Baseball Falls To Cal, 8-6
May 6, 2001
LOS ANGELES - It was a series sweep for Cal as the Bruins fell for the third day, 8-6, in front of a season-high crowd of 943 at Jackie Robinson Stadium this afternoon. Josh Karp's return to the mound was not too successful, as the junior allowed six runs in 5.0 innings of work. UCLA drops to 26-23, 6-12 in Pac-10 play, while Cal improves to 30-22, finishing its Pac-10 schedule with a 14-10 record.
Things started out well for the Bruins, as Matt Pearl hit a solo home run in his first at-bat. It was the second straight day that Pearl hit a home run in his first at-bat. Eric Reece started the second inning with another solo home run. The Bruins scored a second run when Preston Griffin doubled, advanced to third on a Josh Canales single, and scored on an RBI single by Pearl.
The Bears got on the board in the third. After Karp walked Conor Jackson, Rob Meyer hit a two-run home run to close the gap to 3-2. The Bears added three more runs in the fourth and another run on a Clint Hoover solo home run in the fifth.
Ben Francisco scored a run in the fourth. After being hit by a pitch, he stole second base, and scored on a John Campanella RBI single. They added another run in the fifth, as Brandon Averill reached first on a throwing error by Cal 3B Jackson. He advanced to second on a Griffin walk, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Canales sacrifice fly. After five innings, the Bruins trailed 6-5 after the fifth inning.
The Bears extended their lead to 8-5 in the sixth, as Jackson hit a two-run home run off of Bruin reliever Kevin Jerkens.
The Bruins scored their final run in the bottom of the sixth, as Baron started the inning with a double, and scored on another Campanella RBI single.
Jerkens held the Bears scoreless in the final three innings of the game, but the Bruins could only manage one hit in the final three frames.
Josh Canales extended his hitting streak to 16 games, a career-high, and he has a hit in 31 of his last 32 games. Griffin was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a run, and Pearl finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run. Baron was 2-for-5, and keeps his average at .460. Campanella had another strong day, finishing 3-for-4 with two RBI.
All but one batter in the lineup had a hit, and the Bruins outhit the Bears, 14-13.
The Bruins look to bounce back as they host Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium.