Top-Ranked Stanford Baseball And UCLA Split Pac-10 Doubleheader
April 7, 2001
Stanford, Calif. - Jeff Bruksch pitched 8.0 scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 12 batters to help top-ranked Stanford (26-7, 6-2 Pac-10) gain a split of a Pac-10 doubleheader with UCLA (21-10, 4-4 Pac-10) at Sunken Diamond on Saturday. Bruksch (7-0, 2.40 ERA) won for the seventh time in his last eight starts. Bruksch has been the starting pitcher in four of Stanford's six shutouts this season and has given up only four earned runs in his last 53.2 innings. Ryan McCally pitched a perfect ninth inning to complete the shutout. Jason VanMeetren (3-3, 3B, 2 RBI), Ryan Garko (2-3, 2B, 3 RBI) and Sam Fuld (2 RBI) led Stanford's offensive attack.
UCLA picked up a 6-4 victory in the first game of the doubleheader, which was necessary after Friday night's scheduled series opener was postponed due to rain. The Bruins handed Stanford's Jeremy Guthrie (7-1, 1.70 ERA) his first loss of the season as the Cardinal right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) and eight hits in 7.0 innings, while striking out nine. The Bruins led 5-0 before Stanford rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to close within 5-4. However, Doug Silva came on in relief with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and struck out three of the four batters he faced to earn his second save of the season. Josh Canales (3-4), Brian Baron (2-3, HR, 3 RBI), Matt Pearl (2-5) and Eric Reese (HR, RBI) led UCLA's offensive attack. Chris O'Riordan (2-4, HR, RBI), Fuld (2-4), Garko (2-4) and Scott Dragicevich (2B, 3 RBI) led Stanford.
The doubleheader featured the extension of long hitting streaks for five players. Stanford's Andy Topham hit safely in both games to extend his career-high hitting streak to 13 games, while Fuld and VanMeetren both extended their career-high hitting streaks to 10 games. Canales (15 games) and Baron (10 games) both extended their hitting streaks as well.
Stanford and UCLA will conclude their three-game series with a single game on Sunday (1 pm). The Cardinal needs a victory to extend its regular season series win streak to 16.