Bruins Can't Overcome Early Deficit In 9-7 Loss to Cal State Fullerton
April 23, 2002
LOS ANGELES - No. 11 Cal State Fullerton held off UCLA, 9-7, in a nonconference game at Jackie Robinson Stadium Tuesday night. The Titans were led by Richie Burgos, who was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with four RBI. The Titans, who have won six consecutive games and 16 of their past 19, improved to 28-12 overall. UCLA fell to 18-24. The Bruins played the game under protest after Head Coach Gary Adams claimed the Titans batted out of order in the top of the ninth.
Travis Ingle, who pitched a pre-designated four innings, had a no-hitter through 3.1 of those innings and picked up the win to improve to 2-1. Chad Cordero pitched the final two innings to earn his 11th save.
The Titans scored two in the first frame, with Burgos driving in Justin Smyres and Geoff Comfort with his single up the middle off UCLA starter Mike Davern (0-2), the first of eight UCLA pitchers. The Titans added four more runs in the second to grab a 6-0 lead, but then had to hold back a Bruin comeback.
Chris Jensen, Josh Arhart and Wes Whisler had consecutive singles in the fourth to score the Bruins' first run. After a throwing error by second baseman David Munoz, Brandon Averill drove in two more with a hard single up the middle. The Bruins were threatening for more before Ingle got Kevin Conlin to line out to short with the bases loaded. An inning later, the Bruins further tightened the gap, when Josh Arhart blasted a two-run homer to left-center off Jeff Housman to make it 6-5.
The teams exchanged runs in the sixth before Fullerton cushioned its lead with a two-run ninth to take a 9-6 lead. The Bruins rallied again in the bottom of the ninth, scoring one run off Cordero and putting the tying runs on base with one out before Cordero got Adam Berry (who has 14 homers) and Averill to fly out.
The game was put under protest in the top of the ninth. After pitching the seventh inning, Sean Martin was inserted at second base. When the Titans came to bat in the top of the eighth, Martin batted in the DH spot (fifth in the order) and Adams, who had discussed the issue with the umpires at length before the inning, then filed his protest. He argued that Martin was originally inserted into the ninth spot (for second baseman David Munoz) and therefore, was batting out of order.
The Bruins return to action on Friday night when they host Washington State in a three game Pac-10 series. First pitch is at 6:00 p.m.
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