Adam Berry Drives In Game-Winning Run In Pac-10 Opener Victory.
March 9, 2001
LOS ANGELES, CA - Adam Berry's single through the left side drove home Ben Francisco to give the Bruins (13-5) a 3-2 win over Arizona (14-11) in their first Pac-10 game of the season. UCLA starting pitcher Josh Karp was excellent, striking out six and allowing only five hits. The two runs that Arizona scored were both unearned. Doug Silva (2-2) got the final two Wildcat batters out to pick up the win. Anthony Sulser (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season.
The Wildcats got on the board first when Erik Torres scored an unearned run on a passed ball. Karp kept the Cats on their toes, allowing only two hits through the next six innings. The Bruins put their first run in the board in the fifth inning. Matt Pearl got a two-out single up the middle and stole second base. Francisco drove Pearl home with a single to left field to tie the game at 1-1.
Arizona took the lead again in the top of the seventh. Kenny Huff walked to start the inning and advanced to second on Ken Riley's ground out. With two outs, Justyn St. Clair hit a ball to shortstop Preston Griffin, and Griffin's throw to first pulled Eric Reece off the bag. Huff slide under the tag at home to give the Wildcats the 2-1 lead.
The Bruins responded in the bottom of the inning. Pearl started the inning with a single, and Francisco reached on a fielder's choice. Brian Baron extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a single that advanced Francisco to second. Reece hit a dribbler to second baseman Matt Abram, but the ball went though Abram's legs and Francisco scored to tie the game.
Arizona made it interesting in the eighth when Ernie Durazo and Shelley Duncan got back to back singles. But Abram hit into a double play to end the threat.
After relievers Kevin Jerkens and Silva sat the Wildcat batters down in order, UCLA readied itself for another ninth inning victory. Francisco doubled into the left field corner, and Baron was intentionally walked to set the stage for Berry's heroics. He blasted the ball through the left side of the infield and Francisco made it home before the ball could to give the Bruins the 3-2 win.
Game two of the series is Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Jon Brandt is on the mound for UCLA and will face Sean Rierson.