Pitching and Defense Leads Bruins To Victory Over Long Beach State

April 17, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Freshman Casey Janssen and senior Bobby Roe combined to allow just one run on five hits, as UCLA defeated Long Beach State, 5-1 at Jackie Robinson Stadium this evening. Janssen held the 49ers scoreless in 4.0 innings to pick up the win, while Roe allowed just one run in 5.0 innings to pick up the save, his first of the season. The Bruins improve to 25-12 on the season, while the Beach drops to 25-12. It is only Long Beach State's second loss in 13 games.

Janssen appeared to be nervous in the first start of his UCLA career, allowing the 49ers to load the bases in the top of the first with one out. However, Eric Reece threw out Jeremy Reed at home plate to prevent a run, and Janssen got Chris Wright to ground out to end the threat.

The Bruins jumped on the board in a hurry, as Josh Canales singled to start the game. Matt Pearl hit a double down the right field line to send Canales home. Pearl advanced to third on a Brian Baron ground out, and scored on a Ben Francisco sacrifice hit to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

The 49ers threatened to score again in the second as back to back singles had two runners on base. But again Janssen forced a pop foul ball and a ground out to end the inning.

Pearl started the third inning with another single and advanced to second on a Baron single. A Francisco sacrifice bunt moved the runners over, and Pearl scored on a John Campanella single to right field.

Janssen held the Beach scoreless in his 4.0 innings, allowing just three hits and striking out one. Roe entered the game in the fifth, and retired the side on six pitches. In the sixth, the 49ers put their only run on the board. Bobby Crosby walked to start the inning and advanced to second on a Jeff Jones double. Crosby scored on a Bryan Kennedy sacrifice fly, but the 49ers could not advance Jones past third, as they closed the gap to 3-1.

UCLA answered in the bottom of the inning with a home run by Campanella, his first as a Bruin. That run gave the Bruins a 4-1 lead.

The Bruins scored their fifth run of the game on the seventh. Preston Griffin started the inning by getting hit by a pitch from 49er pitcher Chris Demaria. He advanced to second on a Randall Shelley sacrifice bunt, and made it to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a Josh Canales single to the gap in right center that gave the Bruins the final 5-1 margin of victory.

Campanella had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and a home run. Pearl added three hits as well, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and made some spectacular plays in center field. Canales was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Baron finished the day 1-for-4, dropping his average to .493 on the season.

No 49er had more than one hit. Joey Pace suffered the loss, going 2.1 innings and allowing three runs in six hits. Bo Ashbraner went 3.2 innings, striking out three and allowing just one run, while Demaria and Rohlicek finished the game for the Beach, allowing the final run.

UCLA will travel to Orange County tomorrow to take on the hot Cal State Fullerton Titans. This game is a makeup game for the one that was rained out in February. Jon Brandt will be on the mound for the Bruins, and Wes Littleton will start for the Titans.

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