Bruins Blast Past No. 16 Sun Devils
April 13, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The Bruins bounced back from an extra inning loss on Friday to soundly defeat Arizona State, 10-2, this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Wes Whisler allowed just two runs in 7.1 innings, and Josh Arhart was 3-for-4 with his second home run of the year. The Bruins improve to 15-21 on the season, 2-3 in conference play, while the Sun Devils drop to 23-13, 7-4 in the Pac-10.
Sporting new striped socks and white hats, UCLA jumped on the board in the bottom of the first, scoring four runs. Ryan Rasmussen led off with a single, and Chris Jensen took his place on base with a fielder's choice. After Arhart was hit by a pitch, Adam Berry hit a single through the left side to drive in Jensen. Casey Janssen walked to load the bases, and ASU starter Bryce Kartler hit Brandon Averill with a pitch to send the second run of the inning home. Still with the bases loaded, Ryan McCarthyhit a single into center field that drove home two runs to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead.
The Sun Devils answered back in the top of the second. Justin Pedroia led off the inning with a single, and Sergio Garcia walked to put runners at first and second. Both runners advanced on a ground out, and scored on Steve Garrabrants two-RBI double to cut the UCLA lead to 4-2.
But Whisler (3-1) would not allow any more runs in the game. He gave up just two more hits going into the eighth inning. He finished the game with two strikeouts, three walks, and two earned runs on six hits in 7.1 innings. The freshman lefty has allowed just three runs in his last two starts (13.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 K) and drops his ERA to 3.94.
UCLA added another run in the fifth to give Whisler a little breathing room. Ben Francisco reached second base after Sun Devil right fielder Nick Cadena dropped a fly ball and scored on Arhart's RBI single.
After Rashad Parker reached base on an error, he advanced to third on a single by Rasmussen. He scored on a foul fly ball to left field by Jensen to give the Bruins a 6-2 lead after the sxith.
Arhart hit his second home run of the season to lead off the seventh inning, and the Bruins added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth. McCarthy led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on Parker's sacrifice hit. Rasmussen got his third hit of the day, an RBI single that sent McCarthy home. The senior second baseman then stole second, and scored when pitcher Jered Liebeck threw a wild pitch, and catcher Cesar Castillo couldn't find the ball. Matt Thayer followed with a walk, stole second base, and scored on Arhart's RBI single.
Mike Castillo finished the game on the mound for UCLA. After getting the final two batters in the eighth inning to fly out, the sophomore made the game a little more interesting in the top of the ninth. He allowed hits to the first two Sun Devil batters and then walked pinch hitter Ryan McKenna to load the bases. But he forced Garcia to pop up, and Doug Schutt to fly out before ending the game with a strikeout to Steve Garrabrants.
Arhart finished the day going 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, including his second home run of the year. Rasmussen continues his hot hitting in conference play, going 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. The senior second baseman is now hitting .522 (12-for-23) with eight runs, three rBI and five stolen bases in conference games. Berry was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while McCarthy was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run.
The Bruins look to hand ASU its first conference series loss of the year on Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Sophomore Casey Janssen is on the mound for the Bruins.