Whisler Hits Two Home Runs In UCLA Loss, 9-6
April 28, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Washington State defeated UCLA 9-6 to win the series this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins got two home runs from Wes Whisler, but could not get any consistent offense going until the eighth inning. The Cougars jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on for the win. UCLA drops to 19-25, 5-7 in conference play, while Washington State improves to 16-25, 4-11 in the Pac-10.
The Cougars scored a run in the first and three more in the third. With two outs in the third, UCLA starter Chris Cordeiro walked the next two batters, and a fly ball to left field was dropped by Chris Jensen, allowing the two runners to score. Washington State added two more runs in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead.
UCLA got on the board in the fourth inning when Whisler hit a home run to right field. The Bruins added another run in the fifth with Whisler drove home Rasmussen with a double to left center. Whisler put the third Bruin run on the board in the seventh inning when he hit his second home run of the day and fourth of the weekend over the wall in right field to make the score 7-3.
The Cougars put the game out of reach when they scored two more runs in the top of the eighth to make it 9-3. The Bruins rallied in the eighth, but it wasn't enough. Brandon Averill led off with a double, and Nick Lyon reached base on catcher's interference. Both runners moved over on a sacrifice bunt, and Averill scored when the first baseman's throw back to the pitcher was wide and went into the fence by the Bruin dugout. Rasmussen got into the home run action, hitting his first career home run over the left field wall to make the score 9-6.
Cordeiro took the loss for UCLA, falling to 1-5 on the season. He gave up four earned runs in 3.1 innings on nine hits, two walks and struck out two. He also hit a batter. Brandon Hundt got the win for Washington State, allowing three earned runs in 11 hits in 7.2 innings. He walked one batter and struck out eight.
Whisler finished the day 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, three RBI and two runs. Averill had three hits, while Lyon and Rasmussen had two hits each.
The Bruins return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to UC Santa Barbara to face the Gauchos at 2:00 p.m.