Baseball Gets 12-7 Win Over Cal State Northridge

March 13, 2001

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Bruins scored eight runs in the bottom of the second en route to a 12-7 win over Cal State Northridge at Jackie Robinson Stadium this afternoon. With the win, the Bruins improve to 14-7 overall, while the Matadors fall to 14-8.

Mike Kunes got the start for UCLA and pitched well through 3.1 innings. He got the first three batters of the game to fly out on five pitches. He allowed only hit in the second, but struck out Jeremy Hanson and forced Tim Coltey to fly out to end the inning.

The second inning was where the Bruins opened up the game. Highlights of the eight run inning include doubles by Randall Shelley and Eric Reece, singles by Adam Berry, Josh Arhart and Matt Pearl, three walks and a hit batter. All batters except for one reached base and scored in the inning.

The Matadors scored three runs in the third, while the Bruins would post single runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Cal State Northridge scored three runs in the top of the eighth but the Bruins still held a 11-7 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.

Arhart had a career day, capped off by his first UCLA home run, a solo shot in the eighth inning. He went 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBI. Berry also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI and another solo home run. Freshman Preston Griffin has been showing maturity on offense, going 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Kunes (1-0) allowed just one earned run and five hits. Paul Diaz pitched well, allowing only three hits through 2.2 innings. Starter Bill Murphy (4-1) suffered the loss for Cal State Northridge, allowing four earned runs in just one inning, and faced four batters in the second inning.

Brian Baron's 21-game hitting streak was halted this afternoon. He walked three times and had a sacrifice hit, but grounded out in his other at-bat. The streak dated back to 1999 (he redshirted the 2000 season with a knee injury) and was the longest of his career.

The Bruins host Purdue tomorrow afternoon before breaking for 11 days for finals. Game time is 3:00 p.m.

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