Kunes' Complete Game Leads Bruins Past Washington, 8-1
May 3, 2002
SEATTLE - Mike Kunes allowed just one run and three hits in his first complete game to lead UCLA to an 8-1 win over Washington this evening at Husky Ballpark in Seattle. The junior allowed the one run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. Tyler Davidson, who got all three hits off of Kunes, hit a home run to left field to end the shutout. UCLA improves to 21-26 on the season, 6-7 in Pac-10 play. Washington drops to 20-20-1, 8-5 in conference play.
The Bruin offense got to Husky starting pitcher Shawn Kohn early. Kohn had allowed just one run in his last two games, both complete games, but the Bruins scored a run in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings to take a 4-0 lead after five. Rashad Parker, the second batter of the game, got a single and was followed by Wes Whisler, who hit a double to left field. With runners at second and third, the Bruins took the lead with an RBI groundout by Josh Arhart.
Nick Lyon hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second to give UCLA a 2-0 lead. Lyon scored UCLA's third run of the game in the fourth. He doubled to start the inning and advanced to third on Ryan McCarthy's single through the left side of the infield. Lyon scored on Matt Thayer's fielder's choice.
Whisler hit a solo home run to left field with one out in the fifth to extend the lead to four runs.
On the mound, Kunes was masterful. He walked just one batter, and allowed the first hit of the game in the fourth inning. Davidson hit a soft line drive towards Thayer, but the left fielder lost the ball in the setting sun, and it dropped in for the first hit of the game. Eight batters and three innings later, Davidson got Washington's second hit of the game, a double off the left field wall. But Kunes was able to get the next three batters out, and ended the inning with the shutout intact. The shutout was alive with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Davidson was able to put the only Washington run on the board with a solo home run to left field. Kunes needed just 93 pitches and struck out seven batters in his first career complete game.
UCLA broke the game open in the top of the eighth. Arhart and Brandon Averill had consecutive singles, and Arhart scored on Adam Berry's double down the right field line. After the Huskies intentionally walked Lyon to load the bases, McCarthy hit a deep sacrifice fly to center field that scored Averill. With runners at second and third, Thayer hit a two-RBI single to left field that gave the Bruins an 8-0 lead.
Whisler finished 3-for-5 with a home run and a double. Lyon was 2-for-3 with three runs, a home run and a double. McCarthy and Arhart had two hits each for UCLA.
The Bruins will take on Huskies on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Seattle. Whisler will move from first base to the mound, and looks to improve his 4-2 record. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net as part of the Pac-10 game of the week package. The game can also be heard on www.uclabruins.com with Tony Luftman and Paul Diaz broadcasting the game.