Bruins Fall To Florida Atlantic
Feb. 8, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA Bruins fell to Florida Atlantic 23-13 in a slugfest Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. UCLA falls to 2-3, while FAU evens its record at 2-2.
The Owls scored two runs in the first, and added runs in every inning until the seventh. The Bruins tied the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the first on Brandon Averill's two- run home run.
UCLA pitchers really struggled this evening. Starter Mike Davern could not go past the second inning, walking five batters in 1.0 inning. Mike Castillo relieved him, but allowed three earned runs in 1.0 IP. Nick Lyon fared even worse, walking two, hitting a batter and allowing one hit against the four batters he faced. Wes Whisler was able to stop the bleeding for a little bit, but still allowed five earned runs in 3.0 IP. He struck out four batters. Freshman Dan Reid looked strong in his first collegiate outing, striking out five batters in 2.2 IP, but allowed three earned runs. Wade Clark was the only Bruin pitcher not to allow an earned run, striking out two in 1.1 IP.
After a slow start, the Bruin bats finally got hot in the fifth inning, scoring three in the fifth, two in the sixth and five runs in the seventh. Averill had a career day at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two home runs, five RBI and four runs scored. Casey Janssen hit first home run of the year, a three run bomb. Ryan Rasmussen was 2-for-3 and Preston Griffin was 2-for-4.
Several freshmen picked up the first hits of their career. Ryan McCarthy started his first game at third base and was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Matt Sharp and Matt Thayer both picked up the first hits of their UCLA careers, as did Chris Jensen.
Mike Cox led the Owls with four hits, while Mike Valdes and LJ Biernbaum each had three hits. Cox and Biernbaum also had five RBI. Greg Eubanks was awarded with the victory after allowing just one run in 1.1 IP. Starter Danny Core allowed five runs in 4.2 IP, but could not get the final out of the fifth inning to earn the victory.
The 23 runs allowed is the most since April 4, 2000 when the Bruins lost to Loyola Marymount, 23-12.
The Bruins look to regroup after tonight's game, and will get the chance against the Owls again on Saturday. Game time is 1:00 p.m.