Francisco's Two Home Runs Lead Bruins Past Gonzaga
Feb. 3, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA Bruins won game three of a three game series with Gonzaga, defeating the Bulldogs, 12-6 this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Ben Francisco hit two home runs, and finished the day 4-for-4 with six RBI and four runs in the win. The Bruins improve to 2-2 while Gonzaga falls to 1-2.
Gonzaga jumped on the board first, going ahead 2-0 in the second inning, but the Bruins tied it in bottom of the third when Francisco hit his first home run, a 2-run blast.
The Bruins held the Bulldogs scoreless while they took the lead. Casey Janssen looked strong on the mound in his first start of the season, allowing two earned runs in 5.0 innings, striking out four.
UCLA took the lead for good in the fifth inning. The Bruins scored five runs on only three hits, but had patience at the plate, getting three walks in the inning. Billy Susdorf picked up his first hit of his UCLA career with a two RBI double to right field. Francisco and Brandon Averill had the other two UCLA hits in the inning.
Francisco provided the scoring in the sixth inning, hitting a grand slam to extend the lead to 11-2. After Kevin Conlin and Ryan Rasmussen singled and Preston Griffin walked to load the bases, Francisco hit his second home run of the day, a bomb to center field.
The Zags scored three runs in the seventh, on a two run home run by Kent Quackenbush, and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Gebbers. Nate Gold hit a solo home run in the eight inning, but Wade Clark was able to shut down the Bulldog offense after that, striking out three in the final two innings.
Francisco's bat was still hot in the bottom of the eighth inning, leading off with a double, and scoring on Josh Arhart's double to right field to give the Bruins a 12-6 advantage.
Ed Clelland suffered the loss for the Zags, allowing four earned runs in 4.2 innings of work. The Bulldogs used six pitchers in the game.
Francisco finished the day 4-for-4 with six RBI, two home runs (one grand slam) and four runs. Rasmussen was 2-for-4 with three runs, and Averill and Arhart had two hits each.
Jeff Culpepper was 3-for-4 for Gonzaga, the only Bulldog with multiple hits.
The Bruins will return to action next weekend when they host Florida Atlantic for a three game series at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Friday's game starts at 5:00 p.m.