Baseball Defeats Portland State, 7-4
May 3, 1998
Freshman third baseman Garrett Atkins tied his career high with four hits and broke UCLA's single season freshman hits record in leading UCLA to a 7-4 victory over Portland State on Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. UCLA swept the three game series.
Atkins now had 80 hits on the season, breaking Eric Byrnes record of 77 set in 1995.
Senior righthander Tony Righetti, who was honored before the game along with the other seven seniors on UCLA's squad, did not allow an earned run in five innings. He improved to 2-0 with the victory.
UCLA took the lead for good in the first inning when Atkins singled home a run with two outs. Atkins added another two-out RBI-single in the third. After singling in the fifth, Atkins hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning.
Portland State theatened in the ninth inning, scoring twice, but freshman lefthander Bobby Roe struck out junior first baseman Russ Riehl and senior catcher Neal Andrade to end the game. Both hitters representing the tying run.
Atkins led UCLA with four hits and four runs batted in.
Junior third baseman Charlie Curry was 2-3 with a walk and junior second baseman David Feered was 2-4 with two runs batted in and a walk to lead the Vikings.
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