Bruins Defeat #17 Arizona, 6-4, in Pac-10 Opener

March 28, 2003

Brandon Averill's two-run home run with two outs in the seventh inning proved to be the game winner for UCLA's (15-15) 6-4 victory over #17 Arizona (21-9) in the Bruins' Pac-10 opener at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

UCLA posted two runs in the first inning to build an early lead. A single from Chris Denove would drive in Preston Griffin, who had reached base on a walk. Matt Thayer, who doubled earlier in the inning, would score on a single from Brett McMillan to give UCLA the advantage.

The Bruins tacked on a third run in the second inning when Kevin Conlin scored on a single from Thayer.

Arizona evened the score in the top of the fourth inning when a triple from Pat Reilly drove in two Wildcat runs. Reilly would later cross the plate when Nick Hundley reached base on an error.

The Wildcats took their only lead of the contest in the top of the fifth when Brad Boyer scored on a double from Brian Anderson. With only one out and two runners left on base, Doug Silva came in to relieve starter Chris Cordeiro. Silva struck out the next two Wildcats to end the inning trailing, 4-3.

The lead would be short lived as Billy Susdorf hit his fifth home run of the season to tie the game up at 4-4.

Averill would break the stalemate in the seventh. After two consecutive outs, McMillan walked to keep the inning alive. He would cross the plate on Averill's third homer of the season.

Silva earned the win and improved to 3-0 on the season. He struck out five batters in five innings while allowing only two hits. Cordeiro remained at 0-0 in 2003, while striking out four Wildcats in four innings.

The Bruins will return to action tomorrow, when left-hander Wes Whisler gets the start against the Wildcats. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.

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