Averill Hits for the Cycle as Bruins Win, 18-7 at Washington State

May 25, 2003

Brandon Averill hit for the cycle and UCLA (28-31) posted a season-high 25 hits in its 18-7 victory over Washington State (19-37) on Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field. With the win, the Bruins finish the Pac-10 season with an 11-12 conference record.

The Bruins took an early lead when Brandon Averill led off the second inning with a double to right field. Ryan McCarthy would lay down a bunt single to give UCLA runners at the corners with no outs. Christian Lewis would bring them both in with his second home run on the season. Preston Griffin was hit by a pitch to follow Lewis and Warren Trott singled to continue the no-out rally. A RBI-double from Brett McMillan would bring in Griffin and give UCLA a 4-0 advantage.

McMillan's double brought a quick exit for Cougar starter Tony Banaszak. Right-hander Brett Beetham came in to face the heart of the Bruin order. After Billy Susdorf walked on four pitches, Wes Whisler drove Trott in with an infield single. Following a strikeout, Averill brought McMillan in on a single to center field. McCarthy would bring in two more runs on his right-field single to give UCLA an 8-0 lead after an inning and a half.

Washington State posted two runs in the bottom of the second inning when Bruce Jacobsen brought in two runners with a double to right field. At the end of two, UCLA led 8-2.

UCLA added four more in the third to take a 12-2 lead. Matt Thayer drove in the first run of the inning with a single up the middle. Averill would bring in three more with his tenth homer of the season, which is tied with Susdorf for the team lead.

Three Cougar runs would come home in the bottom of the frame, two of which crossed home plate on a home run from Jeremy Farrar. After three innings, the Bruins led 12-5.

Griffin hit his ninth homer of the season and the third Bruin round-tripper of the day with a two-run shot to center field in the top of the second increasing the UCLA lead to 14-5.

After the Cougars added another run in the fifth, McMillan hit UCLA's fourth homer of the day in the sixth. The home run brought in Trott, who had singled one batter before. Washington State brought in another run in the bottom of the inning and after six frames, UCLA led 16-7.

Averill would triple in the seventh inning, which drove in Thayer who had doubled to lead-off the frame. Lewis brought Averill in with a double down the left field line to give UCLA an 18-7 lead.

Averill matched career-highs with four hits and five RBI in the game. Lewis set new career-highs in his last game as a Bruin with four hits and four RBI.

Every Bruin batter recorded a hit and scored a run in the contest, which marked the second time this weekend they had done so.

Senior Mike Kunes (5-2) earned the win, lasting five innings and allowing six runs on eight hits.

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