Adam Berry's Two Home Runs Lead Bruins Past Gauchos

Feb. 26, 2002

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA Baseball team broke a six game losing streak by defeating UC Santa Barbara, 12-7, this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Adam Berry hit two home runs to lead the Bruins to the victory. UCLA improves to 8-9 on the season, while the Gauchos drop to 9-7.

The Bruins opened their scoring with a five run burst in the second inning. After Josh Arhart singled, Berry hit the first of his two home runs. After a Billy Susdorf groundout, Casey Janssen singled, followed by a Ryan McCarthy single. With two runners on, Matt Thayer hit his first career home run, a three run blast to give the Bruins a quick 5-0 lead.

The Gauchos would add single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Matt Wilkerson hit solo home runs in the second and fourth innings for UCSB.

The Bruins added two more runs in the fifth to extend their lead. After another Arhart single, Berry hit his second home run of the game, a blast over the left field wall to give the Bruins a 7-3 lead.

Three days after he suffered the loss to USC, Bruin starter Mike Kunes showed the form that he displayed earlier in the season. In picking up his third win of the season, the junior lefty allowed five hits and three runs, while striking out three batters.

McCarthy doubled to start the sixth, and scored on Ryan Rasmussen's double down the right field line. The Bruins would add three more runs in the sixth to take a 11-3 lead. They added the final run in the eighth.

The Gauchos added four runs in the top of the seventh, but Wes Whisler was able to stop the Gaucho attack. He shut out UC Santa Barbara in the final two innings, allowing just two hits and striking out two.

Wilkerson had a career day for UC Santa Barbara. The freshman hit three home runs, all solo, to finish the game 3-for-4. Chris Malec was 2-for-4, the only other Gaucho with more than one hit. Eric Posthumus suffered the loss, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits in 5.0 innings.

Arhart and McCarthy both finished the day 2-for-3, while Rasmussen and Berry were both 2-for-4.

The Bruins will travel to New Orleans for a three game series with Tulane starting on Friday night.

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