Arizona Downs Baseball, 9-6

March 11, 2001

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team dropped its game against Arizona, 9-6, this afternoon. The Bruins scored three runs in the final two innings, but could not get any more across the plate as the Bruins dropped their Pac-10 record to 1-2, 13-7 overall. Arizona improves to 16-11, 2-1.

The Wildcats opened up the game with two runs in the first, but UCLA answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. Matt Pearl singled and scored on a Brian Baron sacrifice fly. The Bruins tied the score in the third. Eric Reece singled and stole second. Preston Griffin's RBI single tied the score a 2-2.

However, the tie would not last, as the Wildcats scored two more runs in the fourth. The Bruins added a run in the bottom of the fourth, but Arizona would tack on runs in the sixth and eighth to take a 6-3 lead. Griffin hit his second home run of the season in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-4 heading into the final frame. But two Arizona home runs in the ninth gave the Cats a 9-4 lead.

The Bruins made another comeback attempt in the ninth, as Adam Berry walked, and Randall Shelley hit his first home run of the season to cut the lead to 9-6. But those would be all the runs the Bruins could muster as they fell for the second straight day.

Josh Canales was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, while Griffin was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Matt Pearl, Ben Francisco and Eric Reece had two hits each.

Bobby Roe (3-1) suffered the loss for UCLA. He allowed four earned runs in 5.1 innings, striking out three. Mike Castillo pitched well in relief, allowing only one hit in 2.2 innings.

UCLA will attempt to rebound as it faces Cal State Northridge on Tuesday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is 3:00 p.m.

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