Gary Adams Picks Up 900th UCLA Victory
Feb. 10, 2002
LOS ANGELES - UCLA Head Baseball Coach Gary Adams led the Bruins to his 900th victory at UCLA, as the Bruins defeated Florida Atlantic 11-5 this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Mike Kunes pitched 7.0 innings, and allowed just two earned runs to pick up his second win of the season. The Bruins improve to 4-2 overall, while FAU drops to 2-4 on the season.
In his 28th year at UCLA, Adams is already the winningest coach in UCLA Baseball history and improves his Bruin record to 900-730-7. He has compiled a 1088-799-12 record in 32-plus years of coaching.
Florida Atlantic scored a run in the second, but the Bruins answered in the bottom of the inning. UCLA would add a single run in the third and fourth innings to take a 3-1 lead after four innings. The Bruins added three more in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to extend the lead to 9-1.
The Blue Wave was able to score four runs over the final three frames, but the Bruins added two runs in the bottom of the eighth to insure the win.
Kunes had his second straight strong outing, scattering eight hits and allowing just a pair of runs. He only walked to batters and struck out four. Kevin Jerkens finished the game for the Bruins, allowing three runs on five hits.
Florida Atlantic used six pitchers on the day, and starter Nelson Lopez suffered the loss after allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits in 4.0 IP. The Blue Wave defense had three errors.
Casey Grzecka was 2-for-4 with a career-high 4 RBI. Josh Arhart hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left field. He finished the day 2-for-5. Ben Francisco was 2-for-5 and Adam Berry was 2-for-3 with two runs. Casey Janssen was 1-for-2, but scored four runs.
Derek Hutton had three hits for Florida Atlantic, while Gabe Somarriba and LJ Biernbaum each had two hits.
The Bruins will play six games in the next seven days. They will travel to Loyola Marymount for a 2:00 p.m. game on Monday, before getting on a plane for Hawaii. The Bruins will play Hawaii-Hilo on Wednesday and Thursday, before playing University of Hawaii for a three game series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.