Bruins Fall In Bottom of the Ninth to Pepperdine, 4-3
April 9, 2002
MALIBU - In another close game, the UCLA Baseball team fell to Pepperdine 4-3 this afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Bruins held a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but the Waves loaded the bases and Duke Sardinha hit a bases clearing single to give Pepperdine the 4-3 win. UCLA falls to 14-20 on the season, while Pepperdine improves to 18-18.
David Johnson shut out the Waves in the 6.0 innings he pitched. The freshman pitched his second straight shut out start, the first coming on February 13 at Hawaii-Hilo. In 6.0 innings, he gave up just four hits, struck out three and walked two. In his two combined starts, the right hander from Manhattan Beach, CA, has allowed just five hits and no runs in 11.0 innings.
UCLA got on the board in the third inning without recording a hit. Ryan McCarthy walked to start the inning. He advanced to second on Rashad Parker's sacrifice bunt, and was going to third on the ground ball that Ryan Rasmussen hit to third baseman Sardinha. Sardinha's throw was in the dirt at first base and allowed McCarthy to score.
The Bruins added another two runs in the fourth inning. Adam Berry led off the inning by being hit by a pitch and scored on Casey Grzecka's RBI double down the right field line. Brandon Averill's single advanced Grzecka to third, and he scored on McCarthy's RBI single to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.
Johnson left the game in the seventh with a 3-0 lead and freshman Kyle Wilson relieved him. After striking out the first batter, Wilson walked two batters and gave up a single to load the bases. Wade Clark took over for Wilson and allowed an RBI single before forcing Cory Brightwell into an inning-ending double play.
The Bruins held a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but after a groundout, the Waves' Simon Ferrer hit a double into the gap in right center field. Centerfielder Parker appeared to momentarily have made an acrobatic catch, but in the tumble, lost the ball and Ferrer was safe at second base. After Nelson Caraballo walked, Jason Payne hit a single to load the bases and set up Sardinha's heroics. The senior Sardinha hit a long ball to left field that went over the head of Chris Jensen and off the wall. All three baserunners scored to give the Waves the 4-3 win.
Clark falls to 0-2 on the season, while Wave reliever Robert Hobbs (2-1) picks up the win. Berry was the only Bruin with more than one hit, going 2-for-3 on the day with a run. McCarthy was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run, while Grzecka was 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored.
The Bruins return to action this weekend when they host Arizona State in a three game conference series. The first game is at 6:00 p.m. while the weekend games start at 1:00 p.m.