Baseball Drops Heartbreaker To Cougars

March 30, 2001

PULLMAN, WA - The Bruins scored ten runs in the first three innings, but allowed the Cougars to make their way back into the game and drive in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth, falling to Washington State, 12-11, this afternoon in Pullman. UCLA drops to 17-9 overall, 1-3 in Pac-10 play, while WSU improves to 11-17, 3-1 in conference play.

The Bruins opened the game with four runs in the top of the first. Ben Francisco doubled and scored on a single by Brian Baron. Adam Berry singled, but was out on Eric Reece's fielder's choice. Reece advanced to second on Randall Shelley's single, and they both scored on Casey Grzecka's double for a 4-0 advantage after one.

They tacked onto their lead in the second with a three-run home run by Francisco and a two-run dinger by Berry. Cougar starter Tony Banaszak was then replaced by reliever Jamin Svendsen, and he stopped the Bruin offense.

The Bruins extended the lead to 10-0 in the third with Josh Canales being driven home on an RBI single by Francisco. However, those are all the runs that the Bruins would be able to score until the eighth inning when they added a single run.

The Cougars started their comeback in the fifth, when they scored a single run, but really gained momentum in the sixth. They scored five runs off five hits in the inning to close the gap to 10-6. They added a pair of runs in the seventh, and tied the game at 11-11 in the eighth.

Washington State started the ninth with a single by Evan Hecker, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Van Delos Santos. Pitcher Casey Janssen intentionally walked top Cougar hitter Stefan Bailie, but Bookie Gates hit a ball into left center for the game winning RBI.

Janssen suffered the loss for the Bruins, while Svendsen picked up the win for WSU. The Bruins put up some good numbers, with six hitters picking up multiple hits. Baron and Grzecka led the way with four hits each, while Francisco finished 3-for-5 with four RBI. Berry had two hits, including a home run, and Canales was 2-for-4 with two runs.

Josh Karp started for the Bruins and went 5.2 innings, allowing six earned runs off nine hits and had five strikeouts.

The Bruins will attempt to even the series on Saturday. They will start Jon Brandt who will face Justin Cayetano. Game time is 1:00 p.m.

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