Bruins Fall to USC in Extra Inning Heartbreaker
May 24, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Bill Peavey hit a bloop RBI single in the top of the 12th inning to lead USC to a 5-4 win over UCLA in Pac-10 baseball action at Jackie Robinson Stadium this evening. The game was tied 4-4 after Rashad Parker's two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth and remained scoreless until the 12th inning. UCLA drops to 26-33, 9-13 in the Pac-10, while USC maintains its one game lead over Stanford and Washington, improving to 15-7 in conference play and 32-22 overall.
UCLA got on the board in the bottom of the second. Casey Grzecka singled and advanced to third on Billy Susdorf's double. Grzecka would come around to score UCLA's first run on Brandon Averill's RBI groundout.
USC quickly tied the game, and took the lead in the top of the third. Anthony Lunetta hit his first home run of the season to tie the game, and Peavey quickly gave USC the 2-1 lead with a solo home run of his own.
Parker doubled down the left field line with two outs in the third, and advanced to third base on a passed ball. He came tied the game 2-2 on Josh Arhart's infield single.
A two-run home run by Alberto Concepcion in the fifth would give the Trojans a two run lead, but Parker's home run in the bottom of the fifth tied the game for the third time.
After that, it would remain a pitcher's duel. UCLA starter Mike Kunes had one of his strongest outings of the season. He allowed four runs on eight hits, striking out six and walking none in 8.0 innings. USC's Anthony Reyes allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 6.0 innings.
Each team had several opportunities to end the game, but the pitchers were able to leave the field unscathed until the top of the 12th. In the bottom of the eighth, Whisler led off with a double to left center. He moved to third on a ground out, and was replaced by pinch runner Matt Thayer. However, Susdorf hit a grounder to USC shortstop Michael Moon who threw Thayer out at home. The Bruins stranded two runners in the eighth and ninth inning. USC had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth with two outs, but Doug Silva struck out Concepcion to keep the game tied. UCLA had its own bases loaded situation in the bottom of the 11th inning, but Thayer struck out to end the inning.
USC's Brian Barre recorded his first hit of the game in the top of the 12th, and advanced to second on Lunetta's sacrifice bunt. Barre advanced to third on Concepcion's single, and scored on Peavey's bloop single to shallow center field.
The Bruins were unable to respond in the bottom of the 12th. Grzecka flied out before Nick Lyon and Averill grounded out to end the game.
Reliever Brett Bannister (6-3) got the win after throwing 6.0 scoreless innings of relief. He allowed just four hits, one walk and struck out seven. Five of the seven strikeouts were in the extra frames. Silva (0-5) suffered the loss despite another strong outing in relief. He allowed just one run on four hits, walking two and striking out two in 4.0 innings of work.
UCLA looks to tie the series up on Saturday, when the series continues at 1:00 p.m. Wes Whisler will be on the mound for UCLA, matched up with junior Jordan Olson. The game will be televised live by Fox Sports West 2.