Adam Berry's Two Home Runs Lead Bruins Past Waves.
March 12, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Adam Berry hit two home runs to lead the UCLA Bruins to a 10-6 victory over Pepperdine this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. With its second straight win, the Bruins improve to 13-12, while the Waves drop to 11-14.
Hours after the senior outfielder was named Pac-10 Player of the Week, Berry hit home runs in his first two at-bats of the game. His first, a three run blast in the first inning, gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead. His second, a solo shot to left field, extended the lead to 4-1. The two home runs give him 13 on the season, and 10 home runs in his last nine games. However, in the fifth inning, Berry dove for a ball in left field and landed on his right shoulder. He left the game and his status is still unknown.
Pepperdine opened the game with a single by Cory Brightwell. He advanced to second after UCLA starter Mike Kunes walked Ty Harper, and Brightwell scored the game's first run on an RBI single by Rock Mills.
The Bruins answered in the bottom of the inning. Matt Thayer and Ben Francisco had back to back singles to set up Berry's three run home run. Berry's solo home run in the fourth gave the Bruins a 4-1 lead. Casey Janssen walked and scored on Brandon Averill's two-run home run. The runs gave the Bruins a 6-1 lead.
The Waves didn't go away after falling behind. They answered with four unearned runs in the top of the fifth, with three of them coming on a three-run home run by Chris Kelly. However, Kunes was able to get Patrick Rooney to ground out to end the inning with the Bruins still leading, 6-5.
After the Waves scored a run in the top of the seventh, the Bruins scored two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Janssen walked, and advanced to second on Whisler's single. Both advanced when Averill was hit in the ribs by a James Carroll pitch. Janssen came around to score on a wild pitch, and Whisler scored on Casey Grzecka's sacrifice fly.
Starting pitcher Kunes had a strong start. He struck out six and allowed just one earned run in 5.0 innings. He struck out the side in the fourth inning and allowed just six hits.
Reliever Wade Clark looked good in relief. He allowed just one run on four hits and struck out two in 3.0 innings.. Billy Susdorf walked one batter, struck out two and did not allow a hit in the ninth inning.
Averill and Berry were both 2-for-2 with two runs. Berry finished with four RBI, while Averill had two. Whisler also had a pair of hits and scored twice, and Thayer was 2-for-5.
The Bruins will host UC Irvine on Wednesday before breaking for finals. Game time is 3:00 p.m.