The Bruins improved to 9-4 on the season while the Waves dropped to 8-2.Pepperdine led 5-4 heading into the ninth inning before UCLA staged atwo-run rally with one out against Pepperdine junior left-hander KevinBeavers (0-1). Sophomore Ben Francisco started the uprising with a single,advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored the tying run on a double toleft-center field by senior Brian Baron.

Freshman Jacob Barrack relieved Beavers and was greeted by Berry who singledto left field to drive home Baron with the winning run.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, junior Tony Garcia lined a singleto left and advanced to second when Bruins left fielder Berry bobbled theball. Senior Dane Ball followed and advanced Garcia to third with a base hitto right. Ball advanced to second on the throw through to the plate. JuniorWoody Cliffords was walked intentionally to load the bases.Silva came on in relief of sophomore Kevin Jerkens (2-1) and retired DannyGarcia on a hard line-out to shortstop and struck out Jared Pitney to endthe ballgame.

The strikeout of Pitney ended a frustrating afternoon for the Waves, wholeft 16 runners on base. Pepperdine twice ended innings with the basesloaded.

Jerkens pitched one inning, allowed two hits and walked one to record thevictory.

Pepperdine took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a bases loaded walk tosophomore Ed Montague and a two-run single by junior Rock Mills. Mills, atransfer from Alabama, tied his career-high with four hits and had threeRBI.

The Waves built a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning and held it until the Bruinsrallied to tie the score with three runs in the seventh. The big blow was atwo-run homer by Francisco off Pepperdine starter Eric Valenzuela.Pepperdine regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when Mills scoredthe go-ahead run on an infield ground out by Ball. Mills had reached thirdfollowing a single and a double by Tony Garcia.Valenzuela pitched 6.1 innings, allowed nine hits, four runs, walked fourand struck out seven.

Pepperdine will look to rebound on Wednesday when it hosts No. 2 UCLA atEddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.

UCLA 6, Pepperdine 5UCLA (9-4) 000 100 302 - 6 13 1Pepperdine (8-2) 300 010 100 - 5 12 0Clark, Cordeiro (3), Diaz (5), Janssen (7), Jerkens (8), Silva (9) andGrzecka, Valenzuela, Beavers (7), Barrack (9) and Mills. WP - Jerkens (2-1).LP - Beavers (0-1). SV - Silva (1). 2B - Baron (UCLA), Reece (UCLA),Cliffords (P), Mills (P), T. Garcia (P). HR - Francisco (UCLA).
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