UCLA Breaks Out With 9-8 Victory Over UC Santa Barbara
April 16, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Brett McMillan's RBI single in the top of the eighth inning provided the winning margin as UCLA triumphantly defeated UC Santa Barbara, 9-8 Saturday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium to snap the Bruins' school-record 19-game losing streak. The win is the first for UCLA since February 25 and almost every Bruin had a hand in the victory.
UCLA used seven pitchers and four players off the bench to preserve what once was a 7-1 lead. Right fielder Chris Jensen led the victorious charge with a career high four hits, including a three-run home run, and four RBI. Jensen was making just his second start and fourth appearance of the season after being sidelined since opening day with a hamstring injury.
Every starter in the Bruin lineup had a hit as UCLA pounded out a season-high tying 15 base hits, the most since a 17-0 rout of UC Riverside back on February 8. McMillan, Josh Roenicke and Eric Taylor each contributed two hits apiece. The multi-hit performance is the second in as many days for Roenicke.
Sophomore left-hander Brian Schroeder (1-3) earned the win for UCLA with one full scoreless inning of work and Paul Oseguera earned his first career save by retiring the final two batters of the game.
The Bruins took an early 5-0 lead in the third inning after Nolan Rouse and Tommy Lansdon each drove in runs with an RBI double and single respectively. Later in the inning with two runners aboard, Jensen smacked his first home run since 2003 over the right field wall for the five run advantage.
UCSB added a run of its own in the bottom of the inning but the Bruins scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings courtesy of a Rouse run-scoring sacrifice fly and another Roenicke RBI single.
But the Gauchos charged back with four runs in the sixth, highlighted by catcher Matt Kalafatis' three-run inside the park home run. Then UCSB first baseman Bill Rowe tied the game at eight with a three-run home run in the seventh, his third of the year.
In the UCLA eighth, Bruin designated hitter Hector Ambriz laced a two-out single to left. Jonathan Medici then ran for Ambriz at first and advanced to second on losing pitcher Loren Fraser's balk. The next batter, McMillan, singled up the middle to score Medici with the eventual winning run.
UCSB put two runners aboard with one out in the bottom of the ninth but Oseguera got pinch hitter Matt Stevens and Kalfatis to strike out swinging to end the game and the streak.
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