Strong Team Play Leads Bruins Past No. 19 Pepperdine, 11-3
April 3, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Strong pitching by Bruin starter Paul Diaz and impressive hitting led UCLA past Pepperdine, 11-3, in baseball action this evening. Brian Baron finished the day 4-for-5 with four RBI, while Preston Griffin was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3. The Bruins improve to 20-9 on the season, while the No. 19 Waves drop to 20-12.
The Waves put a run on the board in the first, as Jared Pitney drove home Tony Garcia with a double. UCLA stopped a second run from scoring, as Danny Garcia was thrown out at the plate with a throw from Ben Francisco, relayed through Josh Canales.
The Bruins couldn't get on the board until the third, when the Bruins picked up their first hit of the game. Griffin singled, and a perfect Canales bunt down the third base line put runners at first and second. Matt Pearl sent Griffin home with a single, and Canales and Pearl both scored on a two RBI double by Baron.
The Waves tacked on a run in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2, but the Bruins responded by extending the lead to 5-3 in the fifth, as Francisco scored on another Baron double.
Diaz pitched well for UCLA in his first start of the season. Over 5.0 innings, he allowed only six hits and two runs to pick up his first win of the year. Mike Kunes relieved Diaz in the sixth, allowing one run on two hits. He left the game with runners at first and third and two outs in the seventh, but Kevin Jerkens came in to strike out Danny Garcia to end the threat.
The Bruins put the game out of reach in the seventh, scoring three runs. Francisco walked, and scored on a Baron single. Adam Berry hit an RBI double to left center, and scored on a wild pitch.
Francisco helped put the final three runs on the board, hitting a three run bomb over the left field wall, scoring Griffin and Pearl.
The Bruins will travel up to the Bay Area this weekend for a three game series with No. 1 Stanford. Friday's game starts at 6:00 p.m. and the two weekend games start at 1:00 p.m. All three games can be heard live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.