Bruins Hold On For 10-9 Win Over Loyola Marymount
March 5, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team jumped out to an 8-1 lead after four innings and was able to hold off the Loyola Marymount Lions in the final innings to win 10-9 this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins hit four home runs in the win, including Adam Berry's eighth home run of the season and his fifth in his last five games. The Bruins improve to 11-10 on the season, while LMU drops to 5-12.
UCLA got on the board first, scoring three runs on a three-run home run by Wes Whisler, his first of the season. Ben Francisco hit a solo home run in the fourth, his fourth of the season, to give UCLA a 4-0 lead.
After LMU scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth, the Bruins took command of the game with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Casey Janssen hit a solo home run, his third of the season. With Whisler, Ryan Rasmussen and Matt Thayer on base, Kevin Conlin walked to send home the sixth run of the game. Francisco walked to send another run home, and Berry drove run home with a fielder's choice to give the Bruins an 8-1 lead.
However, the Lions were able to come back in the sixth. After allowing just one unearned run in the first five innings, UCLA starter Doug Silva was unable to get an out in the sixth, leaving the game with the bases loaded. Reliever David Johnson allowed two hits and two walks and could only get two outs, before Mike Kunes was able to come in and get the final out of the inning. All told, the Lions scored seven runs to tie the game at 8-8.
After hitting a foul ball that just barely missed the third base bag, Berry blasted a solo home run over the left field wall to give the Bruins a 9-8 lead in the seventh inning. It was Berry's eighth home run of the season, and his fifth in the last five games he has played.
UCLA added a run in the bottom of the eighth that would prove to be the game winner. Ryan McCarthy singled to start the inning, and stole second base. He was sent home when Lion second baseman Joe Silva couldn't handle Matt Thayers's ground ball.
With a two run lead, Bruin closer Billy Susdorf entered in the top of the ninth. After getting the first batter to ground out, he allowed his first hit of the season, a double to Zacuto. Zacuto advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out by Tommy Perez. With two outs, Josh Whitesell singled to center field, but Susdorf was able to get Jon Oller to ground out to third base to end the game.
Kunes was awarded the victory after allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings. Susdorf picked up his second save of the season. Silva pitched a career-high five innings, allowing just three hits and three earned runs.
Whisler finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs. Berry was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs. Thayer was 2-for-3 with two walks, and McCarthy was 2-for-3 with a run.The Bruins will face Cal State Northridge in a three game series this weekend. Friday and Saturday's games will be in Northridge and Sunday's game will be at Jackie Robinson Stadium.