UCLA Defeats Arizona, 18-14
May 12, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team squandered a six run lead to UCLAin the three-game series finale at Frank Sancet Field on Sunday, eventuallyfalling 18-14. The two teams combined for 35 hits on the afternoon, 15 ofwhich went for extra bases. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 29-20 overalland 7-11 in the Pac-10. UCLA, which won the series two games to one,improved to 24-29 overall and 8-10 in conference play.
The Bruins jumped out to a quick three-run lead in the top of the first ona RBI single by Casey Grzecka and a two-run base knock by Billy Susdorf,but Arizona countered with a nine run outburst in the bottom half of theinning on just four hits.
Aided by a pair of fielding errors by the Bruins and sophomore MoisesDuran's second grand slam of the season, the Wildcats took a six runadvantage after one inning of play. The lead didn't last long as UCLAscored three in the second, one in the third, four in the fifth and threein the sixth to take 14-11 lead.
Led by Grzecka's 5 for 6, five run and three RBI day, the Bruins rappedout 21 hits off of five different Arizona pitchers as all nine UCLAstarters collected at least one hit in the game. Bruin freshman Wes Whislerlaunched his 13th home run of the season, a three-run shot to straight awaycenter, to account for UCLA's three-run second. He finished the game 2 for5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Brandon Averill chipped in with fourRBIs on four hits in six at bats.
Duran's grand slam highlighted a 3 for 5 effort in the Arizona loss. Thesophomore second baseman finished the contest with six RBIs and two runsscored. Senior Chris Cunningham extended his season-high hitting streak to10 straight games with a solo shot to center field to leadoff the fourth.The home run was his team-leading 13th of the season. Freshman Jeff VanHouten added a three-run homer, his seventh of the season, for the Wildcats.
Mike Castillo (1-1), one of eight UCLA pitchers in the game, picked up thewin on the mound for Bruins with one inning of work. Sophomore Tony Sulserwas charged with his third loss of the season, surrendering the go-aheadruns in the sixth.
Arizona will host Washington State in a three game series beginning nextFriday. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.
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