UCLA Posts 7-3 Win Over Arizona

May 7, 2004

The Bruin pitching staff, led by starter Casey Janssen, held Arizona (23-20-1) to only six hits as UCLA (26-21) recorded a 7-3 nonconference victory over the Wildcats on Friday night.

Janssen improved to 8-3 on the year as he struck out four batters and allowed two runs in 4.1 innings of work.

The Bruin bullpen allowed only one run on one hit following Janssen's departure. Kyle Wilson, Daniel Reid, Brian Schroeder and Adam Simon each recorded a strikeout and closed out the final 4.2 innings for UCLA.

On the offensive side, a four-run first inning would give the Bruins a lead they would never surender. Consecutive singles from Preston Griffin, Mike Svetlic and Wes Whisler started the frame, while Whisler drove in Griffin. Matt Thayer would bring Svetlic in with a RBI-single before Chris Denove brought in Whisler and Thayer with a single of his own.

UCLA added another run in the third inning when Denove recorded his third RBI of the night by singling in Thayer, who had singled earlier.

In the fifth, Brett McMillan provided some padding for the Bruin lead with a solo home run, his fifth of the season. After five innings, UCLA led 5-1.

Arizona would add a run in the top of the seventh, but UCLA knocked in an insurance run in the eighth when McMillan hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Josh Roenicke.

Denove went 3-for-4 on the night with his three RBI. Griffin, Svetlic, and Thayer also had multiple hit nights, while McMillan knocked in two runs.

UCLA and Arizona will face-off in the second game of the series tomorrow. The Bruins will send right-hander Brant Rustich to the mound for his first collegiate start. Kevin Guyette will start for Arizona. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

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