Reece's Blast Blows Bruins By Beavers

May 11, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Eric Reece hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Bruins past Oregon State, 5-3, at Jackie Robinson Stadium this evening. Down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Bruins scored a pair of runs in the inning to force a 10th inning, and with Josh Arhart on first, Reece blasted a bomb over the right center field wall for the dramatic victory. The Bruins now improve to 28-23 overall, and 7-12 in the Pac-10 race. Oregon State drops to 29-21 overall, 9-10 in the Pac-10.

The Bruins got on the board in the first, as Ben Francisco hit a double to the left field corner. He advanced to second on a Josh Canales single, and scored on a Brian Baron groundout.

Bobby Roe started for the Bruins, and looked very strong early on. He did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, and the Beavers were held without a run until the fifth. Eric Stark hit a single and advanced to second when Bryan Ingram walked. Stark scored and Ingram advanced to third on a Josh Howard double, and Ingram would score on a Brian Bardon sacrifice fly.

The Beavers added another run in the seventh. Stark walked to start the inning, and advanced home on a ground out and two wild pitches by Roe. After Roe walked Howard, Kevin Jerkens came in to end the inning and keep the game at 3-1.

In the bottom of the ninth, things turned around for the Bruins. Reece led off the inning by hitting a single up the middle, and advanced to second on a Brandon Averill hit. Both runners advanced on a Preston Griffin sacrifice bunt. Reece scored on a Francisco ground out with Averill's pinch runner, Randall Shelley, advancing to third. With two outs, Canales hit a chopper up the middle that OSU shortstop Will Hudson grabbed. He threw to first, but the speedy Canales beat the throw, allowing Shelley to score the game tying run.

Canales stole second and advanced to third on the throwing error by Beaver catcher Ingram. The Beavers intentionally walked Baron to put runners at the corners, but Matt Pearl grounded out to end the inning.

In the 10th, Bardon walked to start the inning, and advanced to second on a Davis sacrifice bunt. Mike Castillo came in for the Bruins with one out, and forced two straight fly balls to right field to end the inning.

John Campanella struck out to start the bottom of the 10th, but Josh Arhart singled to set up the Reece home run. Reece's ninth home run of the season was the most dramatic, keeping the Bruins' playoff hopes alive.

It was the second time this season that UCLA won a game with a home run in the bottom of the inning. On February 16, Adam Berry hit a three run home run in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Bruins over USC, 4-3.

Canales extends his hitting streak to 18 games with a 3-for-5 game, including the game-tying RBI in the ninth. Francisco was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run and an RBI. Reece finished the game 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.

Jerkens allowed only one hit in 2.2 innings of relief, striking out four. Mike Kunes got out the only batter he faced in the 10th, and Castillo picks up his first win of the season by forcing two fly balls to end the 10th.

The Bruins look to stay alive in the race to the postseason when they host the Beavers for game two of the three game series. Game time is at 1:00 p.m. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Net.

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