Bruins Demolish California, 19-2
April 6, 2002
BERKELEY - UCLA destroyed California, 19-2, this afternoon at Evans Diamond behind strong pitching and phenomenal hitting. Wes Whisler pitched a gem, allowing just one run in 6.0 innings, and the Bruin offense took over the game. The Bruins improve to 14-18 on the season, 1-1 in conference play, while California drops to 21-15, 4-4 in the Pac-10.
The Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The inning was highlighted by Adam Berry's two RBI double off the wall in right field. The Bruins added a run in the second to take a 5-0 lead.
California would score its only run off of Whisler (2-1) in the second inning. A combination of a metal bat, gusting winds to left field, and a short 320 foot wall in left turned a fly ball into a home run for Cal's Jeff Baker.
The Bruins took charge of the game after that. They scored four in the third, highlighted by Ryan McCarthy's two-RBI single. The Bruins added two more in the sixth on Berry's 14th home run of the year, a two-run shot to the power alley in right center.
Whisler had a great game, allowing just one run on seven hits in 6.0 innings. He struck out four and walked three.
UCLA increased its lead to 13-1 with a run in the eighth, and the flood gates opened in the top of the ninth. UCLA added seven more runs, and most of the damage was done by pinch hitters. With the Bruins up by a comfortable margin, they were able to show off their depth. The first four batters of the inning showed patience at the plate, as all four reached base without a hit. With the bases loaded, Kevin Conlin hit a two-RBI double down the left field line, and was followed by an RBI single by Billy Susdorf. After Francisco's single to load the bases, Casey Grzecka hit his 10th double of the season, clearing the bases to give the Bruins a 19-1 lead.
California scored one run in the bottom of the ninth, but Bruin reliever Kyle Wilson was able to prevent a Bear rally and picked up his third save of the season. He allowed just one run on four hits and struck out two in 3.0 innings of work.
Berry finished the day 3-for-5 with four RBI and scored three times. He was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Chris Jensen was a perfect 3-for-3, while Ryan Rasmussen was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs. McCarthy was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs, while Francisco was 2-for-6 with a run and an RBI.
The final game of the three game series is on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Bruin ace Casey Janssen will take his Pac-10 leading 1.80 ERA on the mound for the Bruins.