Bruins Fall to USC, 26-4

Feb. 23, 2002

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team fell to USC, 26-4, this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins used eight pitchers and allowed 26 hits in the loss. USC improves to 4-5 on the season, while UCLA drops to 7-8.

It got ugly quickly. After scoring two runs in the first, the Trojans erupted for 10 runs in the second inning. Starter Mike Kunes (2-1) couldn't get out of the second inning, and left after allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 1.2 innings.

After Nick Lyon held the Trojans scoreless in the third, USC was able to score four runs in the next two innings, and kept adding runs until the ninth inning. In his first pitching appearance of the year, Billy Susdorf was able to hold the Trojans without a hit or a run in the ninth.

The Bruins were held scoreless by starter J.P. Howell who picked up his second win of the year. UCLA broke its 15-inning scoring drought finally end in the seventh inning, when Matt Thayer's RBI single scored Ryan McCarthy.

UCLA added its final three runs in the bottom of the ninth. After Matt Sharp reached base on an error by Rafael Torres, he advanced to third on McCarthy's double to left field. Sharp scored on Chris Jensen's ground out, and McCarthy scored on Preston Griffin's groundout. Matt Thayer walked, and scored on a Warren Trott RBI single to finish the UCLA scoring.

UCLA used 23 players, and 21 Trojans saw the playing field.

These two teams will finish the three game non-conference series on Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. First pitch is at 1:00 p.m.

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