Bruins Win Back-to-Back One Run Games Over Oregon State
May 3, 2003
The Bruins (22-25, 7-7) rallied from 5-0 deficits in both games of the day, defeating Oregon State (18-24, 4-13) by scores of 8-7 and 10-9. The second contest went into the tenth inning, before Billy Susdorf drove in the game winner with a single to right field.
After an overnight rain delay, UCLA returned to the contest trailing 4-0 and soon found itself down 5-0 after the four and a half innings. However, the Bruins used a six-run fifth-inning to take the lead. Three walks, four singles and a three-RBI double from Brett McMillan highlighted the inning.
The Beavers evened the score in the sixth with a solo home run from Jacoby Ellsbury. UCLA did not surrender and posted two runs in the eighth on a Ryan McCarthy home run. The homer drove in Warren Trott who had doubled earlier in the frame.
The Bruins would have to rally again in the second contest of the day, as Oregon State put up five runs in the first five innings, including one on another Ellsbury home run.
Once again, UCLA used a huge inning to take the lead as a seven-run eighth inning spearheaded the comeback. Wes Whisler started the charge with a solo homer to lead off the eighth. Susdorf would reach on a dropped third strike and advance to third on a wild pitch and a walk to McMillan. Susdorf would score on another wild pitch. Ryan McCarthy reached base for the fourth time in the contest on a fielder's choice that scored McMillan. Matt Thayer continued the inning with a RBI-single to right. After a single from Preston Griffin, Trott drove all three runs in with a home run. It marked the second home run of his career. After eight frames, UCLA led 8-6.
The Beavers posted three runs in the top of the ninth, two of which scored on a two-RBI double from Chris Biles. Yet, the Bruins added another in the bottom of the ninth when McCarthy singled in Susdorf, to send it to extra innings.
Doug Silva, who improved to 6-0 with the win, got out of the tenth without allowing a run to give UCLA a chance for victory.
Pinch-hitter Hector Ambriz led off the inning and reached base with a single to right. Adam Simon came in to pinch run for Ambriz and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Griffin and would also go to third on a wild pitch. After back-to-back intentional walks to Trott and Whisler, Susdorf's fourth hit of the game would score the game winner.
The Bruins and Beavers will wrap-up their three-game series tomorrow in a 12:00 p.m. Pac-10 match-up. Right-hander David Johnson will have his first start of 2003, against Stephen Copeland.
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