Baseball Falls To Arizona State, 7-3
May 19, 2001
Freshman left fielder Rod Allen was 2-for-4 with a big three-run home run to help lead the No. 18 Arizona State Sun Devils to their fifth consecutive Pac-10 victory in a 7-3 win over the UCLA Bruins Friday night in front of a crowd of 2,429 at Packard Stadium. UCLA falls to 29-26, 8-14 in Pac-10 play, whileArizona State improves to 35-17-1, 13-9.
UCLA starting pitcher Bobby Roe was saddled with the loss, falling to 4-2 on the year. The senior left-hander allowed eight hits and five runs in four and two-thirds innings before being ejected from the game in the bottom of the fifth.
The Bruins jumped out to the early lead by scoring a single tally in the opening frame and two more in the top of the fourth. UCLA's first run was scored when center fielder Matt Pearl singled up the middle with two outs to drive home second baseman Josh Canales. Back-to-back doubles from designated hitter Brian Baron and Pearl added to UCLA's lead and a single up the middle by left fielder John Campanella scored Pearl to stake the Bruins to the early 3-0 lead.
ASU battled back in the bottom of the fourth with a single run to cut UCLA's lead to 3-1. Junior second baseman Brooks Conrad led the inning off by reaching base on fielding error and eventually scored following singles by Phelps and Wyrick. Senior right fielder Jonah Martin tabbed a bunt single to load the bases and keep the rally going, but designated hitter Nick Walsh hit a hard line drive right at first baseman Eric Reece that resulted in an inning-ending double play.
Hanging touch with another solid outing from Esposito, the ASU bats came alive in the fifth to put away the Bruins. Duffy led the inning off with a single through the left side of the infield and walk to Casey Myers set the table for Allen's three-run blast over the left field wall. Conrad then followed with a single to right field and moved to third on a fielding error and a stolen base. With Phelps at-bat, Conrad was gunned down trying to score on a groundball to third base. The play at home plate instigated an argument with Roe, UCLA catcher Josh Arhart and Conrad, ultimately resulting in the ejection of Roe. UCLA head coach Gary Adams protested the game at that point.
Wyrick increased ASU's lead to 5-3 with a single up the middle to cap the four-run inning. The Devils added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and rode the hot relief pitching of Friedberg and Torres to seal the win.
Senior Josh Canales recorded a hit in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. Francisco recorded his 19th doubleof the season, tying him for 10th place in a single season, and Baron added a hit to give him 101 on the season, passing Eric Karros (100) to moveinto sixth place on the single season list.
The Devils and Bruins will square off in the second game of the three-game Pac-10 series tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Packard Stadium