Bruins Defeat Wildcats to Even Series
May 11, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - Warren Trott was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Billy Susdorf was 2-for-3 with his first career home run to lead UCLA to a 5-3 win over Arizona in game two of a three game series at Frank Sancet Field in Tucson. Susdorf's home run tied the game in the seventh, and Trott scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Ryan Rasmussen. The Bruins improve to 23-29 and 7-10 in the Pac-10, while Arizona drops to 28-19, 7-10 in conference play.
UCLA took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Brandon Averill recorded UCLA's first hit of the game and advanced to second on a double by Susdorf. Both runners came around to score on Trott's two-RBI single to give the Bruins the lead.
The Wildcats scored their only runs of the game in the bottom of the third. Marc Kaiser got the first hit of the game, and was put out on the fielder's choice by Moises Duran. After Clayton Bried walked, Duran stole third base and scored on Brad Hassey's RBI single. Bried came around to score on Jeff Van Houton's sacrifice fly, and the third run of the inning scored on Brian Anderson's single to give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead.
Susdorf took the first pitch of the seventh inning and hit it over the wall in left center for his first career home run. Trott followed with a high chopper to pitcher Joe Little (6-5), who threw the ball away from the first baseman, allowing Trott to move to second. He advanced to third on Ryan McCarthy's fly ball, and came around to score on Ryan Rasmussen's single up the middle. The run gave the Bruins a 4-3 lead.
Whisler (5-2) had another strong outing, allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work.
The Bruins added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Trott hit a double to right field and scored on McCarthy's single through the right side of the infield to extend the lead to 5-3.
UCLA survived a scare in the bottom of the ninth. Reliever Doug Silva walked two Wildcat batters with one out, but pinch hitter Kevin Hardy hit into a double play to end the game.
Trott finished the game with a career-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Susdorf was 2-for-3 with a home run and a double, while Rasmussen was 2-for-5 with the go-ahead RBI.
The Bruins look to win the series on Sunday at noon. The series is tied at one game each after Arizona won Friday's game 10-9.