Bruins Drop Heartbreaker To Rainbows

Feb. 16, 2002

HONOLULU, HI - The UCLA Bruins dropped a heartbreak to the University of Hawaii, falling to the Rainbows 7-6 in 11 innings. UCLA took leads in the top of the eighth, ninth and 11th innings, but the Rainbows came back to even the score up in every inning and eventually sent home the game winner in the bottom of the 11th. UCLA drops its second straight, falling to 7-5 on the year, while Hawaii improves to 4-5.

UCLA scored the first run of the game in the third inning. Ryan Rasmussen started the inning with a single. He stole second and advanced to third on the throwing error by Rainbow catcher Bryan Bock. Rasmussen would eventually score on Preston Griffin's RBI single. The Rainbows tied it up with a run in the bottom of the fourth.

Things were all tied up going into the eighth inning. Ben Francisco reached first on an error, and stole second base. He stole third and came across home plate when Bock made another throwing error. Later in the inning, Adam Berry reached base on a single, and scored on a Casey Grzecka double. Berry was initially called out at the plate, but catcher Beck dropped the ball, counting the Bruin run.

The pesky Rainbows never went away, scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning, tying it up going into the ninth. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Matt Thayer singled up the middle. Francisco followed that with a single, and both runners advanced on a balk. Josh Arhart hit a bloop single to shallow right field that sent the two runners home and gave UCLA the two run advantage.

In the bottom of the ninth, after a ground out, Arthur Guillen reached base after Doug Silva couldn't hold on to the throw from first baseman Casey Janssen. A stolen base and a walk later, Guillen was on third and scored on a Brent Cook RBI single. With runners at first and third, Gregg Omori drove home the game tying run with a sacrifice fly to send the game into extra innings.

Neither team scored in the 10th, but the Bruins were able to take the lead again in the 11th. Again with two outs, Thayer singled and advanced to second when Francisco reached base on an error. Arhart was attempting to be the hero once again, sending a single through the left side that scored Thayer. Francisco's attempt to get from first to third was unsuccessful and the Bruins went into the bottom of the 11th with a 6-5 lead.

Wade Clark walked Guillen to start the inning and hit Cook with a pitch to put runners at first and second. After a Omori single, the bases were loaded, and the Rainbows tied the game on Scooter Martines' single. With the bases loaded, Mike Castillo entered the game and was almost able to end the Rainbow threat. Cortland Wilson hit a grounder to second, and Griffin's throw to second base got the second out of the inning, but Wilson beat the double play throw to first, allowing the runner to score and the Rainbows to win the game.

UCLA starter Mike Kunes had another strong start, going 7.1 innings and allowing just three runs and striking out six. Doug Silva allowed two unearned runs in 1.0 innings, and Clark suffered the loss for UCLA.

The Bruins look to avoid the sweep tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. HST at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, HI.

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