Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short As Bruins Lose to Oregon State

April 19, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's Brian Barden hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to break a 7-7 tie and the Beavers held on for the 9-8 victory over UCLA at Goss Stadium this afternoon. The Bruins rallied in the ninth, scoring a run and had the tying run at second base with two outs, but could not complete the comeback. UCLA falls to 16-23 on the season, 2-5 in conference play, while the Beavers improve to 24-12, 4-3 in Pac-10 play.

The Bruins jumped out quickly in the first inning. Ryan Rasmussen started the game with a single and quickly scored on Ben Francisco's double that just stayed fair in left field. Francisco moved to third on Josh Arhart's double to the right field wall, and the right fielder scored on Adam Berry's ground out. With Arhart at third and one out, Wes Whisler drove home Arhart with a ground out to the shortstop for a quick 3-0 Bruin lead.

UCLA extended its lead to 4-0 after the top of the first. Ryan McCarthy doubled down the left field line, and advanced to third on Rashad Parker's bunt single. Rasmussen's sacrifice fly allowed McCarthy to score.

But the lead went away in the bottom of the second. Andy Jarvis led off the inning with a solo home run to right field. The Beavers added three more runs to tie the game at 4-4 and chase Bruin starter David Johnson from the game. In his first career Pac-10 start, the freshman allowed four runs on five hits, with one walk and one strikeout.

The Beavers took the lead in the bottom of the third off of reliever Chris Cordeiro. After getting the first batter out, the next three batters got on base, and a sacrifice fly and an RBI single gave the Beavers a 6-4 lead.

UCLA answered back in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Rasmussen hit a double to the gap in right center and scored on Francisco's RBI single. After Francisco stole second, he came home on Berry's single through the left side to tie the game at 6-6.

OSU took the lead again in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Cordeiro hit Barden with a pitch. Arhart's pickoff attempt throw sailed high and allowed Barden to advance to second. Barden scored on Jarvis' double to give the Beavers a 7-6 lead.

The Bruins tied the game in the top of the seventh. Whisler led off with a bloop single that dropped in between four OSU players. He was replaced on the bases by pinch runner Casey Janssen, and Janssen moved over to second on Billy Susdorf's sacrifice bunt. Janssen moved over to third on Brandon Averill's single up the middle, and scored on the sacrifice squeeze bunt by McCarthy. But after Janssen stepped on home plate, he fell to the ground with a knee injury. His status as Sunday's starting pitcher is unknown.

The game was tied 7-7 until the bottom of the eighth. Mike Kunes (5-3) came in to replace Cordeiro, and got the first batter out. Chris Mathews followed with a single to center field, and OSU's Brian Barden crushed a ball over the center field wall to give the Beavers a 9-7 lead.

The Bruins rallied in the top of the ninth. After Matt Thayer grounded out, Warren Trott earned a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Trott stole second base on Averill's strike out, and pinch hitter Chris Jensen hit a ball of the left field wall to score Trott. With two outs and the tying run at second, Casey Grzecka came to the plate. He hit the ball hard into the gap in right center, but Beaver centerfielder Mathews made a play on the run to get the ball and end the game.

Every batter in the starting lineup got a hit, led by Francisco who was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs. Whisler and Parker had two hits each, while the Bruins hit six doubles.

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