Bruins Fall to 17th-Ranked UC Irvine, 6-0

March 9, 2004

IRVINE, CA - The Bruins (11-6) were unable to convert on their scoring opportunities and fell to 18th-ranked UC Irvine, 6-0, (13-3-1) on Tuesday night at Anteater Ballpark.

After three and a half innings of scoreless baseball, UC Irvine broke onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. A leadoff single from Matt Anderson started the inning while Mark Wagner moved him to second with a bunt. Danny McCarthy would give the Anteaters runners at the corners with a bunt single down the third base line. Both runs would score on an Erik Johnson double to left center to give the Anteaters a 2-0 lead after four frames.

UCLA had two runners on base in the fifth inning with one out after singles from Matt Thayer and Ryan McCarthy. However, a fly out and a strikeout ended the Bruin threat.

UC Irvine added another run in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run from Danny McCarthy. After six innings, the Anteaters led 3-0.

Another UCLA scoring opportunity would come in the seventh inning as singles from Ryan McCarthy and Brandon Averill put two runners on with two outs. However, a ground out ended the inning.

Three Anteater runs would score in the seventh to give UC Irvine a 6-0 lead. Back-to-back singles lead off the inning and one run would score on a Bruin error and advance the runners to second and third. The Anteaters would post another with a sacrifice fly to left field before pinch hitter Jaime Martinez singled a run in.

Bruin starter Hector Ambriz (2-2) was solid on the mound. He threw six innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He also struck out a season-high seven batters.

Junior shortstop Ryan McCarthy went 3-for-3 with three singles on the night to highlight the Bruin offense.

The Bruins will head to PETCO Park in San Diego for a three-day tournament in the new home of the San Diego Padres. UCLA will take on Long Beach State on Friday in its fifth straight contest against a ranked opponent. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.

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