McMillan Slams the Cardinal, Bruins Win 9-5 in 12 Innings
May 17, 2003
Brett McMillan hit his first career grand slam in the 12th inning to lift UCLA (26-29) to a 9-5 win over seventh-ranked Stanford (37-15) in front of a season-high 2,913 fans at Sunken Diamond.
Warren Trott reached base on a fielder's choice to get the 12th-inning rally under way. Wes Whisler followed with a one-out intentional walk, which was the second issued to Whisler in the game. Billy Susdorf would load the bases, reaching on a fielder's choice after an error by the Cardinal. McMillan would clear the bases for UCLA with the grand slam which marked his seventh round-tripper of the season.
UCLA got on the leader board first with two runs in the third inning. A lead-off double from Brandon Averill started the inning. A bunt single from Ryan McCarthy would follow. After two outs, Whisler would drive in both runners with a double to left center field.
After the Stanford put up two runs in the bottom of the third, the Bruins re-gained the lead in the fifth. Once again, Averill started the rally with a lead-off single. McCarthy would walk and Preston Griffin moved Averill to third with a sacrifice bunt. Averill would score on a ground-out to give UCLA a 3-2 advantage.
The Cardinal tied the score in the bottom of the fifth and took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth. After reaching base on a lead-off walk, Sam Fuld would score on a triple from Brian Hall. Carlos Quentin would drive Hall in with a single.
UCLA rallied in the top of the ninth to even the score at 5-5. After a fly-out, Christian Lewis singled to left field. Adam Simon came in to pinch run for Lewis and would go to second on Averill's third hit of the day. Simon advanced to third on throw and Averill also moved ahead to second. After Sean Carpenter entered to pinch-run for Averill, Simon would score on a wild pitch from Cardinal reliever Matt Manship. Carpenter also went to third on the play. Pinch-hitter Hector Ambriz tied the game for UCLA with a RBI-single through the left side.
Whisler, who was making his 14th start of the season, went nine innings in the contest. It was the second consecutive nine-inning outing for the left-hander. He allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits.Chris Cordeiro earned the win for UCLA, improving to 1-2 on the year. In two and two-thirds innings, the right-hander did not allow a hit.
Averill led the Bruins, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Whisler was two-for-four with a run scored and two RBI. McMillan's four RBI marked a new career-high for the Shingle Springs native.
UCLA and Stanford will wrap-up the Pac-10 series tomorrow in a 1:00 p.m. match-up at Sunken Diamond.