Bruins' Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short Against ASU
April 24, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - UCLA scored twice in the ninth and brought the eventual tying run to second and the winning run to first but Arizona State closed the door as the Sun Devils completed this weekend's three-game Pac-10 series sweep of the Bruins with a 10-8 victory Sunday afternoon at Packard Stadium. Eventual winner Zechrry Zinicola walked four batters and hit one in the top of the ninth, allowing UCLA to climb back from down 10-6.
The Bruins battled back from several different deficits in the contest, including overcoming an early four-run whole to eventually take a 6-5 lead in the fifth inning. Lefty Paul Oseguera, making his second start of the week, lasted just two innings but gave way to Brian Schroeder, who kept UCLA close with 4.2 hard-fought innings out of the bullpen.
ASU strung together four successive singles against Oseguera in the bottom of the first for a quick 3-0 lead. A Travis Buck RBI single in the second gave the Sun Devils a four-run advantage.
Arizona State chalked up a single run in the bottom of the fifth on J.J. Sferra's RBI single to left. Reliever Brian Schroeder eventually escaped a one-out, runners on first and third jam by inducing shortstop Joe Persichina into an inning-ending double play.
Then in the top of the fifth, the Bruins used an improbable two-out rally to score five runs and take their first lead of the series, 6-5. After the first two batters of the inning were quickly turned away by ASU starter Pat Bresnahan, Carpenter chimed in with his second hit of the afternoon. Catcher Chris Denove then added his second single of the day before center fielder Jarrad Page was beaned, loading the bases. Pinch-hitter Hector Ambriz then banged the first pitch he saw into deep right center field for a three-RBI double. The next batter Anthony Norman, hammered Bresnahan's first offering down the right field line for a stand-triple, scoring Ambriz and tying the game. Josh Roenicke then knocked a single to left field, courtesy of a tricky hop off the infield dirt, to give the Bruins the lead. UCLA sent ten men to the plate in the inning, marking the first time UCLA had batted around since February 25, a 9-0 win over Pacific.
But ASU quickly jumped back ahead with Jeff Larish's 15th home run of the year, a two-run shot off Schroeder in the bottom of the fifth. The Sun Devils then went on to score three more times in the bottom of the seventh courtesy of RBI base hits from Sferra, Colin Curtis and Travis Buck.
Norman, Chris Jensen, Carpenter and Denove each contributed two hits apiece for UCLA. The hot-hitting Jensen's 2-for-5 day at the plate actually lowered his average to .438.
UCLA (8-28, 0-9 Pac-10) allowed a season high eight stolen bases in the loss.
Notes: Ambriz, UCLA's leading hitter who has not served his usual role of designated hitter over the last four games due to soreness, pinch-hit for shortstop Nolan Rouse in the fifth. It was Ambriz' first at bat since April 17, spanning five games.