Baseball Loses Series Opener to No. 9 Texas A&M
March 11, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M scored five times in the second and ten times in the fifth as the Aggies went on to hand the UCLA baseball team its seventh consecutive loss, 15-5 Friday night at Olsen Field. UCLA led early but six Bruin pitchers combined to surrender a season-high 15 earned runs while the Bruin offense could only muster two hits through the first eight innings.
UCLA is now 7-11 and the No. 9 Aggies improve to 13-5.
The Bruins broke through with four runs in the first inning against the 2004 Big-12 Freshman Pitcher of the Year Jason Meyer. With two outs, Meyer issued three consecutive walks to Sean Smith, Hector Ambriz and Josh Roenicke before Brett McMillan stepped up and smacked his second grand slam of the year to deep right-center field for an early four-run lead.
The advantage was short lived however as Texas A&M touched UCLA starter Adam Simon for five runs off of four hits in the bottom of the second. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Aggie left fielder Todd Sebek's RBI ground out scored A&M's first run. A batter later, right fielder Keith Stein singled in two more runs and Parker Dalton's two-RBI triple would eventually give the Aggies a 5-4 lead.
With A&M still ahead by just a run, UCLA threatened in the fifth when, again with two outs, Eric Taylor walked and then proceeded to steal second and third on consecutive pitches. The next batter, Smith, sent a ground ball up the middle which appeared to have a chance of making it into center field, but Texas A&M shortstop Cliff Pennington raced to his left and made the six-three putout for the final out.
The one run would have proved insufficient as the Aggies broke the game wide open with ten runs in their half of the fifth. The single inning total is the most surrendered by the Bruins this year as the Aggies sent 15 men to the plate and at one point had 11 batters in a row reach base safely. The Bruins used five different pitchers in the inning including Simon.
Meyer, who improved to 5-0 with the victory, settled down after the first inning and finished his night after tossing five innings and allowing the four runs on just two hits. Simon, in his first collegiate start since 2003 which ironically also came against Texas A&M, suffered the defeat. He gave up seven runs on five hits over 4.1 innings.
UCLA center fielder Josh Roenicke added an RBI single for the Bruins in the ninth and finished 1-for-3.