Baseball Splits First Day of Texas A&M Tournament
Feb. 22, 2003
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Junior right-hander Casey Janssen threw the Bruins' first shut out since 2000 to lead UCLA (6-7) to a 3-0 victory over Utah (4-3) in the first game of the Dominos Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic before falling to Creighton (1-2) in the second game.
Each of the games in the tournament will be seven inning contests, due to rain washing out the first day of competition.
Janssen pitched all seven innings in the morning contest, allowing only five hits and no runs, while striking out seven Utes. Utah only managed eight base runners in the game. The shutout marked the first for UCLA since defeating Arizona 10-0 on May 14th, 2002.
The Bruins got on the board in the first as Wes Whisler drove in Brett McMillan and Billy Susdorf on a single up the middle. McMillan had reached on a single up the middle and advanced to third on a double from Susdorf to left field.
The third and final run scored in the third inning as Whisler drove in McMillan, who had reached base on a walk.
Whisler, who drove in all three Bruin runs, was two-for-three in the contest. Susdorf finished two-for-two with the double and a single in the third. Ryan McCarthy, Preston Griffin, and Chris Denove also singled for UCLA.
Against Creighton, starter Mike Kunes and Jay starter Tom Oldham were in a heated pitcher's duel through the third inning. Kunes faced only 11 batters in the first three innings, while Oldham faced 10.
In the top of the fourth, the Jays exploded for seven runs off Kunes. With two-outs, four singles, a double and a two-run home run from shortstop Mike Sirianni, Creighton went ahead 7-0. Doug Silva came in to relieve Kunes and retire the final batter of the inning.
Oldham stayed strong after Kunes' departure, allowing only one Bruin base runner over the next two innings.
After sitting the Jays down in order in the fifth, Silva started the sixth by issuing two walks. Denove picked off the lead runner for the inning's first out before Silva struck out BJ Schumacher. The right-hander issued another walk to give the Jays runners at first and second with two outs. Sirianni knocked in his third run of the game with a RBI-single. Tony Roth followed with another RBI-single to right field. An error on the throw from Bruin Adam Simon allowed another run to score and Roth advance to third. Mike Castillo relieved Silva and retired clean-up hitter Pete Wiedewitsch to end the inning.
Griffin hit a one-out double to try to start a Bruin rally in the bottom of the sixth. Matt Thayer moved him over with a fly out to right field. However, the inning ended with a ground-out from Susdorf.
Freshman right-hander Scott Botterman faced the first batters of his collegiate career in the top of the seventh, as he retired the Jays in order.
With Jay reliever Adrian Rider on the mound, the Bruins started a four-run rally in the seventh, which would prove not to be enough for the win. Whisler led-off by flying out to left field. Denove reached on an error from the shortstop. Christian Lewis doubled to right center to move Denove to third. He crossed the plate on a single from McCarthy. UCLA loaded the bases when Kevin Conlin was hit by a pitch. A walk to Simon brought Lewis in and kept the bases loaded for Griffin. A sacrifice fly from the second baseman drove McCarthy in. Thayer kept the drive going with a RBI-single to left field. However, Susdorf struck out to end the game.
UCLA will be back in action tomorrow to take on the Utes in a 1:00 pm match-up. The Bruins will also take on the 19th-ranked Aggies at 5:00 pm, central time.