UCLA Downs Baseball 7-3 In Non-Conference Game

May 7, 2004

LOS ANGELES - The Arizona baseball team fell to UCLA 7-3 in a non-conference game at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Friday. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 23-20-1 overall for the year. UCLA, which snapped a two-game losing streak with the win, improved to 26-21.

The Bruins, who took two of three from Arizona in a conference series in Tucson earlier this season, jumped all over UA starter Koley Kolberg with four runs on five hits in the first inning on Friday. Kolberg, who gave up six runs on 10 hits in six innings of work, was charged with his first non-complete game loss of the year and fell to 7-4 on the season.

Offensively, the Wildcats' season-long struggle with scoring runs continued as UA stranded a total of nine runners on base in the game, seven of whom were in scoring position when an inning ended.

Juniors John Hardy and Jeff Van Houten and freshman Jason Donald teamed up to collect all of Arizona's six hits in the game as each player paired hits on the night.

UCLA's Cassey Janssen (8-3), who was on a predetermined number of pitches to begin the game, got the win in 4 1/3 innings on the mound. He struck out four and walked two on the night.

Janssen's battery mate Chris Denove finished the game 3 for 4 with three RBI in support of his pitcher.

The Wildcats and Bruins will play the second game of the series at 1 pm on Saturday. The game can be heard live on the radio on KNST 790 AM.

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