Pitching and Defense Propel Bruins Past Aztecs
May 1, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Strong pitching and solid defense propelled the Bruins past the visiting San Diego State Aztecs, 3-1, at Jackie Robinson Stadium tonight. Five different Bruin pitchers combined to allow just one run, and the defense did not commit an error in the victory. The win snaps the Bruins' eight game losing streak, and improves UCLA's record to 26-20. San Diego State drops to 27-21.
Bobby Roe (4-2) got the start on the mound, allowing just one hit and striking out two in 3.0 innings of work. He faced only nine batters in the three innings.
The Bruins scored their first run in the third. Josh Canales started the inning with a single to left field and advanced to third on a Matt Pearl singled up the middle. Canales scored the first Bruin run on a Brian Baron groundout.
UCLA tacked on another two runs in the fifth. Preston Griffin walked to start the inning, and advanced to second on a Josh Canales bunt single. Both runners advanced on a Pearl sacrifice bunt. Baron picked up his second RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Griffin. Canales scored on a Ben Francisco single to right field.
San Diego State scored its only run in the sixth inning. Rah-Miel Mitchell doubled to right center and scored on an Andy Litteral RBI single to left field.
Chris Cordeiro, Mike Kunes and Kevin Jerkens combined to hold the Aztecs scoreless and limit them to just five hits in the final 3.2 innings of the game. With runners on first and second and one out, Jerkens picked up his fifth save of the season by forcing two pop ups to end the game.
The Bruins will host California in a three game Pac-10 series this weekend. Friday's starter is senior Paul Diaz, who held USC to just two runs on six hits in 7.2 innings last weekend. Saturday and Sunday starters are TBA. Friday's game is at 6:00 p.m., while the two weekend games start at 1:00 p.m. All three games can be heard on www.uclabruins.com.