Baseball Blasts Its Way Past UCLA With Five Home Runs

May 8, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Led by a pair of home runs by sophomore Jordan Brown, the Arizona baseball team scored a season-high 20 runs on 14 hits in an 11-run victory over UCLA (26-22) at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday. The 20-9 win evened the three-game non-conference series at one game each and improved the Wildcats to 24-20-1 on the year.

Deadlocked at 2-2 after the first inning, the Wildcat bats went to work on the Bruin pitching staff in the top of the second. Brown snapped the tie with a two-run single through the right side of the infield to plate John Hardy and Jeff Van Houten. Moises Duran's sacrifice fly extended the lead to three runs before freshman Bill Rhinehart hit his seventh home run of the year, a two-run shot, for a 7-2 Arizona advantage.

UCLA cut the Wildcat lead to 7-5 with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, but Arizona exploded for four runs in the sixth, four in the seventh and five in the eighth to win going away.

Brown, who is 11 for 21 with 14 RBI, four home runs and eight runs scored in five games against UCLA this season, led all players on the afternoon after finishing 4 for 5 with seven RBI and three runs scored.

In addition to Brown and Rhinehart's homers, junior Jeff Van Houten and Duran each added one apiece for a team season-high five in the game. Brown's two homers and Rhinehart's one created a three-way tie for the team lead with freshman Jason Donald at seven apiece.

Duran, who last homered against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 15, finally broke in Arizona's all-time home run list with his third of the season and the 28th in his career. The four-year total placed him in a tie for eighth in Arizona's record book with Craig Sorenson (1955-57), Dennis Haines (1971-74) and Wes Clements (1979-80).

Along with Brown's impressive outing, Van Houten finished 3 for 4 with five RBI and four runs scored. Rhinehart chipped in with two hits in three at bats, three RBI and a run scored. Hardy, who finished 1 for 2 with two RBI, and junior teammate Pat Reilly each scored a career-high four runs in the game.

The offensive outburst, along with a school record-tying six hit batters by the Bruin pitching staff, made a winner out of UA starter Kevin Guyette. The sophomore right-hander improved to 6-5 for the year after striking out six UCLA batters in six innings.

Brant Rustich (3-2) was charged with the loss after giving up six runs on five hits in just 1 1/3 innings on the mound.

The Wildcats and Bruins will wrap up their three game series on Sunday at 12 pm. The game can be heard live on the radio on KNST 790 AM.

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