Bruins Rally For 7-6 Win over Long Beach State
May 7, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Ryan McCarthy and Rashad Parker hit RBI doubles in the bottom of the eighth inning to help lead UCLA to a 7-6 win over Long Beach State this evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins held a 5-4 lead for much of the game, but the 49ers took a 6-5 lead in the top of the eighth. UCLA rallied in the bottom of the eighth with a single from Nick Lyon, followed by the RBI doubles that gave the Bruins a one run advantage. Chris Cordeiro held the 49ers scoreless in the top of the ninth for his first save of the year. The Bruins improve to 22-28, while Long Beach State drops to 28-18.
The Beach got on the board quickly in the first. Kevin Randel hit a lead off home run off of Bruin starter David Johnson to give the 49ers a quick 1-0 lead. Tim Hutting and Jeremy Reed followed with a single and a double, but Johnson got the next three batters out to get out of the inning.
UCLA answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning. Rashad Parker was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Parker came around to score on Wes Whisler's single to center field. The hit extended Whisler's hitting streak to 10 games, the longest of his UCLA career.
After a scoreless second inning, Johnson walked the first two batters of the third inning. With runners at first and second, Paul McAnulty hit a three-run home run to give the Beach a 4-1 lead. He got out of the inning by forcing two groundouts and a strikeout.
For the game, Johnson allowed four runs on four hits, four walks and four strikeouts in 3.0 innings of work.
UCLA took advantage of two errors by Long Beach State third baseman Tim Hutting in the bottom of the third. With one out, Whisler hit his 11th home run of the season over the wall in left center to cut the lead to 4-2. After Josh Arhart reached first on a throwing error by Hutting, Casey Grzecka flew out to center field. With two outs, Adam Berry hit a hard ground ball to Hutting who couldn't handle it, and the Bruins had runners at first and second. Brandon Averill, Lyon and McCarthy each followed with RBI singles to give the Bruins a 5-4 lead.
Kevin Jerkens (2-2) took over for Johnson and kept the 49ers scoreless for 4.0 innings. However in the eighth, the Beach would take the lead again. With two outs, pinch hitter Chris Genung hit a double off the wall in right field. After Jerkens hit Nick Orlandos with a pitch, Randel followed with an RBI single that scored Genung and put Orlandos at third base. Orlandos would come around to score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch from Jerkens to give the 49ers a 6-5 lead.
The resilient Bruins were able to come back in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Lyon singled to start the rally. McCarthy then hit a liner down the third base line to send Lyon home and tie the game. One batter later, and with two outs, Parker hit another double to left field that scored McCarthy and gave the Bruins a 7-6 advantage.
Cordeiro took over for Jerkens in the ninth and allowed a hit to the first batter, Reed. A fielder's choice and a fly ball later, Cordeiro got Brad Davis to line out to left field to end the game.
The Bruins now improve to 2-10 in one-run games. Chris Demaria suffered the loss for Long Beach State, surrendering the two runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Whisler has been on a tear in the last 10 games. He is batting .525 (21-for-40) with seven home runs, five doubles, 17 RBI and 11 runs. He has struck out just five times in that stretch. Whisler 11th home runs puts him just four home runs away from tying Chase Utley's freshman home run record of 15, set in 1998.
Classmate McCarthy is also coming into his own at the plate. He has five multi-hit games in the last eight games, going 12-for-29 (.414 average).
Parker finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and the game-winning RBI. Averill, Lyon, McCarthy and Whisler all finished with two hits.
Jerkens had his best outing of the season, going 5.0 innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
The Bruins return to action this weekend when they travel to Arizona for a three game series. Game time on Friday night is 7:00 p.m. and all three games can be heard on the internet at www.uclabruins.com.