No. 21 Arizona State Rallies Past UCLA, 12-5
April 22, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - UCLA held a 5-2 lead after five innings but Arizona State scored ten unanswered runs in the final four frames as the No. 21 Sun Devils defeated the Bruins, 12-5 Friday night at Packard Stadium in game one of this weekend's three-game Pac-10 series. Arizona State outhit UCLA 17-7 and sent the Bruins to their third consecutive loss.
ASU (26-15, 7-3 Pac-10) took an early 2-0 lead in the third behind the strength of Tuff Gosewisch's two-run home run off UCLA starter Hector Ambriz.
But the Bruins (8-26, 0-7 Pac-10) charged back with five runs in the top of the fourth, highlighted by hot-hitting Chris Jensen's second home run of the year, a monster shot to right field. Aaron Markel, making his first career start at first base, added an RBI fielder's choice sacrifice, Mike Metzger chipped in with a two-out, two-RBI single to left and Will Penniall capped the scoring with an RBI single of his own.
The 5-2 lead stuck until the bottom of the sixth when ASU exploded for six runs, aided by five hits and three walks. Shortstop Andrew Romine and second baseman Seth Dhaenens each contributed RBI base hits in the inning.
The Sun Devils added another run in the seventh and three more in the eighth.
UCLA reliever Brian Schroeder suffered the defeat, falling to 1-4. Schroeder came in to relieve Ambriz in the sixth and surrendered the eventual game-winning run.
Ty Marotz (2-1) picked up the win and Tony Barnette earned the save for ASU.
Notes: Markel started at first base and Brett McMillan made his first career start at third base after Eric Taylor, the Bruins' everyday third baseman, felt a tightness in his knee prior to the game. McMillan played three innings at third base in UCLA's game at San Diego State earlier this week.