Bruins Defeat Tulane, 9-7, in Game One Of The Series
March 2, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, LA - A day after the Bruins were rained out, UCLA defeated Tulane 9-7 in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. UCLA had timely hits and pitcher Billy Susdorf was able to hold off the Green Wave to preserve the win.
Tulane got on the board in the first inning. With two outs, James Jurries singled and advanced to third on Michael Aubrey's single. Jurries scored on a wild pitch by Bruin starter Chris Cordeiro.
UCLA scored in the third. With two outs, Ben Francisco was hit by a Beau Richardson pitch. After he stole second, Adam Berry walked to put runners at first and second. Francisco scored on Grzecka's RBI double, and Berry scored on Casey Janssen's RBI single.
Tulane tied it in the bottom of the third, and the Bruins took another lead in the top of the fourth. Warren Trott singled to start the inning, and advanced to second when Anthony Giarratano bobbled Ryan McCarthy's ground ball. They both advanced on a wild pitch, and Trott scored on Kevin Conlin's sacrifice fly.
Berry hit a towering shot over the scoreboard in left field to start the fifth inning and give the Bruins a 4-2 lead. After Tulane scored another run in the bottom of the fifth, the Bruins erupted for four runs in the top of the sixth. McCarthy singled and advanced to second when Rasmussen reached base on an error. After Matt Thayer was hit by a pitch, Conlin walked to send the runner home. Another run scored on a Francisco sacrifice fly, and two more scored when Grzecka had a double off the wall in left center.
The Green Wave didn't give up, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth to cut the Bruin lead to 8-7. With a runner at third and two outs, Susdorf forced Jon Kaplan to pop up to end the Green Wave scoring threat.
The Bruins added an insurance run in the ninth. Preston Griffin singled to center field, and advanced on Rasmussen's single. After a Thayer sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, Griffin scored on a wild pitch by Joey Charron.
Susdorf was able to hold the Green Wave without a hit in the bottom of the ninth to pick up his first save of the year in just his second appearance. He has still not allowed a hit in 2.1 innings of work.
Cordeiro allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work. He walked four batters and struck out three. David Johnson was awarded the victory after relieving Cordeiro. He allowed two earned runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. Kevin Jerkens allowed two earned runs on four hits in 1.1 innings of work. The Green Wave outhit UCLA, 17-11, but stranded 16 runners on base.
The Bruins improve to 9-9 on the season, while Tulane drops to 7-4.