Baseball Splits At No. 1 Stanford

April 7, 2001

STANFORD, CA - The UCLA baseball team (21-10, 4-4) split a doubleheader with No. 1 Stanford (26-7, 6-2) at Sunken Diamond today, winning game one 6-4, but falling in game two, 9-0. Brian Baron went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and a sacrifice fly to lead the Bruins to the victory in game one. Josh Karp (3-0) pitched five shutout innings, allowing just five hits and striking out six, and UCLA handed Cardinal Jeremy Guthrie (7-1) his first loss of the season.

The Bruins got on the board in the first, as Matt Pearl singled to start the game. Two batters later, Baron hit his second home run of the year, a bomb over the 400 sign in center field, to give UCLA a 2-0 lead.

Josh Canales singled to start the fifth inning, and went to second on a Pearl single. Both runners advanced 90 feet on a Ben Francisco sacrifice bunt, and the bases filled up when Stanford intentionally walked Baron. Adam Berry drove home Canales on his ground out to second baseman Chris O'Riordan.

The Bruins extended their lead to 5-0 in the seventh. Canales led off with another single, and two Cardinal errors allowed him to reach third. A Francisco double allowed Canales to score. Francisco stole third, and reached home on a Baron sacrifice fly.

UCLA starter Karp looked good on the mound, allowing five hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked two, and was able to come up with some big outs when Stanford had runners on base.

The Cardinal finally put some runs on the board in the seventh, scoring four runs, including a solo home run by O'Riordan. The UCLA lead was cut to one run after seven innings.

Eric Reece gave the Bruins a little bit of breathing room with a solo home run in the eighth.

Stanford threatened in the eighth, as reliever Kevin Jerkens allowed a single and a walk to put runners at first and second with two outs. However, Doug Silva came in to strike out Jason VanMeetren to end the Cardinal threat.

Silva struck out two more Stanford batters in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season.

Game two was a different story, as the Cardinal jumped all over UCLA starter Jon Brandt, and Stanford starter Jeff Bruksch shut down the UCLA offense.

Brandt allowed seven earned runs on five hits, striking out two, but allowing four walks in three innings of work. After sitting down the side in order in the first, Brandt allowed three runs in the second, two in the third, and put two runners on base in the fourth before leaving the game. Casey Janssen relieved Brandt in the fourth, allowing two runs of his own before settling down. He allowed just those two runs in three innings, striking out two and allowing three hits.

Bruksch had a career-high 11 strikeouts for the Cardinal, allowing six hits through 8.0 innings to improve to 7-0 on the season. Brandt drops to 3-3.

The Bruins will look to win game three on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Sunken Diamond. The game can be heard live on the internet at Jeff Blank will do the play by play, and Brian Criss will provide color.

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