Casey Janssen Strikes Out 12 In Bruin Loss To Miami

March 25, 2002

CORAL GABLES, FL - Casey Janssen struck out a career-high 12 batters and allowed just one earned run in 7.0 innings, but the Bruin defense committed three errors that led to three unearned runs, and the Bruin offense could not string together hits, which all led to a 5-1 loss to the University of Miami this evening. The Hurricanes sweep the series and improve to 15-11, while the Bruins drop their fourth straight and fall to 13-16.

Janssen was dominant on the mound, striking out two batters in six of the seven innings he pitched. The only inning he didn't strike out a batter was the third when the Hurricanes scored twice. Only one of the run was earned as shortstop Preston Griffin's throw on Javy Rodriguez's grounder was in the dirt and allowed Brad Safchick to score Miami's second run of the game.

Janssen, a sophomore righthander from Huntington Beach, allowed just seven hits, but two of the runners on base were thrown out by Josh Arhart as they attempted to steal second base and a third was thrown out at home trying to score. Janssen did not allow a walk, the second game this season that he hasn't walked a batter.

But for the second night the UCLA bats could not put the hits together to score runs. The Bruins had a golden opportunity in the first inning, as they loaded the bases with one out. Chris Jensen reached on an error, and Ben Francisco and Arhart had back to back singles. But Adam Berry and Wes Whisler each struck out and stranded the runners.

UCLA put its only run on the board in the fifth inning. Leadoff batter Ryan Rasmussen reached base on an error by Rodriguez. Jensen singled to center field and sent Rasmussen to third, but Danny Figueroa bobbled the ball, and Rasmussen scored for UCLA's only run of the game.

Griffin had two errors that led to two unearned runs, and centerfielder Christian Lewis committed a fielding error in center field that allowed a runner to score.

Reliever Mike Kunes allowed a solo home run to Danny Matienzo in the eighth to give the Hurricanes their final run.

Francisco finished the day 3-for-4 and Griffin was 2-for-4. The Bruins stranded seven runners.

Despite the career day on the mound, Janssen falls to 4-1, while Hurricane starter Dan Touchet improves to 2-1.

The Bruins will now take another extended break and will not play again until Tuesday April 2nd, when they travel to Long Beach State.

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