Chris Cordeiro Dominates Florida Atlantic In 4-1 Win
Feb. 9, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Chris Cordeiro shut out Florida Atlantic in 7.2 innings to lead UCLA to a 4-1 victory this afternoon. The sophomore from Thousand Oaks, CA, allowed just four hits overall and only one through the first six innings. The Bruins improve to 3-3 on the year, while Florida Atlantic drops to 2-3.
UCLA opened the game with a double by Ben Francisco. After he stole third, he was driven home with a sacrifice fly by Josh Arhart. UCLA's second run of the day was scored similarly in the second inning. Adam Berry started the inning with a double, and eventually scored on a Preston Griffin sacrifice fly.
The Bruins added two more runs in the fifth to make the score 4-0. A throwing error by Blue Wave left fielder Jeff Fiorentino allowed Francisco to score, and Casey Janssen's sacrifice fly drove Brandon Averill home.
But the story of the day was Cordeiro (1-0). In just his second start of the year, he was perfect in the first four innings. He allowed one hit in the fifth, and then retired the side in the sixth. In the seventh, he allowed a hit and walked a batter, but strike out Rusty Brown to keep the Blue Wave without a run.
He had some help from the defense in the eighth. After Shaen O'Connor's single, Bobby Spano hit a double to left field. Averill's throw to shortstop Griffin was right on, and Griffin threw a bullet to catcher Arhart to tag out O'Connor.
Kyle Wilson relieved Cordeiro with two outs in the eighth and did not allow the two runners on base to score. He gave up the only FAU run of the game when Mike Cox hit a solo home run to left center, but struck out Brown to end the game.
UCLA looks to win the series tomorrow afternoon when it plays game three at 1:00 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Head Coach Gary Adams looks to reach a milestone with a victory on Sunday. In 27 plus seasons at UCLA, Adams has compiled an 899-730-7 record. With one more win, he will reach 900.