Bruins Blast Fifth-Ranked 49ers, 11-1
April 13, 2004
UCLA (19-14) jumped ahead of fifth-ranked Long Beach State (23-9) early in the game and held the 49ers to only four hits to post an 11-1 win on Tuesday evening.
The 11 runs the Bruins put up marked the first time in 2004 that the 49ers had allowed double-digit runs. UCLA posted 15 hits on a pitching staff whose ERA stood at 2.15 coming into the contest.
Starter David Johnson (1-1) posted his first win of the season as he allowed only one run and scattered four hits over six innings. The outing tied a career-high for the Manhattan Beach native.
The Bruin bullpen was also solid as Kevin Brophy and Kyle Wilson did not allow a hit over the last three innings. Wilson struck out four batters in the final two frames, including striking out the side in the eighth inning. Combined, UCLA's pitchers struck out 10 on the night.
Sean Carpenter, Brandon Averill and Wes Whisler each homered for UCLA in the contest. Carpenter's round-tripper marked the first of his career, while Averill and Whisler each posted their third of 2004.
Matt Thayer went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a double in the game. Whisler also drove in three runs while posting two hits, including a double. Chad Concolino continued his eight-game hit streak, as he went 3-for-3 with three singles.
UCLA will return to conference play when it hosts Arizona State in a three-game series this weekend. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. on Friday night.
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