Baseball Battles Back But Cal Holds On, 6-4
April 30, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - UCLA right-hander Bryan Beck struck out a career-high tying seven batters in a complete game but California scored five times in the second inning and the Bruins' did not have enough innings to complete the comeback as the Golden Bears defeated UCLA, 6-4 Saturday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Facing a 5-1 deficit after two innings, UCLA outscored Cal 3-1 in the game's final seven frames and outhit the Bears 13-8 but the rally proved to be insufficient.
UCLA remains winless in Pac-10 play, falling to 9-30 overall and 0-11 in conference action. Cal improves to 29-18 and 9-8 in the Pac-10.
Eric Dworkis (5-5) picked up the victory, allowing four runs on ten hits over 7.1 innings pitched. He fanned six batters and walked one. Travis Talbott earned his seventh save of the season for Cal with 1.2 scoreless innings to end the game.
Beck (0-8), who allowed all six runs on eight hits, walked just three in suffering his eighth defeat of the year. After the game-turning second inning, Beck allowed just five hits and retired the side in order in the third, fifth, seventh and ninth innings.
UCLA took an early 1-0 lead when Chris Jensen singled home Sean Carpenter from second in the bottom of the first inning. Jensen finished 1-for-5 but did extend his team-season-high hitting streak to ten games.
Cal took advantage of three walks, a single and two doubles to plate the five runs in the second inning. Garrett Bussiere, Kyle Spraker, Matt Einsphar and Chris Errecart each contributed an RBI in the inning. Bussierre, along with teammate Allen Craig, had three hits on the night for Cal.
The Bears took a 6-1 lead in the top of the fourth when Craig singled home Bussiere.
But UCLA charged back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a two-RBI single from catcher Chris Denove. The junior's base hit scored designated hitter Hector Ambriz and third baseman Brett McMillan, who had singled and walked, respectively. The multi-RBI output was the first for Denove since February 6 at Fresno State when he tallied a career-high tying four.
The Bruins put up one more run in the eighth to bring the contest to within two runs. Pinch-hitter Will Penniall's single to center brought around McMillan with two outs. Shortstop Tommy Lansdon would then go down on strikes with runners on first and third to end the inning.