Baseball Falls to Long Beach State, 10-2

April 25, 2001

LONG BEACH, CA - The Bruins suffered their fifth straight loss, falling to Long Beach State 10-2 at Blair Field on Tuesday night. UCLA allowed five unearned runs on seven errors, a season high of errors. The Bruins fall to 25-17, while the 49ers improve to 27-13.

The Beach took a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning, and added three more unearned runs in the second. Starter Mike Kunes only lasted 1.2 innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs with one strikeout. Brandon Averill relieved Kunes in the second and struck out Paul Macaluso to end the inning.

Averill pitched well in 2.1 innings, allowing just two hits, but because of Bruin errors, Long Beach State was able to score two runs in the third inning.

UCLA put its first run on the board in the fifth. Eric Reece put UCLA's first hit on the board, and scored on a Matt Pearl fielder's choice. The Bruins took advantage of an error by 49er second baseman Kaulana Kuhualua to get their first run on the board.

Mike Castillo had a good outing, allowing just two hits and no runs in the 2.0 innings he pitched. He struck out one batter.

The 49ers did not score until the seventh inning. Chris Cordeiro hit Todd Jennings with his first pitch of the game, and Jennings would come around to score.

UCLA had its most productive inning in the top of the ninth. With two outs, Randall Shelley doubled to left field, and scored on a Josh Canales double to make the final score 10-2.

Brian Baron went 1-for-4 on the day. His average is now at .480 on the season.

The Bruins looks to break its losing streak against USC this weekend at Dedeaux Field on the USC campus. Friday's game time is 6:00 p.m. and the weekend games will start at 1:00 p.m. Friday's scheduled starter, Paul Diaz, will take on USC's Mark Prior.

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