Baseball Holds On For 5-4 Win Over Cal State Northridge

March 26, 2001

NORTHRIDGE, CA - UCLA baseball pulled out a 5-4 victory over Cal State Northridge this afternoon at Matador Field. The Bruins scored two unearned runs in the eighth, and another unearned run in the ninth, and held on for the one run win. UCLA improves to 17-7 overall this season, while the Matadors fall to 18-10.

Cal State Northridge took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first off of UCLA starter Jon Brandt. The Bruins scored two runs in the third to close to gap to 3-2. Josh Canales hit a single, followed by a single by Matt Pearl that allowed Canales to go to third. The second baseman would score on a wild pitch by Matador starter Kameron Loe. Pearl scored on an RBI single by Brian Baron.

Neither team scored until the eighth when the Bruins managed to score two runs without getting a hit. Baron and Eric Reece each got on base and scored on three Matador errors to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead.

UCLA would increase that lead to 5-3 in the ninth. Ben Francisco singled through the left side and stole second. He advanced to third on a throwing error by the Matador catcher Jason Allec on the stolen base attempt. He made it home on a passed ball to give the Bruins the two-run advantage.

Allec made up for his poor defensive inning by singling and scoring on a single by J.T. Stotts. With Stotts at first, Adam Nikolic hit a ball to left field that bounced over UCLA left fielder Adam Berry and was ruled a ground rule double, allowing Stotts to only advance to third base. With runners at second and third, UCLA reliever Kevin Jerkens struck out centerfielder Eric Verbryke to pick up his second save in two days, his third of the season.

Mike Kunes (2-0) picked up the win after going 3.1 innings and allowing only one hit and one run. Wade Clark pitched well for the Bruins, going 3.1. innings and striking out four batters and keeping the Matadors scoreless.

Francisco and Baron had two hits each. Pearl, Canales and Randall Shelley had the other hits for UCLA.

UCLA will take on the University of San Diego tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in San Diego before its three game conference series at Washington State starting on Friday.

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