Errors Plague Baseball in 11-8 Loss
May 13, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Errors cost the Bruins their chance at a sweep over Oregon State, as the Beavers scored five unearned runs in the game, including three unearned runs in the final two innings to take the lead and win the game, 11-8. The Bruins had a chance to win the game, as they had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth with one out, but couldn't capitalize on the opportunity. UCLA falls to 29-24 on the season, 8-13 in Pac-10 play. Oregon State improves to 30-22, 10-11 in Pac-10 play.
The Beavers jumped on the board in the first, scoring four runs on just two hits. The Bruins had two errors in the inning to allow the runs, two unearned. As quickly as they allowed the runs, they got four back in the bottom of the inning. Josh Canales walked and stole second. He advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Matt Pearl sacrifice fly. Brian Baron walked, and Josh Arhart was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with two outs. Brandon Averill hit his second home run of the season of the left field wall to tie the game at 4-4.
Oregon State added three runs in the second, but with only one hit in the inning. Two batters hit by pitches and a walk loaded the bases, and one run scored on a ground out. The other two runs scored on a two RBI single by Andy Jarvis.
UCLA tied the game again in the fourth. Randall Shelley walked and advanced to third on a Ben Francisco single. Shelley scored on a Canales RBI single, and Francisco and Canales scored on a two RBI double by Pearl.
Jon Brandt struggled with his control in his second start of the week, walking two batters and hitting two. He didn't help his cause on defense, committing two errors. He allowed just six hits in 5.0 innings, and got into a groove near the end of his day, striking out five batters. He allowed six earned runs.
The Beavers added a single run in the fifth, as Josh Carter singled, stole second and advanced to third on a fly ball. He scored on an RBI groundout by Bryan Ingram.
The Bruins tied the game for the third time in the seventh, as Averill walked to start the inning. A John Campanella walk advanced Averill to second, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. A Shelley single allowed Averill to score. With runners at first and second with one out, the Bruins had a chance to add more runs, but Francisco hit into a double play to end the inning.
With the game tied 8-8 after seven, errors allowed the Beavers to take the lead in the eighth. Jason McBride had a pinch hit single, and advanced to second when Averill mishandled Brian Barden's hit. The run scored on Chris Biles' RBI single through the right side, giving the Beavers the 9-8 advantage.
The Bruins were one strike away from ending the top of the ninth with a 9-8 score, but errors plagued the Bruins in the ninth. After Mike Castillo got Carter to strike out and Jarvis to pop up, he had a 2-2 count on Ingram before Ingram hit a single to right field. Eric Stark followed with another single, putting runners at first and second. Ingram ran to third on a wild pitch, and catcher Arhart's throw to third bounced in the dirt, allowing Ingram to score and Stark to advance to second. Stark stole third, and scored when Averill made another error in fielding Zach Gordon's hit to him.
Arhart started the bottom of the ninth by getting hit by a pitch, and advanced to second on a walk to Averill. After an Eric Reece fly ball, Casey Janssen pinch hit and drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Craig Hays entered the game for the Beavers, and proceeded to strike out Shelley and force Francisco to hit a fly ball to end the game.
Averill was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs, but he also struggled in the field, committing three errors. Canales continued to hit well in conference games, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. He extends his career-high hitting streak to 20 games, and has hit safely in 35 of his last 36 games. Baron finished the game 1-for-4 with a run, and his batting average dropped to .450. He has accumulated 99 hits so far this season, good for 7th all time in a single season, and he still has four more regular season games left to play.
Kevin Jerkens (3-2) suffered the loss after giving up the unearned run in the eighth. He struck out three batters in 2.2 innings, allowing just three hits.
The Bruins will travel to UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday for a 2:00 p.m. start before travelling to Tempe, Arizona, for the final series of the season with the Arizona State Sun Devils. Friday and Saturday's games both start at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday's game is at 1:00 p.m.