Bruins Drop Thriller to No. 13 Long Beach State, 2-1
April 5, 2005
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Brandon Godfrey's one-out sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Cole Jacobsen with the winning run for Long Beach State as the Dirtbags narrowly slid by UCLA 2-1 Tuesday night at Blair Field. Long Beach State used two infield singles and a sacrifice bunt to set up the game winning fly out.
The Bruins (7-18) played their most fundamentally sound game of the year, committing no errors and turning away multiple Dirtbag opportunities but UCLA also stranded nine runners and did not score after the first inning. Bryan Beck (0-5) was the hard-luck loser, suffering the defeat after 2.2 very effective outings in his first relief appearance since May 29, 2004.
UCLA jumped ahead early as left fielder Will Penniall smacked the first pitch of the game off the center field wall for a stand up triple. The next batter, second baseman Sean Carpenter, roped an RBI single to left for a quick 1-0 Bruin lead.
Long Beach State's Troy Tulowitzki wasted no time evening the score with a solo home run to right in the bottom of the first.
Bruin starter Adam Simon did a tight-rope walk through the next few innings as he escaped a bases loaded jam in the third by striking out left fielder Danny Mocny to end the inning. In the fourth, with runners on first and second, Simon induced first baseman Brandon Godfrey into an inning-ending foul out to third.
UCLA reliever Dan Miltenberger worked his way out of another jam in the Dirtbag sixth. With one out and a runner on second, Miltenberger was called for a balk, advancing the runner to third. But the next batter, Cole Jacobsen, sent a hard ground ball to first baseman Brett McMillan who nailed pinch-hitter Jamie Huizar attempting to score from third. Miltenberger then struck out Steve Velazco to end the inning.
The Bruins returned the favor in the top of the seventh by wasting another scoring opportunity. Dirtbag reliever Steve Hammond got Carpenter to foul out to first and struck out Tommy Lansdon after UCLA loaded the bases with one out via singles from Chris Denove, Anthony Norman and Penniall.
However, once again UCLA's bullpen held strong in the bottom of the seventh as Beck, normally a weekend starter for the Bruins, erased a leadoff walk from Miltenberger by setting down Long Beach State's two through four hitters in order. Beck then set down the Dirtbags in order again in the eighth.
The Dirtbags used seven different pitchers in the win. Neil Jameson (3-0) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth.