Baseball Upended by Trojans, 8-5
April 13, 2003
UCLA (17-22)scored in each of the first four innings, but could not score again falling to USC (18-17), 8-5 in front of 929 fans at Dedeaux Field.
Back-to-back singles from Preston Griffin and Brett McMillan started off the game. Wes Whisler moved Griffin to third on a fielder's choice which caught McMillan at second. He would cross home plate after Chris Denove got on base on an error. After the first half inning of action, the Bruins led 1-0.
However, the Bruin lead would disappear in the bottom of the inning as Joey Metropoulos recorded his eighth home run of the year with a three-run shot.
UCLA did not give up, scoring a run in each of the next two innings while USC added another in the second. In the second, a sacrifice fly from Griffin drove in Brandon Averill, who had doubled earlier in the inning. In the third, a solo home run from Chris Denove added the third Bruin run.
Left-fielder Chris Jensen hit his first home run of the season, the second of his career, to tie the game at 4-4. A one-out double from Sean Carpenter would continue the rally before a single from McMillan would bring Carpenter in and give UCLA a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, USC would even the score again when Jon Brewster scored on a ground out from Baron Frost.
The Trojans regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth as Spencer Gordon hit his second home run of the series. Another solo home run, this time from Jeff Clement, would add another run to the total before a sacrifice fly brought in another Trojan in the eighth.
The Bruins will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to second-ranked Cal State Fullerton. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. at Goodwin Field.