Baseball's Offense Struggles vs. California
May 4, 2001
LOS ANGELES - The Bruin offense could not get going, as UCLA fell to California 6-2 in Pac-10 action this evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Casey Janssen had a great outing on the mound, only allowing one run in the final 6.0 innings, but the Bruins stranded 11 runners and could not put more than two runs on the board. UCLA drops to 26-21, 6-10 in conference play, while California improves to 28-22, 12-10.
Paul Diaz got the start for the Bruins, but allowed two runs in the first, and another three in the third. Cal's John Baker had a two-run home run in the third off of Diaz.
Janssen entered the game in the fourth, and allowed Clint Hoover to double and score to give the Bears a 6-2 lead. However, after that initial run, Janssen was solid on the mound. He held the Bears scoreless in the fifth and sixth, but put himself in a tough situation in the seventh. He allowed a single, then walked consecutive batters to load the bases with two outs. He then got Carson White to strike out to end the threat. He struck out three in the eighth, and added another two strikeouts in the ninth.
However, the Bruin offense could not match Janssen's performance. UCLA put its first run on the board in the first. With two outs, Brian Baron and Ben Francisco had back to back singles, and Baron scored on a fielding error by Cal shortstop Jeff Dragicevich.
Those would be all the runs the offense could muster, as Cal starter Trevor Hutchinson kept the Bruins scoreless in the fourth through eighth innings, and Matt Brown pitched a perfect ninth. No Bruin even got to third base in the final six innings.
Josh Canales extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the fourth. With an 0-for-4 game, White's hitting streak ended at 18 games.
The Bruins must win on Saturday to keep their hopes of postseason play alive. Bobby Roe will be on the mound for UCLA, and will face Jason Dennis.