Bruins Defeat Gonzaga For First Win Of The Season

Feb. 1, 2002

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA Bruins picked up their first win of the season this evening, defeating Gonzaga, 5-2 at Jackie Robinson Stadium this evening. Mike Kunes allowed just one earned run in his first start of the year, and Kyle Wilson pitched four strong innings to pick up his first career save. The Bruins improve to 1-1 on the season, while Gonzaga falls to 0-1.

The Bruins took an early lead in the first inning as Adam Berry drove home Josh Arhart for the game's first run. Gonzaga answered in the second by tying the game, but the Bruins responded in the bottom of the second with three runs. Ryan Rasmussen doubled down the left field line and advanced to third on Preston Griffin's single. Rasmussen scored on Ben Francisco's RBI single, and Griffin came around to score when Bulldog third baseman John Gebbers made a throwing error on an Arhart ground ball. Casey Janssen legged out a bunt that allowed Francisco to score to make the game 4-1.

Kunes was strong in his first start of the season. The lefthander from Chatsworth, CA, allowed seven hits, but struck out four and only allowed one run. Wilson was impressive in his first collegiate appearance, picking up the save and allowing just one run on four hits in 4.0 innings. He struck out three batters.

The Zags scored their second run in the top of the eighth to make it a two run game, but the Bruins extended the lead back to three when they added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, Brandon Averill hit a single, and his pinch runner, Christian Lewis, scored on Janssen's RBI double down the left field line.

The Bruins will take on Gonzaga tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium in game two of a three game series.

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