Bruins Fall 12-9 to California in Rubber Match
April 6, 2003
After posting nine runs in the second inning, UCLA (17-18, 3-3) was unable to score another as it fell 12-9 to California (20-14, 6-3) in the rubber match of the weekend series.
The Bears put up two runs in the first, but UCLA rallied to score nine in the second. A one-out rally started with a single from Brandon Averill and a double from Jeff Abney to put runners at second and third. Following a strikeout and Averill crossing home plate on a balk, Preston Griffin walked. Brett McMillan drove the runners in with a home run to give UCLA a 4-2 lead. Wes Whisler continued to rally with a single before Billy Susdorf and Matt Thayer walked to load the bases. Ryan McCarthy cleared the bases with a grand slam, his fifth homer on the year. Averill followed with a solo shot to mark the second straight weekend the Bruins hit back-to-back home runs. After two innings the Bruins led 9-2.
California would chip away at the Bruin lead, posting a run in the top of the third. Four Bears would score in the fifth as back-to-back home runs from James Holder and Ben Conley brought the Bruin lead down to two runs.
The sixth inning would see four more Cal runs as four consecutive walks added to rally. An insurance run in the eighth gave the Bears the final 12-9 advantage.
McCarthy led the team with four RBI while McMillan added three. Averill and Whisler both recorded two-hits, while Averill's two runs scored were tops on the team.
UCLA will return to Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday, when it hosts #9 Long Beach State at 6:00 p.m. Freshman right-hander Daniel Miltenberger will take the mound for the Bruins in his first collegiate start.