Bruins Fall to Miami, 8-2

March 24, 2002

CORAL GABLES, FL - UCLA lost game two of a three game series to the University of Miami, 8-2, this evening at Mark Light Stadium. The Hurricanes scored the first eight runs of the game, while the Bruin offense struggled to put together hits. The Bruins scored their two runs in the top of the eighth, and fall to 13-15 overall. Miami improves to 14-11 overall with its third win in a row.

UCLA starter Chris Cordeiro allowed five earned runs on 10 hits in 5.0 innings. He suffered his third loss of the season and falls to 1-3. He struck out three and walked two batters. Reliever Mike Castillo struck out two in 2.0 innings, but allowed a solo home run to Kevin Howard. Kyle Wilson struck out two Hurricane batters in his one inning of relief and did not allow a hit.

The Bruins had several chances to score early in the game, but couldn't put a run across. In the top of the fifth, leadoff batter Ryan Rasmussen started the inning with a single and moved to second on a Chris Jensen single. Both runners advanced and the bases were loaded after Ben Francisco was hit by a T.J. Prunty pitch. With no outs, Josh Arhart struck out, and Adam Berry hit into a double play to end the Bruin threat.

UCLA got on the board in the eighth inning. With two outs, Berry singled and advanced to second on a Wes Whisler single. Both pitchers advanced on a wild pitch by Vince Vasquez. Catcher Erick San Pedro attempted to throw Berry out at third, but the throw went into left field, allowing Berry to score and Whisler to advance to third. Whisler scored on Brandon Averill's RBI single.

Jensen finished the game 2-for-5 in his second career start in left field. Berry was 2-for-4 with a double to left field.

The Bruins look to avoid the sweep when they conclude the series on Monday night at Mark Light Stadium.

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