Strong Pitching Leads Bruins Past UC Riverside, 4-3
May 14, 2002
LOS ANGELES - UCLA used a strong combined pitching effort from six pitchers to defeat UC Riverside, 4-3, this evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium. UCLA has won its fourth game in the last five, and improves to 25-29 overall. UC Riverside drops to 28-24.
The Bruins got on the board in the first inning. Rashad Parker singled and advanced to third on Wes Whisler's infield single. Parker came around for the first run of the game on a Josh Arhart RBI single.
The Highlanders tied the score in the top of the third. Brian Wahlbrink drew a leadoff walk from pitcher David Johnson, and advanced to second on Adam Seuss' single. Wahlbrink came around to tie the game on an RBI single by Jimmy Anderson. UC Riverside took the lead in the fourth when Adam Spiker hit a solo home run off of Johnson, his third of the season.
UCLA tied the game quickly in the bottom of the fourth. Casey Grzecka drew a leadoff walk and Susdorf took his place on a fielder's choice. Susdorf advanced to third on Brandon Averill's single, and both runners advanced on Adam Berry's fly ball to center field. Ryan McCarthy hit a hard ground ball to Highlander shortstop Scott Powis, who couldn't handle it and it allowed Susdorf to come home for the tying run.
The Bruins took the lead again in the fifth inning. Whisler walked and advanced to third when Powis led Grzecka's single go through his legs. Whisler came around to score on Susdorf's single to right field.
Powis made up for his fielding mistakes by hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3. But it would be the last scoring that the Highlanders could muster.
Berry led off the sixth inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second when UCR pitcher Jaymie Torres walked Ryan McCarthy. Both runners advanced on Kevin Conlin's sacrifice bunt, and the go-ahead run came around to score on Parker's RBI ground out to the shortstop.
UCLA used three pitchers in the seventh inning to keep the Highlanders off the scoreboard. The final pitcher, Chris Cordeiro, lasted the rest of the game, picking up his second save of the season. He pitched 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out three, including the final batter of the game.
Kyle Wilson picked up the win for UCLA, improving to 2-0. Arhart and Averill had two hits each, while Parker, Susdorf and Arhart each had RBIs.
The Bruins return to action this weekend, hosting a critical Pac-10 series against Stanford. Friday's game starts at 6:00 p.m., while the weekend games start at 1:00 p.m.