Close Call In Ninth Costs Bruins
May 28, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A reversed call in the top of the ninth inning led to the winning run for visiting Washington Saturday afternoon as the Huskies defeated UCLA, 6-5 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in game two of this weekend's Pac-10 series. With two outs, UCLA third baseman Brett McMillan appeared to have thrown out Husky right fielder Matt Hague at first but after the Bruins retreated to their dugout to begin the bottom of the ninth inning, the home plate and first base umpires conferred and ultimately called Hague safe, allowing Washington's Mike Rundle to score from third with the go-ahead run.
UCLA (15-40, 4-19) put runner on the corners with two outs in the final frame but reliever Matt Kasser fanned catcher Chris Denove to end the game and earn his first save of the year.
Josh Konover (1-2) earned the win for Washington, tossing a scoreless 1.1 innings out of the bullpen. Bruin right-hander Brant Rustich suffered the hard-luck loss after being victimized by the reversed call. Rustich allowed two hits over 2.2 innings while striking out four in relief of UCLA starter Brian Schroeder.
Down 5-2 in the bottom of the eight, UCLA used three hits, including a pinch-hit double by Hector Ambriz to rally for three runs and tie the game. Left fielder Will Penniall led off the inning with a single to left field and then advanced to second when right fielder Chris Jensen walked. Reliever Brandon McKerney then replaced Husky starter David Dowling and got Denove to fly out to deep left. But the next batter, McMillan, laced a single to right field, scoring Penniall. Ambriz then delivered with his run-scoring double before Eric Taylor, Jr.'s run-scoring sacrifice fly tied the game at 5-5.
In the ninth, Rundle single to left to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. But Rustich got Taylor Johnson to ground out and then struck out Brent Lillibridge before Hague ultimately reached first on what turned out be an infield single.
Jensen and Taylor, Jr. both went 3-for-3 for UCLA while McMillan contributed two RBI.
Hague finished his day with four RBI and designated hitter Curt Rindal hit his seventh home run of the year for the Huskies in the fourth.