Whisler Leads UCLA to 14-0 Win Over Washington State
May 16, 2004
Wes Whisler threw a complete game shutout as UCLA (29-24, 10-8) posted a 14-0 win over Washington State (26-22, 6-12) on Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Whisler's complete game shutout marked the first of his career and the fifth career complete game for the left-hander. He held the Cougars to only seven hits, none for extra bases. He walked only one in the contest and struck out three. The Noblesville, Indiana native faced the minimum over the final four frames.
UCLA tied a season-high with 14 runs on the day. The Bruin defense was also stellar, turning a season-high four double plays with no errors.
After scoring one run in the third, the Bruins exploded for four in the bottom of the fourth. A lead-off single from Matt Thayer started the frame before he stole second base. He would move to third on a ground-out before Chris Denove drove him in with a single. After a fly-out, Jarrad Page would walk to give UCLA runners at first and second. Preston Griffin would bring Denove into score on a single to center field, but an errand throw from the center fielder would allow Page to score and Griffin to move to third. He would later score on a wild pitch. At the end of four, UCLA led 5-0.
In the fifth inning, Brandon Averill hit a three-run home run to give the Bruins a 8-0 lead. He brought in Ryan McCarthy, who had singled, and Thayer, who had walked, with his seventh home run of the season.
UCLA scored two more in the sixth, starting when McCarthy's two-out double brought Page around to score. Whisler would then bring in McCarthy with a single through the right side. After six, UCLA led 10-0.
Four more Bruin runs would score in the UCLA eighth inning. A one-out walk to McCarthy started the inning. He would go to third on a double from Whisler. A walk to pinch-hitter Billy Susdorf would load the bases before Averill drove in two more runs with a double down the left field line. A walk to Denove loaded the bases again before Mike Svetlic was hit by a pitch to bring the 13th Bruin run across home plate. Griffin would also be hit a batter later to drive in the final run.
Averill paced UCLA with five RBI. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Whisler also recorded three hits on the day, while Griffin and McCarthy both drove in two runs.
The UCLA Baseball program also retired #13, the uniform number of Adams. Starting in the 2005 season, his number, along with Jackie Robinson's #42, will be displayed on the outfield walls of the stadium.
The Bruins will wrap-up their home schedule on Tuesday when they host UC Irvine in a 5:00 p.m. match-up. It will mark Coach Adams' final home game at Jackie Robinson Stadium.