Four Home Runs Bring Bruins To 13-8 Victory Over Matadors
Feb. 2, 2003
After posting 17 runs on Saturday, the UCLA Baseball team dismantled the Cal State Northridge pitching staff, recording 19 hits in its 13-8 victory in front of 853 fans at Matador Field.
The offense was the key once again as Billy Susdorf and Preston Griffin each posted their second home runs of the series, while Ryan McCarthy and Chris Denove both hit their first homer of the season.
Denove's two-run home run after a single from Susdorf put the Bruins on the board first in the top of the second. The rally continued as Brett McMillan, Griffin and Sean Carpenter all reached base with singles. Carpenter's single brought McMillan in and a sacrifice fly from Thayer scored Griffin. Heading into the bottom of the second, the Bruins led 4-0.
The Matadors posted two runs in the second and the teams each added two apiece in the third. With UCLA leading 6-4 in the fifth inning, the Matadors came back. In only 4.2 innings, Bruin starter Casey Janssen recorded 10 strikeouts, but Cal State Northridge added two runs in the fifth to even the score at 6-6. Reliever Doug Silva came in to retire the final batter of the inning.
UCLA jumped back on top in the sixth when a double from Carpenter opened the inning. A balk call on Matador pitcher Leo Rosales advanced Carpenter to third and he scored on a single from Thayer. Thayer, who moved second on a pass ball scored later in the sixth when McCarthy hit a single.
Silva shut down the Matadors in the final innings to earn the win, allowing only two runs on two hits.
The Bruins continued to pull away, however, as Griffin homered in the seventh, Susdorf in the eighth and McCarthy followed in the ninth.
UCLA will return to action on Tuesday, when they travel to UC Riverside for a non-conference match-up. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.