Baseball Win Two At Washington State

April 1, 2001

PULLMAN, WA - The UCLA baseball team pulled out two late inning victories in the last two games of the series with Washington State, defeating the Cougars 13-10 in game one, and 10-9 in game two. With the wins, UCLA improves to 19-9, 3-3 in Pac-10 play, while the Cougars drop to 11-19, 3-3.

The Bruins jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the top of the first, but the Cougars answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Each team scored a run in the second, and the Bruins extended their lead to 7-5 in the third. But the Cougars scored four runs in the sixth to take a 9-7 lead. The Bruins tied it up in the seventh on a two RBI double by Josh Arhart.

The charge continued in the ninth, as the Bruins scored four runs on four hits to take a 13-9 lead. Highlights include an RBI single by Preston Griffin, and a two RBI double by Josh Canales.

The Cougars scored a run in the bottom of the inning, but winning pitcher Mike Kunes (3-0) forced Evan Hecker to hit the ball to left field for the final out of the game.

Griffin had a great game at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three RBI. Arhart finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Adam Berry went 3-for-6 with three runs scored.

Game two started differently than the first two for the Bruins. Cougar starter Zach Fisher was able to quiet the Bruin bats, allowing only two hits through the first six innings. The Cougars jumped out to a 9-0 lead after six innings.

The Bruins started their comeback in the eighth. UCLA scored seven runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batter, to cut the Cougar lead to 9-7. The Bruins tacked on three more runs in the eighth. Freshman Casey Janssen had a double, while Josh Canales and Matt Pearl had RBI singles to give the Bruins their first lead of the day at 10-9.

Wade Clark (2-0) picked up his second win of the season by shutting the Cougar offense down. He went 5.0 innings, allowed just one unearned run and struck out three.

Pearl, Canales and Brian Baron each had two hits for UCLA, while Shane Miranda had a two RBI double and scored in his first at-bat of the series.

The Bruins will host Pepperdine on Tuesday night. Game time is at 6:00 p.m.

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