Bruins Split Doubleheader
March 2, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, LA - The UCLA Baseball team lost game two of a doubleheader to Tulane, 4-1 this afternoon at Turchin Stadium. The series is now tied at one game each after UCLA won game one, 9-7, in game one of the doubleheader.
A day after game one was postponed because of rain, it looked like there wouldn't be a second game played on Saturday. With two outs in the top of the first, the rain broke and caused a 44 minute rain delay. There was another 10 minute delay for lightening after the bottom of the second.
Tulane scored two runs in the bottom of the third off of UCLA starter Wes Whisler (1-1). The Green Wave added another run when catcher Scott Madden hit a solo home run to left center. They would get their final run of the game in the sixth when Brooks Shankle's RBI single scored Bryan Stelmack.
The Bruins were only able to manage one hit through the first six innings. Kevin Conlin's first inning hit was the only hit that Tulane starter Nick Bourgeois would allow until the seventh inning. In the mean time, he struck out 10 batters and allowed three walks.
The Bruins finally got on the board in the seventh inning. Ben Francisco walked to start the inning, and Adam Berry got on base on a fielder's choice. Berry advanced to second on a Casey Grzecka single, and scored on Billy Susdorf's RBI single.
One highlight of the game was Brandon Averill who appeared on the mound for the first time in 2002. Averill has played in 11 games this season, all as left fielder/third baseman. He pitched in eight games in 2001, but was not planning on pitching this season. A wrist injury has sidelined Averill for the last eight games, but he made his first pitching appearance of the year a good one. In two innings, he did not allow a single hit or walk, and struck out two batters.
The Bruins look to win the series in game three, scheduled for a noon CST start on Sunday. The game can be heard live on www.tulanegreenwave.com.