Bruins Fall to UC Irvine, 6-4
March 13, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA Baseball team fell to UC Irvine, 6-4, this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Anteaters capitalized on three Bruin errors in the first inning to score three unearned runs, and scored two runs in the top of the eighth to improve to 14-12 on the season. UCLA falls to 13-13.
After the Anteaters took a 3-0 lead with three unearned runs on just two hits, the Bruins responded by scoring two of their own in the bottom of the first. Ryan Rasmussen singled to start the inning. Matt Thayer hit a ball back to pitcher Glenn Swanson, who threw the ball to Anteater shortstop B.J. Eucce at second base for the force out. However, Eucce dropped the ball, making Rasmussen safe. After Ben Francisco's fielders choice put runners at first and third, Wes Whisler had a single up the middle that scored Thayer and Francisco to make the score 3-2.
Starting pitcher Whisler allowed just two hits in 3.0 innings of work, striking out two batters. Mike Davern took over for Whisler in the fourth, and allowed another Anteater run in the top of the fifth. Doug Silva relieved Davern with one out and two runners on in the top of the fifth, and got Brent Smith to line into a double play.
Down 4-2, the Bruins scored another run in the bottom of the fifth. Rasmussen tripled to right center, the first UCLA triple of the year. He scored on Thayer's RBI double.
The Bruins tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Ryan McCarthy led off the inning with a walk, and advanced on Christian Lewis' sacrifice bunt. Rasmussen hit a ground ball to Eucce, whose throw to first base was in the dirt and got away, allowing McCarthy to score from second base to tie the game.
However, the tie would not last long. The Anteaters scored two runs in the top of the eighth on pinch hitter R.J. Brown's two-RBI double off of Kevin Jerkens (0-2).
Anteater pitcher Jimmy Alstot (1-2) effectively shut down the UCLA offense in the final 2.2 innings of the game. He allowed just two hits, and struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth inning to pick up his first win of the season.
The Bruins will now break for final exams until March 23rd when they travel to Miami to take on the Hurricanes in a three game series.