Bruins Fall to Top-Ranked Stanford, 11-4 in Pac-10 Opener

April 2, 2004

Stanford (22-3, 1-0) used a six-run second inning to build an early lead and claim an 11-4 victory over UCLA (14-12, 0-1) in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

A three-run home run from Chris Minaker highlighted a six-run second frame for the Cardinal. Stanford sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning.

The Bruins began to chip away at the Stanford lead in the bottom of the frame as Chris Denove drove in Brandon Averill with a single up the middle. Averill had singled to left field earlier in the inning.

Ryan McCarthy would drop the Stanford lead to two runs with a three-run homer in the third inning. It marked the fourth round tripper for the shortstop this season, which paces the Bruins. Mike Svetlic, who had doubled, and Wes Whisler, who had singled, both scored on the homer.

Stanford starter Mark Romanczuk would hold-off the Bruins for the next five innings as he improved to 6-1 on the season.

Bruin starter Casey Janssen fell to 5-2 on the year as he allowed eight runs in six innings of action.

Svetlic, Denove and McCarthy each had two hits in the contest to lead UCLA.

The Bruins and Cardinal will face-off in the second game of the series at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Junior right-hander Bryan Beck will take the mound for UCLA.

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