Baseball Falls To Arizona

March 10, 2001

LOS ANGELES, CA - The UCLA baseball team fell to Arizona, 6-4 in Pac-10 action this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Wildcats took a 6-0 lead with five unearned runs in the top of the sixth and the Bruins' four-run rally in the eighth was not enough. Arizona improves to 15-11, 1-1 in conference play, while UCLA drops to 13-6, 1-1.

Arizona's Brad Hassey started the game with a hit, and was sent home by a Shelley Duncan RBI single to left. The Wildcats struck again in the sixth, scoring five unearned runs to take a 6-0 lead.

UCLA scattered five hits through the first seven innings, but never got more than four Bruins up to bat in an inning. Finally in the eighth, UCLA was able to string some hits together. Ben Francisco, Brian Baron and Adam Berry started the inning with consecutive singles and an Eric Reece sacrifice fly scored the Bruins' first run of the game. Randall Shelley walked to load the bases, and Josh Arhart's fielder's choice scored the second run. John Campanella's hit to second baseman Matt Abram was bobbled, allowing Baron to score to make the score 6-3. Josh Canales hit a drive up the middle to score Arhart to make the score 6-4. But that would be all the offense the Bruins could muster.

Sean Rierson (2-2) pitched well for Arizona, allowing two runs and seven hits through seven innings. Jon Brandt (3-2) suffered the loss for UCLA, giving up seven hits and only one earned run in 5.2 innings.

Brian Baron extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a 1-for-4 performance, but Arizona's Ernie Durazo's 28-game hitting streak was snapped in the win.

Game three of the series will take place on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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