Bruins Fall to Washington, 5-4
May 4, 2002
SEATTLE - Mike Wagner hit an RBI bloop single to right field in the bottom of the ninth to give Washington a 5-4 win over UCLA this afternoon at Husky Ballpark. Adam Berry hit a pinch hit solo home run in the top of the ninth to tie the game and force the bottom of the ninth, but the Huskies got a walk and a single off of Chris Cordeiro before Wagner hit the bloop single off of Doug Silva for the Husky victory. UCLA drops to 21-27 on the year, 6-8 in Pac-10 play, while Washington improves to 21-20-1, 9-5 in the Pac-10.
UCLA took an early lead in the first inning. With two outs, starting pitcher and designated hitter Wes Whisler hit a double to center field and scored on Josh Arhart's RBI single to shallow center field. After the run scored, Washington starting pitcher Sean White retired the next 11 Bruin batters until Nick Lyon managed a hit in the fifth inning.
The Huskies tied the game in the bottom of the second. Brandon Averill couldn't handle John Otness' ground ball. Two singles and a strikeout later, Otness would come around to score on a Tila Reynolds sacrifice fly.
The game was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the fifth when the Huskies took the lead. Aaron Hathaway singled and advanced to second when Whisler hit Tyler Davidson. Hathaway would come around to scored on Otness' RBI single to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead.
Whisler tied the game with one swing of the bat in the top of the sixth. He hit his 10th home run of the season, and his sixth home run in the last four Pac-10 games.
Washington took the lead again in the bottom of the sixth. Kyle Larsen led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice hit, and scored on a sacrifice fly to make it a 3-2 game.
But the Bruins battled back in the eighth. Ryan Rasmussen led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on Rashad Parker's sacrifice bunt. The senior second baseman came around to score on Whisler's double. It was Whisler's second double of the day and his second RBI to tie the game again at 3-3.
After Whisler allowed a walk to Larsen to start the eighth, he was relieved by Cordeiro (1-6) who struck out the next two batters before allowing an RBI double to Greg Isaacson to give Washington another one-run lead.
Berry pinch hit for Trott, and took a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left center to give the Bruins hope and tie the game at 4-4. It was Berry's 16th home run of the season. But the Huskies would score the game winner in the bottom of the ninth to win game two of the series.
Whisler finished the day 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. On the mound, he allowed three earned runs in 7.0 innings, walking four and striking out two. Arhart was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a double, while Lyon and McCarthy had one hit each.
The rubber game of the series is on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.