Baseball Tops Cal State LA

March 25, 2001

LOS ANGELES, CA - The UCLA baseball team defeated Cal State LA, 9-6, this afternoon. Every Bruin in the lineup recorded a hit, highlighted by Brian Baron's 3-for-5 performance. UCLA improves to 16-7, while Cal State LA drops to 9-18.

The Golden Eagles took a 3-0 lead after the top of the third, but the Bruins scored a run in the bottom of the third, and four runs in the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. Randall Shelley started the fourth with a single, and later scored. Preston Griffin reached on an error and scored when Matt Pearl hit a triple to the gap in right center. Pearl would score when Ben Francisco hit his second home run of the season, a bomb way past the left field wall.

Cal State LA scored an unearned run in the fifth, but the Bruins widened their lead to 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth. The Golden Eagles tied the score a 6-6 in the eighth on a two run home run by Jason Martini, but the Bruins responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Francisco walked, and Baron hit a single to put two runners on. Adam Berry had an RBI single, and Eric Reece's two RBI double gave the Bruins a 9-6 advantage.

The Golden Eagles loaded the bases with one out on three walks in the top of the ninth. But Kevin Jerkens came in and forced a foul ball pop up and struck out Steve Isbell to end the game and earn the save.

Josh Karp started on the mound for the Bruins and gave up three runs on four hits in three innings. He struck out three batters. Freshman Casey Janssen was impressive in 4.2 innings, allowing only one earned run and two hits while striking out four. Chris Cordeiro (1-1) picked up the win after getting the final out of the eighth inning.

Four Bruins had multiple hits, including Baron (3-for-5), Pearl (2-for-4), Berry (2-for-4) and Shelley (2-for-4). Francisco had three RBI and two runs, while Griffin scored twice and had a double.

The Bruins will take on Cal State Northridge on Monday afternoon at 2:30 in Northridge. Jon Brandt will start the game for UCLA.

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