Bruins Win First Pac-10 Series With 9-7 Victory at Oregon State.
April 21, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Bruins scored six runs in the final two innings to defeat Oregon State 9-7 at Goss Stadium this afternoon. With the win, the Bruins win their first Pac-10 series, winning on Saturday, 6-1. UCLA improves to 18-24 overall, 4-5 in Pac-10 play, while Oregon State drops to 24-14, 4-5 in conference play.
For the third time in the series, the Bruins scored first. After Ryan Rasmussen singled to center field to start the game, he stole second and third bases. He scored on Josh Arhart's RBI double over the head of right fielder Chris Biles.
The Beavers answered in the bottom of the first. After Tom Creighton walked, he stole second and advanced to third on a balk by Bruin starter Mike Castillo. The leadoff batter scored on Chris Mathews' sacrifice fly.
Oregon State took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the second. Andy Jarvis led off with a single and advanced to third on Wick Udy's double. Both base runners scored on Paul Richie's double down the right field line to give the Beavers a 3-2 lead.
The game turned into a pitcher's duel after the second inning. Castillo retired the batters in order in the third, and Mike Kunes took over for him in the fourth. He kept the Beavers scoreless until the sixth inning. With two outs, Seth Pietsch doubled to left field and scored on an infield single by Udy. Udy hit a ball to Rasmussen's left, and with Pietsch heading home, the second baseman threw the ball home, but Pietsch was safe and Udy advanced to second when the ball was in the dirt.
The Bruins made it a one run game in the top of the seventh. Trott led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a walk by Matt Thayer. Both runner advanced on Parker's second sacrifice bunt of the game, and Trott scored on Rasmussen's sacrifice fly to right field. After Ryan McCarthy walked to put runners at first and third, Jared Sanders (1-3), the third pitcher of the inning, struck out Berry to end the threat and preserve the Beaver lead.
OSU extended its lead in the bottom of the seventh. Will Hudson doubled to right field and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tom Creighton. Hudson scored on Mathews' single to right field, and Chris Biles singled to put runners at second and first.
But the Bruins took advantage of the small strike zone and some wild pitching in the top of the eighth. After Arhart led off with a double to left field, pinch hitter Chris Jensen walked. Brandon Averill was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wes Whisler's pinch hit single sent the first of four Bruin runs home. Matt Thayer was hit by a pitch to send Jensen home, and Parker walked to send Averill home. Rasmussen hit into a fielder's choice to give the Bruins a 7-6 lead.
After reliever Kevin Jerkens (1-2) sat the Beavers down 1-2-3 in the eighth, the Bruins added to their lead in the ninth. With one out, Arhart hit his third double of the day to left field. Nick Lyon walked to put runners at first and second. Averill singled to center field, and the Arhart attempted to score from second base. He was thrown out at home. With Whisler at the plate, Jared Postlewait threw a ball into the dirt that allowed Lyon to score from third, and when catcher Paul Richie threw to the plate, his throw was wild and allowed Averill to score to give the Bruins a 9-6 lead.
The Beavers were able to score one in the bottom of the ninth, but Jerkens forced Pietsch to hit a fly ball to center field to end the game.
Arhart finished the day going 4-for-5 with three doubles, a run and an RBI. Rasmussen was 1-for-4 with three RBI and a run. The Bruins walked nine times.
The plate appearance by Lyon in the ninth was his first plate appearance in two years, as he redshirted in 2001 and has exclusively pitched until this weekend. Yesterday's game was his first appearance in right field.
UCLA returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Cal State Fullerton at Jackie Robinson Stadium at 6:00 p.m.