UCLA Evens Pac-10 Series With 12-6 Win Over USC
May 1, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Jarrad Page went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI Saturday as the UCLA Bruins evened its Pac-10 Conference series with a 12-6 win against the USC Trojans at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Preston Griffin and Brett McMillan had three hits each for the Bruins.
UCLA improved to 24-19 overall while USC is now 21-23. Both teams are 7-7 in Pac-10 play.
Scott Botterman (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Bruins, allowing two runs in 1 2/3 innings. Adam Simon threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his fourth save of the season.
USC starter Bret Butler (4-2) took the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Butler walked two and struck out six.
Wes Whisler hit a double to right field in the bottom of the first for the Bruins to score shortstop Ryan McCarthy, but Whisler was thrown out at third on a strike by USC sophomore catcher Jeff Clement to end the inning.
The Trojans responded with three runs in the top of the second with an RBI double by senior left fielder Jon Brewster and two-run double by sophomore third baseman Billy Hart. Clement led off the third with a solo shot to right, his 10th of the season and second in as many games.
USC loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth, but UCLA relievers Daniel Reid and Botterman retired Clement, first baseman Joey Metropoulos and designated hitter Baron Frost in order to get out of the jam.
With the momentum, the Bruins put up five runs in the bottom of the inning. Catcher Chris Denove received a leadoff walk, followed by Griffin getting on base after a catcher's interference was called against Clement. McMillan hit an RBI single to left and advanced to second on a throwing error by Brewster. Page tied the game with a two-run double to right, followed by Matt Thayer's third home run of the season with a two-run homer to right.
Hart hit his first home run of the season in the fifth with a solo shot, but that was as close as the Trojans got all afternoon. USC stranded 13 runners on base as UCLA broke the game open with four runs in the seventh.
The series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
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WP - Botterman (1-0) LP - Butler (4-2) S - Simon (4)Butler, Friedman (5), Miller (5), Koss (7), Scharlach (8) and Clement.Beck, Reid (4), Botterman (4), White (6), Simon (6) and Denove.T - 3:19 ATT - 723
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