Jerkens Pitches Bruins Past Purdue, 10-6
March 14, 2001
LOS ANGELES, CA - Every Bruin in the lineup got a hit, and reliever Kevin Jerkens allowed two hits in 3.2 innings of relief to lead the Bruins to a 10-6 victory over Purdue this afternoon. Adam Berry led the way at the plate, needing only a single to hit for the cycle. With their second straight win, the Bruins improve to 15-7 on the season, while Purdue drops to 4-8.
The Boilermakers took a quick 1-0 lead on the second pitch of the game when Dave Blomberg hit a solo home run, but UCLA responded by pounding Boilermaker ace Ben Quick in the bottom of the inning. The Bruins started the game with three straight doubles by Matt Pearl, John Campanella and Brian Baron. Eric Reece had an RBI single, and Randall Shelley hit the fourth double of the inning to score Baron. Josh Canales' single sent Shelley home for a 5-1 lead after one.
The Boilermakers scored a run in the second and three more in the third, before reliever Wade Clark came in to stop the Purdue offense. Clark allowed just one run in 3.0 innings of relief. His one run in the fifth allowed the Boilermakers to take their first lead of the game, 6-5, but the Bruins quickly answered in the bottom of the inning, as Josh Arhart had an RBI double to send Shelley home to tie the game.
Jerkens (3-1) entered the game in the sixth with two men on and one out, but forced a ground out and a fly ball to end the inning. He allowed only two hits for the rest of the game, and kept the Boilermakers on their toes in his longest outing of the season.
The Bruins took command of the game in the sixth, as Berry hit a solo shot over the left field wall. Reece would walk and later score to give UCLA an 8-6 lead. The Bruins would extend that lead to 10-6 in the seventh, as Berry drove in Campanella and Baron with a two-out triple to the right field corner.
UCLA will take 11 days off from competition for finals. The Bruins will next play on Sunday, March 25 against Cal State Los Angeles. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium.